Musketeers eye chance to fire back at Surfers
IPSWICH Musketeers hope the lessons learned from last weekend will prove the difference when they play Surfers Paradise on Sunday.
Surfers (3-3) sit one spot behind the Muskets (4-2) on the Major League ladder after three rounds.
Ipswich's unbeaten start came to a halt last weekend in the form of a reality check against champions Windsor. Musketeers lost 9-3 and 12-2.
"Now we've seen the benchmark we know what to do," pitcher Nathan Dale said.
"They're not unbeatable."
Dale concedes the Muskets will have to change their attitude if they are to push Windsor next time they meet, or if they are to beat Surfers this weekend.
"I think playing against the benchmark got to our heads a bit," the 28-year-old fitter and turner said.
"We didn't come out firing."
He was speaking about himself as much as any of his teammates.
Dale was starting pitcher in game one last weekend, but couldn't match his earlier deeds of the season.
"Against the lesser teams you throw a bad pitch and get away with it," he said.
"Against Windsor you throw a bad ball and it goes 40 feet over your head.
"I think one landed back in Ipswich.
"It definitely makes it hard.
"Even Deano (Sunday starting pitcher Dean Jones) was gutted on Sunday."
Dale is a reluctant starting pitcher but the Muskets have found relief in the arrival of Lismore based Dean Gillespie.
Gillespie pitched for Reserve grade last weekend and could make his Major League debut for the Muskets against Surfers.
Dale will happily go back to pitching a couple of relief innings a match.
He is confident however, the Muskets won't be gun-shy heading into a tough encounter again.
"If we can stay more focussed in defence we've got the line-up to get runs in," Dale said.
Major League: Sunday - Ipswich Musketeers v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise. Games start 12.45pm and 3pm.