Baulkham Hills are into final on several grounds

BAULKHAM Hills are straight into the state baseball league grand final.

More than that, for the first time all of the club's four grades have gone straight from the major semi-finals into their grand finals.

Straight into . . . well, it wasn't that simple, not nearly.

But dramatic it certainly was.

Blacktown Workers and Baulkham Hills were to meet in the final game of the major semi-final series last Wednesday night after splitting the weekend games 9-0 and 3-0 respectively.

That game was washed out after one inning with the scores 0-0.

It was rescheduled for Saturday night but that was washed out, too.

Blacktown International Sportspark wasn't fit for play on Sunday either but as minor premiers, Workers had the choice of transferring the game to their home at Laybutt Reserve, but that was also too wet.

So it was all hands on deck and on the ground to get Northmead Reserve playable.

It was worth it.

Baulkham Hills won 4-1 and now await the winner of a sudden-death game between Workers and Central Coast.

Pitchers Dae Sung Koo and Matthew Bennett were once again Baulkham Hills' key players.

The Korean legend, the 46-year-old Koo, and Bennett, the man widely regarded as the best pitcher in the league, shut Blacktown down.

Jacob Younus hit a triple and Trent Schmutter a double to take the batting honours.

Baulkham Hills took a 2-0 lead at the top of the second inning, made it 3-0 at the top of the sixth before Blacktown got one back, and closed it out with another run in the eighth.

The first game of the three-game grand final will be played next Wednesday night at Blacktown International Sportspark, weather permitting.

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