Saints stun Deakin: Giants set the pace

Taking full toll of some uncharacteristically errant opposition defence, Saints whitewashed Deakin 5-0 to register its second A Grade win of the season, while Bellarine pipped Lara 5-4 in a tight contest and Werribee strengthened its hold on top spot with a hard-fought 8-5 result over Mounties.

Kingsley Collins (28 May 2016)

SAINTS 5 defeated DEAKIN 0

Even without Head Coach Justin Charles this week, Saints showed that their win over Bellarine was no fluke, this time dealing a shock loss to Deakin Blues, who have slipped to third behind Werribee and Guild.

For a game in which both clubs made defensive errors, it was the haloes who were able to exploit their opportunities by skipping away to a four-run lead through the middle innings – three of those unearned, despite solid stints from Deakin starter Tayler Rowe and reliever Chris Webb.

Coming off a stellar game last week, Josh Lee was outstanding once again for Saints in conceding just four hits in a complete-game shutout – half of that production credited to Rudy Jaramillo – while his team offence racked up eleven knocks against a genuine title contender.

Leading the way with three hits, Jordan Isbister was another standout for Saints, along with Hiro Sekine (two hits), Emerson Rickard (two) and Lee – who added a couple of knocks to his day out at Deakin, who are still settling into their new playing facility.

“It has been a month since we have had a proper training session, with the ground not ready quite when we expected - and with some bad weather,” Deakin Coach Leigh Holmes later remarked.

“We were ragged in defence, and I guess we helped Saints out a bit by being over-aggressive in the batters’ box.”

“No excuses, though,” he said. “Josh threw really well for Saints today and young Tyler Huisman did a great job of managing the side.”

Still seventh on head-to-head behind Mounties and Lara, Saints will enjoy an extended break – with the bye next week, followed by the Winter Championship – while Deakin is at home to Werribee for what should be a fascinating clash between two skilled and motivated squads.

SAINTS      0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0   (5)  3 errors  
DEAKIN      0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  6 errors  
Saints: J.Isbister 3, H.Sekine 2, J.Lee 2, E.Rickard 2, L.Sherwell, C.Rickard
Deakin: R.Jaramillo 2, C.Webb, N.Holmes  
Saints: G.Carter, L.Sherwell  
Deakin: nil  
Saints: J.Lee 9 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Deakin: T.Rowe 4 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  C.Webb 3 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  R.Jaramillo 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  C.Gibbons 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  


Werribee remains the only undefeated A Grade side and today did it pretty easily against a beefed-up Mounties side that came back hard in the later innings to make a real game of this one.

Riding another superb outing by John Curnow – who scattered six hits for one earned run over six – the Giants made a telling statement with four in the third off quality Mounties starter Rory Meddick before the visitors called on Stewart Jeffery to stem the flow.

While Mounties had grand offensive contributors in Jeffery and Scott Jones (both with two hits), they were out-slugged by a Werribee side that enjoyed production from eight players – with the stars being Manager Jon Lowe (two hits and three RBIs), Marcel Ernstzen (two and two), Wade Balzer (two and one), Curnow (two and one) and emerging youngster Jack Fielden (two hits).

Already having a terrific season right across the club, Werribee will be away to Deakin in what shapes as a blockbuster next Saturday, while Mounties will regroup for an eminently winnable home game against Lara Wildcats.

MOUNTIES      0 0 0 0 0 2 3   (5)  3 errors  
WERRIBEE      0 0 4 0 2 2 x   (8)  3 errors  
Mounties: S.Jeffery 2, S.Jones 2, M.Jones, S.Kerr, B.Walsh, R.Meddick
Werribee: J.Fielden 2, W.Balzer 2, J.Lowe 2, M.Ernstzen 2, J.Curnow 2, C.Wilson, M.Collins, K.Hartigan  
Mounties: J.Bramwell, S.Kerr, B.Walsh, R.Meddick  
Werribee: J.Lowe 3, M.Ernstzen 2, W.Balzer, J.Curnow, M.Collins  
Mounties: R.Meddick 3 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER  
  S.Jeffery 3 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER  
Werribee: J.Curnow 6 inn, 6 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  R.Balzer 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER  

BELLARINE 5 defeated LARA 4

The Bears have edged back into fourth placing – for the time being at least – with a solid, albeit unspectacular win over Lara, which made this a real contest with three in the fifth but came up just short after the visitors plated a couple in the top of the last.

Again answering the call for his club, Chris Lewis scattered seven hits over a complete game outing for the Wildcats, who took advantage of vital defensive errors behind Bellarine pitchers Josh Crotty (six innings) and Simon Murry – who earned the win with his closing innings of work.

