Braves look to bounce back against hot Chiefs

ILLAWARRA BASEBALL

Kiama Braves face a turning point in their Illawarra baseball season in Saturday's away clash against in-form Dapto Chiefs at Hector Harvey Park.

Fifth-placed Braves are coming off a crushing 14-0 loss to Berkeley Eagles and five rounds out from the finals need to start stringing a few wins together.

Braves were no match for Eagles starting pitcher Josh Doyle who delivered one of the performances of the season with 11 strikeouts and giving up just three hits in eight innings.

It was a huge win for fourth-placed Eagles who travel to Ison Park on Saturday to take on a Shoalhaven Mariners side in a buoyant mood after ending their winless season with a storming 14-10 victory over premiers Wests Cardinals.

Darren O'Connell and Brendan Lentill had four hits and teenager Murray Lugg two hits, with the trio combining for seven RBIs as Mariners out-hit Cardinals 16-9 in a stunning upset by the competition's whipping boys.

In Saturday's other game, Cardinals will want to bounce back against Pirates at Cringila Park.

SATURDAY 

Mariners v Eagles at Ison Park

Cardinals v Pirates at Cringila Park

Chiefs v Braves at Hector Harvey Park.


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