Scotland started the Battle for Britain against the South West Baseball League side. The Games were only short in the first round robin style of games so the teams needed to bring it right from the start, and Scotland did just that. Scotland scored 2 runs in the first inning and another in the second to jump to an early lead. The runs in the first inning coming from Ruari Dunn and Adam Murphy who both reached on singles though the gap in left field. Federico Gambedotti scored the run in the second inning as he smacked a hard hit grounder up the middle, stealing second and being driven in by Adam Murphy on a line drive into left field. The Granite City Oilers ace showing his pace scoring on a close play at the plate. Scotland added a security run in the 4th as the time limit loomed courtesy of Lee Stodart coming home from 3rd on a grounder through third base from Murphy.
On the mound, Sam Davidson was picked as the man on the hill. Davidson has lit up the Scottish National League with his pitching and the Battle for Britain would be no different. The Edinburgh Cannons man would throw 56 pitches through 4 innings. giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run, walking 1 and amassing an impressive 10 strikeouts in Scotland’s tournament opener. The runs SWBL scored in the 4th come from the only 2 hits. The first 2 innings were out in order. A ground out to Davidson followed by two strikeouts looking in the first. Another 3 strike outs in the second inning, and all but a walk seperated another perfect inning from the Scottish League All Star. Besides the first batter no SWBL batter had put the ball in play until the 4th. A fly out to center started things off for the men in Yellow followed by 2 singles, the second of which plated the first run. An attempt at a double play gone slightly wrong scored the second but Davidson recovered to end the game by putting the final two batters down swinging.
A great start for the Scottish Team as they look to put the name of Baseball Scotland on the map in the UK Baseball Scene.