Kingsley Collins, 29 August 2015
Guild has emulated its league record of five A Grade premierships on the trot – recorded over a quarter of a century ago – with a 7-0 whitewash over Deakin at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
Congratulations to all winners. Scroll down for images from Grand Final Day.
A GRADE GRAND FINAL: GUILD 7 defeated DEAKIN 0
Played in intermittent drizzle, the game was a high quality contest dominated by Guild pitching ace Brad Egan – who scattered four hits over another complete game outing. It was, for Egan, his sixth winning A Grade Grand Final in succession – an extraordinary and unparalleled achievement in Geelong Baseball.
But while Egan was deemed Most Valuable Player and was the toast of his club this evening, the big man would readily concede that he owed plenty to an outstanding effort by his teammates, both in the field and with the bat.
Playing errorless defence, the Lions opened scoring in the fourth and put the contest beyond doubt with a three-spot in the eighth.
There was nothing much doing in offence until that pivotal fourth frame, when Deakin starter Ricky Holm lost the radar momentarily in tattooing three hitters and paying dearly for a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly ball, resulting in a less than memorable innings that was compounded in the next as Ryan Darcy and Ryan Stewart drove in another couple for the Lions.
Relieving Holm after the Lions lead-off landed on base in the top of the sixth, Kelii Zablan spun an impressive two scoreless innings, although his side was clearly up against it and was effectively knocked out of the contest when Jarrod Durston and Darcy knocked in three insurance runs in the eighth.
Catcher Ryan Stewart, shortstop Ryan Darcy and third sacker Jarrod Durston were superb for the Lions, while Deakin would have been well-pleased with the outings of Holm and reliever Zablan but bitterly disappointed with their modest offensive output.
Brllliant in defence and delivering offensively, Darcy’s two hits for three ribbies were vital in the context of the game, as were the contributions of Stewart (two hits and an RBI), Tony Kilfoyle (two and one), Jarrod Durston and Chris Durston.
Although the Lions were without James Wood and were carrying some niggling injuries, they again proved themselves to be a resilient, skilled and quite relentless outfit with a pleasing preponderance of home-grown players – among those being Manager Jason Landthaler, who can boast a perfect two from two record at the helm this time around.
Congratulations again to Guild Lions. Well done to Deakin, who had an excellent season and will look to the future with great optimism despite being outplayed today.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors|
|GUILD||0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 x (7) 0 errors|
|Deakin:||C.Webb, M.Rigby, K.Zablan, A.Medew|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 2, R.Stewart 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, J.Durston, J.Lekkas|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 3, C.Durston, R.Stewart, T.Kilfoyle|
|Deakin:||R.Holm 5 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 3 HPB, 2 ER|
|K.Zablan 3 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
|Guild:||B.Egan 9 inn, 4 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GRAND FINALS: OTHER GRADES
Guild Lions overcame an eight-run deficit to down Colac 9-8 in an A RESERVE thriller that stretched well into extras, while Alfredton finished its season undefeated in B GRADE with a comprehensive 10-1 result over Saints.
Almost surrendering a massive lead in B RESERVE, Mounties hung on to take the title 9-8 over a fast-finishing Guild and Corio outslugged Bellarine 14-8 in an entertaining C GRADE Grand Final.
Well done to the winners. May all Grand Finalists celebrate – or commiserate – hard and long.
Werribee Giants Baseball Club has organised two Come and Try Days in preparation for summer season:
Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September
Teeball, Little League, Boys, Girls, Men and Women - there is a team for everyone!
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Deakin has forced a Grand Final showdown with Guild Lions by eliminating Bellarine in a game decided 8-1 by a blistering fourth innings that gleaned a match-breaking seven runs.
With Guild gunning for a fifth successive A Grade title and Deakin looking to come from third to snare the ultimate team accolade, all is set for a blockbuster at the stadium next Saturday.
