While not posting a win over six Winter Championship games played in Mildura over the weekend, the Geelong Baseball Association squad acquitted itself with class against powerhouse regional leagues – including Ringwood, which went through the series undefeated. REPORT...
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Played in surprisingly good conditions after recent inclement weather, Round Eleven produced a couple of tense contests that saw Bellarine and Guild both plating late runs to force split results against Deakin and Mounties respectively, while Werribee scored heavily through the later innings to post a hard-earned 10-4 win over Saints.
DEAKIN 4 drew with BELLARINE 4
With a three zip lead after three, Deakin appeared on track for another clear-cut win in what has already been, for them, an impressive season - although the Bears clearly had other ideas.
RBI singles to Jack Auld and Andrew Riddett in the bottom of the fourth were followed by more productive hitting that tied scores in the sixth and set up a tense last couple of frames in which neither side could break the deadlock.
As they have been all season, starters Josh Crotty (Bellarine) and Chris Webb (Deakin) were both solid for their respective clubs before handing over to quality closing acts in Simon Murry and Kelii Zablan.
With two of his side’s six hits (and an RBI), Murry was decisive in offence for Bellarine along with Troy Snarey (double), Paul Maisey and Riddett, while Nathan Holmes and Cameron Lyons both posted a couple of knocks for the Blues.
Still holding third clearly, Deakin will be at home to a dangerous Mounties outfit next Saturday, while fourth-placed Bellarine can take a break with the A Grade bye.
|BELLARINE||0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 (4) 2 errors|
|DEAKIN||0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 (4) 2 errors|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 2, T.Snarey, J.Auld, P.Maisey, A.Riddett|
|Deakin:||N.Holmes 2, C.Lyons 2, K.Zablan, A.Medew, R.Jaramillo, R.Millard|
|Bellarine:||J.Auld, A.Riddett, S.Murry, P.Maisey|
|Deakin:||R.Jaramillo, K.Zablan, S.Hornstra|
|Bellarine:||J.Crotty 7 inn, 7 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|S.Murry 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 6 inn, 6 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|K.Zablan 2 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GUILD 3 drew with MOUNTIES 3
For Mounties this was one that got away against a Guild club that was reeling from player unavailability yet still found a way to split the result after a fascinating contest that featured some terrific pitching and defence by both sides
Calling on southpaw Andy Radevski to throw the complete game, Guild scored a run in the third – on a two-out Lee Harty chinker into leftfield before the home side passed up a serious scoring opportunity with first and second occupied and none out in the bottom of five.
Scoring came to fruition for Mounties with three in the sixth – compliments largely of a two-out Scott Jones double – although a further opportunity was squandered with two on and none out in the bottom of seven as the Lions played stellar infield defence.
With his side scrambling a run in seventh and another on a wild pitch in the eighth – in rapidly fading light – Radevski was able to close out the game and complete a gutsy outing on the hill.
For their part, Mounties would be delighted with the start by Stewart Jeffery and the relief effort by Scott Jones, who came up just one pitch short of carding what would have been a memorable win for his club.
Slipping marginally to second by virtue of the Werribee win, Guild faces the Giants in a daunting double-header at the stadium next Saturday, while fifth-placed Mounties will be away to Deakin.
|GUILD||0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 (3) 3 errors|
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 (3) 3 errors|
|Guild:||T.Kilfoyle 3, R.Stewart, L.Harty, J.Peoples, N.Brock, Jarryd Wood|
|Mounties:||J.Miller 2, S.Jones 2, B.Jones, J.Bramwell, S.Kerr, L.Ashmore|
|Guild:||L.Harty, Jarryd Wood|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 2, J.Miller|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 8 inn, 8 H, 7 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 4 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER|
|S.Jones 4 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
WERRIBEE 10 defeated SAINTS 4
The Giants have assumed top placing on the A Grade ladder after posting the win in a game effectively played in two halves.
With starter Josh Lee dominant on the hill, Saints took a four-zip lead into the top of five – due largely to a three run fourth innings started by a Justin Charles double and capped by a two-run Jordan Isbister single.
Still holding a two-run break on the departure of Lee after six stellar innings, Saints reliever Emerson Rickard came under fire as the Werribee hitters sprung into action with a three-run seventh and a game-breaking five runs in the eighth as Manager Charles sought to stem the flow.
While Werribee starter John Curnow was charged with the four early runs, Ryan Balzer was terrific with a relief stint that conceded just three hits and no runs as the Giants closed down a Saints offence that enjoyed outstanding production from Chris Rickard (three hits), Charles (two hits and an RBI), Lee (two and one), Gerard Carter (two hits) and Isbister.
But while its total of eleven hits may in other contexts have generated a winning score, the Werribee offence was relentless in amassing fifteen knocks in a real team effort – with standout performances by leftfielder Clint Baker (three hits and three RBIs), Wade Balzer (three and two), Ryan Balzer (two and two), Oliver Box (two hits) and Matt Collins (two hits).
Looking for its third win, Saints will make the trek across to Lara next Saturday, while Werribee may be relishing the prospect of a Saturday doubleheader at the stadium against a Guild outfit that is likely to still be without key players.
|WERRIBEE||0 0 0 0 1 1 3 5 (10) 2 errors|
|SAINTS||1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 (4) 2 errors|
|Werribee:||C.Baker 3, W.Balzer 3, R.Balzer 2, O.Box 2, M.Collins 2, S.Riches, J.Curnow, C.Wilson|
|Saints:||C.Rickard 3, J.Charles 2, G.Carter 2, J.Lee 2, J.Isbister, L.Crichton|
|Werribee:||C.Baker 3, R.Balzer 2, W.Balzer 2, M.Ernstzen|
|Saints:||J.Isbister 2, J.Charles, J.Lee|
|Werribee:||J.Curnow 4 inn, 8 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER|
|R.Balzer 4 inn, 3 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||J.Lee 6 inn, 6 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|E.Rickard 0.1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|J.Charles 1.2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
LARA had the A Grade bye.
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City is the Senior Winter Champion for 2016 after trouncing Geelong 12-0 in the Metro Group final played at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
With its offence strangled to the tune of five hits by Luke Abels and former Major Leaguer Shane Lindsay, Geelong conceded an unearned run in the second before an offensive outburst that gleaned four in the third for City and a match-breaking seven in a ragged fifth innings.
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A GRADE: GUILD
A RESERVE: GUILD
B GRADE: ALFREDTON
B RESERVE: MOUNTIES YC
C GRADE: CORIO
|A GRADE: 25 June|
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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)
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