Deakin downs Bacchus: Lara nails finals berth with a draw

Already assured of a post-season berth, Deakin was too strong for Bacchus Marsh in a pitcher-dominated affair, while Saints blanked Mounties in a thriller - only be deflated by the Sunday news that Lara had split the points with Bellarine under unusual circumstances that delivered the Wildcats another finals appearance.

With one A Grade round to play, Bellarine is assured of the minor premiership and Guild will finish second ahead of Deakin Blues, who appear destined to meet Lara in an elimination Semi-Final in a fortnight, leaving East Belmont Saints out of the equation despite a stellar outing from superstar Josh Lee in the penultimate senior round.

SAINTS 2 defeated MOUNTIES 0

With his side needing to win both of its remaining games to have even a prospect of qualifying for the post season, Saints southpaw Josh Lee spun a nine innings pearler and went two from two in his side’s thrilling win over Mounties at Prince of Wales Park this afternoon.

While starter Scott Jones was equally impressive on the hill over seven for the Mounts, scoring proved a difficult proposition for his club in a contest decided well under time.

Dominant in scattering four hits and a solitary walk over the complete-game outing, Lee did not allow a player on base until the fifth, when Mounties failed to capitalise with runners on second and third with one out – thanks to some solid defence by Saints infielders.

For its part, Mounties would be well-pleased with the efforts of Scott Jones and Stewart Jeffery, who between them conceded just six hits – Lee being the only multiple for either side – and a sole earned run to Saints Manager Justin Charles on a shallow sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Saints will finish the regular season with an away clash against Lara, while Mounties – who have had a solid season back in A Grade – will be keen to finish on a high at home to Bacchus Marsh.

SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   (2)  0 errors  
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  2 errors  
Saints: J.Lee 2, L.Sherwell, C.Thompson, J.Charles, L.Crichton  
Mounties: B.Jones, S.Kerr, S.Jones, B.Walsh  
Saints: J.Charles  
Mounties: nil  
Saints: J.Lee 9 inn, 4 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Mounties: S.Jones 7 inn, 4 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  S.Jeffery 2 inn, 2 H, 0 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER


While the final margin was clear-cut in favour of third-placed Deakin, the bulk of the scoring damage – five runs – was done in one innings of a quality defensive contest dominated for the most part by the pitchers.

Allowing one hit over six innings, Kelii Zablan was a star for the Blues before Ricky Holm closed out the last three in another display of pitching depth at the club.

Playing grand defence behind their hurlers – who racked up an impressive fourteen strikeouts over nine – Deakin allowed just six runners on base, with the Tigers’ only score being on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Spinning a terrific first three frames, Bacchus starter Trent Pantallaresco came unstuck in the fourth, when four hits, three passes and a sacrifice fly gleaned five runs and a six zip lead for the visitors, who were subsequently well held by fireman Jarrad Norquay over five.

Continuing his great season, Cameron Gibbons (two hits and three RBIs) was a standout in the Deakin offence along with Cameron Lyons and Holm – both with two knocks – while Shannon Hornstra and Norquay were the only players to hit safely for the Tigers.

Assured of third placing and a Semi-Final berth, Deakin will have the bye next Saturday, while Bacchus Marsh will wrap up its A Grade campaign with an away game against Mounties.

DEAKIN 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0   (7)  1 error  
BACCHUS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0   (1)  0 errors   
Deakin: C.Gibbons 2, R.Holm 2, C.Lyons 2, M.Rigby, A.Medew, N.Warren  
Bacchus: S.Hornstra, J.Norquay  
Deakin: C.Gibbons 3, N.Warren, M.Rigby, K.Zablan  
Bacchus: nil  
Deakin: K.Zablan 6 inn, 1 H, 8 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  R.Holm 3 inn, 1 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Bacchus: T.Pantallaresco 4 inn, 7 H, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER
  J.Norquay 5 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER

LARA 4 drew with BELLARINE 4

Putting up a three-spot in the second, Lara was headed by Bellarine in the top of the fifth before  scrambling a controversial equalising run that assures the Wildcats of another finals appearance at the expense of Saints – which will come up just short, regardless of results in the final round.

Playing errorless defence, the Bears offered great support to Simon Murry, who went the distance in a game that was limited to six innings in poor conditions and saw his club pass up a number of scoring opportunities against a determined opponent.

The key run came in unusual circumstances when Murry - on the pitching rubber - dropped the ball with Wildcats runner Steve Baumann at third base.

The subsequent balk call effectively nailed a finals berth for Lara to the chagrin of Saints supporters sweating on the result.

