Tigers roar: Lions, Blues have massive wins

Recovering from an embarrassing drubbing last week, Bacchus Marsh broke the ice by blanking Saints in Round Six, while Guild rebounded from its first loss with a thumping win over Mounties and Deakin rounded out a day of lop-sided contests by humbling Lara Wildcats.

REMINDER: Under 18 and Under 14 Championship training will commence tomorrow (17 May). Details below.


Kingsley Collins (16 May 2015)


Languishing at the bottom of the table despite showing some positive form this season, Bacchus Marsh produced its best for a clear-cut result over Saints, who struggled with the stick as Tayler Rowe and Trent Pantallaresco together whiffed eighteen over a complete nine innings.

Getting after usually reliable Saints starter Duane Davenport, Bacchus Marsh plated two in the first and another couple in the third before Emerson Rickard stemmed the flow and Josh Lee tossed four hitless innings to keep his side in the contest.

Although the sides amassed just nine hits between them, the Tigers were better able to cash in on their scoring opportunities, with Noah Afu and Marc McKenner posting timely knocks in support of some simply superb pitching by Rowe – who racked up ten strikeouts over five innings – and Pantallaresco, who himself fanned eight for a richly-deserved save.

While neither club is a scoring machine – evidenced by scoring just fourteen runs apiece in five games – both have the pitching stocks and the defence to suggest that they might be legitimate contenders for the post-season if they can get on a roll over coming weeks.

Bacchus Marsh can expect another tough test when they make the trek to Deakin next Saturday, while Manager Justin Charles will have Saints primed for a strong showing when they play host to Mounties, who have an offence more than capable of doing damage.

SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  3 errors  
BACCHUS MARSH 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 x   (6)  1 error  
Saints: J.Charles 2, L.Sherwell, C.Rickard, J.Isbister  
Bacchus Marsh: S.Hornstra, M.McKenner, T.Pantallaresco, N.Afu  
Saints: nil  
Bacchus Marsh: M.McKenner 2, N.Afu 2, J.Norquay  
Saints: D.Davenport 2.1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 4 ER  
  E.Rickard 1.2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  J.Lee 4 inn, 0 H, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER  
Bacchus Marsh: T.Rowe 5 inn, 1 H, 10 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
  T.Pantallaresco 4 inn, 4 H, 8 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

GUILD 17 defeated MOUNTIES 0

An undermanned Guild outfit was far too strong for Mounties YC, which was in the contest early but wilted under offensive pressure that saw the Lions put up crooked numbers in three of the seven innings played.

While Scott Jones gave Mounties a solid start on the hill, his side was well held by Brad Egan, who delivered another superb six innings for Guild before James Wood closed out the game.

The Lions broke out with five in the third and were aided by some Mounties defensive errors that enabled them to pile on another six in the sixth and five in the seventh to wrap up the game marginally early as the home club conceded twelve unearned runs overall.

Scattering four hits to earn another win, Egan enjoyed terrific back-up from his defence and an offence headed by youngsters Harry Levy and Liam Spence (both with three hits and an RBI), Wood (two and three) along with seasoned catcher Ryan Stewart (three and one) and Manager Jason Landthaler (two and two).

The Lions have regained first placing before going to the bye next week, while Mounties will be away to Saints for an intriguing clash that could go either way without surprising.

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GUILD 0 0 5 1 0 6 5   (17)  2 errors  
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    (0)   6 errors  
Guild: H.Levy 3, R.Stewart 3, L.Spence 3, J.Wood 2, J.Landthaler 2, J.Durston  
Mounties: S.Jeffery, S.Kerr, L.Ashmore, S.Jones  
Guild: J.Wood 3, J.Landthaler 2, C.Dusrton, H.Levy, R.Stewart, T.Kilfoyle, B.Egan, L.Spence  
Mounties: nil  
Guild: B.Egan 6 inn, 4 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  J.Wood 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 ER  
Mounties: S.Jones 5 inn, 8 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
  G.Davidson 1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
  B.Jacobsson 1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

DEAKIN 15 defeated LARA 1

Generating unstoppable offence in support of another solid start by Chris Webb, Deakin scored often and heavily as it strode away from Lara later in the game.

