On a day when grind over brawn was the order of the day it was inevitably the Hurricanes who proved the better able to execute the basics consistently as they downed the Mariners B team in Corcagh Park on Sunday.
A tight affair in the early innings saw the Mariners work long at bats and produce opportunities to take the lead. However with the bases left loaded in the first and further runners stranded in the following frames, the chance was lost and it was the Canes who jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
Osas kept the Hurricanes close though from the mound as his big curveball in particular bamboozled hitters. In the fourth inning however a handful of walks coupled with sloppy defensive play allowed the Hurricanes to push five runs across and stretch their lead to 8-0.
The fight wasn’t over however and a ringing rbi double to right centerfield from Louis rallied the Mariners offense to ten runs in the final three innings of the game as Dan and John each contributed big rbi singles in the effort.
However, with Tom struggling to find his best stuff on the mound in relief and the defence continuing its own struggles, the Hurricanes continued to push across runs in response, keeping their lead sufficiently safe right to the final out.
The Mariners will be looking now to bounce back when they play host to the two Belfast outlets in two weeks in Shankill. With everything still tight at the top of the standings it will serve as a prime opportunity to reassert ownership of the top spot.