Conceding two earned runs over six innings, Cameron McNish held a strong Bears offence to six hits – two each to Troy Snarey and Lyndon Hockey, who both drove in a run.

Manager Stuart Forbes (two hits and two RBIs) and lead-off Dan Anson (two hits) were best in offence for the Wildcats, who have maintained their .500 season record and will face an elimination Semi-Final against Deakin Blues in a fortnight.

Assured of top spot, Bellarine will be away to second-placed Guild in the final round, while Lara is at home to Saints, who will be looking to finish their regular season on a high.

BELLARINE 1 0 0 0 3 0   (4)  0 errors  
LARA 0 3 0 0 1 0   (4)  2 errors  
Bellarine: T.Snarey 2, L.Hockey 2, B.McKentish, S.Murry  
Lara: S.Forbes 2, D.Anson 2, S.Baumann, A.Mueller  
Bellarine: T.Snarey, W.Visser, L.Hockey  
Lara: S.Forbes 2  
Bellarine: S.Murry 5 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER  
Lara: C.McNish 5 inn, 6 H, 6 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER  
  J.Ricketts 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

GUILD had the A Grade bye.

Zablan, Webb do the damage against Wildcats

Kingsley Collins (26 July 2015)

Deakin took a stranglehold on third placing with an all-the-way win over Lara Wildcats, while Saints edged out Bacchus Marsh and Mounties were never headed in a stirring win over Guild, which has all but secured the double chance with one game to play.

It is that time of season when clubs still in the running for the playoffs are considering all of the possible scenarios, keeping in mind that two clubs in A Grade and B Grade still have a bye to come and that some teams may have played less than the others – making winning percentage the key factor.

Bellarine will finish first or second in A GRADE, although it would need to lose both games – including a last-round clash with Guild – to be dislodged from top placing. With the bye next week, Guild could yet finish as minor premier and it is clearly assured of a double chance – on head to head advantage - even if it loses to the Bears and Deakin wins its remaining game.

Destined to finish in third, Deakin may not know until the final round who it will meet in the Elimination First Semi-Final. While Lara holds fourth, fifth-placed Saints is still a chance – but only if it wins both and the Wildcats lose both, which includes their last round meeting at Lara.

While drawn games and washouts may still enter into the equation, the odds appear to favour Bellarine, Guild, Deakin and Lara to finish in that order, with interest outside the leading group focused on whether Mounties can extend its late season form to edge past Saints as the best of the rest.

Regardless of the last two rounds, Guild Lions will finish on top of the A RESERVE ladder, with Colac, Bellarine and Saints to make up the final four and the other clubs out of contention for 2015.

Still undefeated, Alfredton will be minor premier in B GRADE and Corio will earn a double chance ahead of Saints and either of Werribee and Bacchus Marsh, who are locked in a battle for fourth.

Mounties are looking good for top spot in B RESERVE, it is close for second between Alfredton and Guild, while Lara and Saints Red are the only other chances of making the post-season.

Setting the pace all season, Corio and Bellarine are looking strong for a top two finish in C GRADE, while Bacchus Marsh will make the finals along with either of Deakin or Mounties pending results over the next fortnight.  

DEAKIN 6 defeated LARA 2

Well in control over six innings, Deakin starter Chris Webb stifled the Lara offence – which could muster just five hits, three of them to Steve Wilson – while the Blues gained a break mid-game and stormed away towards the end.

Aside from posting another save, Kelii Zablan was a star for the Blues with three hits (including a double and a solo moonshot in the seventh), while Webb's three knocks added to a total of six for the pitching staff out of a team total of eight.

With these two dominating the contest, Deakin scored runs through the middle innings, although they were challenged when the Wildcats plated two in the seventh before exploiting some defensive blunders to nail down a comfortable win.

Notwithstanding the ascendancy of Webb and Zablan on the hill, Lara would be pleased with the outing of Cameron McNish, who conceded a solitary walk in a solid starting stint that Zablan brought to an end by going yard just when the Wildcats threatened a late challenge.

Deakin will be away to Bacchus Marsh next Saturday, while Lara faces a tricky Sunday game – at Wallington - against league-leading Bellarine.

LARA 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   (2)  5 errors  
DEAKIN 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 2 x   (6)  1 error  
Lara: S.Wilson 3, C.Lewis, C.Forbes  
Deakin: K.Zablan 3 (inc home run), C.Webb 3, A.Medew, N.Warren  
Lara: S.Wilson 2  
Deakin: K.Zablan 2, A.Medew 2, R.Holm  
Lara: C.McNish 6.1 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER  
  C.Forbes 1.2 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Deakin: C.Webb 6.1 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
  K.Zablan 2.2 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER


It was another heart-breakingly narrow loss for the Marsh, who closed the gap with a run in the top of the ninth but came up just short.

