BELMONT put the chasing pack in their place on the weekend with two emphatic victories.
The second-placed Seagulls played the two teams below them on the Newcastle Major League ladder, beating White Sox 9-2 at Miller Field on Saturday and accounting for Phoenix Charlestown 11-2 at Windsor Park on Sunday.
The defending premiers got out of the blocks quickly both days, scoring eight runs in each match before their opponents had troubled the scorers.
Chris Hook led a strong Belmont batting performance across the two matches, hitting a single and a triple against Sox and recording three doubles against Phoenix. He also drove in three runs.
Jace Poole was another strong performer for Belmont with four RBIs and four hits, including two doubles.
In Saturday’s outing, Mark Dries had a strong all-round game, picking up two singles and two RBIs to go with three strike-outs and one earned run in four innings pitched.
Belmont’s successful weekend puts them three wins behind Toronto, who thumped Boomerangs 14-1 on Sunday for their 11th straight win of the season.
Seven Tigers players collected multiple hits at Stevenson Park. Joshua Judge led the assault with four, and Chris Ings and Adam Howe had three each.
Zane Stockhausen pitched well in his first top-grade appearance for the year, striking out six and giving up only four hits in six digs.
Michael Campbell relieved him for the final three innings and collected six strike-outs and allowed only one hit. Campbell also contributed two hits with the bat and made a great play in centre-field, throwing the runner out at second base.
James Donoghue tried his best to keep Boomers in the game with three hits and a solid six innings of work on the mound.
Boomerangs will be hoping for a change of fortune when they take on Phoenix at Windsor Park on Sunday.
The Mayfield side have yet to open their account for this year and they will fancy their chances of beating Phoenix, whose only two victories have been against Boomers.