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RECAP: SABL Div 1 Preliminary Finals 2018
03/18/2018 9:51 PM ET
 

(photo: Robert Laidlaw, Our Sporting Life)

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...and then there were two...

The Final Four teams standing in the South Australian Baseball League Divison 1 Competition took to the field on the weekend vying for a spot in the March 23-25 Grand Final at West Beach. 

How did they do? Find out below and make sure you head to West Beach this weekend to see the two finalists play. Game times are 7:00PM on Friday and Saturday and 1:00PM on Sunday.

GOODWOOD INDIANS (2) DEFEAT WEST TORRENS EAGLES (1)

There will be a new premier in the South Australian Baseball League. Goodwood knocked off the reigning champs and minor round premiers in a thriller.

It certainly wasn't easy.

In Saturday's Game 1, young gun Curtis Mead had four hits and five RBIs to lead the Eagles to a huge 16-6 win. The game was close until the bottom of the sixth when West Torrens exploded for 8 runs to expand their lead to 15-5. Tom Fiebig, Terrell Joyce, Tom McGarry and Dan Turner each had three hits to compliment Mead's monster game. 

Heading into Sunday, it looked as though nothing would stop the Eagles. That all changed in a wild Game 2. There were six lead changes in an epic 15-12 Goodwood win in 10 innings.

Former Bite star Josh Cakebread tripled and scored in the first to put Goodwood on the board in the first inning but back-to-back jacks from West Torrens' Tom McGarry and Ryan Muggleton put the champs back up 2-1 in the second. In the third inning, while down 4-2, the Eagles had their first eight batter reach and it resulted in five runs. Eagles were up 7-4.

But the Indians never quit. They scored two in the fifth to cut the lead to one only to have West Torrens put a couple runs of their own up in the same inning to go up 9-6. After cutting the lead back down to 9-8, former Bite player Ben Wigmore hit a long two-out solo shot to tie the game up in the eighth.

Then, back-to-back doubles from Dan Christiansen and Jeremy Cresswell put the Indians up 11-9 in the ninth. It looked as if the Indians had completed a wild comeback.

Not so fast. Down 11-10 with two outs and a runner on, Sam McGarry singled to score Griffin Weber to tie the game at 11 and force extra innings.

However the Indians were too hot. With two-outs in the top of the tenth, the Goodwood hitters turned it on. The next six batters reached which resulted in four runs and a 15-11 lead. West Torrens would grab one back but fall 15-12.

Game 3 was not as dramatic. Goodwood raced out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 15-5 win. Import catcher Joe Deroche-Duffin got a rare start and pitched 6.2 innings and allowed only four runs. Former Bite mega star Stefan Welch had six RBIs and a key home run in the win.

The Indians are back in the Grand Final. 

PORT ADELAIDE MAGPIES (2) DEFEAT KENSINGTON CARDINALS (0)

The Magpies followed up a two game sweep of Woodville with a two game sweep of the Kensington Cardinals. They've had the Cardinals numbers all season - winning all five games they played.

Port were down 5-4 in the fourth inning when all of a sudden Patrick Inglis blasted a two-run shot to go up 6-5. Former Bite player Alex Carter had an RBI single and later a solo-shot to push the Magpies out to an 8-5 lead and what would be the final score.

In Game 2 Port pitcher Adam Crabb stole the show. He pitched six shutout innings and kept a dangerous Kensington offense in check. Meanwhile Troy Weinert, Duncan Izaaks and Nick Vasic all had multi-hit games to help pace the offense.

Up 2-0 in the fourth, Joseph Duenn delivered a clutch 2-RBI double to score a pair of runs to put Port up 4-0. That was all the run support they needed. They fended off a late Kensington comeback attempt to win 5-3.

The win sends the Magpies back the Grand Final where they dramatically fell in three games to West Torrens last season. 

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That sets up a Goodwood vs Port Adelaide Showdown in the 2018 SABL Grand Final. All games will be played at West Beach at the following times:
 

GAME 1 - 7:00PM 
GAME 2 - 7:00PM
GAME 3 - 1:00PM (Livestreamed, if series goes to three games)

 

 

 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.