The Super League’s opening night saw the Crushers claim a convincing 7-1 win over the Carp and a 4-3 win by the Wasps against the Clippers.
Anthony Herrera was the Highway Player of The Game after going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two strikeouts from the mound, and he dominated for the Crushers alongside Landon Hernandez.
Hernandez starred from the start and went 3-for-3 with a walk and one RBI while Todd McDonald clubbed the first home run of the season.
The highlight of the second inning was a battle between Carp starter Nick Hutchings and his brother Matt, who smacked a deep double for the Crushers as they faced off for a rare encounter.
David Carroll drilled a right field two-run single moments later, scoring 16-year-old Liam Bull as young and old combined on the field.
There was a Carp comeback in the third but just one run came home as Herrera fired off a pinpoint throw from third to first to secure the third our of the inning.
Hernandez worked an extra long at-bat in the fourth before his Crushers teammate Jordy Grose retired the Carp with four pitches in the fifth.
A solo shot to right field by Todd McDonald kept the momentum in favour of the Crushers and very soon their 4-1 lead blew out to 7-1 in the seventh and victory was sealed.
Angus Roeger had a double for the Carp while Ben Keeping went 2-for-3.
The Clippers looked perfect early on but a late Wasps’ onslaught saw them pushed to the limit, and lose the game right at the death.
Starting pitcher Tim Day was perfect through two innings for the Clippers, Jordan McArdle the game’s opening scorer on a wild pitch, before Evan LeBlanc came home on a Luke Rackebrandt sac fly.
The next inning Leblanc snagged a hit saving catch just metres inside the park, pitcher Connor Hill backed him up with a pair of strikeouts.
Mitch Lightbody’s hot day started with a triple off the fence, and he finished 3-for-3, and the Wasps were buzzing following a RBI single to Tom McGarry and a wild throw, which scored Dennis Christiansen.
Late tension saw runs exchanged on both sides and entering the seventh the one-hour-fifty mark saw the International tiebreaker rules brought in.
Rackebrandt was the potential hero with the go-ahead run but pitcher Jackson Brebner-Russ was having none of it and retired the side.
A shock double steal to start the bottom of the seventh flowed into an intentional walk which loaded the bases for the Wasps.
Dylan Brammer struck out the first two hitters but he came up against the in-form Lightbody who tied the game with his RBI single and moments later the Sheriff, Stefan Welch, had the walk-off RBI single.