GBA finishes fourth at Under 14 Winter Championship

With a win and a draw from its two Sunday fixtures, Geelong has finished a very creditable fourth in the Under 14 Winter Championship that was brought to a rather sudden end when the heavens opened in Frankston this afternoon - before playoff games could be decided.   READ MORE.......

Momentum builds towards the post-season

Kingsley Collins (22 July 2017)

Heading to the last month of regular season play, competition for finals participation has stepped up a level across all senior grades, although several clubs already appear odds-on for a top-two finish – and the coveted double chance.

Although still a clear A Grade second, Guild faltered seriously in defence to be over-run by Bellarine in Round Thirteen, while league-leading Lara led all the way against Saints and Mounties handed a monumental flogging to a Deakin club whose form has been up and down, to say the very least.

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LARA 8 defeated SAINTS 3

Now assured of a double chance and favoured for the minor premiership, Lara took advantage of four hits, a HPB and a defensive error to smack four in the first – followed up by another couple in the fifth - to help build an unassailable winning break over Saints at Pioneer Park.

In a contest that was marred by defensive slip-ups in chilly conditions, Sean Talbot (Saints) and Cameron Forbes (Lara) spun solid starts for their respective clubs, with Forbes the far more dominant force in whiffing ten for one earned run over five before handing the pill to Dan Anson to close out the game.

Progressively building its season and still not out of contention for a finals berth, Saints extracted an innings apiece from Dylan Teixeira and the imposing Tayler Rowe – who swatted a triple late in the game as testament to his all-round value to his new club.

With three hits and three of his side’s ribbies, Manager Ross Wilson had another terrific game with the stick for Lara, along with Cameron Forbes (three and one) and the understated, reliable Jarrod Fraim (one and three), while the East Belmont hitting output was shared between seven players – including utility Hiro Sekine, who is among the league leaders on statistics.

Lara will be at home to Bellarine for what should be a ripper game next Saturday, while Saints will be aiming to keep their finals hopes alive when they play host to a dangerous Mounties.

LARA      4 0 0 0 2 1 1   (8)  4 errors
SAINTS      1 0 0 1 0 1 0   (3)  3 errors
Hits.  
Lara: R.Wilson 3, C.Forbes 2, S.Forbes, J.Charles, J.Fraim, A.Mueller
Saints: M.Alldis, H.Sekine, S.Talbot, J.Lee, T.Rowe, E.Gay, M.Ernstzen
RBIs.  
Lara: R.Wilson 3, J.Fraim 3, C.Forbes
Saints: M.Ernstzen, E.Gay
Pitching.  
Lara: C.Forbes 5 inn, 5 H, 10 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
  D.Anson 2 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Saints: S.Talbot 5 inn, 7 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 6 ER
  D.Teixeira 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
  T.Rowe 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
   

BELLARINE 9 defeated GUILD 6

Bellarine strengthened its hold on third placing with a stunning last-gasp win over a Lions outfit that appeared home for all money when it carried a three-run lead into the top of the last.

Strange game baseball can be, though, and even more strange – in this case – was the uncharacteristically errant work of the Guild defence, which was made to pay dearly for slipups that gifted two unearned runs in the third before another five unearned in a six-run Bears blast in the top of the last.

Although the last-innings outburst could be attributed in part to the three walks and a HPB issued by closer James Wood, Guild had been by far the better side for the bulk of this contest, out-hitting the Bears by a serious margin behind a superb start from southpaw Andy Radevski (six innings for one earned run).

While Wayne Visser (two hits and three RBIs), Lachlan Stott (one and two), Matt Sage (two hits) and Simon Murry (two hits) were productive in offence for Bellarine, Guild should really have made far more of the opportunities that it generated through the bats of Liam Spence (four hits and an RBI), Tony Kilfoyle, Ryan Stewart and a string of others who helped accumulate what we would usually expect to be a winning total of fourteen hits in a timed winter contest.

Conceding thirteen of those over 5.2 innings – for six earned runs – Bellarine starter Simon Murry was accorded great support by Josh Crotty, who stifled a Guild thrust in the bottom of six before closing out the game after his side surged to a match-winning lead.

