Winning both of its Sunday games – against Dandenong and Ringwood – Geelong finished the Under 12 State Winter Championship in the strongest possible manner to earn second placing overall behind Diamond Valley on head to head.
Like Diamond Valley, Geelong won four games and lost two – both by a solitary run, one of which was to the eventual championship association as the series wrapped in Bendigo today. READ MORE....
The Australian baseball community mourns the passing of long-term baseball servant, umpiring doyen, mentor and friend to many IAN McKENZIE, who died on 23 July after a battle with cancer.
Australian Baseball Alumni - of which Ian was a member - has posted its tribute HERE.
Geelong Baseball Association Board and member clubs join in expressing our condolences to Ian's family and friends at this sad time.
Strangling Guild to the tune of two hits over seven, Lara hurler Chris Lewis helped caused an upset of sorts over the multiple reigning premier, while Bellarine enhanced its finals prospects with a late winning surge over Werribee – compliments of a string of walks - and Saints made light of an Antarctic blast in Ballarat to hold on in a thriller over Mounties.
LARA 4 defeated GUILD 2
Plating two in the first, the Wildcats absorbed a two-run bomb by Harry Levy in the fourth and again kicked away in the bottom of five to set the base for an upset win over league-leading Guild Lions.
As he has done all season, Lara starter Chris Lewis threw a high percentage of strikes in a workmanlike performance and he was rewarded with the win against an opponent that could manage just two hits for the game before Cameron Forbes closed out the last.
While Ross Wilson was an offensive livewire for the Wildcats with two hits and two RBIs, his side also struggled for offensive production while making the most of its opportunities against Guild starter Andy Radevski (four earned runs over five) before James Wood chimed in with two innings of scoreless, hitless work towards the end.
While conditions were difficult for all players, it was an uncharacteristically subdued display by Guild, which retains top placing on the A Grade ladder and will play host to Bellarine in the first of the Bears’ double-header next Saturday.
Still in sixth, Lara will be at home to Mounties confident of a strong finish to a modest season by its lofty recent standards.
|GUILD||0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 (2) 2 errors|
|LARA||2 0 0 0 2 0 0 x (4) 1 error|
|Guild:||R.Darcy, H.Levy (home run)|
|Lara:||R.Wilson 2, D.Anson, S.Baumann, J.Fraim|
|Lara:||R.Wilson 2, J.Fraim|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 5 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Wood 2 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Lara:||C.Lewis 7 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER|
|C.Forbes 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
BELLARINE 6 defeated WERRIBEE 2
Appearing to have a tough draw leading to the playoffs, Bellarine gained some breathing space in fourth – for now at least – with a hard-fought win over a Giants outfit that has effectively blown its shot at the double chance.
After Bellarine scored an unearned run in the first, Werribee responded to take a narrow lead in the fourth against Bears stalwart Simon Murry – who went the distance with another stellar outing for his club – before a ragged fifth as Giants reliever Trent Pantallaresco experienced control issues that proved the turning point in an otherwise tight contest.
A one-out hit was followed by three walks, a defensive error and a further two passes that gleaned five for the Bears, who were stifled in offence for just two hits – both to Cameron Brown.
Until that game-defining fifth, the home side was dominated by big man John Curnow, who complemented his solid starting stint with two hits and an RBI for Werribee, which itself could manage just five hits in a tight contest.
Although looking good for a fourth-placed finish, Bellarine faces a tough double-header next Saturday – against Guild and Deakin – while Werribee, in its last regular season game, will be at home to Deakin for the first of the Blues’ twin-bill.
|WERRIBEE||0 0 0 2 0 0 0 (2) 3 errors|
|BELLARINE||1 0 0 0 5 0 x (6) 1 error|
|Werribee:||J.Curnow 2, R.Balzer, K.Hartigan, T.Pantallaresco|
|Bellarine:||L.Medew, T.Snarey, C.Barker, J.Auld|
|Werribee:||J.Curnow 2.2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|T.Pantallaresco 3.1 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 7 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 7 inn, 5 H, 7 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER|
SAINTS 7 defeated MOUNTIES 6
Taking the challenge to Saints starter Josh Lee, Mounties plated a couple of early runs but were rocked by a Saints response against Scott Jones that drew Stewart Jeffery into the fray far earlier than the home side would have wished.
Scooting to a four-run break, the visitors continued to create scoring opportunities and could well have held a greater lead before the never-say-die Mounties club hit back with late runs to give its own line some greater respectability.
In all it was an impressive outing for an undermanned Saints side that pushed Deakin last game and has enjoyed a solid second half of the season – albeit still destined to finish in the bottom two after drawing the bye next week.
For their part, Mounties are still not out of playoff contention, although they will need an away win against Lara next week and will trust that other results might fall their way before playing host to Bellarine in the final round.
|SAINTS||3 3 0 0 1 0 (7) 2 errors|
|MOUNTIES||2 0 0 1 0 3 (6) 4 errors|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell 3, L.Crichton 2, J.Isbister, T.Leslie, J.Lee, E.Rickard|
|Mounties:||S.Kerr 2, B.Jones, J.Bramwell, S.Jeffery|
|Saints:||J.Lee 2, E.Rickard, L.Crichton|
|Mounties:||J.Bramwell, S.Jeffery, S.Kerr, J.Sculley|
|Saints:||J.Lee 5.2 inn, 4 H, $ Ks, 5 BB, 2 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Isbister 1.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 2 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|S.Jeffery 4 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
DEAKIN had the A Grade bye.
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A GRADE: GUILD
A RESERVE: GUILD
B GRADE: ALFREDTON
B RESERVE: MOUNTIES YC
C GRADE: CORIO
|A GRADE: 30/31 July|
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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)