Mounties get their man: Bears on the rampage
5 May 2018
Shown the way in offence by evergreen Mark Rigby, Deakin gained an early break and was never seriously challenged in a clear-cut A Grade win over East Belmont Saints - which could muster just four hits - while Mounties completed a great day for the Ballarat club by dispensing with Lara and posting its first A Grade win of the season.
Making a rare trek further west at this level, Bellarine feasted on twenty-four hits and belted six long balls in a thumping win over Colac, who fell away later in a slugfest, while Newport maintained its unbeaten A Grade record – and assumed league leadership – by outgunning Guild in what was touted by many as the match of the day.
DEAKIN 13 defeated SAINTS 2
A four-run first – including a two-run RBI single by Cameron Lyons – was a blow from which Saints were unable to recover as the Blues launched an offensive assault on Sean Talbot and Josh Lee in turn.
A three-run Mark Rigby homer in the fourth made the task tough enough, although it reached unmanageable proportions when Saints reliever Josh Lee was taken for six more late runs to set up a thumping win for the Blues – who have consolidated in third placing and will derive great confidence from a solid all-round performance that saw Rigby (four hits, including the home run, for three RBIs), Pat Moulton (three hits and an RBI), Lyons (three and three), Chris Webb and Andy Medew do serious damage with the bat.
Scattering four hits over six innings – two of those to Talbot – Webb carded the win before closing duties were handed to Moulton, a returning top-line player who will be ultra-valuable in support of the Deakin cause this winter.
Deakin will be at home to Colac next Saturday, while Saints – now at two wins and four losses - - will travel to Ballarat to take on a Mounties outfit building in confidence after a first win.
DEAKIN 4 0 0 3 0 3 3 (13) 3 errors
SAINTS 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 (2) 2 errors
Deakin: M.Rigby (home run) 4, P.Moulton 3, C.Lyons 3, A.Medew 2, C.Webb 2, G.Morris, C.Hickey
Saints: S.Talbot 2, Mitch Alldis, G.Polley
Deakin: M.Rigby 3, C.Lyons 3, M.Belfrage 2, G.Morris 2, P.Moulton
Deakin: C.Webb 6 inn, 4 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
P.Moulton 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
NEWPORT 11 defeated GUILD 4
While both clubs were missing key personnel, Newport made an emphatic statement to other A Grade clubs, leaving no-one in any doubt that the Rams are indeed here to play – not simply to provide a token winter presence.
Although the Lions gained an early break, Rams starter Jayde Thorne settled into his work and applied the clamps to the opposition offence as his side manufactured a five-run fourth inning and careered away with another four in the last for a powerful win.
Making some uncharacteristic and costly defensive errors, Guild tried three on the hill but was unable to contain a quality Newport outfit that was well-served by Zac Seipolt (two hits and three RBIs), Manager Aaron Green (two and three), vastly experienced David Land (two and two) and Troy Malthouse (three hits) – while Lee Harty (three hits) was best of a Lions offence that struck out eleven times to Thorne in his complete-game outing.
Slipping to second, the Lions will put this one behind them and will be bent on atonement when they make the trek to Lara next Saturday, while Newport will be at home to Bellarine in what shapes as an entertaining match-up between two strong offensive units.
GUILD 1 2 1 0 0 0 (4) 3 errors
NEWPORT 1 0 1 5 0 4 (11) 3 errors
Guild: L.Harty 3, Jarryd Wood, R.Stewart, T.Kilfoyle, H.Levy, C.Durston, T.Luther-Wilson
Newport: T.Malthouse 3, A.Green 2, D.Land 2, Z.Seipolt 2, J.Thorne, J.Charles, J.Lindsay
Guild: J.Wood, R.Stewart, H.Levy
Newport: Z.Seipolt 3, A.Green 3, D.Land 2, J.Thorne, J.Charles, L.Condie
Guild: J.Durston 3.2 inn, 8 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
L.Harty 0.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Jarryd Wood 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
Newport: J.Thorne 6 inn, 9 H, 11 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER
MOUNTIES 7 defeated LARA 6
With wins in all three grades – including their first A Grade success of the season – Mounties shook off an early outburst by the Lara offence to edge away in the third and withstand a fourth-innings challenge as both clubs toiled hard to gain the decisive break.