Bellarine makes a trek to the snakepit to take on league-leading Lara in a tough one next Saturday, while Guild and Deakin will both be bent on redemption when they meet at the stadium.

BELLARINE       1 0 2 0 0 0 6   (9)  0 errors
GUILD       0 0 0 3 1 2 0   (6)  4 errors
Hits.  
Bellarine: M.Sage 2, W.Visser 2, S.Murry 2, L.Stott
Guild: L.Spence 4, T.Kilfoyle 2, R.Stewart 2, James Wood, T.Snarey, Jarryd Wood, B.Jensz, L.Harty, M.Miller
RBIs.  
Bellarine: W.Visser 3, L.Stott 2
Guild: L.Spence, James Wood, T.Snarey, Jarryd Wood, L.Harty
Pitching.  
Bellarine: S.Murry 5.2 inn, 13 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER
  J.Crotty 1.1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Guild: A.Radevski 6 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
  James Wood 1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
   

MOUNTIES 21 defeated DEAKIN 5

Coming off stunning wins over Lara and Bellarine – both legitimate title contenders – fourth placed Deakin was handed its second caning by the Ballarat club in the past five weeks.

The result was never really in doubt after the top of the first, when the visitors blasted eleven runs, kept the Blues scoreless in response and whacked another six in the third to set up a massive win over the reigning premier.

While just three errors were debited to Deakin, they were crucial in the final analysis, with twelve unearned runs being carded to a defence that saw starter Chris Webb chased from the hill in the first before Liam Whiteside and Tim Kurganovs were called upon to contain a rampant Mounties offence.

Unearned runs aside, the Mounties offence was irresistible and it owed much to the contributions of emerging teenager Mitch Collins (three hits and five RBIs), Jedd Miller (three and four), Scott Jones (two hits – including a home run – for four ribbies), Brenton Jones (one and three), Matt Jones (two and two), Jason Sculley (two and one) and Scott Kerr (hit, sacrifice fly, two walks and a HPB).

Never in the hunt for this contest – which saw George Davidson and Jedd Miller spin quality stints for Mounties - Deakin had productive hitters in Koby Greenhalgh (two hits and an RBI), Cam Lyons (home run for two RBIs), evergreen Glenn Morris (two hits, including solo home run) and Nathan Warren (two hits).

A resurgent Mounties may fancy its chances in an away game against Saints on Saturday, whereas Deakin comes off an embarrassing loss for its away clash with Guild Lions.

MOUNTIES      11 1 6 0 3   (21)  0 errors
DEAKIN       0 0 0 5 0    (5)   3 errors
Hits.  
Mounties: M.Collins 3, J.Miller 3, S.Jones 2 (inc home run), M.Jones 2, J.Sculley 2, S.Kerr, G.Davidson, M.Parry, B.Jones
Deakin: K.Greenhalgh 2, G.Morris 2 (inc home run), N.Warren 2, C.Webb, M.Rigby, M.Belfrage, C.Lyons (home run)
RBIs.  
Mounties: M.Collins 5, J.Miller 4, S.Jones 4, B.Jones 3, M.Jones 2, S.Kerr, J.Sculley, M.Parry
Deakin: C.Lyons 2, K.Greenhalgh, G.Morris
Pitching.  
Mounties: G.Davidson 4 inn, 8 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
  J.Miller 1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Deakin: C.Webb 0.2 inn, 9 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER
  L.Whiteside 2.1 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
  T.Kurganovs 2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
   

IN OTHER NEWS

With intense interest being generated among the lower grades, we will do our best to make sense of what might be happening, even though there is a degree of guesswork involved as results are at times not forthcoming and Sunday fixtures need to be taken into account – especially in C Grade and C Reserve.

Now sharing top billing in A RESERVE, Lara has been joined by Guild, which had a thumping win over lowly Bellarine, with East Belmont Saints now looming as a real chance of delivering some joy to the senior component of the haloes club after Jordan Isbister whiffed fifteen over seven innings in his club’s win over the Wildcats. A split result between Mounties and Deakin sees both clubs still vying for fourth placing, while the Bears would need a form reversal of magnitude to overtake either with just four rounds to play. Stranger things may have happened in baseball – but not often.