Walking taller and already looking stronger through the inclusion of Cameron Forbes, Lara matched the Bears on offence – with six hits to seven – although the visitors were able to convert marginally better through the timely efforts of Jack Auld (a hit and two RBIs), Cam Brown (one and one) and Murry (one and one).

In what remains a very balanced A Grade competition, Bellarine will be primed for a strong showing against Guild at home next Saturday, while Lara – which may be building its season – should not be underestimated by Mounties when it makes the trek to Prince of Wales.

BELLARINE      1 0 1 1 0 0 2   (5)  3 errors  
LARA      0 0 0 0 3 0 1   (4)  1 error  
Bellarine: L.Medew, C.Brown, W.Visser, S.Murry, J.Auld, L.Hockey, A.Hockey
Lara: D.Anson, S.Baumann, S.Wilson, R.Wilson, C.Forbes, R.Carter  
Bellarine: J.Auld 2, C.Brown, S.Murry, C.Barker  
Lara: S.Wilson  
Bellarine: J.Crotty 6 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER  
  S.Murry 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Lara: Chris Lewis 7 inn, 7 H, 0 K, 7 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER  

GUILD had the A Grade bye.

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GBA appoints coaching staff for Winter Championship

Looking to defend its senior championship from last year, Geelong Baseball Association this week appointed Ryan Darcy as Head Coach, with Troy Snarey and Leigh Holmes named as Assistant Coaches.

The 2016 Senior Winter Championship will be held at Geelong Baseball Centre, from 11-13 June.

“We are very excited about our prospects for the championship and we are urging all of our baseball community to get behind us under Ryan Darcy, who is making his debut as a senior coach,” said Assistant Coach and Deakin head honcho Leigh Holmes.

“It is always a fantastic weekend of baseball,” he said, “and word around the traps is that we are going to be in for some tough opposition – especially from the Melbourne-based winter leagues.”

Aiming to replicate the GBA success of 2015, the coaching staff is asking for any senior player who is interested in representing the league at this prestigious event to contact Ryan Darcy (0427 578 988) or Leigh Holmes (0425 733 899).

“No tryouts will be held and the team will need to be decided rather soon,” Leigh Holmes said. “So please let the coaching staff know. They will also be calling some players, but please don't be backwards in coming forward.

Senior draw changes, Saturday T-Ball, Under 18 tryouts

There has been plenty happening around the GBA this week, with clubs now informed of the following news at senior and junior levels.

***   SENIOR DRAW CHANGES. Guild has withdrawn its C Grade team entry, which has been replaced with a second Corio entry. While that situation amounts to a straight swap, there have been time and venue changes in other grades. Clubs have been informed and the changes are noted in light pink in the fixtures pages.

***   UNDER 18 WINTER CHAMPIONSHIP TRYOUTS will start on Sunday 24 April, 9.30 – 11.00 AM at Saints Baseball Club (Pioneer Park). To qualify for the series, a player must have been born after 31 December 1998 (that is, Under 18 at the 31 December 2016).

Although registrations will be taken on the day, it is preferred that be done before Sunday 24 April by emailing Phill Northfield

***   GEELONG BASEBALL ASSOCIATION T-BALL PROGRAMME will be up and running from Saturday 23 April. The programme is open for ALL GBA clubs. It is not team or club-based and open participation is welcomed. The sessions will be geared towards development applying T-Ball/Baseball skills and related fun activities to enhance all-round hand-eye coordination.

Age: 5-8 year old boys and girls

Location: Saints Baseball Club, Pioneer Rd, Grovedale.

Time: 9-10 AM

Duration: 8 Weeks (Not Queens Birthday Weekend), starting Sunday 23 April and finishing Saturday 18 June.

Senior Premiers 2015






Scores at a glance

A GRADE:     28 May
DEAKIN   0 SAINTS           5
GUILD   bye    

A Grade Top Ten

Top Ten after Round Six (14/15 May). NOTE: only eight pitchers are currently qualified under the minimum requirements.

Junior Playing Conditions

GBA Junior Playing Conditions for 2016 (including rules, game times and venues) are posted HERE.

U18 Championship Tryouts

TRYOUTS will start on Sunday 24 April, 9.30 – 11.00 AM at Saints (Pioneer Park). To qualify for the series, a player must have been born after 31 December 1998 (that is, Under 18 at the 31 December 2016).

Although registrations will be taken on the day, it is preferred that be done before Sunday 24 April by emailing Phill Northfield:

GBA Coaching Vacancies

The GBA Board seeks Head Coaches and support staff for our winter carnival teams:

1.   SENIORS (Geelong 11-13 June)

2.   UNDER 18 (Mildura, 25-26 June)

2.   UNDER 16 (Wangaratta 2-3 July)

3.   UNDER 14 (Knox 16-17 July)

4.   UNDER 12 (Bendigo 23-24 July)

Tony McPherson (Executive Officer)    

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