This hard-fought game was highlighted by the starting pitching of Josh Lee (four hits and eleven strikeouts over seven), while Trent Pantallaresco whiffed a dozen over six innings of work for the Marsh.

While Bacchus opened scoring with a run in the first, Saints – without Manager Justin Charles - responded with two in the third and again after the Tigers had squared the ledger in the sixth.

Looking to Chris Porter to close out the game, the Marsh saw off Lee and may have fancied their chances against teenager Lewis Crichton, who held his nerve through the last two innings for a well-deserved save and a result that keeps alive – for Saints - a faint glimmer of hope for post-season action.

With two hits and three RBIs, Luke Sherwell was a standout in offence for Saints – along with Matt Lambert and Jordan Isbister (both two hits), while Shannon Hornstra and Marc McKenner were best with the bat for Bacchus Marsh.

Saints will make the trek to Ballarat for a must-win game against Mounties next Saturday, while Bacchus Marsh richly deserve a win in their home clash against Deakin.

BACCHUS 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1   (3)  2 errors  
SAINTS 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 x   (4)  2 errors  
Bacchus: S.Hornstra 2, M.McKenner 2, C.Porter, J.Norquay, A.Wallis-Taylor  
Saints: L.Sherwll 2, M.Lambert 2, J.Isbister 2, C.Thompson, L.Poulter, J.Lee, C.Alldis, P.Northfield  
Bacchus: J.Norquay, M.McKenner, K.Morrison  
Saints: L.Sherwell 3, J.Lee  
Bacchus: T.Pantallaresco 6 inn, 8 H, 12 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER  
  C.Porter 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Saints: J.Lee 7 inn, 4 H, 11 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
  L.Crichton 2 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

MOUNTIES 7 defeated GUILD 2

While Andy Radevski (Guild) and Stewart Jeffery (Mounties) were in early control on the hill, Mounties scored in the fourth and stretched the lead by another three in the sixth.

The Lions replied with a couple, but Mounties were up to the task with insurance runs before Scott Malthouse closed out the game for a deserving and overdue win by the Ballarat outfit.

Having a superb second half of the season, Jeffery scattered four hits over his starting stint before Brad Jones chimed in with a scoreless innings and Malthouse mopped up for the save – supported by solid defence and timely hitting by the likes of Scott Kerr (a hit and three RBIs), Jon Bramwell and Malthouse (two hits apiece).

Although the margin in the end was clear-cut, the Lions would be pleased with the outings of Radevski and Jarrod Durston, who have continued to shoulder the pitching load in the absence of injured ace Brad Egan, who tossed the full game in the twos and is expected to return for the Lions’ last home and away game.

Mounties will be at home to Saints next Saturday, while Guild has the bye.

MOUNTIES 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 3   (7)  1 error  
GUILD 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   (2)  2 errors  
Mounties: J.Bramwell 2, S.Malthouse 2, S.Kerr, S.Jones, G.Davidson, H.Pfeiffer  
Guild: C.Durston, R.Stewart, J.Durston, T.Kilfoyle, A.Radevski  
Mounties: S.Kerr 3, S.Jeffery, G.Davidson, B.Walsh, H.Pfeiffer  
Guild: C.Durston 2  
Mounties: S.Jeffery 6.1 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER  
  B.Jones 1.2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER  
  S.Malthouse 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Guild: A.Radevski 5 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
  J.Durston 2.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER
  L.Spence 1.2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER

BELLARINE had the A Grade bye

Blues blank Saints: Wildcats down Guild

All too quickly we are approaching the pointy end of another winter season, although there are plenty among our ranks – given weather conditions of the past few weeks – who will be hoping that spring arrives sooner rather than later.

With three rounds to play in A Grade – including byes to Bellarine, Guild and Deakin – only four clubs can make the post-season in order to be determined. Having a terrific season, Bellarine has regained top billing for now at least.

In all senior grades, there is still plenty to play for over the next three weeks.

NOTE:  to dispel any confusion, clubs are reminded that senior finals have this season reverted to the Page System (see Playing Conditions 43 and 44). Under that structure, senior teams teams finishing first and second will have a double chance.

DEAKIN 3 defeated SAINTS 0

Despite the contest having to be moved to the synthetic ground, it was another fantastic day for these two clubs - great rivals and great friends who again embraced the spirit and the purpose of the occasion in going pink and going yellow in helping fight cancer.

Dominated by the starting pitching, this game breezed through nine innings under regulation time, with Deakin scoring one in the first and two in the eighth – all driven in by Cameron Gibbons, who had a day to remember with the stick.

