Lara Wildcats Annual General Meeting

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Lara Wildcats Baseball (Section of Lara Sporting Club Inc) are holding their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at the Lara Sporting Club starting at 6.30 PM. Venue Address: Mill Rd and Alkara Ave, Lara VIC 3212.

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Blues break title drought to end Guild streak

Taking the honours in an absorbing pitchers’ duel, Deakin has nailed its first A Grade pennant in sixteen years with a 4-1 win over Guild Lions, which came up just short of a record six titles on the trot in a thrilling Grand Final played at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.

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Kingsley Collins (27 August 2016)

DEAKIN 4 defeated GUILD 1

As expected, this contest developed into a pitching shootout in which two of the league’s very best went head to head with complete-game outings that the pundits will be talking about for years.

Suiting up in pursuit of another win to add to his previous six at A Grade level in this league – collectively with Saints and Guild – Brad Egan breezed through the first two innings before running into trouble in the third, when Andy Medew lashed a two-out triple to clear the bases and Cameron Gibbons followed up by belting a double to score the young Deakin catcher and give his side a four zip lead.

But while a string of hard-hit balls and that big innings looked ominous for Egan, he collected his thoughts and settled to spin another courageous, heroic outing in the knowledge that the Lions had only Andy Radevski of its front-line pitching staff available in the pen.

While the Egan effort over the last six frames was a gem – albeit in a losing side – it was overshadowed by another imposing right-armer in the explosive Tayler Rowe, who would have collected the shutout for Deakin were it not for a unfortunate defensive slip-up when the ball was dislodged on a tag play at first base.

“Tayler’s effort was really something special today,” an emotional Deakin Manager Leigh Holmes told me after a thrilling contest played out in front of a massive crowd that clearly appreciated the skills displayed by both clubs.

“I thought about taking him out in the ninth, but he wouldn’t have it,” Holmes said. “He read my mind, I reckon, and uttered a few colourful words to the effect that I wasn’t getting the ball off him in any case.”

“He struck out the last three Guild hitters, so he was definitely in the right.”

Generous in his praise of the Guild club for its extraordinary A Grade record – especially over the past several years - Holmes will bow out of his coaching tenure at Deakin to meet a range of other employment and life commitments as a man satisfied that he is “leaving the club in a better place”.

“The Deakin club has a fantastic member base and it has taken steps to build a really positive culture that is attractive to players at all levels,” Holmes said. “Rowey, Shannon Hornstra and Andy Medew all wanted to come to our club and Nathan (Holmes) definitely helped us in coming out of retirement, but it is more than that. Because of the efforts of our administration and our supporters, the club has been able to build a strong and very positive culture – not just for firsts players, but for anyone who wants to join us.”

"The club is well-placed now to rival Guild and Saints in all facets of winter baseball."

Recognising the pro-active engagement of a large contingent of Deakin followers at the game, Holmes remained gracious and measured at the post-game formalities, where Tayler Rowe was unsurprisingly named as the Grand Final Most Valuable Player.

“I have the utmost respect for what the Guild club has done in setting the standard for others to live up to,” he said. “To win five premierships in a row is just magnificent and it is a reflection on the quality of their club people.”

“We hit him hard early, but Brad’s effort summed up why they have been so successful. He – and all of their players - just keep fighting to stay in the game, whatever the situation. They did that again today.”

“I never felt that we were safe until that last strike out,” he said.

DEAKIN     0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0   (4)  2 errors  
GUILD     0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   (3)  0 errors  
Hits.    
Deakin: C.Gibbons 2, R.Jaramillo 2, C.Webb, K.Zablan, A.Medew, C.Lyons, R.Millard
Guild L.Spence 2, H.Levy 2, C.Durston, T.Kilfoyle, R.Stewart, J.Durston, J.Peoples  
RBIs.    
Deakin: A.Medew 3, C.Gibbons  
Guild: B.Wells  
Pitching.    
Deakin: T.Rowe 9 inn, 9 H, 11 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER  
Guild: B.Egan 9 inn, 9 H, 12 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER  

 

In other grades, Colac enjoyed twin success with a 10-7 come from behind victory over Guild in A RESERVE and a 4-2 result against Alfredton in a B RESERVE game that continued the great rivalry between these clubs. In B GRADE, Alfredton was too strong in dispensing with Bacchus Marsh 14-2, while Lara Wildcats wrapped up the C GRADE finale by surging to an early break and crushing Corio 13-5.

 

Congratulations to all premier teams. May they - and supporters - celebrate long and hard. Well done to the runners-up for making it to the decider and helping deliver such a superb day of baseball.

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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:          DEAKIN BLUES

A RESERVE:          COLAC BRAVES

B GRADE:          ALFREDTON EAGLES

B RESERVE:          COLAC BRAVES

C GRADE:          LARA WILDCATS

 

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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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Grand Finals 2016

For finals format, rules, game times, click HERE
 
A GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
GUILD 1 DEAKIN    4
A RESERVE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
COLAC       10        GUILD             7
B GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
BACCHUS       2         ALFREDTON            14
B RESERVE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
COLAC     4         ALFREDTON             2
C GRADE:     Saturday 27 August
Grand Final
LARA    13         CORIO             5

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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