Despite the weather closing in later in the afternoon, it was a great occasion for baseball down GBA way, on a day that featured a narrow Bellarine win over Saints in an A Grade thriller, a last-gasp recovery by Deakin when Mounties ostensibly had the game in their grasp and a one-sided affair down at Masons Lane, where the Guild offence was at its imperious best. Watching on with the bye, Lara will be back among the action during Anzac Day weekend as we set ourselves for a series of fascinating contests.
While the senior season is well and truly in progress, we look forward to our youngsters taking the field as an expanded Junior League competition is poised to commence on 2 May.
DEAKIN 7 defeated MOUNTIES 4
Mounties was ultra-competitive on its return to A Grade, leading Deakin into the bottom of the last innings, when the Blues were able to cash in some free passes and timely hitting to snatch what earlier looked like an unlikely victory.
It was a tight contest all day, with Deakin breaking a 1-1 deadlock in the fifth before a dogged Mounties outfit placed the Blues under defensive pressure in the top of the last, which forced three across the plate for a two-run buffer.
But with Stewart Jeffery struggling in relief for the visitors, Deakin took full toll of a couple of passes as Chris Webb and Ricky Holm delivered telling hits that wrested control of the match with a five-spot when it mattered most.
While both sides made errors in an otherwise high-quality contest, starters Chris Webb (Deakin) and Scott Jones (Mounties) were both superb for their respective clubs, with Webb complementing his winning game with a hit and a pair of RBIs.
Mounties recruits in Leigh Ashmore and Scott Kerr showed plenty for their new winter club - along with Scot Malthouse (two hits) – while class act Kelii Zablan was again influential with the bat and on the hill at the end.
Among several highlights of this clash was the debut of 25 year-old import Ricky Holm, a hard-throwing pitcher who patrolled leftfield in this game while driving in three of the Deakin runs – including a two-run scoring double in the last.
Mounties is at home to Lara in what should be an interesting game next Saturday, while Deakin will be away to Bellarine on Sunday.
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 (4) 2 errors|
|DEAKIN||0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 (7) 4 errors|
|Mounties:||S.Malthouse 2, B.Jones, S.Kerr, L.Ashmore, G.Davidson, B.Walsh|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 2, R.Holm 2, C.Webb, C.Gibbons, M.Rigby, M.Belfrage, N.Warren|
|Deakin:||R.Holm 3, C.Webb 2, K.Zablan, N.Warren|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 6 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|S.Jeffery 2 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 6 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|K.Zablan 2 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GUILD 10 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 1
Again showing its capacity for heavy scoring, Guild was far too strong for Bacchus Marsh, which was unable to build on some of the promising signs in its first-up clash with Bellarine.
Going with its ace in former Twins professional Tayler Rowe, the Marsh held Guild scoreless through the first two, although the Lions strolled away through the middle innings as its relentless offence finally drove Rowe from the hill in the seventh with six earned runs against his name.
While the wily off-speeder Jarrod Norquay held sway before handing the pill to Trent Pantallaresco to close out the game, Bacchus was never in the hunt – held to a handful of hits and plating its solitary run on a Norquay single in the eighth.
With quality arms at its disposal, Guild trundled out its ace Brad Egan over five before Lee Harty relieved with a couple in the middle and James Wood slammed the gate despite conceding the token Bacchus run.
Amassing fifteen hits over a game that stretched to the complete nine innings, Guild had offensive contributors right through the order, led by Ryan Stewart (two hits and three RBIs), Ryan Darcy (three and one), Jordan Lekkas, Wood, Chris Durston, Jarrod Durston and Harty.
Off to a flyer in 2015, Guild will be at home to Saints for what should be a ripper Anzac Day clash, while Bacchus Marsh has the A Grade bye.
|GUILD||0 0 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 (10) 0 errors|
|BACCHUS MARSH||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 (1) 1 error|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 3, J.Lekkas 2, J.Wood 2, C.Durston 2, R.Stewart 2, L.Harty 2, H.Levy, J.Durston|
|Bacchus:||S.Hornstra, C.Porter, J.Norquay, M.McKenner|
|Guild:||R.Stewart 3, J.Durston 2, J.Wood, C.Durston, R.Darcy, L.Harty|
|Guild:||B.Egan 5 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|L.Harty 2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Wood 2 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Bacchus Marsh:||T.Rowe 6.1 inn, 14 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER|
|J.Norquay 2.2 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 3 HPB, 0 ER|
|T.Pantallaresco 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
BELLARINE 4 defeated SAINTS 1
In a tight contest throughout, Bellarine was able to give starter Simon Murry sufficient offensive support while holding East Belmont to a solitary run scored in the last of a nine-innings clash.
