|DAY THREE: City blanks Geelong for stunning Championship win|
Kingsley Collins (13 June 2016)
City is the Senior Winter Champion for 2016 after trouncing Geelong 12-0 in the Metro Group final played at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
With its offence strangled to the tune of five hits by Luke Abels and former Major Leaguer Shane Lindsay, Geelong conceded an unearned run in the second for City before an offensive outburst that gleaned four in the third and a match-breaking seven in a ragged fifth innings.
Taking full advantage of twelve hits and four walks, the City side was a worthy winner that reversed last year’s result in the most comprehensive manner.
Congratulations to the City squad. Well done to Geelong, which was forced to use pitching ace Tayler Rowe against Academy in the Monday morning game to earn a shot at going back to back for the Championship.
Aces Academy finished in third placing ahead of Ringwood, which nailed fourth placing of five with its 6-5 result over Dandenong while Dandenong Under 23 (below) prevailed 5-4 over Mount Gambier to take the Country Group title in a thriller. Congratulations, DBA!
Magnificent work by the local clubs, GBA officials, umpires from across the state and a band of volunteers on again doing a wonderful job with grounds, facilities and catering - at times under trying conditions.
Finally, we extend our congratulations to the players achieving MVP selection for their respective leagues:
BENDIGO: Aaron Petri
DANDENONG U23: Ryan Shane
LATROBE VALLEY: Matt Prior
NORTH EASTERN: Brendon Simmons
MOUNT GAMBIER: Dean Hamilton
GEELONG: Tayler Rowe
ACES ACADEMY: Jamie Young
DANDENONG: Tony Cevec
CITY: Ryan Camov
RINGWOOD: Nicholas Rossell
METRO GROUP FINAL DETAILS:
|GEELONG||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors|
|CITY||0 1 4 0 7 0 x (12) 0 errors|
|Geelong:||R.Darcy 2, J.Lee, T.Snarey, W.Balzer|
|City:||S.Lehmann 3, L.Weldon 2, T.Wilson 2, A.Green, R.Camov, J.Rogers, J.Gourlay, D.Fornito|
|City:||R.Camov 3, L.Weldon 2, S.Lehmann 2, T.Wilson 2, D.Nolten, A Green|
|Geelong:||R.Jaramillo 4.1 inn, 9 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|J.Lee 1.2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|City:||L.Abels 5 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER|
|S.Lindsay 2 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
Images (below) provided by Gary Simper
|DAY TWO: City through to final, GBA still a chance|
Despite dropping a dead rubber to Ringwood, City sealed a berth in the Metro final with three wins, while Geelong (2-2) overcame a technical blunder - playing an unlisted squad member - while doing enough to qualify for a Monday morning shoot-out with Aces Academy to decide the second finalist. Dandenong (1-3) and Ringwood (1-3) will play off for the other placings.
Out-scoring Academy in its Sunday morning contest, Geelong found the result reversed 9-0 in favour of Aces Academy after the transgression was adjudicated upon, a setback for which the local team atoned by squeezing past Ringwood 7-6 in the afternoon game. It was enough to qualify the GBA for another crack at Aces Academy. The winner will play City for the Championship on Monday afternoon.
It was another intriguing day of contests in the Country Group, where Mt Gambier (two wins, a draw and a loss) has booked a berth in the final, where it will meet the winner of the Monday morning clash between Dandenong Under 23 (2-1-1) and Bendigo (2-1-1). North East (1-2-1) and Latrobe Valley (1-3) will meet to decide fourth placing.
Aside from a tight game in which Bendigo prevailed 7-5 over Dandenong Under 23, it was a day of lopsoded scoring in the Country Group, with Mt Gambier and Dandenong Under 23 going on scoring sprees against Bendigo and Latrobe Valley respectively.
All scores are listed to the right of this page.
Monday morning games will start at 10.00 AM, in what promise to be beautiful weather conditions for the final day. Check the Scheduled link for starting times of all games.
Scroll down for a selection of images from Sunday games.
Out to defend its Metro title from 2015, Geelong enjoyed early success with a sensational 11-7 win over Dandenong in the opening round of the Senior Winter Championship. Down 1-6 late in the game, the GBA blasted ten runs in one innings to set up a remarkable victory.
Taking GBA starter Stewart Jeffry for a three-run homer, Andrew Katz gave Dandenong a telling break behind Josh Mulherin, although the home side hit back with a vengeance in the fifth - plating ten on a combination of five walks and three hits, including a lead-off double to Oliver Box, who was an offensive star with three knocks and a walk. Also hitting safely three times, Geelong Manager Ryan Darcy would be delighted with the first-up win and the gutsy relief efforts of Duane Davenport and Sean Talbot, who held their nerve under pressure.
The euphoria was stifled somewhat by a second-up loss to City in a pitcher-dominated contest. Scattering three hits over a complete-game outing for a 1-0 result, City pitcher Michael Formisano was provided with the winning break on a Lewis Weldon RBI single after Jarryd Rogers doubled in the fourth. In a high-standard clash featuring quality arms, Tayler Rowe and Rudy Jaramillo both did superb jobs for Geelong - which plated three late runs but was unable to close out the game in the time limit.
With two wins, City remains the only undefeated side in the Metro Group ahead of Geelong, Dandenong and Aces Academy - all with one win, while a fascinating day in Country Group competition produced two drawn games among several tight contests.
Senior Championship action will continue at Geelong Baseball Centre on Sunday, starting at 9.00 AM.
|BENDIGO||MT GAMBIER||LATROBE||DBA UNDER 23||NORTHEAST|
|MOUNT GAMBIER||4||DANDENONG U23||5|
|NORTHEAST||1||DANDENONG U 23||9|
|MT GAMBIER||5||DANDENONG U 23||5|