Geelong Baseball Association has named its squad for the 2017 Under 18 Winter Championship that will be contested at Geelong Baseball Centre over 1 and 2 July.
This will be the second of the Baseball Victoria Winter Championships held in Geelong, following on from a GBA title-winning Senior Championship held over Queen's Birthday weekend.
Congratulations and best wishes to all players and management staff for a successful and enjoyable Championship, which we know will again be a credit to the host association clubs! READ MORE.......
A massive fifth inning propelled Guild to a narrow win over Bellarine – and back into second placing on the A Grade table – while Mounties belted an undermanned Deakin to post their second win and Lara played an impeccable game to overpower Saints after a tight first five frames.
GUILD 11 defeated BELLARINE 9
Despite scoring the first run, the Lions for the second successive week surrendered an early lead – this time by conceding two unearned in the second and a three spot in the third as Lewis Weldon flexed some offensive muscle with a three-run bomb for the Bears.
Drawing to within a run after four, Guild paid for costly free passes in the fifth, when reliever Jarryd Wood struggled with control and handed the pill to brother James Wood to stem the flow and hold the Bellarine lead to four – surely enough, the pundits would have reckoned, with old hands in Simon Murry and Josh Crotty looking to close out the game.
Not so, however, as the Lions took their lead from a booming triple by starting pitcher Andy Radevski in the bottom of five – a blow that inspired a six run assault delivered by a walk, a sacrifice and six timely hits that did serious damage to the Murry line and handed Guild a match-winning break protected by the elder Wood with a clean last inning.
Delivering the offence for Bellarine, Weldon (home run and three RBIs), Matt Sage (two hits and three RBIs) and Lachlan Stott (two and three) were standouts for Bellarine, while the Lions spread the hitting spoils between nine players – the most prominent of those being Jordan Lekkas (two hits and three RBIs late in the game), James Wood (two and two), Lee Harty (one and two), Ryan Stewart (two and one) and Liam Spence (three hits).
Guild will be looking to strengthen its hold on second when they meet Deakin at the university on Saturday, while Bellarine – at home – faces league-leading Wildcats in another tough one
|BELLARINE||0 2 3 0 4 0 (9) 1 error|
|GUILD||1 0 3 1 6 x (11) 2 errors|
|Bellarine:||M.Sage 2, L.Stott 2, L.Medew, L.Weldon (home run)|
|Guild:||L.Spence 3, James Wood 2, R.Stewart 2, J.Lekkas 2, T.Kilfoyle, L.Harty, J.Renouf, A.Radevski, Jarryd Wood|
|Bellarine:||L.Weldon 3, M.Sage 3, L.Stott 3|
|Guild:||J.Lekkas 3, James Wood 2, L.Harty 2, T.Kilfoyle, R.Stewart, Jarryd Wood|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 4.1 inn, 13 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 3 HPB, 10 ER|
|J.Crotty 0.2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 4 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|Jarryd Wood 0 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|James Wood 2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
LARA 11 defeated SAINTS 0
Playing errorless baseball and generating fourteen hits in support of terrific pitching, the Wildcats played what was surely the consummate game of winter baseball in whitewashing an opponent that struggled to land runners on base - much less in scoring position.
While Saints starter Emerson Rickard kept the Lara hitters in check early on, the home side was still able to gain a comfortable break as Cameron Forbes spun another quality start before handing the ball to Dan Anson with the game still up for grabs.
However, one big innings – the sixth – put the contest beyond doubt as the Lara offence generated a five-spot against a Saints side that could muster just three hits for the game – two of those to Hiro Sekine.
While Rickard, Sean Talbot and youngster Connor Hughes were all brave enough on the hill for Saints, they were unable to contain a dangerous Lara offence that enjoyed telling contributions from man of the match Cameron Forbes (four hits and three RBIs), Jared Berman (two and three), Jared Fraim (two and one), Stuart Forbes (one and two) and Aaron Green (three hits).
Over the seven-inning contest, three Lara pitchers conceded just three hits, no walks and a solitary HPB – a performance that combined with solid defence and fourteen hits to create what was effectively the perfect team game by the league leader.
Seemingly becoming stronger each week, Lara will make the trek to Bellarine on Saturday and Saints will meet a resurgent Mounties outfit in Ballarat.
|LARA||1 0 2 0 1 5 2 (11) 0 errors|
|SAINTS||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 2 errors|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 4, A.Green 3, J.Berman 2, J.Fraim 2, S.Forbes, B.Hammer, G.Polley|
|Saints:||H.Sekine 2, L.Sherwell|
|Lara:||J.Berman 3, S.Forbes 2, C.Forbes 2, B.Hammer, J.Fraim|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 3 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|D.Anson 3 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Berman 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|Saints:||E.Rickard 5 inn, 10 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER|
|S.Talbot 1.2 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|C.Hughes 0.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
MOUNTIES 10 defeated DEAKIN 2
Round about the money for several of its games this season, Mounties finally enjoyed playing success – its first win in ten weeks - with a thumping result over a Deakin outfit that continues to battle manfully dispute missing several stars from its 2016 premiership side.
