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Rams outrun Patriots 5-2

24/01/2006 05:53:05 AM Comments (0)

The NSW Patriots and Queensland Rams went head-to-head in a rampaging match for game nine of the Claxton Shield at Blacktown Olympic Park on Monday night with the Rams trampling the Patriots 5-2.

Queensland took the lead early, scoring two runs in the first inning after a single from Trent Durrington was batted in by power hitter Brad Dutton.

Olympian Brett Roneberg scored the second run of the inning with an RBI that saw Dutton cross the plate.

NSW struggled offensively, unable to place their first run on the board until the top of the third when Trent D'Antonio hit a double to right field which was followed by another double from Trent Oeltjen for the RBI.

Queensland responded with another run in the bottom of the third inning thanks to the after David Sutherland brought home a double hit by Brett Roneberg advancing Queensland's lead to 3-1.

The next three innings remained scoreless for the Rams, whilst New South Wales pulled in another run in the top of the fifth after Trent D'Antonio crossed the plate in conjunction with a double play.

The Rams continued to stampede the Patriots scoring their final two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning after another series of singles and stolen bases from both Trent Durrington and Brad Dutton was backed up by David Sutherland with his second RBI of the game bringing Durrington home.

NSW was unable to score any runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, securing the win for Queensland 5-2.

Queensland Head Coach Peter Gahan said: "It was an extremely exciting game and everything went our way."

"Our boys played real well. I was especially impressed with Claxton Shield rookie Mark Kearney on the mound, he did a great job," he added.

The win puts Queensland on the top of the ladder with a 3-0 record.

NSW Head Coach Shane Barclay, with his team suffering its second loss in three matches, said: The guys did well, but sometimes there was simply a case of bad luck and other times we just didn't get the job done."

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