Muskets fire in stylish win
THE Ipswich Musketeers remain undefeated in the Pacific League following a 13-2 win over Beenleigh yesterday.
While the success in the second division of the Brisbane Baseball League is welcome, it also comes with its own concerns.
"It's hard to keep focus when you're walking over them a bit," Musketeers catcher Greg Ellis said.
"The big thing is trying to keep your concentration when you're killing them."
The Musketeers are driven to earn promotion to the major league by winning the Pacific League, then a play-off.
But by that stage they will be without US import pitchers Ryan Torrey and Markus Bradley.
Their back-up at the moment is Nathan Dale, who Ellis gave big wraps to.
Yesterday Dale also contributed a pair of doubles with the bat.
But if he were injured, the Muskets would have to turn to their B-grade pitchers when it matters most.
There is also a lack of fielding practice with Torrey and Bradley so dominant from the mound.
"It is a bit of a worry," Ellis said.
"We only had three or four balls hit to fielders.
"The rest were struck out."
The positive side of the Musketeers' dominance is they have been able to blood a number of youngsters in the top grade this summer, giving them valuable exposure.
Ellis has been a Musketeer since he was 11 and has seen the highs and lows at the Ipswich club.
For the Raceview 25-year-old, the Musketeers are as much a family as a sporting team he plays for. "It's just fun to be around," he said of the club.