Deakin strengthened its grip on third placing with a thumping win over Mounties in bleak Ballarat conditions this afternoon, while Bellarine – at home - dispensed with Saints, who struggled with the bat and made a string of telling defensive errors. The Guild versus Bacchus Marsh game is scheduled to be played on Saturday night, while Lara had the A Grade bye.
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DEAKIN 15 defeated MOUNTIES 0
After being held to a solitary run early days – on timely hitting by Kelii Zablan and Cameron Gibbons in the first – the Blues exploded with a ten run blast in the third to deflate the home side and further confirm Deakin as the most free-scoring and dangerous offence in the league.
While Mounties starter Brent Jacobsson received reasonable support from his defence in toughing it out until the sixth, this turned into a hitting feast for the visitors, who had terrific contributors in Gibbons (four hits and three RBIs), Ricky Holm (four hits – including two infield singles), Zablan (three hits, three RBIs), Andy Medew (two and two), Cam Lyons (two and two) and Chris Webb (two hits and a muffed fly triple that cleared the bases).
With Zablan complementing his hitting heroics with a complete game outing on the hill, the Blues pressed on to wrap up this contest under the fifteen-run mercy rule in the sixth – another impressive showing by the league glamour side and a letdown for Mounties after a big win last week.
Conceding just two hits - and executing a couple of stunning bare-handed defensive plays - Zablan allowed just one runner to reach third in a quality outing against a Mounties offence that swung the bats with conviction but was never in the contest.
Deakin will resume after the break with a vital home clash against Bellarine, while Mounties make the trek to Lara – which will be equally desperate for a win to remain in striking distance of fourth.
|DEAKIN||1 0 10 0 1 3 (15) 2 errors|
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 2 errors|
|Deakin:||C.Gibbons 4, R.Holm 4, K.Zablan 3, C.Webb 2, A.Medew 2, C.Lyons 2, R.Millarad|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 3, A.Medew 3, C.Gibbons 3, C.Lyons 2, R.Holm|
|Deakin:||K.Zablan 6 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Mounties:||B.Jacobsson 5.2 inn, 16 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 11 ER|
|N.Carpenter 0.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
BELLARINE 7 defeated SAINTS 0
The final scoreline was really not indicative of the first half of this contest, which saw Josh Lee (Saints) and Simon Murry (Bellarine) well in control for their respective clubs.
However, while Murry and closer Josh Crotty remained in charge for the Bears, with the backing of tight defence, it all unravelled in the fifth for Saints, who slipped up in the field a staggering four times to concede four unearned runs in a total of seven for the innings – the only scoring for the entire game.
Notwithstanding their errant defence, the visitors could muster just three hits - and a total of five runners on base – as Murry and Crotty turned the screws.
By contrast, Bellarine created the scoring opportunities and was well-placed to cash in as Lee began to struggle after a terrific start and was relieved by Duane Davenport in that game-changing fifth.
Amassing eleven hits and playing impeccable defence, the Bears had grand contributors in Brad McKentish (three hits), Chris Bramwell (two hits and two RBIs) and Crotty (two and one) as their side pressed on to post its sixth win of the season and retain top billing heading to the break.
Away to Deakin next round, Bellarine will be keen to atone for an early season thumping at the hands of the Blues, while Saints will again be challenged when it plays host to Guild.
|SAINTS||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 4 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 0 0 0 7 0 0 x (7) 0 errors|
|Saints:||J.Charles, C.Thompson, M.Erntzen|
|Bellarine:||B.McKentish 3, C.Bramwell 2, J.Crotty 2, S.Murry, C.Barker, L.Hockey, S.Osborn|
|Bellarine:||C.Bramwell 2, J.Crotty, S.Osborn|
|Saints:||J.Lee 4.1 inn, 6 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER|
|D.Davenport 1.2 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Isbister 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 6 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Crotty 2 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GUILD vs BACCHUS MARSH
LARA had the A Grade bye
Geelong Baseball Association has named its squad for the Senior Winter Championship to be held at Geelong Baseball Centre over Queen's Birthday Weekend (6-8 June 2015). We congratulate our players and officials and we wish the squad all the very best for a successful series.
Squads for the Senior Championship are posted HERE.
Geelong has drawn in the four-team Metro Division. SERIES SCHEDULE.