Grand Final schedule for all senior games is posted to the right of this page. Please note that the schedule will include a T-Ball session between 1.35 PM and 2.10 PM.
Our Grand Final Preview is posted HERE.
DEAKIN 8 defeated BELLARINE 1
Respective starters in Simon Murry (Bellarine) and Ricky Holm (Deakin) were terrific through the first three frames before Blues slugger Mark Rigby cleared the rightfield wall with a solo shot that triggered an avalanche of clean hitting that drove Murry from the hill.
While reliever Josh Crotty was solid in stemming the flow, the damage had been done against a Bears offence that could muster just five hits to thirteen in what was a disappointing to end to what had been – for them – a quality season of baseball.
Carding the win for Deakin, Holm spun a two-hit pearler for Deakin before Chris Webb and Kelii Zablan slammed the gate with a scoreless last two.
Virtually all of the offensive damage was done in the fourth, when Deakin launched a fearsome assault on Murry with an unstoppable display of offence from the likes of Zablan (three hits and two RBIs for the game), Cameron Gibbons (three hits), Rigby (two and two), Andy Medew (two-run single), Nathan Warren, Holm and Russell Millard.
The capacity of the Deakin offence to deliver the big innings has been a feature of its play this season, while Bellarine played solid defence in this game but was simply unable to pace it with the Blues hitters.
While it is mothballs for the Bears, Deakin will take a surfeit of justifiable confidence into its Grand Final clash with Guild Lions next Saturday.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 (8) 2 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 (1) 1 error|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 3, C.Gibbons 3, M.Rigby 2 (inc home run), R.Millard 2, A.Medew, N.Warren, R.Holm|
|Bellarine:||C.Bramwell, W.Visser, J.Lowe, L.Hockey, C.Barker|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 2, A.Medew 2, R.Millard 2, M.Rigby|
|Deakin:||R.Holm 7 inn, 2 H, 7 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|C.Webb 1 inn, 2 H, 0 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|K.Zablan 1 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 3.1 inn, 8 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 7 ER|
|J.Crotty 5.2 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
In other senior grades, Colac pipped Saints 4-3 to earn an A RESERVE Grand Final berth against Guild Lions, while Saints downed Corio 10-8 in a B GRADE thriller, Guild came home like a train to pinch a B RESERVE Preliminary Final win over Lara Wildcats and Corio held off a gallant Bacchus Marsh for a 7-5 result in C GRADE. Scroll down for images from senior Preliminary Finals.
In two terrific junior Grand Finals, Guild Cubs prevailed 8-5 over Saints Black in Under 15, while Saints Red made a remarkable late recovery to win its pennant 11-10 over Guild. Congratulations to both junior premiers and to all teams for making the GBA junior season such an interesting and competitive affair.
The Umpires' Training Seminar will be held over 18, 19 and 20 September, at Waverley Baseball Club.
All persons interested in taking on umpiring or simply strengthening their current knowledge and skills are encouraged to attend.
GBA will meet half the cost of affiliated clubs or personnel attending the seminar.
For all details, see the SEMINAR FLYER.
|A Grade Grand Final|
|A Reserve Grand Final|
|B Grade Grand Final|
|B Reserve Grand Final|
|C Grade Grand Final|
|A GRADE: GUILD|
|A RESERVE: GUILD LIONS|
|B GRADE: ALFREDTON|
|B RESERVE: MOUNTIES YC|
|C GRADE: CORIO|
|A Grade Preliminary Final|
|A Reserve Preliminary Final|
|B Grade Preliminary Final|
|B Reserve Preliminary Final|
|C Grade Preliminary Final|
|A Grade Second Semi-Final|
|A Grade Elimination Final|
|A Reserve Second Semi-Final|
|A Reserve Elimination Final|
|B Grade Second Semi-Final|
|B Grade Elimination Final|
|B Reserve Second Semi-Final|
|B Reserve Elimination Final|
|C Grade Second Semi-Final|
|C Grade Elimination Final|