Kingsley Collins, 29 August 2015
Guild has emulated its league record of five A Grade premierships on the trot – recorded over a quarter of a century ago – with a 7-0 whitewash over Deakin at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
Congratulations to all winners. Scroll down for images from Grand Final Day.
A GRADE GRAND FINAL: GUILD 7 defeated DEAKIN 0
Played in intermittent drizzle, the game was a high quality contest dominated by Guild pitching ace Brad Egan – who scattered four hits over another complete game outing. It was, for Egan, his sixth winning A Grade Grand Final in succession – an extraordinary and unparalleled achievement in Geelong Baseball.
But while Egan was deemed Most Valuable Player and was the toast of his club this evening, the big man would readily concede that he owed plenty to an outstanding effort by his teammates, both in the field and with the bat.
Playing errorless defence, the Lions opened scoring in the fourth and put the contest beyond doubt with a three-spot in the eighth.
There was nothing much doing in offence until that pivotal fourth frame, when Deakin starter Ricky Holm lost the radar momentarily in tattooing three hitters and paying dearly for a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly ball, resulting in a less than memorable innings that was compounded in the next as Ryan Darcy and Ryan Stewart drove in another couple for the Lions.
Relieving Holm after the Lions lead-off landed on base in the top of the sixth, Kelii Zablan spun an impressive two scoreless innings, although his side was clearly up against it and was effectively knocked out of the contest when Jarrod Durston and Darcy knocked in three insurance runs in the eighth.
Catcher Ryan Stewart, shortstop Ryan Darcy and third sacker Jarrod Durston were superb for the Lions, while Deakin would have been well-pleased with the outings of Holm and reliever Zablan but bitterly disappointed with their modest offensive output.
Brllliant in defence and delivering offensively, Darcy’s two hits for three ribbies were vital in the context of the game, as were the contributions of Stewart (two hits and an RBI), Tony Kilfoyle (two and one), Jarrod Durston and Chris Durston.
Although the Lions were without James Wood and were carrying some niggling injuries, they again proved themselves to be a resilient, skilled and quite relentless outfit with a pleasing preponderance of home-grown players – among those being Manager Jason Landthaler, who can boast a perfect two from two record at the helm this time around.
Congratulations again to Guild Lions. Well done to Deakin, who had an excellent season and will look to the future with great optimism despite being outplayed today.
|DEAKIN||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors|
|GUILD||0 0 0 2 2 0 0 3 x (7) 0 errors|
|Deakin:||C.Webb, M.Rigby, K.Zablan, A.Medew|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 2, R.Stewart 2, T.Kilfoyle 2, J.Durston, J.Lekkas|
|Guild:||R.Darcy 3, C.Durston, R.Stewart, T.Kilfoyle|
|Deakin:||R.Holm 5 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 3 HPB, 2 ER|
|K.Zablan 3 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
|Guild:||B.Egan 9 inn, 4 H, 7 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
GRAND FINALS: OTHER GRADES
Guild Lions overcame an eight-run deficit to down Colac 9-8 in an A RESERVE thriller that stretched well into extras, while Alfredton finished its season undefeated in B GRADE with a comprehensive 10-1 result over Saints.
Almost surrendering a massive lead in B RESERVE, Mounties hung on to take the title 9-8 over a fast-finishing Guild and Corio outslugged Bellarine 14-8 in an entertaining C GRADE Grand Final.
Well done to the winners. May all Grand Finalists celebrate – or commiserate – hard and long.