Lara scalps Braves with late assault
30 June 2018
There was no change in the A Grade status quo – and there was literally just cold comfort for the vanquished – as players shivered their passage through another senior round that reminded all that we are indeed in the depths of winter baseball competition.
Bellarine again delivered the quality offence in its clear-cut result over Deakin – which retains its break in fourth placing, compliments of a Newport whitewash over a heavily depleted and seriously outgunned East Belmont Saints.
Sharing beastly league leadership with the Bears and the Rams, Guild Lions were too accomplished for a Mounties outfit that rallied with a late offensive – as did Lara, who were well-held by Colac Braves until the Wildcats engineered an offensive assault en route to a ten-run win that was not at all indicative of a real contest between two clubs struggling for winning form.
BELLARINE 8 defeated DEAKIN 2
Three walks, a wild pitch and an error – combined with some clean hitting - gleaned three in the first for Bellarine, who stretched their lead in the top of four before the Blues challenged with RBI-hits to Andy Medew and Pat Moulton in the equaliser.
But while starter Simon Murry (four innings for the two runs) and reliever Lachlan Hockey held sway on the hill for Bellarine, their offence was irresistible in creating a number of scoring opportunities that produced runs in the fifth and sixth before Lewis Weldon put the contest beyond doubt with a two-run homer in the top of the last.
Solid as Deakin relievers Moulton and Chris Webb were for their club, the Bears racked up thirteen hits to five, including stellar contributions by tyro Brock Wells (two hits and two RBIs), Weldon (two-run homer), Lachlan Hockey (two hits) and Cameron Brown (two hits) that led a real team effort – while Moulton posted two knocks for the home club.
Boasting terrific form in all aspects of their baseball at present, Bellarine will be prepared for a stern test when they play host to Newport next Saturday, while Deakin – still holding fourth – will make the trek to Colac for what may yet be a danger game.
BELLARINE 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 (8) 0 errors
DEAKIN 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 (2) 2 errors
Bellarine: B.Wells 2, L.Weldon 2 (inc home run), L.Hockey 2, C.Brown 2, W.Visser, S.Murry, C.Barker, L.Stott, K.Kieffel
Deakin: P.Moulton 2, M.Rigby, A.Medew, L.Medew
Bellarine: B.Wells 2, L.Weldon 2, W.Visser
Deakin: A.Medew, P.Moulton
Bellarine: S.Murry 4 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
L.Hockey 3 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Deakin: A.Brady 1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
P.Moulton 3 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
C.Webb 3 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
LARA 11 defeated COLAC 1
While the ten-run margin was a rare blowout in favour of the Wildcats this season, they by no means had it their own way – only producing a late surge against a Braves outfit that could hold its head high despite making some crucial defensive errors.
After both sides plated a run in the first there was nothing doing scoring-wise through the next four frames as starter Chris Lewis (Lara) and Josh Hay (Colac) applied the clamps for their respective sides.
With Chris Lewis again going the distance for Lara, it was not until the sixth that his side gained the ascendancy with a four-spot that was followed by a game-breaking seventh that gleaned a half a dozen as the Braves defence faltered under pressure from the vastly experienced Wildcats offence.
Four errors help account for five unearned runs scored by the Wildcats, who had productive contributors in Ross Wilson (hit and three RBIs), Jarrod Fraim (one and two), Luke Arandt (one and two) and Cameron Forbes (two hits), while Josh Balcombe (two hits) was the best of a Colac offence that struggled against the wily Lewis.
Colac will not be underestimated by any in its home game against Deakin next Saturday, while Lara faces a tough assignment in its away clash with Guild.
COLAC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 4 errors
LARA 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 (11) 1 error
Colac: J.Balcombe 2, S.Lambert, J.Hay, B.Delorenzo
Lara: C.Forbes 2, R.Wilson, J.Fraim, D.Anson, L.Arandt, Chris Lewis
Lara: R.Wilson 3, J.Fraim 2, L.Arandt 2, S.Forbes, Chris Lewis
Colac: J.Hay 6 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
B.Delorenzo 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
Lara: Chris Lewis 7 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER
GUILD 14 defeated MOUNTIES 6
While the weather conditions were not conducive to either side playing its best, Guild rode a solid start by workhorse Brad Egan to score regularly through the first four innings – including a five-run third that made it super tough for the Mounts given the absence of key players.
Although Mounties starter George Davidson and back-up in Jedd Miller and Xavier Woolley gave it their best shot, the Lions were able to amass a match-breaking seventeen hits before Mounties hit back with a late rally against Guild reliever Jarryd Wood – who had a day out with the bat (three hits and a walk for two RBIs) but was taken for five runs in the last as the home side injected some respectability into the scoreline.
Carding the win for Guild, Egan (who himself posted two knocks without the luxury of a Designated Hitter) was offered superb back-up offence by way of Wood, Tony Kilfoyle (three hits, a walk and a HPB for three ribbies), Troy Snarey (two hits and two RBIs), Ryan Stewart (two and one), Ben Spencer (one and two) and Tyler Luther-Wilson (three hits).
Leigh Ashmore (three hits and an RBI) and Miller (triple and double) were standouts in offence for Mounties, who may fancy their chances in their away clash with Saints next Saturday, while equal league-leading Guild will be at home to Lara.
GUILD 2 3 5 2 1 1 (14) 4 errors
MOUNTIES 0 1 0 0 0 5 (6) 4 errors
Guild: Jarryd Wood 3, T.Kilfoyle 3, T.Luther-Wilson 3, R.Stewart 2, T.Snarey 2, B.Egan 2, C.Durston, B.Spencer
Mounties: L.Ashmore 3, J.Miller 2, G.Masterson, M.Collins, G.Davidson, S.Best, A.Creelman
Guild: T.Kilfoyle 3, Jarryd Wood 2, T.Snarey 2, B.Spencer 2, R.Stewart, C.Durston
Mounties: M.Collins, L.Ashmore, G.Davidson, S.Best, X.Woolley, A.Creelman
Guild: B.Egan 5 inn, 6 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Jarryd Wood 1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
Mounties: G.Davidson 3.2 inn, 14 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 10 ER
J.Miller 1.1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER
X.Woolley 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
NEWPORT 11 defeated SAINTS 0
With both sides missing key personnel, it was the equal league-leading Rams who were better able to adjust by scoring at will and forcing an early finish to this game.
Smacking four in the first, the Rams hitters set the base for a productive afternoon that saw them amass fifteen hits, compliments largely of Reece Longstaff (three hits and two RBIs), Jayde Thorne (three and two), Jason Lester (two and one), Justin Charles (one and two), Kyle Morrison (one and two) and Mitch Clement (three hits).
Again a key player for his adopted club, Thorne spun a complete-game outing for ten strikeouts and three scattered hits as the Saints lineup struggled to create scoring opportunities.
Continuing to highball at the top of the table, Newport will face a stern test away to Bellarine next Saturday, while fifth-placed Saints may be seeking divine redemption when they play host to Mounties.
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0)
NEWPORT 4 1 1 0 5 0 x (11)
Saints: L.Sherwell, T.Elliott, W.Brennan
Newport: R.Longstaff 3, J.Thorne 3, M.Clement 3, J.Lester 2, A.Green, J.Charles, K.Morrison, M.Wray
Newport: R.Longstaff 2, J.Thorne 2, J.Charles 2, K.Morrison 2, A.Green, J.Lester
Saints: J.Lee 3 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
T.Elliott 3 inn, 8 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
Newport J.Thorne 7 inn, 3 H, 10 Ks, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 0 ER
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