Ricky Holm whiffed a dozen in tossing another quality seven frames for the Blues before Kelii Zablan closed out efficiently, while Josh Lee enjoyed perhaps his best outing this season for a Saints outfit that struggled for offensive production.

Such was the dominance of the Deakin pitching that Saints could muster just three hits, although they did have their chances to draw level and exert some early pressure on the Deakin offence but for an adjudged base running blunder after a muffed pick-off.

Himself conceding just a handful of hits and a solitary walk, Lee threw a stunning game that was marred only by the Deakin catcher, whose timely early single and booming double later in the game made the scoring difference.

Seemingly now out of finals contention, Saints will be at home to Bacchus Marsh next Saturday, while Deakin plays host to Lara in what should be an interesting contest between clubs who may well meet again for playoff action.

DEAKIN 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   (3)  2 errors  
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  2 errors  
Deakin: C.Gibbons 2, C.Webb, M.Rigby, K.Zablan, G.Morris, R.Hickey, R.Millard  
Saints: C.Thompson, T.Huisman, C.Rickard  
Deakin: C.Gibbons 3  
Saints: nil  
Deakin: R.Holm 7 inn, 3 H, 12 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER  
  K.Zablan 2 inn, 0 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Saints: J.Lee 9 inn, 8 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER

LARA 8 defeated GUILD 3

Not helping their own cause with some uncharacteristic defensive errors, the Lions dropped just their second game of the season against a Lara outfit that has effectively secured a playoff berth and may be the Wildcat wildcard for the post-season.

The Wildcats were off to a flyer, plating three in the first and another couple in the second in support of a quality start by Cameron McNish, who conceded a solitary earned run before Cameron Forbes was again called on to close out the game.

While the Lions scrambled runs in the third and fourth, Ben Jensz and Jarrod Durston (with two hits each) were beacons in a subdued offence, while Steve Baumann, Jarrod Fraim and Dan Anson helped spark a Lara offence that was assisted by a shaky Guild defence.

Notwithstanding the disappointing result, Guild management would again be pleased with the efforts of Andy Radevski, James Wood and Liam Spence, who stood up against a potent Lara offence in the absence of workhorse Brad Egan.

Lara will be away to Deakin next Saturday, while Guild plays host to Mounties, whose ladder position is not a true reflection of their competitiveness this season.

GUILD 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0   (3)  5 errors  
LARA 3 2 0 1 0 2 0 x   (8)  2 errors  
Guild: B.Jensz 2, J.Durston 2, J.Lekkas, J.Peoples  
Lara: S.Baumann 2, J.Fraim 2, D.Anson, R.Wilson, C.Lewis  
Guild: B.Jensz, J.Peoples  
Lara: D.Anson 2, R.Wilson 2, S.Baumann, B.Hammer  
Guild: A.Radevski 5 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER  
  J.Wood 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  L.Spence 1 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Lara: C.McNish 6 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
  C.Forbes 2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER


The Bears regained ladder leadership in convincing fashion with a whitewash over Bacchus Marsh, which would surely be pleased by another solid outing from makeshift starter Chris Porter.

Holding the Bears scoreless over four, Porter conceded more passes than he would have liked and he inevitably ran into strife in the middle innings when two key blows turned the game decisively in favour of the home club.

A two-run single by Brad McKentish in the sixth and a two-run double by Jon Lowe in the seventh did the damage for the Bears in a terrific defensive game that went the full nine innings.

Whereas the home side had grand offensive contributors in McKentish, Lowe and Chris Bramwell, the Tigers could manage just a solitary hit as Simon Murry struck out eight and walked one in a stunning outing that saw the Marsh land just four runners on base – none of whom passed second.

Heading the table for now at least, Bellarine will have the bye next week, while Bacchus Marsh will be looking for its second win in what should be an even away game against Saints.

BACCHUS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  0 errors  
BELLARINE 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 x   (8)  1 error  
Bacchus: S.Groves  
Bellarine: C.Bramwell 2, B.McKentish 2, T.Snarey, K.Kiefel, W.Visser, J.Lowe  
Bacchus: nil  
Bellarine: B.McKentish 3, J.Lowe 2, C.Bramwell  
Bacchus: C.Porter 7 inn, 7 H, 3 Ks, 8 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER  
  R.Meddick 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Bellarine: S.Murry 8 inn, 1 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
  J.Crotty 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

MOUNTIES had the A Grade bye.

Werribee seeks Women's Head Coach

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. 

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The meeting will commence at 7.00 PM at the Guild clubrooms. Each associated club must have a delegate present at GBA 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.

GBA third at Under 18

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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Under 12 Championship

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.

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