Blues stun Rams: Bears at the death
26 May 2018
Played in picture-perfect conditions, the three Round Seven A Grade Saturday games were a mixed bag that added real interest to what is already shaping as an enthralling GBA winter season.
Emerging as a real contender after a sluggish start back in April, Deakin dealt league-leading Newport its first loss, while Bellarine – at home – thrilled its supporters with a walk-off result over Guild and Mounties had a day out with a thumping away win over Colac.
With the leading group of four threatening to gain separation, East Belmont kept itself in post-season contention with a narrow Sunday victory over Lara, which has struggled to nail the close games.
DEAKIN 7 defeated NEWPORT 1
While the Rams were without some key personnel for this contest – through duties interstate and elsewhere - that takes nothing at all away from the performance of a Deakin outfit that has won five on the trot and is building its winter season nicely.
Scoring the first run of the game on a bases loaded walk in the top of the second, Newport was rocked by a five-run reply that drove starter Jason Lester from the hill earlier than would have been anticipated by the brains trust of Aaron Green and David Asp – who henceforth shared pitching duties as their side battled to get back in the contest.
A two-run Hiroshi Narasaki double in the bottom of five made it extra tough for the visitors, who could muster just four knocks against the Deakin left-armed combination of Pat Moulton (two innings for three hits and an earned run) and Chris Webb, who was quite outstanding in conceding a solitary hit over six scoreless as the Newport offence was starved of scoring opportunities.
With half of his side’s hits, Heath Black headlined the offensive stats for Newport, while Deakin had strong contributors in Narasaki, Matt Belfrage (two hits), Andy Medew (hit and two walks), Nathan Warren (hit, BB, HPB from three trips) and Kobe Greenhalgh.
Now well ensconced in fourth, Deakin will mosey on up the highway to meet a resurgent Mounties next Saturday, while Newport will be seeking atonement in its away clash with Lara.
NEWPORT 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 1 error
DEAKIN 0 5 0 0 2 0 0 x (7) 1 error
Newport: H.Black 2, J.Walshe, J.Lester
Deakin: M.Belfrage 2, H.Narasaki, A.Medew, S.Fraser, N.Warren
Deakin: H.Narasaki 2, K.Greenhalgh, C.Webb, N.Warren
Newport: J.Lester 1.2 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
A.Green 3 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER
D.Asp 2.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Deakin: P.Moulton 2 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
C.Webb 6 inn, 1 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
MOUNTIES 21 defeated COLAC 12
Going scoreless in its past two games, Mounties made light of its road trip against Colac – which had won a previous encounter back in April but was on the receiving end of an old-fashioned shellacking this time around.
The game started brightly enough for the Braves, who chased wayward Mounties starter Gavin Smith from the hill with six earned runs against his name in response to a three-spot by the visitors – although teenage reliever Mitch Collins was well up to the task in spinning two innings of scoreless work while his side piled on the offence.
An avalanche of ten in the fourth and another six in the top of the last made it super-tough for the Braves, who were fragile in defence with six telling errors gifting ten unearned runs to an appreciative Mounties outfit that would have savoured the trip home with a second win in the books.
Scott Jones (three hits and four RBIs), Hayden Pfeiffer (three and two), Xavier Woolley (two and two), Smith (two and one), Glen Masterson (one and two) and Jedd Miller (triple for two ribbies) did the damage for Mounties, while Michael Reid, Josh Hay, Alex Lewis and Steven Lambert were best of the Braves offence.
Buoyed by that sometimes elusive winning feeling, Mounties will play host to Deakin next Saturday, while Colac faces another tough assignment – this time at Geelong Baseball Centre, against Guild coming off a loss.
MOUNTIES 0 3 2 10 6 (21) 1 error
COLAC 0 6 0 0 6 (12) 6 errors
Mounties: H.Pfeiffer 3, S.Jones 3, G.Smith 2, X.Woolley 2, G.Masterson, J.Miller (triple)
Colac: M.Reid 2, J.Hay, T.Dickson, M.Bowen
Mounties: S.Jones 4, J.Miller 2, G.Masterson 2, H.Pfeiffer 2, X.Woolley 2, G.Smith, S.Best
Colac: J.Hay 2, A.Lewis 2, S.Lambert 2, M.Reid, D.Morrissy, N.Bannan, M.Bowen, G.Lane
Mounties: G.Smith 1.2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 7 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER
M.Collins 3.1 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 5 BB, 5 HPB, 6 ER
Colac: A.Lewis 3.1 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 8 ER
J.Hay 1.2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
M.Reid 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
BELLARINE 4 defeated GUILD 3
These two grand clubs have enjoyed some epic stoushes in recent times – and this was no exception, with Guild gaining an early break, being pegged back in the fifth and drawing level in the top of the last before the Bears top order manufactured the go-ahead run that has drawn them level in second on win percentage.
