BASEBALL: JAGS' unbeaten run was ripped to shreds after the undefeated Bladerunners had scored nine runs in the top of the first at Halton field last Sunday.
A nervous and shattered Halton were unable to score in the first two innings and despite settling defensively after the third and beginning to put runs on the board, the damage had been done.
The Sheffield team adopted an aggressive hitting policy and crowded the plate. Ten batters reached, all but one scoring.
A series of defensive blunders and three batters hit by pitch all contributed to the rout, which finally ended when catcher Tyler Mattler got to a popped-up ball behind the plate to make the third out.
The Jags did come back after the third, putting pressure on the Sheffield offence and hitting the ball well, but in many cases hitting into double plays.
The rally was too little too late but, nevertheless, Halton had nine batters at the plate in the bottom of the seventh and four Halton runs were scored, started off by a fine triple to reliever Nick Bustin.
A hit-and-run double steal had the Bladerunners rattled and when the Jags get on the base paths, they scored well.
Jags now lie second to Sheffield in BBF Division One North.
On a positive note, the Jags have two more games against Sheffield and Bladerunners' former Australian international catcher will have returned home by then.
Halton may yet be able to pull off a double win to take top slot from Bladerunners.
Meanwhile, it's back to the drawing board for Halton who will be looking for a good win this Sunday at Barnsley Strikers.