Fifteen hits to six told the tale of the contest – which would surely be one of Deakin’s finest outings and one of Lara’s most disappointing over the past decade.

Although he breezed through the first, emerging Lara hurler Cameron McNish was taken for three in the second and rebounded for a couple of scoreless frames before the Blues launched a mid-game assault that gleaned four in the fifth and a game-breaking six in the sixth as the Wildcats went to Dan Anson in seeking to stem the flow.

All nine starters hit safely for Deakin, with the most productive being Cameron Gibbons (two hits and three RBIs), an unfashionable - and probably underrated - Russell Millard (two and three), Matt Belfrage (two and two), Cameron Lyons (two and two), Kelii Zablan, Ricky Holm and lead-off Webb.

While the vastly experienced Wildcats offence stranded marginally more runners on base, it struggled to convert against Webb – who is having a great season – and class act Zablan, one of the stars of this league.

Now sitting third on the A Grade table, Deakin will not be underestimating Bacchus Marsh when it plays host to the Tigers next Saturday, while Lara heads down to Bellarine for what should be an interesting stoush between old rivals boasting a surfeit of old stagers still taking great pride in how – and how well -  they play the game.

DEAKIN 0 3 0 0 4 6 2   (15)  4 errors  
LARA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0    (1)   2 errors  
Deakin: K.Zablan 2, C.Gibbons 2, C.Lyons 2, R.Millard 2, M.Belfrage 2, R.Holm 2, C.Webb, M.Rigby, A.Medew  
Lara: D.Anson, S.Baumann, B.Hammer, R.Wilson, J.Ricketts, S.Forbes  
Deakin: C.Gibbons 3, R.Millard 3, C.Webb 2, C.Lyons 2, M.Belfrage 2. K.Zablan, R.Holm  
Lara: R.Wilson  
Deakin: C.Webb 5 inn, 6 H, 4 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  K.Zablan 2 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Lara: C.McNish 5.2 inn, 10 H, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 10 ER
  D.Anson 1.1 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER

Under 18, Under 14 Championship Tryouts

Geelong Baseball Association requests that all eligible and interested players for the 2015 Under 18 Championship attend the first training and registration session organised for Sunday 17 May, from 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM.

The session will be held at Pioneer 2 (Saints synthetic ground).

If you are unable to attend, please register your interest with Head Coach Phill Northfield (Phillip.Northfield@vivaenergy.com.au).

Expressions of interest are invited for Assistant Coach positions and for a team Executive Officer.

The Under 18 Winter Championship will be held in Wangaratta, over 27-28 June.

Also starting this weekend will be tryouts for the Under 14 Winter Championship.

The first session will be held on Sunday 17 May at Deakin Baseball Club. Player registration is at 8.40 AM, with tryouts to start at 9.00 AM sharp. Head Coach is Larry Meager.

To be eligible, players need to be born in 2002 or 2003.

If you are unable to attend but intend to tryout, please contact Leanne Gibbons.

The Under 14 Winter Championship will be held in Frankston, over 18-19 July.

Bears sink Lions: Mounties steamroll Bacchus

Further interest was injected into an already fascinating Geelong Baseball Association A Grade competition during a stunning Round Five that saw Bellarine upset Guild Lions in a cracker, while Mounties turned a five-run deficit into a thumping win by scoring an unbelievable sixteen runs with two out in the last and Saints posted an important win over Lara Wildcats.


BELLARINE 4 defeated GUILD 2

Already having a terrific season, Bellarine superstar Simon Murry scattered five hits over a complete-game outing to lead his side to a memorable win over a Guild powerhouse in search of its fifth pennant on the trot.

