A pulsating tie between Whitesox and Phoenix was the highlight of round 13 of the Newcastle Baseball competition on Sunday.
At Windsor Park, Whitesox and Phoenix were not separated by more than a run for the full eight digs and they were locked at 11-all when time was called.
Several players recorded multiple hits but Tim Studdard from Whitesox stood out with five.
Veteran pitchers Ben Terry (Phoenix) and Cal Davies (Whitesox) went blow for blow for most of the match and a tied result was a fair outcome.
At Blackalls Park, Boomerangs held Toronto early but a couple of big innings from Toronto earned them a mercy rule win of 12-2.
With the bat, Moko Moanaroa had three hits for Toronto, while Brock Ridgewell recorded two for Boomerangs. Pitching was solid for both sides.
Next weekend, Boomerangs and Whitesox face off at Boomerang Field and second-placed Whitesox host third-placed Belmont at Plattsburg Park in a game that will have a significant impact on the semi-finals picture.
Only half a game separates Whitesox and Belmont on the table. All games start 2pm Sunday.
The NSW Country Open Women's Championship will be held at Belmont on July 21-22.
Teams from Illawarra, Tamworth and defending champions Newcastle will compete.
Each team will include players from the open and youth Country teams who competed in the national championships at Easter in Geelong.