Lions maul Rams: Blues stretch break in fourth
21 July 2018
With the weather gods looking on more favourably than they have for weeks, Round Fourteen was highlighted by another wonderfully successful “Go Pink for Cancer” Day and by another strong playing performance from Guild, which continues to set the pace in A Grade.
Riding another stellar start by Brad Egan, the Lions scored early in the match of the day and exploited defensive miscues in a clear-cut result over Newport, which holds second on head-to head advantage only over Bellarine, which was never threatened in its home win over Colac.
Cashing in on a welter of passes and HPBs conceded by Mounties, Lara scored early and put the game beyond reach of the visitors with a seven-spot in the fifth, while Deakin proved something of a party-pooper at Pioneer Park – at least onfield – by dealing a five-run loss to Saints and strengthening its hold on fourth.
GUILD 7 defeated NEWPORT 2
Building on its late season form, Guild for the second week running delivered a clear message to another legitimate contender for premiership honours - and it was a missive that was again constructed around a superb start by Brad Egan.
Boasting a dangerous offence proven capable of heavy scoring, the Rams were starved of opportunities by Egan, who was backed by impeccable defence as he conceded a solitary run over six before handing the pill to Jarryd Wood to close out the game.
While Aaron Green (three hits and two RBIs) and Jayde Thorne (three hits) were standouts with the bat for Newport, they enjoyed minimal support as their club played catch-up all game after the Lions surged to a six-zip lead after five – compliments largely of defensive blunders that yielded three unearned runs for the home club despite solid outings on the hill by Thorne and reliever David Asp.
Tony Kilfoyle (three hits) and Tyler Luther-Wilson (two) were again prominent with the stick for Guild, with pinch-hitter Jack Smyth chiming in with a two-RBI double when the contest was still up for grabs.
Guild will take a trek down the highway to lock horns with Colac next Saturday, while Newport will be looking to rebound with a vengeance in its home game against Lara – an assignment which should certainly not be underestimated.
NEWPORT 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 (2) 4 errors
GUILD 1 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 (7) 0 errors
Newport: J.Thorne 3, A.Green 3, Z.Seipolt, M.Clement
Guild: T.Kilfoyle 3, T.Luther-Wilson 2, R.Stewart, T.Snarey, C.Durston, J.Lekkas, J.Smyth
Newport: A.Green, Z.Seipolt
Guild: J.Smyth 2, J.Wood, T.Snarey, J.Lekkas
Newport: J.Thorne 4 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 3 HPB, 2 ER
D.Asp 3 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
A.Green 0.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Guild: B.Egan 6 inn, 6 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Jarryd Wood 2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
LARA 14 defeated MOUNTIES 4
Scoring through its early innings, Mounties appeared well in the hunt until Lara exploded with four in the fourth and a game-breaking seven-spot in the fifth to deliver the home club a welcome and much-needed win in what has been a tough season.
While the Mounts played errorless defence, their pitchers struggled for control against an experienced Lara offence still strong on pitch selection and eminently capable of converting scoring opportunities.
Between them issuing nine walks and six HPBs, Mounties starter Gavin Smith and reliever George Davidson were put to the sword by a Wildcats outfit that produced the scoring wherewithal through the likes of Cameron Forbes (two hits and three RBIs), Dan Anson (one and three), Ross Wilson (one and three) and Jarrod Fraim (one and two).
As he has done so often this campaign, the ever-reliable Chris Lewis gave his side a solid start, spinning five innings of work for three earned runs before Forbes slammed the gate against a club that would be well-pleased with the contributions of Jedd Miller (two hits and an RBI) and teenager Mitch Collins (two hits).
With its ever-dangerous offence and Cameron Forbes now offering a quality foil to Lewis, Lara is a chance of an upset when it meets Newport at the Ram Dome on Saturday, while Mounties will be away to fourth-placed Deakin keen to replicate their success against the Blues of back in Round Eight.
MOUNTIES 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 (4) 0 errors
LARA 0 3 0 4 7 0 0 (14) 2 errors
Mounties: M.Collins 2, J.Miller 2, G.Smith, H.Pfeiffer, X.Woolley
Lara: C.Forbes 2, S.Forbes, D.Anson, R.Wilson, J.Fraim, M.McConnell, Chris Lewis
Mounties: J.Miller, S.Jones, X.Woolley
Lara: D.Anson 3, R.Wilson 3, C.Forbes 3, J.Fraim 2, S.Forbes, L.Arandt
Mounties: G.Smith 4 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 8 BB, 2 HPB, 9 ER
G.Davidson 0.1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 4 HPB, 5 ER
X.Woolley 1.2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
BELLARINE 16 defeated COLAC 2
While only the eternal optimist would have predicted an upset in this game – especially on the Bears’ home patch – Colac managed its resources especially well to contain their opponent early days before something of a blowout through the later innings.
