Baulkham Hills beat Blacktown Workers

IN retrospect, Blacktown Workers would wish it hadn't just rained, but poured buckets and dam-loads on the weekend.

That would have saved them from playing the Central Coast in the first of the state baseball league three-game elimination final series tomorrow night.

A weekend washout would have seen minor premiers Blacktown straight through to the grand final series.

Instead, Baulkham Hills have won through after a protracted major semi-final series.

Blacktown and Baulkham Hills were to have played a decider last Wednesday night after sharing the first two games 9-0 and 3-0 respectively.

Wednesday night was a washout after one inning with the scores 0-0, and so was the rescheduled game at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday night.

The Workers' home turf at Laybutt Reserve wasn't a goer because of the wet, so it was all hands on deck and on the ground to get Baulkham Hills' home at Northmead Reserve ready on Sunday.

Blacktown turned up in drips and drops just before the start, unsure the game was on until the late morning.

The disruption and home-ground advantage proved crucial for Baulkham Hills, who won 4-1. They led 2-0 at the top of the second inning and 3-0 at the top of the sixth before Blacktown pulled one back, then closed it out with a run in the eighth.

Blacktown will now play the Central Coast in the elimination final series at the international sportspark from tomorrow night to have another crack at Baulkham Hills.

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