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While Bellarine and Guild jointly hold a marginal break at the top of the table, very little separates the other A Grade clubs after an intriguing Round Seven that saw Bellarine down Lara in a thriller, while Deakin produced one massive innings to sink a dogged Bacchus Marsh and Mounties generated plenty in offence to overpower East Belmont Saints.
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DEAKIN 18 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 8
Despite missing several of its key players, Bacchus Marsh cashed in on some errant pitching to forge to an early lead over the Blues, who were celebrating their Past Players Day and would have felt some concerns before a ten-run sixth innings blast that put the game out of reach for a youthful Tigers squad that can hold its head high.
Without regular seniors in Jarrod Norquay, Daniel Wilkie and Tayler Rowe, the Tigers were off to an unanticipated flyer with six in the first as Deakin starter Chris Webb struggled with his control and walked three across the plate.
The Blues hit back with an unearned three of their own and another four in the third before the Marsh edged to a one-run lead in the fifth – a break that was short-lived as the home side turned on the offence against Tigers part-timer Chris Porter to smash a game-breaking ten from eight hits in the bottom of the sixth.
While the Tigers had solid contributors in Manager Shannon Hornstra (two hits) and teenager Noah Afu – who drove in three of his side’s runs – they were unable to contain a belligerent Deakin offence that amassed seventeen hits, with standouts in Ricky Holm (three hits and two RBIs), Webb (three and one), Cam Gibbons (three and one), Mark Rigby, Kelii Zablan and Nathan Warren.
Away to Guild next Saturday (6.00 PM start at the stadium), Bacchus Marsh faces another tough assignment, while Deakin – now clear in third placing – hits the road for what looms as a danger game against Mounties.
|BACCHUS||6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 (8) 4 errors|
|DEAKIN||3 0 4 0 0 10 1 (18) 1 error|
|Bacchus Marsh:||S.Hornstra 2, A.Wallis-Taylor, C.Porter, T.Pantallaresco, N.Afu|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 3, C.Gibbons 3, R.Holm 3, M.Rigby 2, K.Zablan 2, N.Warren 2, M.Belfrage, R.Millard|
|Bacchus Marsh:||N.Afu 3, M.McKenner, B.Pelham, M.Cook-Afu, S.Groves|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 2, R.Holm 2, C.Webb, K.Zablan, C.Gibbons, M.Belfrage, R.Millard, N.Warren|
|Bacchus Marsh||T.Pantallaresco 2.1 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 4 ER|
|C.Porter 3 inn, 9 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 8 ER|
|S.Hornstra 0.2 inn, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|B.Pelham 0.1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 4.1 inn, 5 H, 10 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER|
|K.Zablan 2.2 inn, 1 H, 5 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
MOUNTIES 10 defeated SAINTS 4
Assisted by a crucial early defensive error, Mounties plated three in the first and another couple in the second to drive Saints starter Duane Davenport from the hill before withstanding a mid-game revival from the home club and registering some late insurance runs that sealed a pretty impressive result for the Ballarat team.
Well in control through the early innings, Mounties starter Stewart Jeffery took a seven-run buffer into the bottom of the sixth, when Saints bats came alive with a four-spot that drew Scott Malthouse into the fray to stifle the threat as his side built upon its lead in the seventh.
While it was not one of Davenport’s better outings for the season, Josh Lee was solid in relief for Saints before Emerson Rickard and Jordan Isbister both had stints on the hill.
Eight of the Mounties line-up hit safely - led by Jono Bramwell (three hits and an RBI), Brad Jones (two and one), Scott Kerr (two and one), Jeffery (two and one) and catcher Leigh Ashmore (one and three) – while Justin Charles collected three of just five knocks posted by a subdued Saints offence.
A potent scoring unit on its day, Mounties – at home - will be confident of a bold showing against Deakin next week, while Saints will be looking to rebound in its away clash with Bellarine.
|MOUNTIES||3 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 (10) 3 errors|
|SAINTS||0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 (4) 1 error|
|Mounties:||J.Bramwell 3, B.Jones 2, S.Kerr 2, S.Jeffery 2, L.Ashmore, S.Malthouse, S.Jones, D.Spring|
|Saints:||J.Charles 3, G.Carter, C.Rickard|
|Mounties:||L.Ashmore 3, B.Jones, J.Bramwell, S.Kerr, S.Malthouse, S.Jeffery|
|Saints:||L.Poulter, G.Carter, J.Isbister, E.Rickard|
|Mounties:||S.Jeffery 5.2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 4 HPB, 4 ER|
|S.Malthouse 2.1 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||D.Davenport 1.1 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Lee 4.2 inn, 7 H, 6 Ks, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER|
|E.Rickard 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Isbister 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
BELLARINE 6 defeated LARA 3
Conjuring up another terrific start for Bellarine, Simon Murry held Lara scoreless through six while his own club posted a three-run lead when the Wildcats faltered in defence before a late recovery that saw scores tied at three apiece until Bears third-sacker Troy Snarey launched a three-run bomb to seal the deal in the bottom of the eighth.
