Conceding an early lead, Lara produced a massive seventh inning to set up a gutsy win in a high-scoring A Grade contest over Deakin, while Guild made the most of hitting conditions to lead throughout against Mounties and Bellarine - at home - shook off an early challenge to post a comfortable result over East Belmont Saints.
GUILD 11 defeated MOUNTIES 4
The Lions began strongly, with back-to-back triples by Tony Kilfoyle and Liam Spence instrumental in a three-run blast in the top of the first – although the Mounts were quick to respond in breezy conditions that appeared to favour the hitters.
A second Kilfoyle triple and a defensive error allowed Guild to extend their lead in the second as starters Gavin Smith (Mounties) and Brad Egan settled into their work and kept the contest tight through the middle innings.
While both sides played solid defence, walks and a number of HPBs proved damaging for the home club, which coughed up another couple of runs in the fifth but remained in the game after replying to momentarily draw within three – before the Lions put the game effectively beyond reach with a four-spot in the top of the last.
Although not at his dominant best, Egan negotiated four innings with a minimum of fuss before handing the ball to Jarryd Wood to close out the game, while the rapidly developing Smith proved a challenging assignment for the Guild hitters after the early scoring flurry.
Outstanding for the Lions with four hits and four RBIs, Kilfoyle was well-supported by Spence (one and two) and Harry Levy (two and one), while Scott Jones (three hits and two ribbies), Scott Kerr (two and one) and lead-off Brad Jones (two hits) all stroked the ball with authority for Mounties.
Guild will be at home to Saints next Saturday and Mounties make the trek to Lara for what looms a tough assignment against the league leader.
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|GUILD||3 2 0 0 2 4 (11) 0 errors|
|MOUNTIES||2 0 0 0 2 0 (4) 1 error|
|Guild:||T.Kilfoyle 4, H.Levy 2, L.Spence, R.Stewart, J.Renouf|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 3, B.Jones 2, S.Kerr 2, J.Greenwood|
|Guild:||T.Kilfoyle 4, L.Spence 2, R.Stewart, J.Renouf, H.Levy|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 2, S.Kerr, J.Greenwood|
|Guild:||B.Egan 4 inn, 5 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Wood 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|Mounties:||G.Smith 6 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 4 HPB, 7 ER|
|B.Jones 1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
LARA 9 defeated DEAKIN 6
Although this could hardly be described as one that got away, Deakin passed up an opportunity to deal a rare loss to the league leader and itself consolidate in the leading group.
With Lara calling on Chris Lewis to start the game, Deakin was off to a flier – with three in the first – before the off speed hurler applied the clamps and was relieved by Daniel Anson in the fifth, when a fourth run handed the visitors a decent break.
Despite conceding one in the first, Deakin southpaw Rudy Jaramillo was on-song early before Lara hit back with two in the bottom of the frame – although the Blues still appeared comfortable until a Wildcat explosion in the seventh, when reliever Chris Webb was taken to the cleaners by timely long-ball hitting delivered by George Polley and Ross Wilson.
Replying with a couple as Lara called upon Wilson and then Justin Charles to hold the line, a shell-shocked Deakin was unable to bridge the gap and the home side – which played errorless defence – emerged a comfortable winner.
Having a day out with the bat, Manager Mark Rigby (four hits) was a star for Deakin, along with Cam Lyons (two hits and two RBIs), Webb (one and two), Andy Medew (two hits) and Jaramillo (two hits), while Polley (home run for four RBIs), Aaron Green (three hits), Ross Wilson (two hits and two RBIs), Justin Charles (two and two – including a home run), Cameron Forbes (two hits) and Jarrod Fraim (two hits) did the scoring damage for Lara.
Still clear atop the A Grade table, Lara will be at home to Mounties next Saturday, while Deakin will be away to Bellarine for what should be a fascinating clash.
|DEAKIN||3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 (6) 4 errors|
|LARA||1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 (9) 0 errors|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 4, A.Medew 2, R.Jaramillo 2, C.Lyons 2, C.Webb, A.Ham, M.Belfrage|
|Lara:||A.Green 3, J.Charles 2 (inc home run), C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson 2, J.Fraim 2, G.Polley (home run), B.Hammer|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 2, C.Lyons 2, A.Ham, M.Belfrage|
|Lara:||G.Polley 4, R.Wilson 3, J.Charles 2|
|Deakin:||R.Jaramillo 6 inn, 9 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|C.Webb 1 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER|
|Lara:||Chris Lewis 4 inn, 8 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER|
|D.Anson 3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|R.Wilson 0 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER|
|J.Charles 1 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
BELLARINE 7 defeated SAINTS 3
Bellarine strengthened its hold on third placing with a clear-cut win over East Belmont Saints, which plated three in the first – on a combination of five hits, a walk and a HPB – but was unable to muster much more against Simon Murry, who tossed a complete game for the home side.
