Saints crush Lara: Lions edge home
18 May 2019
Blasting nine in the second, East Belmont Saints were untroubled in posting a 13-5 win over a disappointing Lara Wildcats in A Grade competition, while Guild made a late recovery to sneak home 5-4 against Deakin and Bellarine gained a break in the sixth to record a 7-3 result over Ballarat Royals.
With just two games to play before the Senior Winter Championship break, Bellarine, Guild and Saints share league leadership at four and three, while Lara, Deakin and Royals are a solitary win off the pace, with real interest being generating over the next fortnight.
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BELLARINE 7 defeated ROYALS 3
Resplendent in striking new uniforms, Ballarat Royals passed up a scoring opportunity in the first before a wild pitch and a Simon Murry RBI-single gleaned a couple for the Bears as Brendan Robinson settled into his work for the visitors.
Hitting back with two of their own in the third – on a Leigh Ashmore single and a fielder’s choice – the Royals edged ahead momentarily in the fourth, before Lewis Weldon and Murry combined to draw level for Bellarine in the bottom of the frame.
With Murry relieving Josh Crotty to extricate their side from a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, the Bears came alive in the equaliser for a four-spot built around three hits and an intentional walk before Jordan Isbister completed the last out of a game-breaking inning.
Beefed up in offence by the return of key players, Bellarine was well-served by Murry (two hits and two RBIs), Cameron Brown (one and two), Lachlan Hockey (one and two) and Weldon (hit and two walks), while Scott Kerr (two hits), Ashmore and Sean Best were important for the Royals in an evenly-matched contest.
Now sharing league leadership, Bellarine will be at home to Lara next Saturday and the Royals will play host to Guild.
ROYALS 0 0 2 1 0 0 (3) 2 errors
BELLARINE 2 0 0 1 4 x (7) 1 error
Royals: S.Kerr 2, L.Ashmore, M.Jones, B.Robinson, T.Channell, S.Best
Bellarine: S.Murry 2, B.Wells, W .Visser, L.Weldon, C.Brown, L.Hockey
Royals: L.Ashmore, S.Best
Bellarine: S.Murry 2, C.Brown 2, L.Hockey 2
Royals: B.Robinson 4.2 inn, 7 H, 4 Ks, 7 ER
J.Isbister 0.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 ER
Bellarine: J.Crotty 4.2 inn, 7 H, 4 Ks, 3 ER
S.Murry 0.1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 ER
L.Weldon 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 ER
GUILD 5 defeated DEAKIN 4
While both sides had early scoring opportunities - especially the Lions, who passed up a bases-loaded situation in the first – the deadlock was not broken until the bottom of four, when a Troy Snarey walk, a Tyler Luther-Wilson round-tripper and singles by Lee Harty and starting pitcher Hayden Peoples helped drive three across the plate.
Dominant over five, Peoples was relieved by Jarrod Durston, who breezed through the sixth before running into strife in the next – when Deakin loaded the bases and Cameron Lyons delivered with a booming grand slam to hand the Blues a narrow lead.
Taking the ball from Chris Webb after four solid frames, Baycats summer superstar Rudy Jaramillo whiffed four of the first seven hitters he faced and looked good to close out the win until his side faltered in in the bottom of seven – when two hits and a sacrifice bunt combined with some errant defence to produce two unearned runs and a game-deciding lead.
Carding the win in a hard-fought, high quality contest, Peoples (two hits) was prominent in offence for Guild - along with Luther Wilson and Ryan Stewart (double and sacrifice bunt) – while Lyons landed the telling blow in a Deakin offence that could muster just five hits.
Ensconsed among the three league leaders, Guild will meet Ballarat Royals at Prince of Wales Reserve next Saturday, while Deakin will play host to an in-form East Belmont Saints.
DEAKIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 (4) 2 errors
GUILD 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 x (5) 1 error
Deakin: M.Rigby, C.Lyons (home run), P.Moulton, Z.Seipolt, R.Jaramillo
Guild: H.Peoples 2, C.Durston, R.Stewart, T.Snarey, T.Luther-Wilson (home run), L.Harty, J.Peoples
Deakin: C.Lyons 4
Guild: T.Luther-Wilson 2, J.Renouf
Deakin: C.Webb 4 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
R.Jaramillo 3 inn, 3 H, 5 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Guild: H.Peoples 5 inn, 2 H, 6 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
J.Durston 3 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
SAINTS 13 defeated LARA 5
Recovering from a disastrous start to their season, Saints posted a fourth win on the trot – doing it in style with a thumping result over Lara, which has dropped off markedly in the past three weeks.
Plating two unearned with two out in the first, the Wildcats were rocked by a decisive Saints outburst in the second – when a lead-off defensive error was followed by three walks, two HPBs and five hits that drove Lara starter Gregg Anderson from the hill with a nine-spot against his name.
While Dan Anson was valiant in relief for Lara, his club could muster just two in the fifth and another in the sixth while Saints retained total ascendancy with four more late runs to place the result beyond doubt in a contest that did not reach great defensive heights – with seven errors committed overall.
Josh Lee (five innings) earned the win for Saints and newcomer Cody Anderson the save against a Lara outfit that was guided in offence by Joel Ricketts (two hits and three RBIs), Jarrod Fraim (two and one, with a walk) and Anson (two knocks), while Steven Fox (two and three), Trevor Elliott (two and one), Dion Kirchner (one and two), George Polley (one and two) and Will Brennan (hit, walk and HPB) were best with the bat for East Belmont.
Saints have drawn an away clash with Deakin next Saturday, and Lara will make the trek to Bellarine, no doubt anxious to snap a three-game losing streak.
LARA 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 (5) 4 errors
SAINTS 0 9 0 0 3 1 x (13) 3 errors
Lara: D.Anson 2, J.Fraim 2, J.Ricketts 2, R.Wilson
Saints: T.Elliott 2, S.Fox 2, T.Huisman, J.Lee, D.Kirchner, G.Polley, W.Brennan, L.Sherwell
Lara: J.Ricketts 3, J.Fraim
Saints: S.Fox 3, D.Kirchner 2, G.Polley 2, T.Elliott, J.Lee, L.Sherwell
Lara: G.Anderson 1.1 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 2 HPB, 8 ER
D.Anson 4.2 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
Saints: J.Lee 5 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
C.Anderson 2 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Deakin outslugged Guild 14-11 to share top billing with Guild in A RESERVE, where Saints went to two and two with a 12-2 result against Lara, joining Ballarat Royals, which was pipped 5-4 by Bellarine as the Bears notched their first reserves win of 2019.
With a 13-1 win over Saints, undefeated Colac is outright leader in B GRADE, marginally ahead of Sunshine, which split its away game 10-10 against Alfredton, while Corio continued to impress by whitewashing Guild 16-0 and Bacchus March downed Newport 17-6 to open its winning account.
Highlights in B RESERVE included a 17-3 belting handed to Guild by promoted club North West Titans, a big win by Saints Black over Deakin and a thrilling last-gap win by Saints Red over Royals.
Bellarine Red opened its C GRADE winning account with a 14-2 result over Saints, while Colac also savoured its first success by topping Royals 4-3.
Image: Bellarine Bears
Image: Ruth Addlem