GBA names squad for Under 16 Championship

Geelong Baseball Association is pleased to announce its squad that will contest the Under 16 Winter Championship to be held in Mildura over 27 and 28 June.

The tournament has drawn six teams from across the state - Dandenong, Diamond Valley, Ringwood Black, Ringwood Green, Sunraysia and Geelong. The series will be a single round robin, with playoffs on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to all players and staff on their selection. Best wishes for the series, which is bound to be another high-quality tournament.

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Mounties blank Bacchus: Lions force draw

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


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  
Bacchus: nil  
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.

Wildcats do enough: Guild and Bears take points

With the senior round played in relatively salubrious conditions for the winter solstice, A Grade competition was split over both days – including a Saturday night game at the stadium and a Sunday afternoon fixture at Wallington Reserve.

Consolidating in fourth placing, Lara packed too many guns for Bacchus Marsh, while Guild retained top billing with a solid result over Deakin and Bellarine strengthened its grip on second with a hard-fought win at home over Mounties.

Saints had the A Grade bye.


Although it was far from a sparkling performance by either side, Lara scored three in the fourth and another three in the fifth to set up a comfortable win over a seriously undermanned Tigers outfit that fought it out tenaciously in support of a solid start by Trent Pantallaresco

With Lara starter Cameron McNish not quite at his best, Bacchus had its chances in the first three frames but was unable to convert - a shortcoming that has been the tale of the Tigers this season.

While Pantallaresco held sway through the first three, the Tigers passed up serious scoring opportunities with two runners on base in the first, with first and second occupied at none out in the second and with their lead-off – Manager Hornstra - picked off after landing on base on the third.

The game took a dramatic turn in the top of the fourth, when an infield throwing error and a muffed outfield fly allowed three to cross the plate for Lara, followed by another crooked number in the fifth as the Wildcats called on Cameron Forbes to close out the game.

Short of a gallop in his first pitching appearance since March, Forbes conceded a couple of hits and free passes to give Bacchus the fleeting sniff of an upset, although he proved well up to the task when the Tigers had bases loaded - and looked threatening - after scoring in the bottom of the sixth.

Now holding fourth clearly, Lara will be looking for further improvement from its ageing stars when it plays host to a lack-lustre Saints next Saturday, while Bacchus makes the trek to Ballarat for what should be an evenly-matched contest with Mounties.

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LARA 0 0 0 3 3 0 1   (7)  1 error                                                            
BACCHUS 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   (2)  1 error  
Lara: S.Baumann 2, C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson, C.Mason, M.McConnell  
Bacchus: C.Porter, S.Hornstra, J.Norquay, N.Afu, A.Wallis-Taylor, K.Morrison, B.Pelham  
Lara: C.Mason 2, R.Wilson, C.Forbes, M.McConnell  
Bacchus: J.Norquay  
Lara: C.McNish 5 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
  C.Forbes 2 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
Bacchus: T.Pantallaresco 5 inn, 5 H, 9 Ks, 7 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
  J.Norquay 2 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER

GUILD 6 defeated DEAKIN 2

Taking the shillelagh to Deakin starter Chris Webb, Guild smacked five in the first before the southpaw settled into his work and later handed the pill to Ricky Holm to close out the game in style.

But although Guild ace Brad Egan left the fray injured in the second innings, the Blues were unable to rein in the deficit as James Wood spun a terrific stint in relief for Guild.

With both sides playing solid defence, this much-anticipated clash lived up to all expectations after the initial flurry of runs had placed the Lions in a strong position against a dangerous Deakin defence that was held to single runs in the third and the sixth.

Although Wood was tagged for nine hits – over half of them jointly by former Lion Andy Medew (three) and Webb (two), the teenager stepped up big-time after the Egan injury to strike out seven over 6.2 innings of quality work.

Once again the Guild offence could boast a string of contributors – led by Jordan Lekkas (three hits), Chris Durston, Ryan Darcy and Liam Spence (all with two) – while Deakin would be buoyed by the relief effort of Holm, who whiffed six over three scoreless innings.

With Egan in doubt for the contest, Guild – at home - will face a stern challenge from second-placed Bellarine next Saturday, while Deakin has the A Grade bye.

DEAKIN 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   (2)  1 error  
GUILD 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 x   (6)  0 errors  
Deakin: A.Medew 3, C.Webb 2, K.Zablan, C.Lyons, N.Warren, R.Holm  
Guild: J.Lekkas 3, C.Durston 2, R.Darcy 2, L.Spence 2, R.Stewart, H.Levy, J.Peoples, J.Landthaler  
Deakin: C.Lyons  
Guild: R.Darcy, R.Stewart, J.Peoples, J.Landthaler  
Deakin: C.Webb 4 inn, 10 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER  
  R.Holm 3 inn, 3 H, 6 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Guild: B.Egan 1.1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
  J.Wood 6.2 inn, 9 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER


Although the final scoreline appears clear-cut, this game was far from one sided and was effectively decided in one innings – the third - when the Bears capitalised on Mounties errors to force four across the plate, three of them unearned.

Aside from that aberration, the sides were evenly matched, with Bellarine holding a pitching edge in Josh Crotty tossing the complete game for two hits and a solitary walk that was converted with a Brendan Walsh double for Mounties in the last.

While Crotty was dominant for the Bears, the visitors were regularly under the pump as Scott Jones walked eight and tattooed another hitter – creating opportune scoring situations exploited by timely hitting led by Troy Snarey (two hits and an RBI), Crotty (one and one), Jack Auld (two hits), Wayne Visser and Lyndon Hockey.

Although both sides made defensive errors, Mounties struggled to apply offensive pressure to Crotty, who allowed just a handful of runners on base – two of whom were caught pushing their luck.

Well clear in second, Bellarine has the chance to make it two from two against the multiple reigning premier when it fronts Guild at the stadium on Saturday, while Mounties are at home to Bacchus Marsh for a clash that both clubs would dearly love to win.

FACEBOOK IMAGES from Bellarine (taken and kindly supplied by Philip Sage).

MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 1   (1)  4 errors  
BELLARINE 0 0 4 0 2 x   (6)  3 errors  
Mounties: B.Walsh, S.Jones  
Bellarine: J.Auld 2, S.Murry, T.Snarey, K.Kiefel, J.Crotty  
Mounties: B.Walsh  
Bellarine: T.Snarey 2, W.Visser, L.Hockey, J.Crotty  
Mounties: S.Jones 4.1 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 8 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER  
  B.Jacobsson 0.2 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Bellarine: J.Crotty 6 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

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. 

See the WERRIBEE FLYER for all details.

A Grade Scoreboard

LARA 10 drew with SAINTS 10
GUILD 4 drew with BELLARINE 4

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.

CLICK HERE for more detail, Series Schedule and related information.

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).

SEE FLYER for further details.

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.

GBA Delegates' Meetings

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.

Senior Premiers 2014


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