Geelong wound up its Under 16 Winter Championship campaign in superb style with a 9-6 win over Ringwood Green in Mildura this afternoon. The result earned Geelong fifth placing in a very tough competition against Melbourne metropolitan players in many cases bigger and far more experienced.
The tournament drew six teams from across the state - Dandenong, Diamond Valley, Ringwood Black, Ringwood Green, Sunraysia and Geelong.
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Played in glacial temperatures across the league – particularly in Ballarat, which struggled to reach eight degrees – Round Twelve produced three ripping A Grade games that saw Deakin squeak home against Bacchus and Bellarine stifle the Lara offence, while Saints kept its finals hopes alive with a hard-fought win over Mounties.
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BELLARINE 4 defeated LARA 0
Smacking all four runs in the third, Bellarine played grand defence in support of starter Josh Crotty, who scattered three hits over seven innings to post an impressive win for his club against an opponent that has still not beaten another above it in the standings.
After breezing through the first two innings, Lara starter Cameron McNish ran into strife in the third, when a lead-off Jack Auld double was followed by a Chris Bramwell double, a walk to Wayne Visser, a Simon Murry RBI-single and a Troy Snarey single that drove in another two for a four-run lead.
That, however, was the extent of scoring for the day as Joel Ricketts and Cameron Forbes subsequently held sway for the Wildcats and Crotty proved a difficult proposition on the hill for the Bears over seven before Bramwell slammed the gate in the last.
In a quality defensive game controlled by the pitchers – apart from that one telling innings – both sides struggled for offensive production, with Murry (two) the only multiple hitter for the game.
Strong in second placing, Bellarine will play host to Mounties next Saturday, while Lara (fourth) prepares for another rendezvous with the dangerous Bacchus Marsh at Masons Lane.
|BELLARINE||0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 0 errors|
|LARA||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 1 error|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 2, C.Bramwell, T.Snarey, B.McKentish, L.Hockey, J.Auld|
|Lara:||D.Anson, C.Lewis, J.Ricketts|
|Bellarine:||T.Snarey 2, C.Bramwell, S.Murry|
|Bellarine:||J.Crotty 7 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|C.Bramwell 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Lara:||C.McNish 4 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Ricketts 1 inn, 0 H, 0 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|C.Forbes 3 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
SAINTS 8 defeated MOUNTIES 5
With starter Josh Lee on song, Saints gained the break with a four-spot in the fifth and another two in the sixth, although Mounties hit back late and looked a real chance of pinching a game of importance to both clubs given the ongoing struggle for fourth placing.
Striking first blood with one in the first – on a sacrifice fly – Saints tacked on an unearned run in the third, although there was an immediate reply as Scott Kerr scored Jon Bramwell in the equaliser.
With Lee staying solid for the visitors, Mounties starter Stewart Jeffrey branded Justin Charles and walked Lee Poulter to set the table for the Saints offence in the fifth, when consecutive hits to Chris Rickard, Gerard Carter, Emerson Rickard, Marcel Ernstzen and Jordan Isbister drove four across the plate – followed by another couple in the fifth as Mounties faltered in defence.
Catching up with Lee in the bottom of half of six, Mounties cashed in on a string of hits and a telling outfield error to claw runs back and raise hopes for the home side – which was buoyed by a lead-off Brad Jones triple in the last before closer Emerson Rickard whiffed Troy Malthouse to strand a couple on base.
Tossing the complete game and picking up two hits, Stewart Jeffery had a solid game for Mounties – along with Brad Jones (three hits), Scott Kerr (two hits and two RBIs), George Davidson (two and one, with two walks) and Bramwell – while Saints were far better able to capitalise on the offence of Carter (two and one), Ernstzen (two and one) and the Rickard family, who both delivered timely knocks for the visitors.
