Holding its opponent to four scattered hits in a pitcher-dominated affair, Deakin posted a 2-0 win over Bellarine in Round Four, while Werribee tracked down a deficit to sneak an 11-10 result over Saints and Guild rode a midgame eight run blast to sink a valiant Mounties outfit 11-6 in the first of a Saturday double-header at the stadium, followed up by another nail-biter - this time in the form of a 4-3 victory for the undefeated Lions.
DEAKIN 2 defeated BELLARINE 0
Conceding a miserly nine runs in its four games to date, Deakin held the Bears scoreless in a terrific defensive game of baseball that featured quality pitching by both clubs.
After five scoreless frames, the Blues edged away with a run in the sixth and were accorded some much-needed insurance when Cameron Gibbons smacked a two-out solo homer in the seventh off Bears reliever Josh Crotty, who was handed the pill after starter Simon Murry had tossed five impeccable scoreless innings for the home side.
Dominant as Murry had been for the Bears, Deakin was given terrific service by Tayler Rowe over four innings of scoreless work – for two hits and eight strikeouts – before Chris Webb chimed in with the set-up role before Kelli Zablan slammed the gate for the Blues.
While Murry (two hits) was best in offence for a subdued Bellarine offence, Deakin had solid contributors in Zablan, Nathan Holmes, Rudi Jaramillo (all with two hits), Gibbons and Webb.
Placed third – at three and one - Deakin will be away to Mounties on Saturday, while Bellarine can kick back and enjoy the bye.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 (2) 0 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 0 errors|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 2, N.Holmes 2, R.Jaramillo 2, S.Hornstra, C.Gibbons (home run), S.Fraser, C.Webb|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 2, C.Brown, L.Medew|
|Deakin:||T.Rowe 4 inn, 2 H, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|C.Webb 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|K.Zablan 3 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 5 inn, 7 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Crotty 3 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 ER|
WERRIBEE 11 defeated SAINTS 10
Werribee remains one of two undefeated A Grade clubs after snatching a stunning late victory from Saints, who smacked five in the first and were on pretty good terms with themselves holding a massive break into the bottom of three.
Despite starter John Curnow conceding seven early runs, the Giants had ideas other than copping a loss at home as they plated multiples in the next four innings – including a last-gasp three-spot in the bottom of the sixth after Saints had again surged to a two-run lead.
With pitchers on both sides coming in for treatment in decent hitting conditions, there were a number of outstanding offensive efforts by players of either club.
Again showing the way for his club, Werribee Manager Jon Lowe was a standout with four hits and four RBIs, while Sean Talbot (three hits and four RBIs), Luke Sherwell (two and three), Josh Lee (three hits) and Tyler Huisman (two) did plenty to help their Saints side stay in the contest.
Werribee will play host to Guild in what should be a ripping top of the table clash next Saturday, while Saints – at home to Lara – might fancy their chances against the struggling Wildcats.
|SAINTS||5 0 2 0 0 3 (10) 2 errors|
|WERRIBEE||2 0 2 2 2 3 (11) 2 errors|
|Saints:||J.Lee 3, S.Talbot 3, L.Sherwell 2, T.Huisman 2, H.Sekine, E.Rickard|
|Werribee:||J.Lowe 4, K.Hartigan 2, R.Balzer, J.Curnow, M.Ernstzen, M.Collins|
|Saints:||S.Talbot 4, L.Sherwell 3, E.Rickard|
|Werribee:||J.Lowe 4, R.Balzer, J.Curnow, M.Ernstzen, B,Hughes, M.Collins, J.Fielden|
|Saints:||S.Talbot 3 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|J.Isbister 0.2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Charles 0.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Lee 2 inn, 3 H, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER|
|Werribee:||J.Curnow 4 inn, 11 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER|
|J.Fielden 1.1 inn, 0 H, 3 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|R.Balzer 0.2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
GUILD 11 defeated MOUNTIES YC 6
Although pressured by Mounties in both games, Guild displayed its resilience and its capacity to stay in any contest even when the trend of the game appears to be going against the multiple reigning premier.
Fielding a distinctly beefed-up side, Mounties were off to a flier in Game One, plating a run in the first and three in the second on a deep Stewart Jeffery triple over centrefield.
