Musketeers' bid to remain on top
THE Ipswich Musketeers hope to boast a nine game winning streak following their doubleheader with Pine Hills Lightning at Tivoli on Sunday.
First base Gregg Ellis has been playing top grade baseball for the Musketeers for eight years.
It is the first time since then they have been top of the Brisbane Major League pile and it makes for a pleasant change.
"Everyone's been putting in at training," Ellis said.
"We're doing everything we're meant to be doing.
"It's good having a bit more experience and depth."
The arrival of three US imports and three quality Major League players from other clubs means the Musketeers have been able to cover when one of more of their stars have been absent, as has been the case most of the season so far.
"Everyone is working together," Ellis said.
"People are not just playing for themselves."
Ellis is particularly enjoying the new arrivals at Musketeers.
It means he is batting further down the line-up, where he believes it is easier to take advantage of the pitchers.
"A pitcher drops a bit of intensity down the line-up," he said. "So it's making it a bit easier for myself."
It's also making it easier for him in the field.
"With Mike (Peroni) at shortstop, Brad (Dutton) at third base and Rhett (Bramwell) at second I'm getting it nice and easy at first base so far," Ellis said.
How far the winning streak extends remains to be seen.
But Ellis is conscious that the Muskets can't afford to get too carried away with their recent form.
"We've aimed towards it for years," he said.
"We wanted to be competitive and win.
"We're getting close but we can't think about it too much.
"We need to keep focussed on what we're doing."
GAME DAY FIXTURE
Brisbane Major League, Round 8
- Ipswich Musketeers v Pine Hills Lightning, Sunday 1pm and 3.30pm
Major League ladder
- Musketeers 9 (wins) -3 (losses), Royals 8-3, Red Sox 7-5, Lightning 7-5, Rays 5-7, Surfers 4-7, Padres 1-11.