Rams sink Lions with late outburst
11 August 2018
Newport moved closer to nailing an A Grade double chance with a stunning win over league-leading Guild Lions, who matched the Rams through the early innings but were unable to withstand a withering finish by the visitors - including a six-spot in the top of the last.
Conceding early runs to Saints, Deakin settled in support of a fine spell by Pat Moulton, edged ahead with three in seventh and held on to take the honours in a quality contest, while third-placed Bellarine reaffirmed its offensive power with a thumping win over Colac Braves - that was decided in five - and Lara belted Mounties with another belligerent offensive display.
With the four post-season clubs already decided, there is serious interest in the final standings – with three clubs still in contention for a top-two finish.
DEAKIN 5 defeated SAINTS 3
On good terms with themselves after plating two in the first off Andrew Brady, Saints struggled big-time against Pat Moulton through subsequent innings – although that was counterbalanced by a quality outing by their own Josh Lee, who spun four scoreless frames before the Blues scrambled an unearned run in the fifth.
While Saints had their chance in the fifth – with two aboard and none out – Moulton was in dominant form and was accorded run support when his side cashed in off defensive blunders to plate three more unearned in the bottom of seven for what proved to be the decisive break despite both clubs posting one apiece in the eighth.
Of the eight runs scored in this game, six were unearned – with Deakin coming out on the better side of the ledger and Moulton earning the win against counterpart Lee, who was superb over seven before handing the ball to Emerson Rickard for an inning at the end.
Kobe Greenhalgh, Sam Fraser, Cam Lyons all posted two knocks for Deakin among a team total of nine hits, while Steven Fox (two hits), Gerard Carter, George Polley (double) and Chris Rickard were best with the bat for Saints.
Assured of a semi-final berth, Deakin will be at home to lowly Colac next Saturday, while Saints will trek up the highway to meet Mounties, who will surely not be entertaining the prospect of a third massive loss on the trot.
SAINTS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 (3) 3 errors
DEAKIN 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 x (5) 2 errors
Saints: S.Fox 2, L.Sherwell, G.Carter, G.Polley, E.Rickard
Deakin: K.Greenhalgh 2, S.Fraser 2, C.Lyons 2, H.Narasaki, P.Moulton, C.Webb
Saints: G.Carter, C.Rickard
Deakin: K.Greenhalgh, A.Medew
Saints: J.Lee 7 inn, 7 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
E.Rickard 1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Deakin: A.Brady 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
P.Moulton 8 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
LARA 16 defeated MOUNTIES 0
Blasting seven in the second, the Wildcats were always in control of this game against an opponent that played solid enough defence but again conceded too many passes and struggled for offensive production against Wildcats starter Cameron Forbes.
Back-to-back triples by Steve Baumann and Ross Wilson forced the departure of Gavin Smith in the second, with Mitch Collins entrusted with the task of mopping up against a vastly experienced Lara offence that continued to build another massive score after caning Bellarine last week.
A six-spot in the third and three more in the fourth – the last – capped off a dirty day for the Mounts, who could muster just two hits, to Smith and Leigh Ashmore.
Tossing three innings of scoreless work, Forbes was dominant on the hill before Chris Lewis closed out the game with a minimum of fuss for the Wildcats to post their sixth win of the season – a game highlighted by the offensive efforts of Ross Wilson (three hits – including two triples – for two RBIs), Steve Baumann (two hits and four RBIs), Jordan Baumann (two hits), Luke Arandt (one and three) and Dan Anson (three RBIs).
Finishing its season strongly, Lara may be a threat in its home game against Guild next Saturday, while Mounties will be looking to a better showing when it plays host to Saints.
LARA 0 7 6 3 (16) 0 errors
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 (0) 2 errors
Lara: R.Wilson 3, J.Baumann 2, S.Baumann 2, C.Forbes, Clinton Lewis, L.Arandt
Mounties: G.Smith, L.Ashmore
Lara: S.Baumann 4, L.Arandt 3, D.Anson 3, R.Wilson 2, C.Forbes, J.Fraim
Lara: C.Forbes 3 inn, 1 H, 5 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Chris Lewis 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Mounties: G.Smith 1.1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 6 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER
M.Collins 1.2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER
X.Woolley 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER
BELLARINE 25 defeated COLAC 2
Coming off a thumping at the hands of a rejuvenated Lara Wildcats, Bellarine responded in the manner that its supporters would have hoped – by taking down Colac in a one-sided affair and no doubt enjoying the road trip home.
