Third match will break baseball deadlock

PULSATING weekend's action means Baulkham Hills and Blacktown Workers will go at it again in the NSW baseball league major semi-final series tomorrow night.

They split the first two games at Blacktown International Sportspark on the weekend after Wednesday's night's first game was washed out.

Blacktown won the first game 9-0 on Saturday night; Baulkham Hills the return 3-0 on Sunday.

Such competitiveness and suspense was expected after the twists and turns of the past month.

Baulkham Hills went into the second-to-last competition round well ahead of second-placed Blacktown, with the minor premiership there to lose.

They lost but were still ahead of Workers.

But Baulkham lost again in the last round after the rain reduced the round to one game, while Blacktown thumped Macarthur 13-0, allowing Workers to snatch the prize.

With momentum and confidence on their side, it was no shock to see Blacktown then thump Baulkham Hills on Saturday night.

A depleted Hills were force to play promising 17-year-old pitcher Lachlan Wells, who was suffering from diarrhoea and other ailments.

But on Sunday Baulkham Hills had the A-pitching team of Matthew Bennett, who many consider the best in the league, and the Korean legend Dae Sung Koo, on the mound.

They restricted the hits, and Jared Beileitner produced the big batting hit in the eighth inning, getting two home.

The winners tomorrow night will go straight through to the grand final.

The loser will play minor semi-final winners Central Coast at the venue on Saturday and Sunday, with a decider next week if needed.

It was a big weekend for club championship winners Baulkham Hills, with seconds, thirds and under-18s straight through to their grand finals.

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