STRIKE OUT: Play was called off early on Sunday as a big storm cell made its way over Ipswich.
STRIKE OUT: Play was called off early on Sunday as a big storm cell made its way over Ipswich. Cordell Richardson

Weather pitches up Lightning reshuffle

PINE Hills Lightning brought exactly that to Tivoli on Sunday, with the visiting Greater Brisbane League outfit and hosts Ipswich Musketeers forced to abandon play early as ominous storm clouds rolled over Ipswich.

"One (batting) innings, that's all we got in,” Musketeers captain Brad Dutton said.

The hosts had made a positive early start to the contest, with young pitcher Billy Cruice keeping a talented Pine Hills side scoreless through two innings and recording three strikeouts before the looming rain brought about a premature end.

The match has been rescheduled for later in the season.

Earlier on Friday night, the Musketeers dropped a game they "probably should have won” against the same opponents, 7-5.

Dutton said limited access to the fields had hampered the team's preparation, and some rust showed at stages.

"It was a good game. All in all one we probably should have won,” he said. "They had I think five runs come off our errors. Not having the field for two weeks, our preparation was a bit lax. Not practising, you'll get that.

"(Pine Hills) are one of the better teams in the comp. I think we proved on Friday we can match it with the best, even though we lost.”

Dutton said it was still "pretty early” to be concerned about the 1-2 start to the latest GBL season, particularly when factoring in rain and a lack of depth at the pitching position.

"This week we'll get our German import in. Our New Zealand catcher also comes back, and our Canadian pitcher arrives in two weeks,” the captain said, adding a second pitching import was also due to arrive within the month.

"We'll have a full team in the next few weeks. That's when the season starts. It started three weeks ago, but in our minds, it starts this weekend coming.”

Up next is a trip to Carina to face the Redsox on Friday night, and then again on Sunday. Despite promising signs from youngsters Cruice and Jeremy Suthers at the mound, Dutton said the Muskets would have to lean on their batting prowess to win.

"We'll have our best hitting line-up for both games,” he said.



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