Royals savour early success: Lions, Blues split

Kingsley Collins

6 April 2019

An amalgam of the former Mounties and Brewers clubs, Ballarat Royals posted a first-up win over Bellarine on Opening Day of the GBA winter season, while Guild flexed its offensive muscle against Deakin – which responded beautifully to split the twinbill – and Lara started its campaign strongly with a pair of wins over East Belmont Saints. 


Although their striking new uniforms were not available for Opening Round, Ballarat Royals delivered an early taste of what might be to come in 2019 with a hard-fought first up result over Bellarine, which faltered in defence at a crucial moment to allow the new club to edge home in the bottom of the last.


Among a number of new players to join the merged club this season, former Saints hurler Jordan Isbister spun a solid start against a dangerous Bears offence that plated a run in the first and drew level in the fifth before Mitch Collins closed out the contest for the new club.


A booming triple by Hayden Pfeiffer sparked a decisive two-run second for the Royals, who played stellar defence and were never again headed despite the best efforts of starter Josh Crotty and Matt Sage, who shared pitching duties for the visitors.


Scroll down for images from Prince of Wales this afternoon.

BELLARINE   0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0  (2)  4 errors

ROYALS         0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1  (3)  1 error


Bellarine:  P.Brackley 3, L.Hockey 2, B.Wells, L.Stott, M.Sage

Royals:  S.Jones, H.Pfeiffer, J.Sherman, B.Walsh


Bellarine:  W.Visser, M.Sage

Royals:  H.Pfeiffer, J.Isbister


Bellarine:  J.Crotty 5 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

M.Sage 2.2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

Royals:  J.Isbister 6 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER

M.Collins 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER


Despite a promising start in the second game, the Royals euphoria was relatively short-lived as the Bears tied the game up in the top of three and forged ahead in the top of five before taking full toll of defensive slip-ups and producing some blistering, timely hitting on their way to a comprehensive result against an opponent that would be disappointed with the final outcome but delighted to have negotiated a successful entry to the league as a new club entity.


Nine players contributed in offence for Bellarine, which sealed the deal with a nine-run seventh inning that did not do justice to a tight early contest - although a mere handful of hits by the Royals was always going to make it difficult against Bears starter Lachlan Hockey, who spun six innings of work for the sole Royals run before handing the ball to Pat Brackley to close out the game.

Bellarine will be at home to Lara next Saturday (1.00 start), while the Royals will face Guild at Geelong Baseball Centre.

BELLARINE   0 0 1 0 2 2 9   (14)  0 errors

ROYALS         0 1 0 0 0 0 0   (1)   1 error


Bellarine:  M.Sage 3, S.Murry 2, W.Visser 2, L.Weldon 2, C.Hockey 2, K.Kiefel 2, B.Wells, P.Brackley, D.Stott

Royals:  S.Kerr, J.Miller, L.Ashmore, T.Channell


Bellarine:  S.Murry 2, W.Visser 2, L.Weldon 2, P.Brackley 2, C.Hockey 2, K.Kiefel 2, D.Stott 2

Royals:  S.Kerr


Bellarine:  L.Hockey 6 inn, 3 H, 7 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

P.Brackley 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

Royals:  G.Smith 3 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

S.Jones 1.1 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER

X.Woolley 1.2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER

J.Miller 0.1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER

L.Ashmore 0.2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

GUILD 15 defeated DEAKIN 5

Ignited by a three-run Troy Snarey homer in the first, Guild withstood a Blues challenge in the third and cruised away later in the game for a comprehensive first-up win as it embarked on another A Grade title defence.


While Jarrod Durston and Angus McNee combined effectively on the hill for Guild, all three Deakin hurlers were placed under pressure as the visitors amassed fourteen hits to seven, with Tyler Luther-Wilson (four hits and an RBI), Snarey (two and four), Steven Shiells (two and two) and Jarrod Durston (two and one) doing the bulk of the damage.


Kobe Greenhalgh (hit and two ribbies), Pat Moulton (one and two) and Lucas Simpson (two hits) were best with the bat for Deakin, who are bound to be among the leading group again this season.

Scroll down for images from Deakin today (supplied by Philip Sage).

GUILD       3 1 1 0 2 3 5    (15)  2 errors

DEAKIN   0 0 4 0 0 1 0   (5)   2 errors


Guild:  T.Luther-Wilson 4, S.Shiells 2, J.Durston 2, T.Snarey 2 (inc home run), C.Durston, R.Stewart, J.Renouf, A.McNee

Deakin:  L.Simpson 2, C.Webb, K.Greenhalgh, A.Medew, P.Moulton, G.Morris


Guild:  T.Snarey 4, S.Shiells 2, C.Durston, J.Durston, T.Luther-Wilson, J.Renouf, A.McNee

Deakin:  K.Greenhalgh 2, P.Moulton 2


Guild:  J.Durston 4 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 4 ER

A.McNee 3 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 ER

Deakin:  C.Webb 4 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 4 ER

P.Hassan 2 inn, 7 H, 1 K, 5 ER

J.Warren 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 3 ER

DEAKIN 7 defeated GUILD 5

Rocked by a three-run Jarrod Durston blast in the first of Game Two, the Blues steadied behind starter Pat Moulton as he applied the clamps through the middle innings and posted a quality complete-game outing despite a late Guild revival.


