Despite some disappointment at the end, the Geelong representative team had a wonderful Day Two at the Under 12 State Winter Championship, coming up just one run short of downing eventual winner Dandenong.
Entering the second day with a 1-2 winning record, the Geelong youngsters reversed their Saturday result with a strong 12-7 win over Ringwood Black, followed by an entertaining 13-10 triumph over Sunraysia before playing out a final-game thriller against Dandenong – which edged home 8-7 to take the Division One title.
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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|
|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|
SAINTS 4 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 3
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|
|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
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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:||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|
|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|
BELLARINE 6 defeated BACCHUS MARSH 0
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|
|Bellarine:||C.Bramwell 2, B.McKentish 2, T.Snarey, K.Kiefel, W.Visser, J.Lowe|
|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 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.
|BACCHUS MARSH versus DEAKIN|
|MOUNTIES versus SAINTS|
|LARA versus BELLARINE (Sunday)|
The next DELEGATES' MEETING will be held on Tuesday 4 August.
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.
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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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.
|A GRADE: GUILD LIONS|
|A RESERVE: GUILD LIONS vs MOUNTIES (no result)|
|B GRADE: COLAC BRAVES|
|B RESERVE: COLAC BRAVES|