Musketeers spark in tune-up
IPSWICH Musketeers are hitting form at the right end of the competition.
The Muskets won both Friday and yesterday against Wests (9-4 and 13-7 respectively) to make it four on the trot with two games to go before the Greater Brisbane Pacific League A- grade competition heads into play-off mode.
They sit second on the ladder behind the undefeated Rangers, though coach Dave Suthers insists they are still “flying below the radar”.
“They were expected wins,” Suthers said of the double over second-from-bottom placed Wests.
“Our Friday night pitcher Jarred Byrnes was injured and didn't throw on Friday.”
Fortunately the Muskets were able to call on Brisbane Bandits star Josh Roberts to fill in. “Josh stepped in and dominated,” Suthers said.
“(Yesterday) Dean Jones was on the hill and threw a solid eight innings before Ben Strehle came in and closed it out.”
On Friday night, Roberts also managed a home run while it was his Bandits teammate Andrew Campbell who managed a homer yesterday.
Greg Ellis is the other player to impress Suthers with his hitting form of late.
“He's playing really well at the moment,” Suthers said.
“He's a solid outfielder but is the sort of guy who, when the day is said and done, you see is getting a couple of hits a game.”
It is a long way from the start of the season when the Muskets were languishing at the bottom of the combined Greater Brisbane league ladder.
“It is just getting a consistent team on the field,” Suthers said of the reason for the Muskets' resurgence.
“To a certain extent, I think we're flying under the radar.
“Teams come here and think they can get a win but we're pretty resilient.”