Geelong Baseball Association has named its squad for the 2017 Under 18 Winter Championship that will be contested at Geelong Baseball Centre over 1 and 2 July.
This will be the second of the Baseball Victoria Winter Championships held in Geelong, following on from a GBA title-winning Senior Championship held over Queen's Birthday weekend.
Congratulations and best wishes to all players and management staff for a successful and enjoyable Championship, which we know will again be a credit to the host association clubs!
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.
Kingsley Collins (Sunday 2 July 2017)
After incurring a first-up 11-2 loss to Dandenong on Day Two of the Under 18 Winter Championship, the Geelong Baseball Association squad rebounded strongly to dispense with Sunraysia 12-5 and earn third placing overall with a 6-2 result over a quality Ringwood team in the afternoon play-offs. From its six games played over the two days, Geelong won three - a superb effort for a very young side against the best metropolitan players in the state - including those from Diamond Valley, a standout winner that beat Dandenong for the series title.
GAME FOUR: DANDENONG 11 defeated GEELONG 2
Scoring three in the first and another five in the second, Dandenong was always on top in the contest, producing timely hitting while taking toll of seven walks issued by Geelong, which plated runs in the first and the third while in catch-up mode. Belting a solo home run and drawing a walk, Jarryd Wood was a standout in a quiet offence, along with Kobe Greenhalgh (double), Will Ringin and Connor Hughes – who both collected a hit.
GAME FIVE: GEELONG 12 defeated SUNRAYSIA 5
Overall giving up four unearned runs, Geelong conceded an early lead before blasting four in the third and another seven in the fourth to recover from what looked a fairly shaky position despite the best efforts of Jackson Viney, who conceded just three hits over a solid outing without full support of his defence. Again showing great pitch selection, Geelong drew eleven walks and did the scoring damage with a team total of six hits – led again by Jarryd Wood (two hits and a walk).
GAME SIX: GEELONG 6 defeated RINGWOOD 2
In what was surely its most impressive game of the tournament – especially against a tough opponent - Geelong played errorless defence behind Jarryd Wood (four innings for six hits and one earned run) and Eugene Gay (two innings for three hits and an earned run). Gaining the break with a run in the first and two in the second before sealing the deal with a late flurry, Geelong had numerous contributors with the bat – notably Kobe Greenhalgh (two hits – including a triple), Harrison Lazarus (triple), Lachlan Hockey (hit and two walks), Will Ringin, Chris Hockey and Connor Hughes.
With his side finishing a very creditable third overall for the championship, delighted Head Coach Phill Northfield expressed his appreciation for the effort and the positive application of his squad – several of whom have another one or even two years at this age level.
“I would like to extend sincere thanks to my assistant coaches, my scorer and the team Executive Officer and his assistant Sharon," Phil Northfield said. "A special thank you to the Under 18 bat boy Jack Northfield.”
“Very well done to the winning association in Diamond Valley.”
Geelong Baseball Association extends its congratulations to all participating teams for their involvement in a terrific weekend of under-aged baseball. We especially acknowledge the efforts of a small, dedicated number of Baseball Victoria staff and our band of umpires. We extend our thanks to the ground staff for having the fields and surrounds in such pristine condition and we of course acknowledge and appreciate the canteen staff and club volunteers who were just superb – as always – in the delivery of services for events such as this hosted by Geelong Baseball Centre.
Well done to all concerned!
Right in contention early on for its opening game against Diamond Valley, Geelong Baseball Association leaked some runs through the middle innings against one of the tournament favourites to concede a 10-1 loss. The young local squad rebounded quickly, however, putting up a strong performance against a powerful Ringwood outfit that edged home 9-7 after a terrific contest. Taking that form into the third round, the GBA team generated some serious offence in overpowering Latrobe Valley 13-5.
GAME ONE: DIAMOND VALLEY 10 defeated GEELONG 1
Four unearned runs hurt Geelong in the fifth, although the host association had its chances with bases loaded in the fifth before their opponents were able to close out the game. Against some quality Diamond Valley pitching, the GBA had just a solitary hit – to Mitch Collins – although coaching staff would be well pleased with a terrific start by Jackson Viney and some solid relief work by Eugene Gay and Mitch Collins.
GAME TWO: RINGWOOD 9 defeated GEELONG 7
While seven Ringwood runs in the first put Geelong behind the eight ball, the response was terrific by the local lads, who supported Connor Hughes in his gutsy complete game outing. Plating four in the second and two in the third, the GBA showed great pitch selection in drawing eleven walks and playing this game out strongly. Jarryd Wood (hit and two walks), Lachlan Hockey (double and two walks) and Eugene Gay (hit and a walk) showed the way for the Geelong offence.
GAME THREE: GEELONG 13 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 5
Again drawing its share of walks, the Geelong offence scored four in the first, two in the second and another seven in the third to place the game beyond reach of Latrobe Valley. Sharing mound duties, Jarryd Wood (no earned runs), Xavier Woolley and Kobe Greenhalgh combined to spin a two-hitter that could have produced a more clear-cut result were it not for a ragged second innings. Jarryd Wood (two hits and a walk), Kobe Greenhalgh (triple, BB, HPB), catcher Will Ringin (two hits) and Mitch Collins (hit and two walks) were best with the bat in a superb team performance.
Competition will resume on Sunday, with Geelong to play Dandenong and Sunraysia before playoffs in the afternoon. While Dandenong (3-0) and Ringwood (3-0) lead the standings ahead of Diamond Valley (2-1), Geelong (1-2) will be keen to produce a bold Day Two showing and give themselves a shot at a top-three finish. Winless at 0-3, Latrobe Valley and Sunraysia showed enough to suggest that they may have plenty to say about final placings.
Scroll down for images from the Under 18 Winter Championship.
|STAFF AND OFFICIALS|
|Phill NORTHFIELD||Head Coach|
|Harry LEVY||Assistant Coach|
|Lachlan MEDEW||Assistant Copach|
|Sean HUGHES||Executive Officer|
|LATROBE VALLEY||3||DIAMOND VALLEY||9|
|Playoff for Fifth and Sixth|
|Playoff for Third and Fourth|
|Playoff for First and Second|