HASTINGS River Pirates have had better days.
On a day that promised so much, Pirates delivered very little in both A and B grade Hastings baseball grand finals on Sunday.
A 16-6 A-grade defeat to Wauchope Giants followed a hard-fought 11-10 defeat at the hands of the Giants in the B-grade decider.
Pirates president David Boyton admitted they had had better days, especially in A-grade where a sixth-innings calamity of errors put an end to their quest for the title.
“It was a really good game until the sixth dig and then we had some uncharacteristic errors and they strung together nine runs,” he said.
“Before we knew it they were 10 runs up.”
It proved too much of a gap for the Pirates to overcome in the run home.
Brett Dubar provided a rare highlight for Pirates with a strong performance at first base while he also had three hits from three times at bat.
Boyton didn’t believe his team were overawed by the occasion – he preferred to label it as just “one of those days.”
“That’s baseball,” he said.
“There are a lot of experienced guys in our team, a few had an off day and we saved our worst game of the season for last.”
Adam Pelley was awarded player of the A-grade grand final.
The B-grade decider was in the balance until the fifth innings when the Pirates surrendered a lead they had held since early in the match.
As the Giants sensed defeat with time ticking away, they kicked into overdrive and scored four runs to win the game by the barest of margins.
“The Giants dug deep and rallied,” Boyton said.