Sport

Hit and miss major worry for Musketeers' player-coach

STRIKE: A swing and a miss from Ipswich Musketeer Steven Bayliss on Sunday is typical of his team’s season so far.
STRIKE: A swing and a miss from Ipswich Musketeer Steven Bayliss on Sunday is typical of his team’s season so far. Claudia Baxter

TWENTY-THREE innings without a run, that's the elephant in the room for Ipswich Musketeers player-coach Greg Suthers ahead of tonight's match with Beenleigh.

The Musketeers have struggled for much of the early season and face a long stretch without key players Josh Roberts and Andrew Campbell, who are representing the Brisbane Bandits.

Even with them the Muskets have struggled for runs and must find an answer soon if they wish to keep their slim finals hopes alive.

"We had Josh and Andrew there last weekend but on Sunday we went run-less in 14 innings of baseball," Suthers said in the wake of his teams' 1-0 and 7-0 loses to Windsor at Tivoli.

"Also the other week we played nine run-less innings so we're just struggling to score any runs.

"Defensively I thought we did a really good job against Windsor but right now it's a real concern we can't put it together and get back-to-back hits. If you can't do that, you won't be in a winning position very often."

Even more concerning for Suthers is the fact that when his team does score runs, they give up even more as highlighted by a recent 12-11 loss to Redlands.

But right now, the experienced coach's focus is purely on getting his team to lay bat on ball.

"It's about situational hitting and pitch selection," he said.

"We have to make sure we can get on base first and then the batters behind them have to do their job and move them up and score them. That's all we can do."

The Muskets are trying to work their way through their slump while covering the holes left by Roberts and Campbell's absence.

Suthers, however, is treating the loss of his Bandits players as an opportunity rather than a setback.

"Yes, we've lost Josh and Andrew but other teams have lost players too, many of them pitchers," he said.

"It's a tough time but the other side of the coin is it's a great opportunity for some of the younger guys. We've got a couple of guys up from B grade and we're bringing some younger guys up from the under-20s.

"We want to start filtering them into the B grade team and keep on building the capability at the club."

The Musketeers take on Beenleigh tonight at 7.30pm at Beenleigh.

Topics:  ipswich musketeers



The stately manors of early Ipswich

STATELY MANOR: Booval House was built more than 160 years ago and remains as one of the prestige homes in Ipswich.

Built more than 160 years ago and still going strong

Police appeal for witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

Scene of a fatality where male motorcycle rider lost his life on Augusta Parkway at Brookwater.Photo: Contributed

Police have ruled out a white ute from their investigations.

What you most want to see in the CBD

Reids Department Store, corner Brisbane and Bell Streets, Ipswich, early 1980s.

Here's what you said on Facebook

Local Partners

Airbourne talk drop bears, beer and taxes

Airbourne have a new album coming out and a new tour on the way.  Photo Contributed

Airbourne release album for the aussie battler

Pippa Middleton had 3000 private photos stolen

Author Pippa Middleton

Author's account hacked to access 3000 private photos

Gruen star discovers the body's limits in new hit TV show

Todd Sampson tries out MMA fighting during TV series BodyHack.

Gruen star pushes the limits in new TV series

Deftones return to Australia with string of dates

Deftones are back in town. Photo Contributed

World renowned nu-metal pioneers return

How the Gruen guy's t-shirts took on a life of their own

Documentary filmmaker and Gruen panellist Todd Sampson.

What started out as simple workwear has become a trademark

Disney pulls costume for cultural appropriation

Disney has taken a costume off shelves out of respect for Islanders

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.