Both solid with the start, Scott Jones (Mounties) and Tim Kurganovs (Deakin) held their opponents scoreless until the game took a dramatic and decisive turn in the bottom of four, when the Mounties offence sparked up big-time with a string of hits and some aggressive base-running that delivered seven runs and an ultimately insurmountable lead.
While the Blues edged back with singles in the fifth and sixth, the Mounts were not about to be thwarted this time – plating three late runs to score their first double figure winning tally of the season and atone for an earlier loss to Deakin back in Round Five.
Tossing a complete-game for the win, Jones was well-supported in offence by Leigh Ashmore (three hits and two RBIs), Scott Kerr (three and one), teenager Mitch Collins (two and two), Jedd Miller (two and two) and Matt Jones (two hits), while Kobe Greenhalgh and Cameron Lyons both collected two knocks for the visitors.
Mounties will fancy their chances of back-to-back wins when they play host to Saints on Saturday, while Deakin will be looking to an improved showing at home against Guild.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 0 1 1 0 (2) 1 error|
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 7 0 1 2 (10) 1 error|
|Deakin:||K.Greenhalgh 2, C.Lyons 2, C.Webb, M.Rigby, A.Ham, M.Belfrage, B.Southall|
|Mounties:||S.Kerr 3, L.Ashmore 3, M.Collins 2, M.Jones 2, J.Miller 2, S.Jones, G.Masterson|
|Mounties:||M.Collins 2, J.Miller 2, L.Ashmore 2, S.Kerr, G.Davidson, M.Parry, G.Masterson|
|Deakin:||T.Kurganovs 3.2 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER|
|C.Webb 3.1 inn, 8 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 7 inn, 9 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
AROUND THE GROUNDS
With the senior season gathering momentum, results so far to hand suggest that we are in for an enthralling several weeks building towards finals.
In A RESERVE, Lara heads the table ahead of Guild despite incurring its second loss on the trot – this time at the hands of East Belmont Saints, which finds itself in a three-way go for third (at four wins and five losses) with Deakin and Mounties (who have dropped four in a row). Second-placed Colac dealt a rare loss to Alfredton in B GRADE, while the Braves still make the running in B RESERVE. There was a serious upset in C GRADE this week, where Guild handed Lara its first defeat of the season, turning a massive loss last time around into a thumping ten-run win that draws the Lions equal at the top of the table - with Saints and Deakin making up the four. Heavy scoring was the order of the day in C RESERVE, where Corio and Saints Red are making up ground on Lara, Colac and Deakin.
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Played in perfect weather conditions on resumption after the Carnival break, A Grade competition produced a run-fest down at Bellarine – where the Bears took toll of a welter of free passes before squandering a massive lead – while Chris Webb spun a complete game in Deakin’s comfortable win over Saints and Lara strengthened its hold on first with a narrow result over Guild in the match of the round.
DEAKIN 7 defeated SAINTS 3
In a game of great ladder importance to both clubs, it was the Blues who were better able to capitalise on their scoring opportunities – and in so doing gain a break in fourth placing.
Although Saints starter Josh Lee was not at his stellar best, he was let down by a defence that conceded an unearned run in the first, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth as the home side kicked away for a seven-zip lead.
With Chris Webb well in control early, it was not until the sixth that Saints troubled the scoreboard before plating another two in the top of nine to give their own score some respectability.
Scattering six hits in his complete-game outing, Webb was backed by a solid defence while fanning seven for the three late earned runs, while Emerson Rickard kept his side in the contest with 3.1 innings of scoreless work that would again have pleased Saints management.
Collecting three hits and a walk from his five trips, Manager Mark Rigby was the offensive standout for Deakin, which was well-served by Andy Medew (two hits and an RBI) and Sam Fraser (one and two).