Conceding just one run in two games played, it has been the perfect season start for the Bears, who plated one in the first and two more in the fifth to make the task tough for a Saints outfit that was well held by Murry over six before Josh Crotty mopped up to collect the save.
Steady over five innings, Duane Davenport was taken for three earned runs before Emerson Rickard, Jordan Isbister and Josh Lee all spent time on the hill in a high-standard defensive clash that saw both teams throw minimal walks – just four between the two teams.
In the end it was the deep Bellarine offence that kept up the pressure by carding thirteen hits to seven, with Murry, Troy Snarey and Brad McKentish all collecting three knocks and Jon Lowe making a telling contribution with two of his side’s RBIs.
Isbister complemented a fine all-round game with two hits for Saints, who will benefit from the inclusion of Charles Thompson as they continue to field a squad well-balanced on experience and youth.
Another challenge awaits, however, as Saints will front Guild at the stadium on Anzac Day, while Bellarine will be at home to Deakin in a Sunday blockbuster.
|BELLARINE||1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 (4) 1 error|
|SAINTS||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 1 error|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 3, T.Snarey 3, B.McKentish 3, C.Bramwell, J.Lowe, L.Hockey, J.Crotty|
|Saints:||J.Isbister 2, L.Sherwell, T.Huisman, L.Poulter, J.Charles, C.Thompson|
|Bellarine:||J.Lowe 2, C.Bramwell, T.Snarey|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 6 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Crotty 3 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||D.Davenport 5 inn, 9 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|E.Rickard 1 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Isbister 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Lee 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
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In response to concern regarding the schedule of games on Anzac Day, Geelong Baseball Association Board can assure member clubs that this is not in breach of any regulation, since admission is not charged for entry.
Nevertheless, any organisations or clubs conducting events on Anzac Day are encouraged to include a commemorative element (for example, a minute's silence) as an expression of respect for the occasion.
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Fine albeit cool conditions greeted players and a solid contingent of supporters for the 2015 winter season opener at Geelong Baseball Centre on Friday evening, when Guild powered away from Lara Wildcats to state its early claim as a continued threat in this league.
Senior action ramped up even further over the weekend, highlighted by a thrilling one-run by Saints over Deakin and a Bellarine whitewash of Bacchus Marsh, which was not quite able to deliver popular returning veteran Marc McKenner the welcome that was desired.
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BELLARINE 9 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 0
Already a dangerous offensive unit strengthened by the inclusion of Troy Snarey and Brent Hughes, the Bears smacked three in the first and rode a stellar six innings by Josh Crotty to outplay a Bacchus Marsh side that struggled for offensive production.
Although Trent Pantallaresco did a solid job for Bacchus - notwithstanding ten damaging free passes - before Jarrod Norquay tossed the last few, the Bears took advantage of early scoring opportunities sparked by clean hitting led by Wayne Visser, Snarey and Hughes.
With his side tacking on more runs in the fourth and fifth, Crotty was never under serious pressure over six before handing the ball to Chris Bramwell to close out an emphatic win for his club – especially given the unavailability of superstar Simon Murry and an unusually shaky first outing by utility Jon Lowe, who fanned four times from five trips.
While Bacchus Marsh played some fine defence – including a circus catch by Jack Lindsay at rightfield – the club will be looking to significant improvement from its established players, including first-sacker Marc McKenner, who it was wonderful to see back on the park after an extended break.
Bellarine will meet Saints at Pioneer Park for what should be a cracker next Saturday, while Bacchus Marsh will play host to Guild.
|BELLARINE||3 0 2 0 2 1 1 (9)) 0 errors|
|BACCHUS MARSH||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors|
|Bellarine||W.Visser 2, T.Snarey 2, L.Hockey, B.Hughes, J.Crotty|
|Bacchus||J.Norquay, T.Rowe, T.Pantallaresco|
|Bellarine||W.Visser 2, T.Snarey 2, L.Hockey, B.Hughes, J.Crotty|
|Bellarine||J.Crotty 6 inn, 3 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|C.Bramwell 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 ER|
|Bacchus Marsh||T.Pantallaresco 4 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 10 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER|
|J.Norquay 3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
SAINTS 6 defeated DEAKIN 5
With both clubs promising so much for the 2015 season, this high quality game lived up to all expectations and was effectively decided by one booming blow - a early grand slam by Saints big man Lee Poulter that had the Blues playing catch-up all day.
