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|
|James Wood 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
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Geelong Baseball Association is the Senior Winter Championship winner after its 4-2 result over Mount Gambier at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
Notwithstanding a couple of brief rain delays, the Division One final was a game for the ages, with pitchers on both sides dominating a contest that went three pressure-packed extra innings.
Looking good after edging ahead in the top of the last, Mount Gambier conceded the tying run on an infield play before Bellarine Manager Cameron Brown delivered the decisive blow - with two out - with a two-run, walk-off shot deep over the leftfield wall.
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)
GBA Under 14 tryouts will continue at Bellarine this Wednesday, 21 June. The Geelong team will be selected next Sunday.
The GBA has appointed the following persons as Head Coach of Winter Carnival squads:
Aaron Green (Seniors)
Phill Northfield (Under 18)
Grant Dew (Under 16)
Larry Meager (Under 14)
Jason Peoples (Under 12)
A GRADE: Deakin Blues
A RESERVE: Colac Braves
B GRADE: Alfredton Eagles
B RESERVE: Colac Braves
C GRADE: Lara Wildcats