Geelong Baseball Association has named its squad for the 2017 Under 14 Winter Championship that will be contested at Frankston over 22 and 23 July.
This will be the fourth of the Baseball Victoria Winter Championships, following on from a GBA title-winning Senior Championship held over Queen's Birthday weekend and the Under 18 Championship - both hosted by Geelong.
Congratulations and best wishes to all players and management staff for a successful and enjoyable Championship, which we know will provide invaluable baseball learning and team-building experiences for all squads.
While Baseball Victoria holds primary responsibility for online coverage of the tournament, the GBA will seek to provide its own complementary reporting - including results, news and images.
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.
Coming into the second day with a win and two losses, Geelong produced some strong offence in overpowering Latrobe Valley 15-6 before facing off against a powerful Diamond Valley squad. After a hard-fought and thrilling clash that saw both sides play terrific baseball, scores remained deadlocked at 8-8, qualifying for a third versus fourth playoff against Ringwood.
However, with rain intervening, afternoon play was abandoned and final placings were declared on finishing order after the Round Robin games. Dandenong (four wins and a loss) was a worthy championship winner ahead of second-placed Diamond Valley (three wins, a draw and a loss), Ringwood (three wins, two losses), Geelong (two wins, a draw and two losses), Sunraysia (two wins, three losses) and Latrobe Valley (five losses).
Congratulations to Dandenong. Very well done to the Geelong squad on representing our association with such distinction under Head Coach Larry Meager and his assistants in Andy Medew and Emerson Rickard. Thank you to squad officials and to supporters who made the trip to the tournament.
After dropping its first two games against Sunraysia and Dandenong - with scores of 13-5 and 13-4 respectively - Geelong rebounded strongly for a 9-4 result over Ringwood after leading eight zip into the third. Showing distinct improvement as a team over the course of the day, the GBA squad is confident of a bold showing on Sunday, with three of its best pitchers not having been used yet.
"Freezing cold conditions for everyone down here," Head Coach Larry Meager reported after Day One, "though the kids have come together very well. We gave up far too many walks in the first two games, which both should really have finished closer than the scores suggest."
"We were very good in the last one (against Ringwood). Adam Jirik pitched the complete game, which will really help us out with our options tomorrow," he said. "Some great team hitting with runners in scoring position, especially by Noah Brennan and Hayden Peoples - who has already had five hits from seven at-bats."
"We will take a lot of confidence into the Latrobe Valley game first-up tomorrow. Diamond Valley will be a challenge, but we will be giving that game our best shot and aiming for a strong finish to the tournament."
With three rounds played, Diamond Valley (3-0) heads the Under 14 Championship standings from Dandenong (2-1), Sunraysia (2-1), Geelong (1-2), Ringwood (1-2) and Latrobe Valley (0-3).
|STAFF AND OFFICIALS|
|Larry MEAGER||Head Coach|
|Andrew MEDEW||Assistant Coach|
|DIAMOND VALLEY||15||LATROBE VALLEY||0|