League leaders make light of wild weather
14 April 2018
With conditions in total contrast to the A Grade doubleheader last Saturday, the official start of the GBA season was a truly wintry occasion as wild weather swept across the state – causing the occasional interruption to play and a couple of rainouts in the lower grades.
Bellarine led all the way over Mounties to remain unbeaten in A Grade with Guild and Newport – who had massive wins over Saints and Colac respectively – while Deakin pipped Lara with a late surge to join the Wildcats at one and one, with Mounties and Colac still to break the ice.
Still in its initial phase, the season has sparked great interest, with some fascinating contests scheduled for next weekend.
DEAKIN 5 defeated LARA 4
Deakin opened its winning account with a late revival against the Wildcats, who shook off an early deficit to plate four unearned runs that gave them a break after four.
Not to be denied, however, the Blues rode another stellar complete game by Chris Webb (no earned runs) and forged to the lead in the bottom of six, when Wildcats superstar Cameron Forbes came in for some uncharacteristic treatment when his side looked the goods for its second win.
Despite the loss, Lara would again be delighted with the start of Chris Lewis, who scattered five hits over five against a Deakin side that was well-served in offence by Kobe Greenhalgh (two hits and an RBI) and Andy Medew (one and two), while Jarrod Fraim (two hits) showed the way for a Wildcats side that is again be looking to the likes of fellow stalwarts Ben Hammer and Ross Wilson for offensive conversion.
Deakin will make the trek to Newport next Saturday for an interesting match-up against undefeated Rams, while Lara will be away to Saints.
LARA 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 (4) 1 error
DEAKIN 0 0 2 0 0 3 x (5) 5 errors
Lara: J.Fraim 2, S.Forbes, B.Hammer, R.Wilson, D.Anson
Deakin: K.Greenhalgh 2, M.Rigby, A.Medew, M.Belfrage, C.Webb, S.Fraser, R.Millard
Lara: B.Hammer, R.Wilson
Deakin: A.Medew 2, K.Greenhalgh
Lara: Chris Lewis 5 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
C.Forbes 1 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
Deakin: C.Webb 7 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
NEWPORT 17 defeated COLAC 0
Scoring in every innings of a one-sided contest, Newport retained its unbeaten record against a Colac outfit that slipped up in defence far too often and was unable to make offensive inroads against Rams starting pitcher Aaron Green and closer Tim Reid.
While Colac starter Michael Reid and reliever Josh Hay showed solid control, they were under constant pressure from a Newport offence that had outstanding contributors in Jayde Thorne (four hits and four RBIs), Green (three and one), Jake Vanderlinde (three and one), Mitch Clement (two and two), Justin Charles (three RBIs), Zac Seipolt and Connor Schibeci.
With eight errors contributing to ten unearned runs, the Braves will be looking to improvement in that area as they make the adjustment to competition at this level.
Newport will be at home to Deakin next Saturday, while Colac will be away to Mounties – with both clubs anxious for an A Grade win.
NEWPORT 4 2 4 2 5 (17) 2 errors
COLAC 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 8 errors
Newport: J.Thorne 4, A.Green 3, J.Vanderlinde 3, Z.Seipolt 2, C.Schibeci 2, M.Clement 2, T.Reid
Colac: S.Mai, S.Lambert
Newport: J.Thorne 4, J.Charles 3, T.Reid 2, M.Clement 2, A.Green, J.Vanderlinde, C.Schibeci
Newport: A.Green 4 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
T.Reid 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Colac: M.Reid 3 inn, 11 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
J.Hay 2 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER
BELLARINE 9 defeated MOUNTIES 2
Although the final margin was clear-cut, Mounties were right in this contest through the early innings to keep tabs on a powerful Bears offence that put the result beyond doubt with three in the fifth and two more in the sixth (the last).
While starter George Davidson and reliever Gavin Smith were both solid on the hill for Mounties, the offensive damage was done by the Bears’ top three in Chris Barker, Cameron Brown and Lewis Weldon – who amassed eight of their side’s dozen hits, including a Barker round-tripper and two booming long balls by Weldon for four RBIs.
Conceding three unearned runs did not help the cause for Mounties, who could muster just four knocks against Lachlan Hockey and Manager Cameron Brown, who chimed in with the save for a Bellarine outfit that has been super-impressive already this season.