Still a rough chance of playoff action and with a seemingly benign draw, Saints will have the bye next week, while sixth-placed Mounties make a return trip to face Bellarine - at Wallington – for the second time in three weeks.
|SAINTS||1 0 1 0 4 2 0 0 (8) 1 error|
|MOUNTIES||0 0 1 0 0 3 0 1 (5) 4 errors|
|Saints:||G.Carter 2, M.Ernstzen 2, L.Poulter, C.Rickard, E.Rickard, J.Isbister|
|Mounties:||B.Jones 3, J.Bramwell 2, S.Jeffery 2, G.Davidson 2, S.Kerr 2, L.Ashmore|
|Saints:||C.Rickard 2, G.Carter 2, E.Rickard, M.Ernstzen|
|Mounties:||S.Kerr 2, G.Davidson|
|Saints:||J.Lee 5.2 inn, 10 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER|
|J.Isbister 1.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|E.Rickard 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 8 inn, 8 H, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER|
DEAKIN 3 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 2
Although coming up just short of an upset win against a quality side, Bacchus Marsh again demonstrated their capacity as a tough opponent in a terrific contest that went the full nine innings.
Match Report and details to come.
GUILD had the A Grade bye.
Although Bacchus Marsh stayed in the contest through the early innings, Mounties drew away from the visitors to post a comfortable win at Prince of Wales this afternoon, while Guild came from a deficit to force a split result with Bellarine and Lara did likewise against Saints.
Pending result of the protest – which will be decided early in the week – the A Grade ladder shows just minimal change as Guild and Bellarine clearly retain first and second placing ahead of Deakin, which looks strong for a playoffs berth ahead of Lara and now Mounties, who have edged into fifth.
GUILD 4 drew with BELLARINE 4
With Guild pitching ace Brad Egan out injured, the Bears smacked four in the second off Andy Radevski and held what shaped as a match-winning break until the Lions surged back with some timely late offence.
Despite the early assault, southpaw Radevski settled into his work to strike out eight over six innings of work before Jarrod Durston was used in the set-up role and James Wood closed out the game in helping hold the Bears scoreless over the last six.
Again looking to Simon Murry to spin a complete game, Bellarine controlled the first six innings before Guild produced late offence that drove two across the plate in a qualify defensive game where hitting was at a premium.
Chris Durston (three hits and an RBI), Wood (two hits) and Ryan Darcy (a hit and two RBIs) were the catalysts for Guild, while Chris Bramwell (two and one) and Kris Kiefel (two hits) were best of a Bears offence that could muster a modest seven knocks – all off Radevski.
While Guild will look on with the bye next week, Bellarine has the chance of strengthening its position in its away clash against Lara, although the Wildcats will be desperate for the win with finals just a handful of games away.
|BELLARINE||0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 (4) 1 error|
|GUILD||1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 (4) 0 errors|
|Bellarine:||C.Bramwell 2, K.Kiefel 2, T.Snarey, L.Hockey, J.Auld|
|Guild:||C.Durston 3, J.Wood 2, R.Darcy, B.Jensz, J.Lekkas, A.Radevski, T.Kilfoyle|
|Bellarine:||C.Bramwell, W.Visser, J.Auld|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 2, C.Durston, T.Kilfoyle|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 8 inn, 10 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 6 inn, 7 H, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Durston 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Wood 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
LARA 10 drew with SAINTS 10
It was a topsy-turvy and error-riddled affair at the snakepit, with Lara surging to an early lead and Saints hitting back to gain a break that was tracked down in controversial circumstances in the bottom of the last.
Starters in Cameron McNish (Lara) and Josh Lee (Saints) came in for some treatment as both sides clubbed early runs – with the Wildcats surging to a three-run lead after two, before Saints produced some of its most productive offence for the season to turn the game on its head.
Calling on Cameron Forbes to stem the flow, the Wildcats clawed back a run in the fourth and turned the blowtorch on Saints reliever Duane Davenport, who walked a couple and branded another as his club paid dearly for errors when Lara drove three across the plate to force a draw at the death.