Taking advantage of wayward pitching by Saints starter Sean Talbot, the Bears converted wonderfully well in the bottom of a frenetic first inning, generating five runs on a combination of five walks and three timely hits.
An infield hit and an error in the bottom of three enabled Bellarine to stretch its lead before Saints reliever Jordan Isbister stepped up with 2.1 innings of scoreless, hitless work to keep his side in the contest against an opponent with the capacity to put up big numbers on its home turf.
Settling after the initial outburst, however, Murry was able to spin five scoreless frames and card another important win for his club, which had solid offensive contributors in Lewis Weldon (two hits and two RBIs), Matt Sage (two and one), Cameron Brown (one and two), Chris Barker (two hits) and Lachlan Stott (two RBIs), while Saints were best served by Luke Sherwell (two hits), Talbot and Emerson Rickard.
Bellarine will be at home to Deakin next Saturday, while Saints head across the creek to take on second-placed Guild before local competition goes to the Queen’s Birthday break.
|SAINTS||3 0 0 0 0 0 (3) 1 error|
|BELLARINE||5 0 2 0 0 x (7) 1 error|
|Saints:||L.Sherwell 2, A.Hoe, E.Rickard, C.Rickard, S.Talbot, M.Ernstzen|
|Bellarine:||L.Weldon 2, C.Barker 2, M.Sage 2, C.Brown, L.Medew, J.Auld|
|Saints:||E.Rickard, S.Talbot, J.Isbister|
|Bellarine:||C.Brown 2, L.Weldon 2, L.Stott 2, M.Sage|
|Saints:||S.Talbot 2.2 inn, 9 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 7 ER|
|J.Isbister 2.1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Bellarine:||S.Murry 6 inn, 7 H, 3 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER|
Conceding an unearned run in the first, Guild put up a three-spot in the third and rode a solid seven innings outing by Andy Radevski for a hard-fought win over Bellarine, while Deakin gained an early break and was never headed for a comfortable result over Mounties at home and Lara shook off a dogged East Belmont Saints to forge away in the later innings.
GUILD 4 defeated BELLARINE 1
The Lions broke a two-game losing streak in a ding-dong contest against Bellarine, which scored an early run on a walk, some mis-managed steal defence and a Lewis Weldon single but was unable to produce the offence that it would have liked as Guild starter Andy Radevski settled into his work.
Although Guild loaded the bases but was not able to convert in the second, it broke the game open with three in the third, when youngsters James Renouf and Jarryd Wood both stroked two-out RBI singles following a second-first rundown play that allowed Liam Spence to scamper home from third.
With his side plating an unearned fourth run in the fifth, Radevski proceeded to card the win with seven innings of quality work against a Bears offence that could muster just seven hits – two each to Cameron Brown and Simon Murry.
Despite conceding a solitary earned run over five polished frames – for no passes - Bellarine starter Josh Crotty was taken for thirteen knocks as seven Guild hitters all made a contribution, headed by Tony Kilfoyle (four hits), Jarryd Wood (two hits and an RBI), Renouf (two and one), Lee Harty (two hits) and Jordan Lekkas (two).
Back in second place, Guild has the chance to consolidate when it travels to Ballarat to play Mounties next Saturday, while Bellarine will regroup for a home clash with Saints on Sunday.
|BELLARINE||1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 2 errors|
|GUILD||0 0 3 0 1 0 0 x (4) 1 error|
|Bellarine:||C.Brown 2, S.Murry 2, L.Weldon, W.Visser, J.Crotty|
|Guild:||T.Kilfoyle 4, L.Harty 2, J.Renouf 2, Jarryd Wood 2, J.Lekkas 2, L.Spence, R.Stewart|
|Bellarine:||J.Crotty 5 inn, 13 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|S.Murry 2.1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|Guild:||A.Radevski 7 inn, 6 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|B.Egan 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
DEAKIN 10 defeated MOUNTIES 3
Rebounding from a disappointing loss to Bellarine, Deakin asserted early authority in this game and was never in serious doubt after strolling to a six-zip lead after three against a Mounties side that played errorless defence but found itself in catch-up mode throughout.
