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Rusty Indians get home

Reigning premiers Weston Creek Indians started out their ACT Baseball title defence with a convincing 14-3 win over Woden yesterday.

The Indians were ''shaking some rust out'' said Daniel Bradley, who was confident his side would be competitive again this season.

Keith Ward was the standout at the plate for the Indians, going three from three, with new addition Kody Hightower having little chance to make an impact, getting walked three times.

The Kambah Eagles beat Tuggeranong Vikings 10-5, in a game coach Mark Saunderson said had ''a few too many errors,'' typical of the first game back.

Eagles recruit Robbie Perkins, who has signed a Major League Baseball contract for next year, went four from four in his first game since switching from Woden.

Recruiting the prized catcher was one of two key personnel changes Saunderson hoped to make, with an American left-handed pitcher possibly joining the team in a few weeks, which would ''add some depth''.

Eagles starting pitcher Adam Warner pitched seven innings yesterday, giving up just two earned runs.

The Ainslie Gungahlin Bears also had a 10-5 win, defeating the Belconnen Bandits in a performance that pleased coach Lee Mills. ''We've still got some fine-tuning to do during the season, but as a whole we're looking strong and confident we can get back in the top three come finals time.'' he said.