As anticipated, a top of the table B GRADE clash between Alfredton and Colac turned into a ripper game, with the Eagles plating three in the first and another three in the sixth to set up a hard-fought 8-4 victory (scroll down for a selection of images from this game). The win gives Alfredton a clear break atop the standings, with an intriguing contest against the improving Bacchus Marsh to come next Saturday. Still second, Colac should be able to consolidate against Newport, which is in a two-way go with Corio for a finals berth in this five-team grade.

Setting the pace in B RESERVE, evenly-matched teams in Colac and Saints both enjoyed wins – the Braves in a tough contest against Alfredton and Saints comfortably over Guild, which remains equal third with the Eagles ahead of Corio – which has a power of work to do – and Newport, which is out of finals contention but still capable of being nuisance value.

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Wildcats maul Mounties: Lions lead throughout

Amassing eight in the top of the first, league-leading Lara rebounded from a rare loss with a thumping A Grade win over Mounties in surprisingly pleasant weather at Prince of Wales Reserve, while Guild shook off a competitive Saints outfit by plating multiples in the fourth and the sixth to stroll away for a clear-cut victory and Deakin dominated a slugfest to take the points over Bellarine in a Sunday fixture.

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LARA 17 defeated MOUNTIES 5

Taking the start for his club, Mounties Manager Mathew Jones found it tough going in the first, as the Wildcats took full advantage of walks and timely hitting to put up a game-breaking eight spot.

Although the locals hit back with three in the bottom of the second, Lara was again on the march with a couple in the third before teenager Xavier Woolley was called into action for his debut A Grade pitching outing that would have heartened Mounties management with an eye to the future.

Playing errorless defence behind starter Greg Anderson, Cameron Forbes in the set-up role and Jared Berman with the close, Lara was hardly going to let this one slip as it cruised away to a comprehensive win generated largely through the offence of old hands in Aaron Green (three hits and four RBIs), Justin Charles (two and four), Cameron Forbes (one and four), Stuart Forbes (two and two), Ben Hammer and Manager Ross Wilson.

With three hits and two ribbies, Scott Kerr was the standout for Mounties, who exploited their scoring opportunities despite being able to muster just five hits.

Lara will be away to East Belmont next Saturday, while Mounties – now out of contention for a playoff berth – will face Deakin at the university.

LARA       8 0 2 3 3 1   (17)  0 errors
MOUNTIES       0 3 1 1 0 0    (5)   1 error
Hits.  
Lara: A.Green 3, J.Charles 2, B.Hammer 2, S.Forbes 2, C.Forbes, R.Wilson, J.Fraim, S.Wilson, G.Polley
Mounties: S.Kerr 3, J.Miller, J.Sculley
RBIs.  
Lara: A.Green 4, J.Charles 4, C.Forbes 4, R.Wilson 2, S.Forbes 2, J.Fraim
Mounties: S.Kerr 2, G.Masterson, G.Davidson
Pitching.  
Lara: G.Anderson 3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
  C.Forbes 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
  J.Berman 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Mounties: M.Jones 3 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 8 BB, 2 HPB, 10 ER
  X.Woolley 2 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 2 HPB, 6 ER
  G.Davidson 1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
   

GUILD 12 defeated SAINTS 3

With two of the league’s best hurlers in Brad Egan (Guild) and Josh Lee (Saints) going head to head, this game remained tight through three – despite the Lions scoring on a passed ball in the top of the first.

As they can be prone to do, however, the Lions roared to life in one telling innings – this time the fourth – when four hits, a walk and a HPB gleaned five runs and spelled the end for Lee as Saints activated a bullpen that would offer up stints from Jordan Isbister and Connor Hughes before a cameo by Harry McGovern at the end.

A total of ten walks and six HPBs, combined with five defensive errors, placed Saints well behind the eight-ball against a Guild outfit that had terrific offensive contributors in Troy Snarey (three hits and three RBIs), Liam Spence (one and two), Tony Kilfoyle (one and two) and Ben Jensz (two and one).