While Gavin Smith had some early control issues for the Mounts before handing the ball to Matt Jones to toss the last five frames, lion-hearted Deakin hurler Chris Webb was on his game from the get-go, scattering seven hits – for no passes – over a complete game outing.
Of three runs that Mounties scored in the last, two were unearned, compliments of a couple of defensive errors by a Deakin side that had the game well in its keeping at that juncture despite the best efforts of Mounties stalwarts Scott Jones (three hits) and Scott Kerr (two doubles, with an RBI).
Himself drawing three walks, Webb was among the prime movers in offence for Deakin, which enjoyed a standout game by Ayden Ham (two hits and four RBIs) along with solid contributions from Andy Medew (two hits and two RBIs), Matt Belfrage (two and two), Mark Rigby (two and one) and Cam Lyons (two and one).
Even with key players to return, Deakin faces what shapes as a tough away game against Lara on Saturday and Mounties will be keen to produce its best form at home against Guild.
|MOUNTIES||0 0 0 0 0 0 3 (3) no errors|
|DEAKIN||2 3 1 0 4 0 0 (10) 2 errors|
|Mounties:||S.Jones 3, S.Kerr 2, M.Jones, G.Davidson|
|Deakin:||M.Rigby 2, A.Medew 2, C.Lyons 2, A.Ham 2, M.Belfrage 2, N.Warren, B.Southall|
|Mounties:||S.Kerr, J.Bramwell, M.Parry|
|Deakin:||A.Ham 4, A.Medew 2, M.Belfrage 2, M.Rigby, C.Lyons|
|Mounties:||G.Smith 2 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER|
|M.Jones 5 inn, 8 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER|
|Deakin:||C.Webb 7 inn, 7 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
LARA 8 defeated SAINTS 2
With Saints scoring in the first, this remained a tight game until the home side was able to gain a break mid-game and put the contest beyond doubt with a flurry of late runs.
Strangled to the tune of just four hits, Saints battled for offensive production against Wildcats starter Cameron Forbes and reliever Dan Anson – who had another terrific game – before Jared Berman closed out the game for Lara.
Although Josh Lee again spun a solid start for the haloes (one earned run over 4.2 innings), the Lara offence was irrepressible, led by Anson (two hits and three RBIs), Cameron Forbes (two and two), Ross Wilson (home run and two ribbies) and George Polley (three hits).
It was another solid outing by the Wildcats, who remain clear at the top of the A Grade table and who are already looking odds-on for finals action with eight games played.
Lara will play host to Deakin Blues on Saturday, while Saints will be away to Bellarine in a Sunday fixture.
|SAINTS||1 0 0 0 0 0 1 (2) 2 errors|
|LARA||0 2 0 0 2 2 2 (8) 3 errors|
|Saints:||H.Sekine, C.Alldis, L.Sherwell, M.Ernstzen|
|Lara:||G.Polley 3, C.Forbes 2, D.Anson 2, J.Charles, R.Wilson (home run), B.Hammer, J.Fraim|
|Lara:||D.Anson 3, C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson 2, S,Forbes|
|Saints:||J.Lee 4.2 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER|
|J.Isbister 2.1 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER|
|Lara:||C.Forbes 3 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
|D.Anson 3 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER|
|J.Berman 2 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER|
STATE WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017: dates and venues
SENIORS: 10, 11, 12 June (Geelong Baseball centre)
UNDER 18: 1/2 July (venue to be announced)
UNDER 16: 8/9 July (Wangaratta)
UNDER 14: 22/23 July (Frankston)
UNDER 12: 29/30 July (Bendigo)
The GBA has appointed the following persons as Head Coach of Winter Carnival squads:
Aaron Green (Seniors)
Phill Northfield (Under 18)
Grant Dew (Under 16)
Larry Meager (Under 14)
Jason Peoples (Under 12)
Eligible players are invited to try out for the GBA Under 18 side at the following sessions:
Sunday 21 May, 9.30 - 11.30 (Saints synthetic)
Sunday 28 May, 9.00 - 11.00 (Saints synthetic)
Sunday 4 June, 9.30 - 11.30 (Saints synthetic)
Phill Northfield (Coach)
A GRADE: Deakin Blues
A RESERVE: Colac Braves
B GRADE: Alfredton Eagles
B RESERVE: Colac Braves
C GRADE: Lara Wildcats