Deakin will hit the road for an away clash with cellar-dwelling Mounties next Saturday, while Saints will be in search of a vital fourth win when it plays host to Lara.
|SAINTS||0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 (3) 3 errors|
|DEAKIN||0 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 x (7) 1 error|
|Saints:||H.Sekine, E.Rickard, L.Sherwell, C.Rickard, D.Kirchner, M.Ernstzen|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 3, A.Medew 2, M.Belfrage, K.Greenhalgh, S.Fraser|
|Saints:||E.Rickard, M.Alldis, M.Ernstzen|
|Deakin:||S.Fraser 2, M.Rigby, A.Medew|
|Saints:||J.Lee 4.2 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|E.Rickard 3.1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 9 inn, 6 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
BELLARINE 13 defeated MOUNTIES 11
While the final result might suggest a slugfest of sorts, this was simply not the case in a match that was bookended by two massive innings that bloated the scoreline through walks, errors and unearned runs gifted by both sides.
It was a ragged start for Mounties, who conceded nine in the first – eight of those unearned – as starter Gavin Smith struggled for control and was punished even further as his side slipped up in defence.
With the Bears holding an unassailable lead compliments of another four in the second, Mounties hit back with a couple against Josh Crotty before youngster Harry Lazarus ran into strife in relief and the home side threatened to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with an ugly top of five – the last – that gleaned seven for a never-say-die Mounties outfit.
Out-hitting the Bears nine to six, Mounties had grand contributors in Smith (three hits and an RBI), Jamie Greenwood (two and three) and Scott Jones (two and two), while Chris Barker (two and three), Cameron Brown (two and three), Lewis Weldon (one and two) and Jack Auld (one and two) delivered the offensive conversion for Bellarine.
Languishing on one win – despite several ultra-competitive outings – Mounties will be at home to Deakin next Saturday, while Bellarine meets Guild in what shapes as a ripper at the stadium.
|MOUNTIES||0 0 2 2 7 (11) 4 errors|
|BELLARINE||9 4 0 0 x (13) 3 errors|
|Mounties:||G.Smith 3, S.Jones 2, J.Greenwood 2, S.Kerr, M.Jones|
|Bellarine:||C.Barker 2, C.Brown 2, L.Weldon, J.Auld|
|Mounties:||J.Greenwood 3, S.Jones 2, G.Smith, M.Jones, M.Parry|
|Bellarine:||C.Barker 3, C.Brown 3, L.Weldon 2, J.Auld 2, M.Sage, W.Visser|
|Mounties:||G.Smith 1.2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 9 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|M.Jones 2.1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|Bellarine:||J.Crotty 3 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|H.Lazarus 1.1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 5 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER|
|S.Murry 0.2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
LARA 4 defeated GUILD 3
While this top of the table clash was decided by unearned runs – all seven of them – it was a riveting clash between two genuine contenders, with the Wildcats consolidating in top placing and the Lions slipping to third.
Aided by an error, an infield hit and a Justin Charles double, the Wildcats cruised away in the second before repaying the defensive favour with a crucial infield blunder that allowed the Lions to square the ledger in the third.
With Andy Radevski giving his side another solid start, Guild slipped up again in the fifth, when an early error, a hit and a walk allowed Lara to load the bases and plate the go-ahead on a Jarrod Fraim flyball for a break that was enough to secure the win as Dan Anson and then Charles spent time on the hill in relief of Cameron Forbes – who was dominant over a two-inning cameo.
Stranding seven runners on base from the third through the fifth was a disappointing outcome for the Lions, who had their chances to apply scoring pressure in a tight contest.
Tossing two innings of scoreless work in relief and picking up two hits (for two RBIs), James Wood was a standout for Guild along with younger brother Jarryd Wood (two hits) and Radevski, while Charles (hit and two RBIs), Fraim (one and two) and Aaron Green (two hits and two walks) were best of the Lara offence.
Highballing at the top of the table, Lara will be away to Saints next Saturday, while Guild plays host to Bellarine, which has edged into second with its win over Mounties.
|LARA||0 3 0 0 1 0 0 (4) 1 error|
|GUILD||0 0 3 0 0 0 0 (3) 3 errors|
|Lara:||A.Green 2, J.Charles, C.Forbes, B.Hammer, J.Fraim|
|Guild:||James Wood 2, Jarryd Wood 2, L.Spence, R.Stewart|
|Lara:||J.Charles 2, J.Fraim 2|
|Guild:||James Wood 2|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|D.Anson 3 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 7 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Charles 2 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 5 inn, 5 H, 6 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
Eligible players are invited to attend tryouts for the GBA representative team to contest the Winter Championship in Bendigo over 29 and 30 July. Tryouts will be held at GBC 1 on Sunday 2 July and Sunday 9 July, starting at 2.00 PM. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A GRADE: Deakin Blues
A RESERVE: Colac Braves
B GRADE: Alfredton Eagles
B RESERVE: Colac Braves
C GRADE: Lara Wildcats