The withdrawal of Guild from B Grade and the inclusion of a Colac C Reserve side have necessitated changes to the senior draw, starting from Round Two (29 April). Round Two changes are posted below, and in the competition pages. The full revised SEASON DRAW is now posted (under the Competition tab and as an Excel file).
SENIOR DRAW FOR 29 APRIL
A GRADE and A RESERVE: no change
COLAC versus NEWPORT (Colac, 2.25 start)
BACCHUS MARSH versus ALFREDTON (Bacchus Marsh, 1.00 PM)
COLAC versus NEWPORT (Colac, early)
SAINTS versus ALFREDTON (Saints, late)
GUILD versus CORIO (Guild, late)
LARA versus BELLARINE (Lara, late)
GUILD versus SAINTS (Guild, early)
MOUNTIES versus DEAKIN (Mounties, 1.00 PM)
LARA versus SAINTS RED (Lara, early)
CORIO versus COLAC (Corio, 1.00 PM)
SAINTS BLACK versus DEAKIN (Saints,early)
Strangling its opponent to the tune of a solitary hit, Bellarine turned on the offence for a powerful win over Saints at Wallington Reserve this afternoon and Guild rode a complete-game three-hitter by Andy Radevski in posting three multi-run innings to blank a valiant Mounties outfit, while Lara posted its third win of a thus far promising season for the Wildcats.
BELLARINE 10 defeated SAINTS 1
Although Saints opened scoring with a run in the top of the second, the Bears were not about to falter on their home patch, blasting four in the equaliser before following up with multiples in the fourth and the sixth to place the game well beyond reach of the visitors.
Despite walking five and tattooing one hitter, winning pitcher Brock Wells was again impressive over five for the Bears, conceding a solitary hit and whiffing seven before handing the pill to Matt Sage and Lachlan Hockey to mop up towards the end.
While Saints struggled to get anything happening in offence – and they slipped up in defence at a couple of crucial moments – Bellarine had standout hitters in manager Cameron Brown (three hits and two RBIs), Lachlan Medew (two and one), Lachlan Stott (two and one) and Lewis Weldon (one and two).
Solid enough with the start for Saints, Sean Talbot conceded five earned runs and club superstar Josh Lee another two later in the game – testament to a dangerous Bellarine offence that is relying increasingly, and refreshingly, on its emerging younger players.
Now at two and two, Bellarine will be at home to Lara next Saturday for what should be a fascinating stoush, while Saints head up the highway to face Mounties in what should be a close contest.
|SAINTS||0 1 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 3 errors|
|BELLARINE||0 4 0 4 0 2 x (10) 1 error|
|Bellarine:||C.Brown 3, L.Medew 2, L.Stott 2, L.Weldon, S.Murry, Lachlan Hockey|
|Bellarine:||C.Brown 2, L.Weldon 2, L.Medew, L.Stott|
|Saints:||S.Talbot 3.1 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER|
|J.Lee 2.2 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|Bellarine:||B.Wells 5.1 inn, 1 H, 7 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|M.Sage 0.2 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|L.Hockey 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
GUILD 14 defeated MOUNTIES 0
While this game never really felt like a fourteen-run drubbing – given the solid defence and the effort demonstrated by the home side for the most part – raw statistics on this occasion tell the story.
Scattering three hits over seven innings of work – two of those to Mounties manager Matt Jones – Guild southpaw Andy Radevski (one walk and a HPB) gave little away in an impressive outing that was backed by an errorless defence.
Breezing through the first, Mounties starter Scott Jones struggled with control in the second, which was where the Lions took toll of free passes for a five-spot that was built upon in the fourth as the Guild offence consistently converted the scoring opportunities generated by a lineup that had eight players hitting safely.
Consistently around the strike zone, Mounties reliever Jed Miller enjoyed a terrific sixth innings before the Lions flexed some scoring muscle with a game-breaking five runs in the top of the seventh as the visitors built upon their offensive numbers.
Tony Kilfoyle (two hits and three RBIs), Jarrod Durston (two and three), Liam Spence (one and three), Ryan Stewart (two and two) and James Renouf (three hits) figured prominently in a Guild offence that racked up thirteen hits in a clear demonstration of its capacity to be right among the A Grade action this winter season.
The Lions will be away to Deakin next Saturday, while Mounties – again at home - will be looking to gain some separation from East Belmont Saints, who are also at one and three.
|GUILD||0 5 0 4 0 0 5 (14) 0 errors|
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 1 error|
|Guild:||J.Renouf 3, R.Stewart 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, J.Durston 2, C.Durston, L.Spence, H.Levy, J.Lekkas|
|Mounties:||M.Jones 2, L.Ashmore|
|Guild:||J.Durston 3, L.Spence 3, T.Kilfoyle 3, R.Stewart 2, J.Lekkas, H.Levy|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 7 inn, 3 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 5 inn, 6 H, 3 Ks, 5 BB, 3 HPB, 9 ER|
|J.Miller 2 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER|
LARA 9 defeated DEAKIN 4
Having a strong start to a winter campaign that has been clearly enhanced by the return of quality players, Lara broke free with a four-spot in the fourth and pressed on to a clear-cut win over the reigning premier – which has not yet produced the form that it would like.
While we know that baseball is a team game, the Wildcats were particularly well-served on this occasion by a trio of established individual livewires who have – on and off - served the club so wonderfully well over the past decade, or more.
