Wests Cardinals pitcher Scott Sartori on high before US sojourn

Wests Cardinals' pitcher Scott Sartori threw six dominant innings in his final game before heading overseas, as Illawarra baseball's top three sides enjoyed 10-run mercy rule victories in Saturday's round 14.

Cardinals belted Berkeley Eagles 12-2 in eight inning, while Northern Pirates thrashed Kiama Braves 12-1 and Dapto Chiefs thumped Shoalhaven Mariners 13-3, with both games ending after seven innings.

The 'mercy rule' is invoked if a team is trailing by 10 or more runs after either the seventh or eighth innings of a scheduled nine innings game.

Starting pitcher Sartori will miss the finals campaign of premiers Cardinals and will spend six months studying in the United States.

The right-armer was in fine form for his final game, throwing six inning for just three hits, one walk and no runs as leaders Cards thumped Eagles at Cringila Park.

Eagles starter Josh Doyle was hit off the mound after only four inning, after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits and four walks.

Cards scored four runs in the first inning, another run in the second and four runs in the fourth for an unassailable 9-0 lead.

Nathan Grogan went 4/6 with two triples and 4RBIs, while Cards skipper Josh Dean was 3/5 with 1RBI and Jeremy Bec 2/5 with 3RBIs.

Chad Blanch (2/4) was the best of a disappointing Eagles line-up.

Meanwhile, Lachlan Maher and Brendan Lower had two hits each as Pirates returned to form with a 12-1 drubbing of Braves at Gainsborough Oval.

Pirates scored five runs in the second innings and led 12-0 after just six digs.

Braves teenage starting pitcher Luke Brown lasted just two innings after giving up four hits, six walks and five earned runs.

His opposite Lachlan Crawley had his best outing of the season, pitching all seven innings, for just five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

Maher (2/4) with 2RBIs and Lower 2/2 and 1RBI led the way with the bat for Pirates.

Chiefs consolidated a top two spot by scoring eight runs in the first innings in a 13-3 thrashing of Mariners at Hector Harvey Reserve.

Chiefs, host Pirates in Saturday's stand-out match in round 15.

Cards host win-less Mariners, while Braves and Eagles battle for fourth spot at Gainsborough Oval.

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