Off to an impeccable start, the Bears will feel that they have an account to settle when they face off against Guild at the stadium next Saturday in what should be another ripping contest, while Mounties will play host to Colac - with both clubs in search of a first win.
MOUNTIES 0 0 1 1 0 0 (2) 4 errors
BELLARINE 2 0 2 0 3 2 (9) 3 errors
Mounties: Brad Jones, S.Jones, G.Davidson, J.Miller
Bellarine: C.Brown 3, L.Weldon 3 (inc 2 home runs), C.Barker 2 (home run), W.Visser, M.Sage, L.Stott, P.Brackley
Mounties: M.Collins, Brad Jones
Bellarine: L.Weldon 4, C.Barker, W.Visser, L.Stott, P.Brackley
Mounties: G.Davidson 5 inn, 9 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
G.Smith 1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Bellarine: L.Hockey 3.2 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
C.Brown 2.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
GUILD 16 defeated SAINTS 2
Buoyant after its promising form on doubleheader Saturday, the haloed ones were brought back to earth abruptly at the hands of the reigning premier, which conjured up another complete team performance that already sees the club unbeaten with a staggering 55 runs in the credit column – and only four against.
Saints ace Tayler Rowe was the first casualty in an early Guild barrage that gleaned eight in the first – on a cumulative seven hits, a HPB and an error - before reliever Emerson Rickard was able to restore some sanity to a Lions scoring rate that was again bumped up later in the contest.
Despite conceding two in the first, Guild workhorse Brad Egan was his usual efficient self before handing the ball to Jarrod Durston and then Jarryd Wood to close out a one-sided contest with the minimum of fuss.
For the third time already this season, the Guild offence was simply unstoppable, with eight players contributing to a veritable shellacking – the standouts being Ryan Stewart (four hits, including a home run, for four RBIs), Jarrod Durston (four hits, three ribbies), Tony Kilfoyle (three and two) and Harry Levy (two and three).
Guild will play host to Bellarine in a much-anticipated clash at the stadium next Saturday, while Saints will be looking to regroup for an eminently winnable home game against Lara.
GUILD 8 0 2 2 3 1 (16) 1 error
SAINTS 2 0 0 0 0 0 (2) 3 errors
Guild: J.Durston 4, R.Stewart 4 (inc home run), T.Kilfoyle 3, H.Levy 2, Jarryd Wood, T.Snarey, C.Durston, T.Luther-Wilson, J.Renouf
Saints: S.Fox 2, G.Carter, E.Rickard, S.Talbot
Guild: R.Stewart 4, J.Durston 3, H.Levy 3, T.Kilfoyle 2, T.Snarey, T.Luther-Wilson, J.Renouf
Saints: E.Rickard, S.Talbot
Guild: B.Egan 4 inn, 3 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
J.Durston 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Jarryd Wood 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Saints: T.Rowe 0.2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
E.Rickard 3.2 inn, 10 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
S.Talbot 2.2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
IN OTHER NEWS
Despite a couple of rainouts, there were some decided highlights in the lower grades – including the historic entry of an all-women’s Bellarine team in C Grade (see image below). While today’s scoreline against Saints Red did not quite go as the team might have liked, the Bears reportedly played the game out with great enthusiasm and positive spirit – surely what it is all about in grassroots team sport.
Runner-up in B Grade last year, former A Grade power Bacchus Marsh was off to a flier for a 6-2 result over Deakin in a game highlighted by solid pitching outings from Roland Shaw and Chris Porter, who picked up three hits along with Justin Healy.
For the comeback of the round, we cannot go past the Saints B Reserve team, which conceded an early ten-run lead to Bellarine but was able to chip away in genuinely saintly fashion to force a 10-10 draw.
And speaking of a draw. Or The Draw, to be more precise.
Because of changes to team entries, senior clubs are reminded that there will be a re-draw of some of the lower grades. Colac has withdrawn its B Grade team and there are another one or two who may do likewise from other grades because of numbers – balanced out, though, by the probable entry of other extra teams from GBA clubs.
Those matters will be handled by our fixtures guru Donny, and developments will be posted here as they are resolved.
Image: Bellarine Bears Facebook