The Doncaster Dragons lost both games of their double header against Newport.
After coming off two straight wins the Dragons went to both games full of confidence.
The Dragons got close in game two coming within one run of Newport but ended up losing 3-2.
Simon Fitzmaurice started game two for the Dragons and continued his strong form. However, the Dragons wasted many opportunities throughout the game to score.
Newport scored first with an RBI double in the top of the third. The first Dragon run came from a Michael Mazzocato RBI single in the bottom of the third tying the game.
Newport responded in the fourth with another RBI double putting them up 2-1 then scoring again in the fifth to make it 3-1.
Fitzmaurice finished five innings, six hits, four walks and four strikeouts for three earned runs. Ben Utting was hitless in relief, going two innings, one strikeout and one intentional walk for no runs.
An RBI single from Billy Findlay brought the score to 3-2 however, Brendan McDonald grounded out to end the game.
Two days earlier, the Dragons wasted another impressive outing by import pitcher Justin Lawrence as the Rams won 4-1.
Newport’s field is nicknamed The Graveyard, and not only because of the cemetery behind it. With the wind blowing in, it is also a place where potential base hits go to die. The Dragons found that out the hard way, collecting only four hits for the game.
The only player to master the conditions was catcher Billy Findlay, who had three hits and an RBI, when he drove in Brendan McDonald in the ninth inning for the only run the Dragons would score. Ben Utting had the team’s only other hit, a double in the sixth inning, but was left stranded.
Lawrence pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks, with nine strikeouts. But his effort was matched by his counterpart, Gabe Sandersius, who pitched a complete game and allowed only that ninth-inning run.
The Dragons now slump to 2-7 and have an even tougher task this week when they take on Essendon (7-2) on Sunday afternoon.
- James Bennett & John McDonald