Baycats Come and Try Days

Summer League club Geelong Baycats will be conducting Come and Try Sessions during September.

For youngsters 5-10 years of age, Come and Try TeeBall will be held at Geelong Baseball Centre on 2 September. For ages 9-14 years, Come and Try Baseball will be held at Geelong Baseball Centre on 18 September.

All interested parties are urged to attend. BAYCATS FLYER for more details.

Celebration of Ian Macca McKenzie's life

Widely known and well-respected umpire, umpire's advisor, mentor and baseball identity over many years, Victorian Ian "Macca" McKenzie sadly passed away during late July.

To allow Ian's friends and acquaintances the opportunity to celebrate his life, an event has been organised for Saturday 8 October, at Essendon Baseball Club in Strathmore Melbourne.  See FLYER for all details.......

 

GBA Grand Final Preview 2016

Senior Grand Finals will be played at Geelong Baseball Centre on Saturday 27 August, with double-headers at the stadium and at Pioneer Park. The C Grade Final will be played on the Pioneer Park synthetic diamond.

Best wishes to all participating clubs! Our Grand Final Preview is posted HERE.

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Pitching to the fore as Deakin blanks Bears

Deakin has won through to another Grand Final showdown with Guild Lions, compliments largely of a stunning day out by Tayler Rowe for a 3-0 result over a valiant Bellarine outfit that could manage just a solitary hit in support of lion-hearted work by its own pitching staff.

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Kingsley Collins (20 August 2016)

DEAKIN 3 defeated BELLARINE 0

Between them boasting some of the better-performed arms of the league this season, these two clubs generated another ripping contest – one for the baseball purists that was nevertheless modest on offensive highlights as pitcher-dominated affairs can be.

While Bellarine drew a walk to lead off the first – one of just seven runners that the Bears landed on base over the journey – the Blues converted early, with Andy Medew driving in a run in the bottom of the frame followed by another in the second, on a sacrifice fly to Shannon Hornstra.

As it transpired, two runs was more than enough, although Deakin almost certainly iced the game – in the fifth – on a wild pitch by Bellarine reliever Simon Murry, who was again terrific for the Bears after a solid four-innings start from Josh Crotty.

Despite making a couple of late errors in an on otherwise brilliant defensive game, Deakin was never seriously threatened as starter Tayler Rowe spun an overpowering winning stint that gleaned twelve strike outs over seven and just the solitary knock as evergreen Lyndon Hockey thwarted what would have been a rare no-hitter.

With Kelii Zablan unceremoniously slamming the gate – as he tends to do especially well – the Blues nailed down a spot in the Big Dance next Saturday, when they will be seeking atonement against a Guild club just one win away from writing a new entry in association history.

Both with two hits, Chris Webb and Nathan Holmes were prominent in a Deakin offence that had other telling contributors in Zablan (double), Rudy Jaramillo (double) and Medew, although Crotty and Murry can certainly hold their heads high for a Bellarine side that was stifled in offence as Rowe brought his blistering best to the ballpark.

Although Bellarine and Werribee were both admirable – and at times outstanding - in their efforts to figure in post-season action, most local baseball pundits would have anticipated a probable pairing of Guild and Deakin for the season decider. Roll on next Saturday. It should be a cracker.   

BELLARINE     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)  0 errors  
DEAKIN     1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 x   (3)  2 errors  
Hits.    
Bellarine: L.Hockey
Deakin: C.Webb 2, N.Holmes 2, K.Zablan, A.Medew, R.Jaramillo  
RBIs.    
Bellarine: nil  
Deakin: S.Hornstra, A.Medew  
Pitching.    
Bellarine: J.Crotty 4 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER  
  S.Murry 4 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER  
Deakin: T.Rowe 7 inn, 1 H, 12 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
  K.Zablan 2 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
   

Scoring on a regular basis against a club that headed the table for much of the season, Guild posted a comprehensive 14-2 win over Werribee and will meet Colac in the A RESERVE Grand Final.

A regularly dominant force at this level, Alfredton overpowered Corio 17-6 in the B GRADE Preliminary Final, which was soured even further for the Tigers with a serious leg injury sustained by Joel Hughes – who we wish well in his recovery.

Scoring four in the third, Alfredton rode some solid pitching to set up an 8-3 win over Saints in B RESERVE, while Corio smashed Deakin 14-4 in C GRADE to earn a Grand Final berth against Lara Wildcats.

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Senior Premiers 2016

A GRADE:

A RESERVE:

B GRADE:

B RESERVE:

C GRADE:

 

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Grand Finals 2016

For finals format, rules, game times, click HERE
 
A GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
GUILD versus DEAKIN   GBC1
A RESERVE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
COLAC versus          GUILD            GBC1
B GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
BACCHUS versus          ALFREDTON             GBC4
B RESERVE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
COLAC versus          ALFREDTON             GBC4
C GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
LARA versus          CORIO            GBC3

Preliminary Finals 2016

For finals format, rules, game times, click HERE
 
A GRADE:     Saturday 20 August
Preliminary Final
DEAKIN 3   BELLARINE       0
A RESERVE:     Saturday 20 August
Preliminary Final
WERRIBEE 2   GUILD 14
B GRADE:     Saturday 20 August
Preliminary Final
CORIO 6   ALFREDTON 17
B RESERVE:     Saturday 20 August
Preliminary Final
ALFREDTON 8   SAINTS  3
C GRADE:     Saturday 20 August
Preliminary Final
DEAKIN 4   CORIO 14

Semi-Final Schedule

A GRADE:     Saturday 13 August
Qualifying Final (1 vs 2)
GUILD   8 DEAKIN      7
Elimination Final (3 vs 4)
WERRIBEE   5 BELLARINE 10
A RESERVE:     Saturday 13 August
Qualifying Final (1 vs 2)
WERRIBEE   4 COLAC 9
Elimination Final (3 vs 4)
GUILD   12 LARA 2
B GRADE:     Saturday 13 August
Qualifying Final (1 vs 2)
BACCHUS   7 CORIO 4
Elimination Final (3 vs 4)
ALFREDTON   10 GUILD 0
B RESERVE:     Saturday 13 August
Qualifying Final (1 vs 2)
COLAC   7 ALFREDTON 4
Elimination Final (3 vs 4)
SAINTS   16 DEAKIN 6
C GRADE:     Sunday 14 August
Qualifying Final (1 vs 2)
LARA   8 DEAKIN 7
Elimination Final (3 vs 4)
BELLARINE   2 CORIO 3

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This list may not be complete and it will be subject to change as clubs transition to the IMG system or opt for stand-alone web services.

Please let us know of updates that you may have.

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