By any reasonable measure, the Lions would regard this game as one that got away, given that youngsters Angus McNee (four innings for no hits – albeit counterbalanced by six passes) and Jarryd Wood (two scoreless innings) did an outstanding job for their club, which let itself down by gifting three unearned runs through four defensive errors.
The last of those, with scores deadlocked into the bottom of the deciding frame, was especially damaging, when Brock Wells reached on an error, Cameron Brown forced another infield blunder and Lewis Weldon – the only Bellarine player to hit safely all day – delivered big time with a walk-off RBI-single into leftfield.
Against an impressive Bellarine pitching combination of Lachlan Hockey (three innings) and Simon Murry (four), Jarrod Durston (three hits) and Tony Kilfoyle (two-run double in the first) provided the hitting highlights for Guild, while Weldon (two RBIs) came up big for the Bears when it mattered.
Bellarine is scheduled to meet Saints at Pioneer Park next Saturday, while Guild – one can assume - will be in no mood for niceties when it plays host to cellar-dwelling Colac Braves.
GUILD 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 (3) 4 errors
BELLARINE 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 (4) 1 error
Guild: J.Durston 3, Jarryd Wood, R.Stewart, T.Snarey, T.Kilfoyle, T.Luther-Wilson
Guild: T.Kilfoyle 2, L.Harty
Bellarine: L.Weldon 2, C.Barker
Guild: A.McNee 4 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 6 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Jarryd Wood 2 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Bellarine: L.Hockey 3 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
S.Murry 4 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER
SAINTS 7 defeated LARA 5 (Sunday)
Losing six of its nine games by either one or two runs, Lara – with a solitary win back in early April - has slipped to equal last on the A Grade table, while fifth-placed Saints have stayed in touch with the league leaders after tracking down a deficit.
Plating a run in the top of the first, Saints conceded two in the equaliser and a three-spot in the third to appear in strife against Lara starter Dan Anson – who held sway until the sixth, when timely hitting led by Marcel Ernstzen gleaned another three for a narrow lead that was stretched marginally further in the last.
While both sides had scoring opportunities and were recipients of their share of free passes, Saints reliever Emerson Rickard played a vital role in the contest by shutting down the Wildcats offence after his own side had taken the lead.
Ernstzen (two hits and three RBIs) and Jarrod Hosking (two hits) were important with the bat for Saints, while Steve Baumann (two knocks) was again among the best in a subdued Lara offence that was clearly missing key contributors in Cam Forbes, Stuart Forbes and Ben Hammer.
Saints will play host to Bellarine in a stern test next Saturday, while Lara will be at home to a Newport outfit coming off a loss and likely to be back to full strength.
SAINTS 1 0 0 2 0 3 1 (7) 0 errors
LARA 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 (5) 1 error
Saints: J.Hosking 2, M.Ernstzen 2, S.Fox, G.Polley, E.Rickard, C.Hughes, C.Rickard
Lara: S.Baumann 2, D.Anson, R.Wilson, Clinton Lewis, M.McConnell
Saints: M.Ernstzen 3, L.Sherwell
Lara: R.Wilson, J.Fraim, T.Arandt, C.Lewis, M.McConnell
Saints: J.Lee 5 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 3 HPB, 5 ER
E.Rickard 2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Lara: D.Anson 6 inn, 8 H, 5 Ks, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
T.Arandt 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Scroll down for a selection of mages from Deakin on Saturday.
REMINDER: A senior tryout for the Winter Championship will be held on Sunday 27 May, 10.00 AM start at GBC 1. If you will not be available for that session but are keen to play with the GBA side, please ring or message Don Stephens (0405 142057).
IN OTHER GRADES......
Bellarine was dealt its first setback in A RESERVE competition – in the form of a tight 6-4 loss to third-placed Guild Lions - while Guild Cubs strengthened their hold on second placing with a 9-3 result over Mounties, Saints produced a massive final innings to get past Lara 9-8 and fourth-placed Deakin led all game to down Newport 10-4.