It is getting difficult to avoid the cliche of ''Saints
march on'' in the premier competition.
Saints resumed after the holiday in familiar style with a
pair of crushing wins at Ellis Park on Saturday.
They took their record to an impressive 12-3 with wins over
Cardinals (17-1) and Ellis Park (13-1), and their lead at the
top of the table is now 14 points.
Saints polished off Cardinals inside four innings, scoring
four runs in the first inning, seven in the second, one in
the third and five in the fourth.
Tim Howard belted a two-run homer for Saints in the second
inning, and added an RBI double. Other highlights in the
brutal 20-hit performance included run-scoring triples from
both Conor O'Neill and Michael O'Neill, and an RBI double
from Lachlan Brensell.
Ellis Park provided a little more resistance, surviving five
innings against Saints.
A first inning featuring multiple wild pitches and a couple
of singles gave Saints an early 3-0 lead.
Both Howard and Michael O'Neill whacked triples in the second
inning, creating three runs between them, before Conor
O'Neill hit a home run in the third.
Ryan Williams scored a double and a run for Ellis Park in the
fourth, but Saints quickly snuffed out any hint of a comeback
as both Howard and Michael Crowley hit two-RBI singles.
The game of the day was a marathon, Ellis Park pipping
Dodgers 10-9 over nine eventful innings.
Dodgers grabbed an early 4-0 lead following a Matt Watts
triple and a Corey Wilson double, but Ellis Park pounced on
errors to take a 6-5 buffer into the seventh and, usually,
Three Dodgers runs were followed by two Ellis Park runs (both
off wild pitches), with two outs, so the game went to extra
Both teams scored in the eighth - Tom Snow batted in Andrew
Wilson for Dodgers, and Pete Mathieson scored Will Meiklejohn
for Ellis Park - before Dodgers drew a blank at the top of
That gave Ellis Park a window and Josh Ludlow, who had
started on second base under tiebreaker rules, scored the
In the final game, Cardinals played effective small ball to
beat Dodgers 10-0.