With a run in the third and a three-spot in the fourth, Deakin gained a break in the sixth of an outing that owed plenty to the timely offence of Kobe Greenhalgh (two hits and two RBIs), Andy Medew (two and one) and Moulton (two and one) – while Jarrod Durston (three-run shot) and Tyler Luther-Wilson (two hits and an RBI) were best for Guild in a tight contest.


Deakin will meet Saints at Pioneer Park next Saturday (1.00 start), while Guild will be at home to Ballarat Royals (1.00 PM).

GUILD     3 0 0 0 0 0 2  (5)  1 error

DEAKIN  0 0 1 3 0 3 0  (7)  2 errors


Guild:  T.Luther-Wilson 2, C.Durston, R.Stewart, J.Durston (home run), T.Snarey

Deakin:  K.Greenhalgh 2, A.Medew 2, P.Moulton 2, C.Webb, R.Millard, E.Hosking


Guild:  J.Durston 3, T.Luther-Wilson, J.Renouf

Deakin:  K.Greenhalgh 2, C.Webb, A.Medew, P.Moulton


Guild:  D.Davenport 5 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 4 ER

T.Duxson 1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 3 ER

Deakin:  P.Moulton 7 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 5 ER

LARA 9 defeated SAINTS 3

Taking full toll of defensive miscues, the Wildcats exploded to a nine-run lead after three and were never threatened in posting a first-up win over a youthful East Belmont Saints, who provided a late glimmer of hope with a three-spot in the fifth.


Spinning 4.1 innings of work for Lara, Cameron McNish received solid back-up from old stager Greg Anderson, while Jarrod Fraim (three hits and two RBIs), Ross Wilson (two and one), Stuart Forbes (two and one) and recruit Mitch Miller (one and two) provided the telling offence.


While youngster Nick Zanghi (two hits), Jack Viney (one and one) and Trevor Elliott (one and two) were handy with the bat, a fragile Saints defence proved the difference in this contest, which saw starter Emerson Rickard and reliever Viney conceding just a solitary earned run against a seasoned opponent that cashed in on its opportunities.

SAINTS   0 0 0 0 3 0  (3)  5 errors

LARA       3 4 2 0 0 0  (9)  0 errors


Saints: N.Zanghi 2, L.Sherwell. T.Elliott, J.Lee, T.Huisman, A.Meehan, J.Viney

Lara: J.Fraim 3, R.Wilson 2, S.Forbes 2, D.Anson, M.Miller, G.Anderson


Saints:  T.Elliott 2, J.Viney

Lara:  M.Miller 2, J.Fraim 2, D.Anson, R.Wilson, B.Hammer, S.Forbes


Lara:  C.McNish 4.1 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER

G.Anderson 1.2 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

Saints:  E,Rickard 3 inn, 8 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

J.Viney 3 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

LARA 5 defeated SAINTS 4

Admittedly it is very early days, though the Wildcats would be feeling mildly buoyant heading the A Grade table after a stirring come-from-behind win to complete the sweep at Lara this afternoon.


In a contest dominated by the pitchers – including two old hands in Saints starter Josh Lee and the wily Gregg Anderson (Lara) – the visitors held a two-run lead into the bottom of seven, when the Wildcats rallied with a four spot that held up for a winning break despite an eleventh-hour challenge by a rebuilding opponent that again exposed its developing players to invaluable game time.


Despite conceding seven walks, winning pitcher Anderson conceded a paltry three hits over the complete game, while Stuart Forbes (three hits) and Mitch Miller (hit and two RBIs) struck decisive blows for the Wildcats to counter the offensive contribution of Tyler Huisman (who drove in two of the Saints runs), Lee and Connor Hughes.


Lara will make the trek to Bellarine next Saturday (1.00 start) and Saints will be at home to Deakin (1.00 start).

SAINTS  1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1    (4)  0 errors

LARA      0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0   (5)  1 error


Saints:  J.Lee, C.Hughes, C.Rickard

Lara:  S.Forbes 3, M.Miller, B.Hammer, N.Van Baar


Saints:  T.Huisman 2, J.Lee, A.Duthie

Lara:  M.Miller 2, J.Fraim, N.Van Baar


Saints:  J.Lee 6 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

C.Hughes 1.1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER

Lara:  G.Anderson 8 inn, 3 H, 4 Ks, 7 BB, 2 HPB, 3 ER

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