Although Poulter was a dominant factor in the game (with three hits, a sacrifice fly and a walk along the way to driving in five of his side’s runs), Saints Manager Justin Charles was delighted with the starting effort of Duane Davenport, who conceded just a handful of hits and a couple of earned runs before handing the pill to Josh Lee to ice the win.
With Chris Webb, Matt Belfrage and Russ Millard all collecting two hits, Deakin stayed in the contest and made a late charge that drew it to within a run in a high-standard defensive game.
Aside from the Poulter heroics, Saints had grand offensive contributors in Luke Sherwell (three hits) and Justin Charles, who has reason to be buoyant given the depth of the list at Pioneer Park once all players become available.
Saints will be at home to Bellarine in what should be a ripper game next Saturday, while Deakin will play host to a Mounties outfit that is believed to have recruited especially well in recent times.
|SAINTS||1 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 (6) 2 errors|
|DEAKIN||0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 (5) 0 errors|
|Saints||L.Sherwell 3, L.Poulter 3 (inc grand slam), J.Charles 2, C.Alldis, G.Carter, T.Huisman, M.Lambert, M.Ernstzen|
|Deakin||C.Webb 2, M.Belfrage 2, R.Millard 2, W.Balzer, K.Zablan, M.Rigby, A.Medew|
|Deakin||W.Balzer 2, R.Millard 2, C.Webb|
|Saints||D.Davenport 4 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Lee 5 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|Deakin||C.Webb 4 inn, 8 H, 6 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER|
|C.Gibbons 2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|K.Zablan 3 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GUILD 10 defeated LARA 3 (Friday night)
With the home club unfurling its fourth consecutive A Grade flag, some ragged Guild defence conceded two runs in the first and another in the second before its revamped lineup hit back with three in the equaliser and another three in the third as Lara replaced starter Stuart Forbes with Cameron McNish.
Workhorse Brad Egan (no earned runs) went the distance for the Lions, who may have been missing infielder Troy Snarey but were well-served by the return of Ryan Darcy and the availability of other key players in Ryan Stewart and Lee Harty, all of whom contributed to the offence along with Chris Durston (three hits).
Its makeshift lineup for the evening saw Ben Hammer heading to the hill for Lara after McNish had temporarily quelled a Guild offence that broke out late for a comprehensive win that could have been far closer had the Wildcats taken full advantage of scoring opportunities early in the game.
Daniel Anson was best with the bat for Lara, which will regroup with the A Grade bye next week, while Guild will make the trek to Masons Lane for a rendezvous with its feline counterparts.
|LARA||2 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 errors|
|GUILD||0 3 3 0 2 2 10 1 error|
|Lara:||D.Anson 2, B.Hammer, C.Lewis, A.Muleller, M.McConnall|
|Guild:||Chris Durston 3, H.Levy 2, R.Darcy 2, R.Stewart 2, L.Harty|
|Guild:||L.Harty 3, H.Levy 2, J.Durston 2|
|Lara:||S.Forbes 1.3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|C.McNish 4 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER|
|B.Hammer 0.2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|Guild||B.Egan 6 inn, 6 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
Seriously challenged by a combative Bellarine Bears, Guild again produced the offensive goods when it mattered most – in so doing landing its fourth A Grade pennant on the trot with a 6-2 win in beautiful conditions at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
The win capped another big year for Guild - which qualified all eight club teams for the playoffs - while Colac continued its run of success in the lower grades with an imperious 16-1 shellacking of Saints in B Grade and a hard-fought 10-7 result over Lara Wildcats in B Reserve.
Congratulations to the premier teams in GBA junior competition for 2014.
UNDER 13: GUILD
UNDER 15: BACCHUS MARSH
UNDER 18: GUILD
|SAINTS 1 lost to BELLARINE 4|
|DEAKIN 7 defeated MOUNTIES 4|
|BACCHUS 1 lost to GUILD 10|
|All senior scores are posted in "COMPETITION"|
Applications are sought for suitably qualified and committed personnel to coach and manage GBA representative teams for the 2015 Winter Championships. MORE DETAIL
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.
|A GRADE: GUILD LIONS|
|A RESERVE: GUILD LIONS vs MOUNTIES (no result)|
|B GRADE: COLAC BRAVES|
|B RESERVE: COLAC BRAVES|