Pirates thump Chiefs to be only unbeaten team

Brendan Lower gave up just three hits in eight innings on the mound for Northern Pirates in their 12-1 win over Dapto Chiefs on Saturday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Brendan Lower gave up just three hits in eight innings on the mound for Northern Pirates in their 12-1 win over Dapto Chiefs on Saturday. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Northern Pirates ended the unbeaten season of Dapto Chiefs to be left as the only undefeated club following a 12-1 thumping at Hector Harvey Reserve.

Pirates followed up an impressive victory over premiers Wests Cardinals last week with Saturday's round-six demolition of the 2013 grand finalist Chiefs.

Pirates' Brendan Lower threw a complete eight innings for just three hits, with Chiefs' only run coming in the eighth dig.

Four Chiefs pitchers were all ineffective as Pirates out-hit the home side 17-3.

Pirates shortstop Lachlan Crawley went 2/3, with centre fielder Matt Sainsbury 3/6, including a triple and two RBIs.

Jared Commane (2/3) played a lone hand for a disappointing Chiefs.

In other results, new Berkeley recruit Jason Sloan, from Australian Baseball League franchise Canberra Cavalry, made an immediate impact with three hits, including a two-run homer, in a 13-6 away victory over Kiama Braves.

Kiama scored five runs in the fifth inning to lead 6-5 but Eagles scored eight runs in the final three innings for an impressive first win of the season.

Sloan went 3/5 and was supported by Shannon Crilly with 3/5, while Matt Sneddon and Doug Ineson had two hits each for Braves.

Eagles out-hit Braves 14-10, with Eagles starter Josh Doyle pitching into the fifth inning for only six hits and one earned run.

In the other match, Cardinals crushed Shoalhaven Mariners 11-1 at Cringila Park.

Cardinals player-coach Josh Dean made an impact in his first game of the season, going 3/3 with the bat, including two RBIs.

Dean Kontopoulos and Jeremy Bec both went 3/5 for Cards.

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