Phoenix foil Toronto’s plans for payback

TORONTO had waited all summer to make amends for their shock 4-2 preliminary final loss to Phoenix Charlestown last season.

But there was to be no vengeance for the Tigers at Waterboard Oval on Sunday after they went down 7-3 in their first game of the season.

After sitting out the opening weekend of the Newcastle Major League with the bye, Toronto came out fired up to take a 2-1 lead after two innings.

They extended their advantage to 3-2 after six with Josh Judge keeping the Phoenix batters in check, allowing six hits and one walk.

But Phoenix found relief pitchers Michael Campbell and Kurt Eden more to their liking, scoring five runs from eight hits and two walks in the final three digs.

Phoenix also made a pitching change in the seventh as Scott Telfer replaced Adam Berwick, who had given up five hits and three walks.

Telfer managed to shut down the strong Toronto batting line-up for the rest of the game, conceding only one walk and no hits in three innings.

PITCHER: Adam Berwick

All nine members of the Phoenix team registered a hit. Martin Bell (three singles) and Telfer (two singles and a double) ledthe charge with two RBIs each.

Kenny Judge (single and double) and Eden (single and double) accounted for 80 per cent of Toronto’s five hits with a brace each.

Belmont cruised to a 13-2 mercy-rule victory at Stevenson Park in Sunday’s other round two match.

Belmont’s racked up 11 runs before Boomers had brought home one.

The home side got two back in the bottom of the fourth but a further two runs in the top of the seventh gave the Seagulls an early finish.

Jake Amos drove in four runs from two doubles and a home run.