Musketeers show no mercy in triumph
THE Ipswich Musketeers returned to winning ways at home yesterday.
Ipswich beat Beenleigh 10-0, invoking the mercy rule after six innings, in their Pacific League clash at Tivoli.
The win was the perfect response after the previous week's draw against Toowoomba in the return from the New Year break.
"It was pretty close early," Muskets catcher Gregg Ellis said.
"We were only 2-0 up in the fifth."
Then the Beenleigh starting pitcher began to tire and Ipswich cashed in.
"By the end of the game, everyone had at least one hit," Ellis said.
"Nate Dale hit pretty well.
"Anava Fesolai hit well and Rhett Bramwell (short stop) was pretty good in the field."
Ipswich had been cruising at the top of the Pacific League until their first loss of the season, to Toowoomba on December 8.
There were enough reasons then to excuse it as an anomaly, with the Muskets missing a host of senior players.
Last week's draw was a different story, however, and it served to spur the Muskets to respond.
"It was a bit of a shake up," Ellis said.
"We realised we had to do a bit more hitting.
"But we weren't too concerned as it was our first game back."
Ellis was pleased with the effort in the field yesterday but believes the hitting is still not at its best.
"We made some pretty good plays in the field," he said.
"It's just the hitting.
"We can hit a whole lot better than we are, like we were early in the season."
Ipswich takes on Beenleigh again next weekend, at Beenleigh.