Musketeers show no mercy hitting top form
IF only Ipswich Musketeers could hit like this every baseball game.
But after winning another Major A League match under the mercy rule, the Musketeers are hitting form at the right time, literally.
Wednesday night's 10-0 victory over home team Redlands followed last Sunday's 15-2 success over second placed Windsor Royals, also on the road.
However, Ipswich's latest win proved how recent training sessions on hitting were paying off.
With the humid conditions following Wednesday afternoon's south east Queensland storm, batting was made more difficult because of the ball movement in the thicker air.
Ipswich's winning pitcher Ryan Torrey was delighted how his team responded, led by four hits from centrefielder Stephen Greer.
Five runs in the seventh innings brought the game to an early finish.
"At training, we've been working real hard at our approach and just trying to just rally hits together,'' Torrey said.
"On Sunday, that's what we did. They hit, they hit, they hit. It was just big hit, big hit, nothing fancy.
"Last night as soon as we got there, it started raining. It was just super thick air and when it's that humid, the ball does not fly. So it was good we were going for big hits.''
Torrey said the powerful hitting was a timely boost for the team after recently losing two tight games to competition leaders Redsox.
Musketeers are back challenging Windsor Royals for second place.
Torrey was also encouraged to see Wade Dutton have a great match for Ipswich.
"It was one of the best games on the plate where he looked comfortable,'' Torrey said. "If he comes around, we're going to be pretty dangerous.''
While yet to pitch his best, Torrey has enjoyed his first season working with Ipswich Musketeers captain and catcher Josh Roberts.
"Our defence has been pretty solid,'' Californian import Torrey said, playing his third season for the Ipswich club.
"I love throwing to Josh. We're on the same page all the time.''
As for his own form, Torrey was honest in his assessment.
"I've been getting the job done,'' he said.
Musketeers hope to wrap up their latest series when they play Redlands again on Sunday, continuing a streak of away games.
Ipswich's next match: Sunday (1.30pm) v Redlands Rays at Redlands.