Musketeers firing on new cylinders
NO JOSH Roberts, no Andrew Campbell - no worries.
The Ipswich Musketeers have flaunted their new-found depth, with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over Surfers Paradise at Tivoli.
It followed a 9-1 win against the same opponent on Friday to move the Ipswich club to a 5-3 record in the Major League.
More impressive still is they did it with out absent coach Roberts (suspended) and Brisbane Bandit Campbell (Australian Baseball League).
Ipswich were down 4-1 after two innings and 7-3 after six.
But a four run seventh innings drew Ipswich level. They hit the front in the eigth and closed it out in the ninth.
Pitching Ipswich home was new Muskets recruit Brad Dutton.
Dutton and his brother Wade joined the club from Redcliffe this season.
Dutton won a title many years ago playing for Pine Hills.
And he sees every reason to believe he can win another with Ipswich.
"It's fun," Dutton said of his switch to the Muskets.
"I always thought with Josh (Roberts) and Soup (Campbell) I'd come up to Ipswich and play a couple of years. I'm getting old so it was a good time.
"You've got to play with people you like and it's always fun playing with these boys.
"The goal is to win in, with our line-up."
Also new to the Musketeers family is 24-year-old Mike Peroni.
Peroni's speed of foot and thought earned Muskets the advantage in the eighth innings.
He made it from home base to second on the catcher's fumble and got home to give Ipswich the lead.
From Long Island, New York, Peroni has added Ipswich to a growing list of countries he has played baseball in.
He spent the northern hemisphere summer playing in Germany.
After getting in contact with Ipswich president Jon Campbell, some background searching convinced him he was on a winner coming to Ipswich.
"People told me it was a better league," he said.
"And I believe it.
"It's been very good so far."
Peroni hopes the Muskets give him an avenue to showcase his talents on a bigger stage with the Brisbane Bandits in the ABL.
In the meantime he is enjoying living and playing in Ipswich.
He is currently sharing a house with teammate and fellow US import Alex Rubanowitz in Raceview.
"It feels like we've all been here a while," he said.