Although the Bears loaded the bases with three passes in the first, this game was tight throughout as both Murry and Lara starter Cameron McNish settled into their work.
Quelling a Lara challenge in the second, Bellarine gained a break when the Wildcats conceded an unearned run in the third on a Chris Bramwell sacrifice fly and another two – both unearned - in the fourth.
Departing the hill after six superb innings for three hits, Murry handed the pill to Bramwell, who breezed through the seventh before the Wildcats finally came alive to tie the game in a frenetic top of the eighth on a Ross Wilson double and a Steve Wilson sacrifice.
Despite issuing half a dozen walks, McNish was terrific over five and Joel Ricketts tossed a scoreless inning before Ross Wilson was called upon to close out the game – a task that appeared manageable enough until he confronted the Bellarine big guns in the bottom of the last, when a lead-off Wayne Visser single, a wild pitch and a Murry walk set the table for the decisive Snarey blast.
Again heading the A Grade table, Bellarine will be at home to Saints next Saturday, while Lara – one of three clubs at two and four – will have a bye prior to the Queen’s Birthday break.
|LARA||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (3) 4 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 (6) 1 error|
|Lara:||S.Baumann 2, C.Forbes, R.Wilson, S.Wilson, J.Ricketts|
|Bellarine:||T.Snarey 2, W.Visser, S.Murry, C.Barker|
|Lara:||R.Wilson 2, S.Wilson|
|Bellarine:||T.Snarey 3, C.Bramwell 2|
|Lara:||C.McNish 5 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 6 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Ricketts 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|R.Wilson 1 inn, 2 H, 0 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 6 inn, 3 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|C.Bramwell 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
Getting in early with its preparation for the 2015 Winter Championships, Geelong Baseball Association is pleased to announce the appointment of a significant portion of its coaching staff. While some positions are still to be filled, the following announcements have been made.
|SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (Geelong, 6-8 June)|
|Head Coach||Cameron GIBBONS|
|Assistant Coach||Justin CHARLES|
|UNDER 18 CHAMPIONSHIP (Wangaratta, 27-28 June)|
|Head Coach||Phill NORTHFIELD|
|UNDER 16 CHAMPIONSHIP (Mildura, 4-5 July)|
|To be announced|
|UNDER 14 CHAMPIONSHIP (Frankston, 18-19 July)|
|Head Coach||Larry MEAGER|
|Assistant Coach||Joel RICKETTS|
|Assistant Coach||Andy MEDEW|
|UNDER 12 CHAMPIONSHIP (Bendigo, 25-26 July)|
|Head Coach||Chris RICKARD|
Other appointments will be announced as they become available.
Geelong Baseball Association will be aiming to provide day-by-day website reporting of all Winter Championships (See the "Championships" link in our Main menu).
Congratulations to the premier teams in GBA junior competition for 2014.
UNDER 13: GUILD
UNDER 15: BACCHUS MARSH
UNDER 18: GUILD
|BELLARINE 7 defeated SAINTS 0|
|MOUNTIES 0 lost to DEAKIN 15|
|GUILD versus BACCHUS MARSH|
GBA A Grade "Top Ten" (hitting and pitching) after Round Seven is now available HERE.
Geelong Baseball Association requests that all eligible and interested players for the 2015 Under 18 Championship attend the first training and registration session organised for Sunday 17 May, from 10.00 AM - 12.00 PM.
The session will be held at Pioneer 2 (Saints synthetic ground).
If you are unable to attend, please register your interest with Head Coach Phill Northfield (Phillip.Northfield@vivaenergy.com.au).
Expressions of interest are invited for Assistant Coach positions and for a team Executive Officer.
The Under 18 Winter Championship will be held in Wangaratta, over 27-28 June.
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|