While Guild was brave in defeat, three runs off starting ace Brad Egan in the bottom of the first - compliments largely of an infield throwing error - did the scoring damage for the Bears, who themselves played errorless defence in support of the Murry classic.

Such was Murry’s dominance that Guild landed just one runner on baseball over the first six innings, although the Lions plated a run in the seventh and another in the top of eight before a strikeout brought an end to the challenge - with bases loaded.

Aside from his pitching heroics, Murry stroked two hits for the Bears - along with Chris Bramwell and Wayne Visser - while Brad McKentish and Chris Barker both posted crucial RBIs. With two of his side’s knocks, Chris Durston was best in offence for the Lions, who again gained terrific service from Egan over five innings for no earned runs.

Now heading the A Grade table on head-to-head, Bellarine can kick back with the bye next Saturday, while Guild makes the trek to Ballarat to face a confident Mounties outfit that comes off two one-run losses (to Deakin and Bellarine) and a freakish late shellacking of Bacchus Marsh.  

GUILD 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   (2)  3 errors  
BELLARINE 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 x   (4)  0 errors  
Guild: C.Durston 2, H.Levy, R.Stewart, J.Durston  
Bellarine: C.Bramwell 2, W.Visser 2, S.Murry 2, L.Hockey, B.McKentish, C.Barker  
Guild: J.Wood, R.Stewart  
Bellarine: B.McKentish, C.Barker  
Guild: B.Egan 5 inn, 5 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  L.Harty 2 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
Bellarine: S.Murry 8 inn, 5 H, 8 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER  


While most of us are familiar with the Bad News Bears from another era, this was Tragic Tigers on display at Masons Lane, where the home side conceded an incredible sixteen runs with two out - under gloomy conditions - in the top of the last.

Trent Pantallaresco threw his heart out for Bacchus before being relieved with his side surely in a winning position at that point, although the Mounts had other ideas as they twice hit through the order against a demoralised Bacchus Marsh defence that could simply not take a trick.

Conceding just two hits, Pantallaresco was relieved after allowing a solitary earned run with two out in the last, drawing Daniel Wilkie from second base to mop up.

What should have been a relatively easy assignment for the home side turned into a nightmare as the Tigers committed eight defensive errors – muffed fly balls, booted grounders and wild throws – that conspired with some clean hitting to turn a five-run lead into an eleven-run deficit.

With lead-off Chris Porter (three hits) and Manager Shannon Hornstra (two-run homer in the third) dangerous in offence, the Tigers were well in control over six innings despite passing up scoring opportunities that would have provided them with a greater buffer leading into that fateful last frame.

Still in search of its first win, Bacchus Marsh will be keen to atone when it plays host to Saints next Saturday, while Mounties – who have scored a staggering twenty-three runs in the final three innings of their past two games – will be at home to a Guild Lions outfit smarting from a loss to Bellarine.

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MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 0 16   (16)  3 errors  
BACCHUS MARSH 0 0 2 1 1 1  0    (5)   8 errors  
Mounties: S.Kerr 3, S.Malthouse 2, S.Jeffery 2, J.Bramwell, D.Walsh, G.Masterson  
Bacchus Marsh: C.Porter 3, T.Pantallaresco 2, S.Hormstra (home run), D.Wilkie, S.Groves, J.Warwick  
Mounties: S.Kerr 4, J.Bramwell, S.Malthouse, S.Jeffery, B.Walsh, G.Masterson  
Bacchus Marsh: S.Hornstra 2, S.Groves, J.Warwick  
Mounties: G.Davidson 4 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER  
  B.Jones 1.1 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  S.Jeffery 1.2 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
Bacchus Marsh: T.Pantallaresco 6.2 inn, 2 H, 7 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
  D.Wilkie 0.0 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 ER
  C.Porter 0.1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB

SAINTS 4 defeated LARA 1

With starter Duane Davenport doing a sterling job and youngster Emerson Rickard providing great back-up with two hits to complement his two innings on the hill, East Belmont Saints posted a second win that has the club well ensconced in the middle of the table.