While Mounties starter Gavin Smith gifted nine walks over four innings, the Wildcats returned the favour by making a couple of crucial defensive blunders that gleaned five unearned runs for the home side before a clearly hurting Scott Jones closed out the game with his side leading by the narrowest of margins.
Ben Hammer (hit and two RBIs), Dan Anson (one and two), Clinton Lewis (one and two) and Travis Arandt (two hits) were productive with the bat for Lara, while George Davidson (hit and a sacrifice fly for three RBIs), Leigh Ashmore (two hits and an RBI), Matt Jones (two and one) and Jedd Miller (two hits) delivered for Mounties.
Mounties will be at home to Saints next Saturday for what shapes as an eminently winnable game, while Lara will be hoping for the return of a couple of key players when it plays host to Guild.
LARA 3 0 0 3 0 0 (6) 2 errors
MOUNTIES 1 0 4 2 0 x (7) 0 errors
Lara: T.Arandt 2, B.Hammer, D.Anson, Clinton Lewis
Mounties: L.Ashmore 2, M.Jones 2, J.Miller 2, S.Jones, G.Davidson, G.Masterson
Lara: B.Hammer 2, D.Anson 2, Clinton Lewis 2
Mounties: G.Davidson 3, L.Ashmore, M.Jones, S.Kerr
Lara: Chris Lewis 3 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
D.Anson 2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
Mounties: G.Smith 4 inn, 4 H, 5 Ks, 9 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER
S.Jones 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
BELLARINE 20 defeated COLAC 8
The Bears were at their belligerent best for the road trip, blasting three in the first off Colac starter Michael Reid, whose side showed its customary pugnacity by hitting back with four of its own as both clubs traded blows in producing a total of nineteen runs in the first two frames.
With solid options in Lachlan Hockey, Pat Brackley and Simon Murry, the visitors were able to stifle the Colac offence while themselves going on a scoring spree in a contest that may not have reached the heights of defensive brilliance but which generated some staggering offensive numbers.
Going six from six, Bears Manager Cameron Brown belted two home runs (for four RBIs), Brock Wells (four hits) left the yard twice, as did Lewis Weldon (four RBIs) – while Lachlan Hockey (four hits and three RBIs) complemented a superb game with three innings of pitching work and old stagers in Wayne Visser (three hits and two RBIs) and Murry (three and four) were damaging with the bat.
Again a standout in the Colac offence, Alex Lewis (three hits and three RBIs) received stout support from Reid (two and two) and Brendon Delorenzo, although it was tough going for the Braves against a Bears offence capable of posting cricket scores against most clubs.
Now equal second with Guild, Bellarine will face a tough away game against Newport next Saturday, while Colac will meet Deakin at the university.
BELLARINE 3 9 1 3 3 1 (20) 3 errors
COLAC 4 3 0 1 0 0 (8) 3 errors
Bellarine: C.Brown 6 (inc two home runs), B.Wells 4 (inc two home runs), L.Hockey 4, W.Visser 3, S.Murry 3, L.Weldon 2 (two home runs), L.Stott, C.Barker
Colac: A.Lewis 3, B.Delorenzo 2, M.Reid 2, D.Morrissy
Bellarine: C.Brown 4, L.Weldon 4, S.Murry 4, L.Hockey 3, B.Wells 2, W.Visser 2, C.Barker
Colac: A.Lewis 3, M.Reid 2, N.Bannan, T.Dickson
Bellarine: L.Hockey 3 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
P.Brackley 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
S.Murry 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Colac: M.Reid 1.2 inn, 12 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 8 ER
J.Hay 2.1 inn, 9 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 7 ER
A.Lewis 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
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