Spinning five innings for no earned runs, Egan racked up another win for the Lions, who cruised to a comfortable win despite two late runs off closer Jarryd Wood – including a sacrifice fly by Hiro Sekine (three hits), who is enjoying a purple patch for a Saints lineup that today struggled for offensive production.

Well entrenched in second – and effectively assured of a double chance – Guild will play host to Bellarine next Saturday, while Saints are at home to Lara in a must-win for the haloes.

GUILD 1 0 0 5 1 4 1   (12)  2 errors
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 1 0 2    (3)   5 errors
Hits.  
Guild: T.Snarey 3, B.Jensz 2, L.Spence, T.Kilfoyle, Jarryd Wood, J.Lekkas
Saints: H.Sekine 3, M.Alldis, L.Sherwell, C.Rickard
RBIs.  
Guild: T.Snarey 3, L.Spence 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, Jarryd Wood, B.Jensz, J.Lekkas
Saints: H.Sekine
Pitching.  
Guild: B.Egan 5 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
  Jarryd Wood 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
Saints: J.Lee 3.2 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
  J.Isbister 1.1 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER
  C.Hughes 1.2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER
  H.McGovern 0.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
   

DEAKIN 17 defeated BELLARINE 7

In a Sunday fixture that capped off an A Grade round of heavy scoring, Deakin backed up from an important win over Lara by outgunning Bellarine in a slugfest.

Tossing another complete game for the Blues, Chris Webb conceded two in the first and a three-run bomb to Bellarine Manager Cameron Brown in the fifth but was accorded outstanding offensive support by a Deakin lineup that posted multiples in each of the first four frames before icing the win with a barnstorming six runs in the bottom of five.

Calling in turn on reliable starter Josh Crotty, Lachlan Hockey and Matt Sage before Brown mopped up at the end, the Bears were unable to contain a Deakin offence that was emphatically shown the way by Ayden Ham (three hits and four RBIs), Andy Medew (three and three), Matt Belfrage (three and one), Mark Rigby (two and two – with a walk and a sacrifice fly), Glenn Morris (two and two) and Webb (two and one, with two walks).

Heading his club’s offensive output with three hits - including the round-tripper - for four of his side’s ribbies, Cameron Brown dominated the offensive production for Bellarine, which holds third placing by a whisker over Deakin on the A Grade standings.

This was a stunning all-round display by fourth-placed Deakin, which will be at home to Mounties next Saturday, while the Bears will head to the Lions den keen to atone for their narrow loss at that venue just a few weeks ago.

BELLARINE      2 0 1 0 3 1    (7)   1 error
DEAKIN      2 2 3 4 6 0   (17)  0 errors
Hits.  
Bellarine: C.Brown 3 (inc home run), C.Barker, L.Medew, M.Sage, L.Stott, J.Auld, J.Crotty
Deakin: A.Medew 3, A.Ham 3, M.Belfrage 3, C.Webb 2, M.Rigby 2, G.Morris 2, C.Lyons, N.Warren
RBIs.  
Bellarine: C.Brown 4, S.Murry, M.Sage, J.Crotty
Deakin: A.Ham 4, A.Medew 3, M.Rigby 2, G.Morris 2, C.Webb, C.Lyons, M.Belfrage
Pitching.  
Bellarine: J.Crotty 2 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
  L.Hockey 1.2 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER
  M.Sage 0.1 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
  C.Brown 1.2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
Deakin: C.Webb 6 inn, 9 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 7 ER
   

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Geelong fourth overall at Under 16 Championship

With two wins from its six games, Geelong has finished a creditable fourth in the Under 16 Winter Championship played in Wangaratta over the weekend. READ MORE.......

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Under 12 Championship

The Under 12 Winter Championship will be held in Bendigo over the weekend of 29 and 30 July. GBA squad and further details are posted HERE and will be updated as available.

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GBA Under 12 Tryouts

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 jpeoples44@hotmail.com

Premiers 2016

A GRADE:     Deakin Blues

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A RESERVE:   Colac Braves

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B GRADE:   Alfredton Eagles

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B RESERVE:   Colac Braves

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C GRADE:   Lara Wildcats

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