While not at his peak after a lengthy layoff, Mounties starter Rory Meddick was solid enough in containing the Lions until a frenetic fifth innings that gleaned a game-breaking eight runs for the home side – for a lead that was defended stoutly despite Mounties continuing to create scoring opportunities.
Having some shaky moments and tossing more balls than he would have liked, southpaw Andy Radveski went the distance in collecting the win for Guild, who were well served in offence by Ryan Stewart (two hits and four RBIs), Liam Spence (two and two), Chris Durston (one and two) and Jarrod Durston (two hits).
Jeffery (three hits and three RBIs) and Scott Kerr (two hits) were best for the visitors, who out-hit their opponent but slipped up more times in defence on crucial occasions.
|MOUNTIES||1 2 0 1 0 0 1 (6) 5 errors|
|GUILD||2 0 1 0 8 0 x (11) 0 errors|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 3, S.Kerr 2, B.Jones, J.Bramwell, M.Jones, R.Meddick, G.Davidson|
|Guild:||J.Durston 2, L.Spence 2, R.Stewart 2, C.Durston, T.Kilfoyle|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 3, L.Ashmore, M.Jones, G.Davidson|
|Guild:||R.Stewart 4, C.Durston 2, L.Spence 2, T.Kilfoyle|
|Mounties:||R.Meddick 4 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 7 ER|
|S.Jones 2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 7 inn, 10 H, 4 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER|
GUILD 4 defeated MOUNTIES YC 3
Played in magnificent conditions under lights, the nightcap developed into another stirring contest between evenly-matched sides, although it was the Lions, again, who were able to deliver the offensive goods when it mattered the most.
Scoring in the second and the fourth, Mounties were wonderfully served by starter Stewart Jeffery, who departed the hill after a superb seven innings of work for a solitary earned run, a score that was counterbalanced when the visitors plated a run in the top of the last.
Called upon to close out the game, Tom Harrington ran into strife as the Lions took full toll of a couple of passes interspersed with three hits to drive three across the plate to steal the match and deliver Guild pitching ace Brad Egan another complete-game win.
While Mounties took advantage of six scattered hits in a game where both sides committed defensive errors, the Lions had multiple hitters in Andy Radevski, Tony Kilfoyle and Jason Peoples (all with two apiece).
Already well on track for another post-season appearance, Guild will be away to Werribee in the match of the round next Saturday, while Mounties can be justifiably confident of another strong showing when they play host to Deakin Blues.
|MOUNTIES||0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 (3)|
|GUILD||0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 (4)|
|Mounties:||B.Jones, J.Bramwell, S.Kerr, M.Jones, B.Walsh, S.Jones|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, J.Peoples 2, R.Darcy, L.Spence, H.Levy, L.Harty|
|Mounties:||S.Kerr, B.Walsh, G.Davidson|
|Guild:||R.Darcy, T.Kilfoyle, J.Peoples, J.Smyth|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 7 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER|
|T.Harrington 1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|Guild:||B.Egan 8 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
LARA had the A Grade bye
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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 Phillip.Northfield@vivaenergy.com.au
*** 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.
A GRADE: GUILD
A RESERVE: GUILD
B GRADE: ALFREDTON
B RESERVE: MOUNTIES YC
C GRADE: CORIO
|A GRADE: 30 April|
|For ALL RESULTS, click the COMPETITION tab|
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: Phillip.Northfield@vivaenergy.com.au
GBA Junior Playing Conditions for 2016 (including rules, game times and venues) are posted HERE.
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)
The GBA Board has the following vacancies:
(1) Vice President
The Vice President of the Association will act as a member of the Board with full voting rights unless he/she acts as Chairperson in the absence of the President when he/she will exercise the voting rights of the President.
(2) President of the Junior Executive
The Junior Executive will comprise a President, Secretary and others who are deemed suitable to serve on the Junior Executive. The duties of the Junior Executive will be the encouragement, promotion, control and management of the game of baseball played in junior ranks in Geelong and District or in any other place decided upon by the Association or the Board. The President of the Junior Executive will be responsible for the promotion and advancement of baseball in the junior ranks of the Geelong and District area. The Junior Executive together with the Executive Officer will liaise with Baseball Victoria on all matters concerning junior baseball.
All enquiries regarding these positions please contact the GBA Executive Officer.
Tony McPherson (Executive Officer, Geelong Baseball Association)