Also at two and two but not producing the offence on this occasion, Lara would be well-pleased with the outing of Cameron McNish, who kept his side well in the game until saints stretched the lead with two in the sixth.

While both sides played a high-quality defensive game, Saints were better able to convert their scoring opportunities than a Lara offence that is looking stronger but could muster only six scattered hits off Davenport and Rickard.

Saints will be away to Bacchus Marsh next Saturday while Lara is at home to Deakin in what shapes as a vital game for both clubs.

LARA 0 0 0 1 0 0   (1)  0 errors  
SAINTS 0 0 1 1 0 2   (4)  0 errors  
Lara: D.Anson, S.Baumann, B.Hammer, C.Lewis, C.Mason, A.Mueller  
Saints: E.Rickard 2, L.Sherwell, J.Charles, L.Poulter, C.Thompson, T.Huisman, M.Lambert  
Lara: C.Mason  
Saints: E.Rickard 2, J.Charles, M.Lambert  
Lara: C.McNish 5.1 inn, 8 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER  
  D.Anson 0 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Saints: D.Davenport 4 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
  E.Rickard 2 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

Winter Championships

Getting in early with its preparation for the 2015 Winter Championships, Geelong Baseball Association is pleased to announce the appointment of a significant portion of its coaching staff. While some positions are still to be filled, the following announcements have been made.

Head Coach Cameron GIBBONS
Assistant Coach Justin CHARLES
UNDER 18 CHAMPIONSHIP (Wangaratta, 27-28 June)
Head Coach Phill NORTHFIELD
UNDER 16 CHAMPIONSHIP (Mildura, 4-5 July)
To be announced  
UNDER 14 CHAMPIONSHIP (Frankston, 18-19 July)
Head Coach Larry MEAGER
Assistant Coach Joel RICKETTS
Assistant Coach Andy MEDEW
UNDER 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (Bendigo, 25-26 July)
Head Coach Chris RICKARD

Other appointments will be announced as they become available.

Geelong Baseball Association will be aiming to provide day-by-day website reporting of all Winter Championships (See the "Championships" link in our Main menu).

Junior Premiers

Congratulations to the premier teams in GBA junior competition for 2014.




GBA Junior contact details for 2015

All enquiries and enquiries regarding junior competitions and programmes for the 2014 winter season should be directed to Junior Secretary Terri Walker (email gba.juniorsecretary@gmail.com).

The Junior Chairman is Robert Hosking (0411 201101 or robertho@iinet.net.au)







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A Grade Scores



GBA Under 18 Trials

Geelong Baseball Association requests that all eligible and interested players for the 2015 Under 18 Championship attend the first training and registration session organised for Sunday 17 May, from 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM.

The session will be held at Pioneer 2 (Saints synthetic ground).

If you are unable to attend, please register your interest with Head Coach Phill Northfield (Phillip.Northfield@vivaenergy.com.au).

Expressions of interest are invited for Assistant Coach positions and for a team Executive Officer.

The Under 18 Winter Championship will be held in Wangaratta, over 27-28 June.

GBA Delegates' Meetings

Geelong Baseball Association Executive requests that affiliate clubs add the following details to their season calendar.

DELEGATES' MEETINGS have been scheduled for 24 March, 12 May, 16 June and 4 August. These meetings will commence at 7.00 PM and are expected to be held at the Guild clubrooms. Each associated club must have a delegate present at each of these meetings or a fine maybe levied against the absent club.

PRESENTATION NIGHT. The GBA Senior Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 5 September at Buckleys. Each senior side entered will be allocated two tickets to this event, the cost of which is included in the affiliation fees.

Senior Premiers 2014


Victorian Leagues

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