Free-sailing Pirates out to snuff Eagles' momentum

Eagles' Josh Doyle in action during a game last year.

Eagles' Josh Doyle in action during a game last year.

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Berkeley Eagles want to build on the confidence of their first win of the season against unbeaten Northern Pirates in Saturday's round-seven Illawarra baseball clash at Eagles Field.

Eagles scored eight runs in the final three innings to overrun Kiama Braves 13-6 in round six, while Pirates made it four straight wins to start the season by beating Dapto Chiefs 12-1.

Eagles recruit Jason Sloan from Australian Baseball League franchise Canberra Cavalry made an immediate impact by blasting a two-run homer against the Braves.

Berkeley had a lean 2013 missing the top-four semi-finals, but showed against Braves they can be a formidable side.

Josh Doyle pitched well and was supported by his batters, who crushed the Braves pitching late in the match.

Pirates have beaten premiers Wests Cardinals and 2013 grand finalist Chiefs in the past two weeks and are the form side so far this season.

Pirates also beat Eagles in their previous meeting in round two.

In Saturday's other games, Cardinals host Chiefs at Cringila Park, while Braves and Shoalhaven Mariners meet at IBL Field.

ROUND 7

Eagles v Pirates at Eagles Field

Mariners v Braves at IBL Field

Cardinals v Chiefs at Cringila Park

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