While both sides made defensive blunders – to each concede unearned runs – there was some standout offence highlighted for Lara by Cameron Forbes (three hits and two RBIs), Ben Hammer (two and two), Clinton Lewis (two and two) and for Saints by Luke Sherwell and Justin Charles (both with two hits and two ribbies).
Lara will play host to Bellarine next Saturday, while Saints make the trek to Mounties for what should be a fascinating contest as both clubs battle to remain in finals contention.
|SAINTS||1 2 4 3 0 0 (10) 3 errors|
|LARA||2 4 0 1 0 3 (10) 4 errors|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell 2, J.Charles 2, L.Poulter, T.Huisman, M.Ernstzen, M.Lambert, D.Davenport|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 3, B.Hammer 2, C.Lewis 2, D.Anson, S.Baumann, R.Wilson|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell 2, J.Charles 2, C.Thompson, L.Poulter, G.Carter, D.Davenport|
|Lara:||B.Hammer 2, C.Lewis 2, C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson|
|Saints:||J.Lee 4 inn, 8 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER|
|D.Davenport 1.2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER|
|C.Thompson 0.1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Lara:||C.McNish 3.2 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 7 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER|
|C.Forbes 2.1 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
MOUNTIES 6 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 0
Led from the front with a complete-game outing by Stewart Jeffery, Mounties were able to limit the visitors' opportunities while scoring a couple early off Bacchus ace Tayler Rowe (four innings), who handed the ball to Trent Pantallaresco to close out the last five of a nine-innings contest decided a tick under time.
The Tigers again had early opportunities but were unable to capitalise as Mounties played solid defence and cut down several runners trying their luck against the Leigh Ashmore arm.
Chris Porter (three hits) was clearly best of a modest Bacchus Marsh offence, while Mounties had standouts in George Davidson (four hits and an RBI), man of the match Jeffery (two and two), Scott Jones (three hits), Brad Jones and Brendan Walsh.
While Bacchus Marsh was again ultra-competitive – as it has been on most occasions this season – it clearly suffered from the absence of Jarrod Norquay, Daniel Wilkie, Marc McKenner and the delayed appearance of former Ballarat Brewers hurler Rory Meddick as the addition to an already strong pitching staff.
Mounties, at home, will be confident of a strong showing against Saints next Saturday, while Bacchus Marsh will be hoping to have its full list available when it plays host to a well-rested Deakin Blues.
|BACCHUS||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors|
|MOUNTIES||1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 x (6) 2 errors|
|Bacchus:||C.Porter 3, S.Hornstra, T.Rowe, T.Pantallaresco, J.Lindsay, B.Pelham|
|Mounties:||G.Davidson 4, S.Kerr 3, S.Jeffery 2, B.Jones, B.Walsh|
|Mounties:||B.Jones 2, S.Jeffery 2, B.Walsh, G.Davidson|
|Bacchus:||T.Rowe 4 inn, 6 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|T.Pantallaresco 4 inn, 4 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 9 inn, 8 H, 7 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
DEAKIN had the A Grade bye.
Werribee Baseball Club is calling for applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Head Coach of its women's teams for the Baseball Victoria 2015/16 Summer League season.
Applications for the position will close on Sunday 12 July.
See the WERRIBEE FLYER for all details.
|MOUNTIES 5 lost to SAINTS 8|
|LARA 0 lost to BELLARINE 4|
|BACCHUS MARSH 2 lost to DEAKIN 3|
Winning three of its five Round Robin games, Geelong produced perhaps its most impressive form of the tournament to down Ringwood in a Sunday afternoon playoff and finish a very creditable third at the Under 18 Winter Championship in Wangaratta.
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Tryouts for the GBA Under 12 Championship team continue with an extra session on Sunday 14 June (3.00 - 5.00 at Stead Park).
There will be a further scheduled session on Tuesday 16 June (6.00 - 8.00 at Stead Park).
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The Under 12 Winter Championship will be held in Bendigo over 25 and 26 July.
GBA A Grade "Top Ten" (hitting and pitching) after Round Seven is now available HERE.
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|