The shorthanded Brewers were no match for the league-leading Dodgers on Saturday, with Sawtell defeating Bellingen in both grades.
Things started well in B grade. Brewers’ pitcher Scott Hansen powered through a scoreless first inning, then drove in Mick Nelson and scored himself to put Bellingen up 2-0.
From there, however, the Bellingen offense stalled. The Dodgers tied the game with two runs in the second inning, then went ahead for good with four more runs in the third.
By the time the Brewers came to bat for the last time, they were trailing 11-2. Nelson started things off with his second hit of the day and scored on a Hansen ground out, then Joel Northcott blasted a long home run – his second of the season – to finish the scoring.
Hansen was back out on the mound for the Brewers in A grade, and once again started strongly, holding Sawtell scoreless in the first inning. But with Dodgers ace Andrew Mainey firing bullets, the Brewers could get little going at bat. Hansen and then David Edgecock pitched well against the vaunted Dodgers line-up, but their hits began finding the gaps and they eased to an 11-0 win. “Edgey” was best for the Brewers at bat with two hits.
The junior Grand Final, originally scheduled for Saturday, was pushed forward to September 15. The Brewers struggled against the Coffs Harbour All Stars on the day, finishing on the short end of the 11-6 result. James Cecil, Connor Wear-Brodie and Luke Mitchell each scored twice for Bellingen.