Spinning another dominant start, Cameron Forbes chimed in with two hits and two of his side’s RBIs and elder statesman Justin Charles was damaging with the bat for three timely knocks and four of his side’s ribbies - to vie for game MVP honours – while classy outfielder Aaron Green made his customarily effective contribution both in offence and defence.
Although another evergreen in Mark Rigby was terrific for Deakin in leading the way with two hits and three RBIs, the Blues were well held in offence and they again relied heavily on the lion-hearted Chris Webb, who tossed another complete game in the absence of the pitching riches available to the club last season.
With Dan Anson stepping up strongly in relief, the Wildcats were able to forge ahead in the seventh and post another impressive win that takes them to the top of the A Grade table on head-to-head advantage over Guild.
Lara will be away to Bellarine for what should be a ripper contest next Saturday, while Deakin faces another serious challenge at home to Guild.
|DEAKIN||1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 (4)|
|LARA||1 0 0 4 0 1 3 x (9)|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 2, K.Greenhalgh, C.Webb, A.Medew, C.Lyons|
|Lara:||J.Charles 3, A.Green 2, C.Forbes 2, G.Polley, D.Anson|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 3, A.Medew|
|Lara:||J.Charles 4, C.Forbes 2, A.Green, J.Berman, G.Polley|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 7 inn, 9 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 4 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|D.Anson 4 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
FULL SENIOR DRAW IS NOW POSTED. See links in the Competition tab.
Update: Tuesday 21 March
SENIOR DRAW: WEEKS 1 and 2
A Grade Draw for Weeks 1 and 2 has been structured as follows, starting with a doubleheader at Geelong Baseball Centre on Saturday 1 April. All lower grades will start after Easter. The full Senior Draw (all grades) is expected to be forwarded to clubs early next week.
|A GRADE ROUNDS ONE and TWO (Saturday 1 April)|
|12.00 PM start||SAINTS||versus||BELLARINE||Pioneer 1|
|3.00 PM start||LARA||versus||BELLARINE||GBC 2|
|A GRADE ROUND THREE (Saturday 8 April)|
|1.00 PM start||MOUNTIES||versus||BELLARINE||Mounties|
ASSOCIATION STRUCTURE AND SENIOR SCHEDULING FOR 2017
While we are still a few weeks off the start of Geelong Baseball Association winter season, league administration has been focused on the task of again accommodating 35 teams across what now appears likely to be five senior grades.
The winter season will start on 1/2 April, with A Grade only doubleheaders scheduled for Geelong Baseball Centre. Week Two will involve A Grade only, in a home and away fixture. The next weekend will be Easter – with no games - and all senior grades will be into full operation over the following weekend, 22 and 23 April.
A GRADE will comprise six teams, all playing each other four times (twenty games): Guild, Deakin, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and East Belmont Saints.
A RESERVE will comprise six teams: Guild, Deakin, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and Saints.
B GRADE teams will be Colac, Newport, Corio, Guild, Bacchus Marsh and Alfredton.
B RESERVE will be Colac, Newport, Corio, Guild, Alfredton and Saints.
C GRADE sides will be Deakin, Saints, Bellarine, Mounties, Lara and Guild.
C RESERVE will comprise Deakin, Saints Red, Saints Black, Corio and Lara.
Notwithstanding the departure of Werribee Giants to Melbourne Winter League, the GBA has been able to retain thirty-five senior teams, although the fixturing has posed some significant challenges for Don Stephens, GBA Pennant Committee Chairman and our doyen of senior draws over very many years.
In response to questions being consistently raised about fixturing for 2017, Don has provided the following information that should clarify a number of matters.
Why can’t there be six teams in A Grade and eight teams in A Reserve?
The answer to this involves some fairly complex mathematical calculations, taking the following into account.
If there are six teams in A Grade, three of them (call them Teams A, B and C) will be at home in Week One. With eight teams in A Reserve, Teams A, B, C and D will be at home.
So Team D already has one side at home and one away, let alone having games against the same club.
For Week Two, A Grade Teams D, E and F will be at home, while in A Reserve Teams E, F, G and H will be at home.
Now there are two clubs that are at different locations and against different clubs.
Don points out that for each subsequent week this complication will increase. We might think that it will eventually come back into line, but that is not the case.
A full round of the six-team competition takes five weeks, whilst the eight-team competition would have two more teams to play, compounding the problem even further.
The bottom line is that there needs to be the same number of teams in the grades that are aligned together (such as A Grade and A Reserve, B Grade and B Reserve).
Over the last few years the A Grade and A Reserve Draw has worked effectively on a structure of seven teams in A Grade and eight teams in Reserve, but only because the A Grade bye then allowed Colac A Reserve to slot in against the club that had the bye in A Grade.
Unless there is a genius out there who can find an unlikely workaround, it seems just not possible to run six teams in A Grade and eight (including Colac and Newport) in A Reserve.
Best wishes to all clubs in their preparation for the 2017 GBA winter season!
STATE WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017: dates and venues
SENIORS: 10, 11, 12 June (Geelong Baseball centre)
UNDER 18: 1/2 July (venue to be announced)
UNDER 16: 8/9 July (Wangaratta)
UNDER 14: 22/23 July (Frankston)
UNDER 12: 29/30 July (Bendigo)
Geelong Baseball Association is calling for expressions of interest for Head Coach and Assistant Coach roles with our Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 Winter Championship teams (dates and venues for each tournament are posted HERE).
A GRADE: Deakin Blues
A RESERVE: Colac Braves
B GRADE: Alfredton Eagles
B RESERVE: Colac Braves
C GRADE: Lara Wildcats