Of five hurlers used by the Braves, starter Alex Lewis was quite impressive over three and was among his side’s best hitters, although the quality of his club’s pitching and the depth of the Bellarine offence were always going to pose difficulties.
Giving his side a terrific start with five scoreless frames for a solitary hit and ten punchouts, Lachlan Hockey did serious offensive damage with three hits and two ribbies, although he was paced to a large degree by Simon Murry (four hits, including three doubles), Lewis Weldon (two hits and four RBIs), Cameron Brown (one and four) and Wayne Visser (two and two).
While sixth-innings doubles by Brendan Delorenzo and Lewis gave the Braves a late lift against Bellarine reliever Josh Crotty, the Bears would surely be pleased with their all-round team performance – including an errorless defence.
Just a whisker adrift of second, Bellarine – at home – should be too strong for Saints – and Colac, at home to Guild, will be doing some serious and imaginative thinking about how it might best deal with the flag favourite.
COLAC 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 (2) 2 errors
BELLARINE 0 0 3 2 6 5 x (16) 0 errors
Colac: M.Reid, J.Hay, B.Delorenzo, A.Lewis
Bellarine: S.Murry 4 (three doubles), L.Hockey 3, W.Visser 2, L.Weldon 2, B.Wells, C.Brown, L.Stott
Colac: S.Mai, A.Lewis
Bellarine: L.Weldon 4, C.Brown 4, W.Visser 2, L.Hockey 2, B.Wells, L.Stott, J.Crotty
Colac: A.Lewis 3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER
J.Hay 1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
S.Mai 1 inn, 6 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER
D.Billing 0.1 inn, 1 H, 0K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
S.Lambert 0.2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Bellarine: L.Hockey 5 inn, 1 H, 10 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
J.Crotty 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
DEAKIN 8 defeated SAINTS 3
For what is always a fabulous occasion – the Go Pink for Cancer Day that is so generously supported by the Geelong baseball and broader communities – host club Saints would have dearly loved to enjoy playing success at the highest level, especially for a game that was ultra-important in the context of the season.
Not to be, however, as Deakin - a magnificent long term supporter of the day - gained an early break and did irreparable damage with a six-spot in the fifth that effectively placed the game beyond reach as starter Andrew Brady (two innings) and reliever Chris Webb (six) held the Saints offence to limited pickings, with all of its three runs deemed unearned.
While Saints starter Josh Lee (two hits and an RBI) and Manager Charles Thompson (two hits) did the best to spark an East Belmont offence that matched Deakin on hitting – with eight apiece – the visitors were far better able to convert, through the agencies of Lachlan Medew (two hits and an RBI), Andy Medew (one and two), Kobe Greenhalgh, Cam Lyons and Ayden Ham.
Facing a tough assignment to retain any chance of post-season action, Saints will be looking to a bold showing away to Bellarine on Saturday, while Deakin plays host to Mounties in what yet may be a tight contest – one that the Blues really need to win to assure them of another crack at the league title.
DEAKIN 1 1 0 0 6 0 0 0 (8) 0 errors
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 (3) 3 errors
Deakin: L.Medew 2, K.Greenhalgh, M.Rigby, C.Lyons, A.Medew, C.Webb, C.Hickey
Saints: C.Thompson 2, J.Lee 2, G.Varter, J.Hosking, L.Sherwell, J.Isbister
Deakin: A.Medew 2, K.Greenhalgh, C.Lyons, A.Ham, L.Medew
Saints: G.Carter, S.Fox, J.Lee
Deakin: A.Brady 2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
C.Webb 6 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Saints: J.Lee 4.2 inn, 8 H, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 6 ER
J.Isbister 3.1 inn, 0 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
IN OTHER GRADES.........
Deakin has placed itself in the frame for a post-season berth in A RESERVE with a comfortable win over Saints, while a stunning Newport result over Guild Lions (with seven in the last) places the Rams in a strong position to vie with others – including Guild Cubs – as potential threats to runaway leader Bellarine, which appears virtually assured of a double chance.
Little has changed, or is likely to change, in the five-team B GRADE – where league-leading Sunshine had a week off with the bye, allowing Alfredton to edge closer with its big win over Bacchus and third-placed Saints doing it comfortably over Deakin after gaining a break early on.
Contained by Colac through the first couple of innings, undefeated B RESERVE leader Corio skipped away over the last two frames, while second-placed Saints belted seven in the first to make it super tough for Deakin – with Guild and Bellarine to clash in a Sunday game of import to both teams.
Although Mounties incurred their second loss on the trot – this time to Guild Lions – they retain C GRADE leadership ahead of the Lions and Newport, who will play a resurgent Lara on Sunday, with Saints Black having made up ground with its result over Saints Red and Corio challenging after inflicting a heavy loss on winless Bellarine.