Blasting thirteen in the first, the Bears chased Braves starter Brendan Delorenzo from the hill early days and were equally unforgiving against Michael Reid before the game dawdled to a relatively uneventful close as Alex Lewis tossed a couple of subdued innings for the home side.
Although errors were again costly for Colac, the Bellarine offence was simply unstoppable in smacking three long balls among its twenty-five hits – thanks largely to the contributions of Brock Wells (four knocks – including a home run – for five RBIs), Josh Crotty (four hits for five RBIs, including a round-tripper), Cameron Brown (four and four – including a bomb), Lachlan Hockey (four and four), Wayne Visser (four hits and two ribbies) and Matt Sage (three and one).
Hockey (three innings), Wells (one) and Brown complemented outstanding games with stints on the hill that collectively restricted the Braves to half a dozen hits – the versatile Delorenzo carding two of those.
Away to Newport next Saturday, Bellarine is still a chance of earning a double chance for the A Grade post-season, while Colac will be away to Deakin – which is certain of finishing fourth but will not be letting up as the finals approach.
BELLARINE 13 6 4 2 0 (25) 0 errors
COLAC 1 0 0 0 1 (2) 5 errors
Bellarine: W.Visser 4, B.Wells 4 (home run), C.Brown 4 (home run), L.Hockey 4, J.Crotty 4 (home run), M.Sage 3, C.Barker 2
Colac: B.Delorenzo 2, M.Reid, A.Lewis, D.Morrissy, M.Cirrillo
Bellarine: B.Wells 5, J.Crotty 5, C.Brown 4, L.Hockey 4, W.Visser 2, A.Hockey 2, M.Sage, C.Hockey
Colac: A.Lewis, D.Morrissy
Bellarine: L.Hockey 3 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
B.Wells 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
C.Brown 1 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
Colac: B.Delorenzo 0.1 inn, 7 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 10 ER
M.Reid 2.2 inn, 15 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 11 ER
A.Lewis 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
NEWPORT 12 defeated GUILD 5
Atoning for a loss to the Lions just three weeks ago, Newport pegged back an early deficit with a three-run fourth before taking a two-run lead in the top of six and exploding in the last with a game-breaking six-spot as the home side called to its pen to support a tiring Brad Egan.
While all three of the Newport runs in the fifth were unearned, its veteran starter David Asp was solid over 4.2 in containing a Guild offence that stranded runners in the second and third before drawing level in the bottom of five.
Although the game was still up for grabs heading into the last, Newport applied the pressure to Jack Smythe and Jarryd Wood, exploiting four walks, a HPB and four singles by the heart of its order to drive six runs across the plate before Jason Lester closed out the game.
With four hits and a walk (for two RBIs), class act Troy Malthouse was a standout for Newport – along with Mason Wray (two hits and three RBIs), Reece Longstaff (two and one), Jayde Thorne (one and two) and Aaron Green (one and two) – while Troy Snarey (two hits and two ribbies), Chris Durston (two and one), Tony Kilfoyle and Ben Jensz were best with the stick for Guild.
Newport will be at home to Bellarine next Saturday in a contest that may decide the double chance, while Guild – now a narrow ladder leader – will be taking nothing for granted in its away clash with Lara.
NEWPORT 0 0 0 3 1 2 6 (12) 2 errors
GUILD 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 (5) 2 errors
Newport: T.Malthouse 4, R.Longstaff 2, M.Wray 2, J.Thorne, A.Green, H.Black, J.Lester
Guild: T.Kilfoyle 2, T.Snarey 2, B.Jensz 2, C.Durston 2, H.Levy, T.Luther-Wilson
Newport: M.Wray 3, J.Thorne 2, A.Green 2, T.Malthouse 2, R.Longstaff, H.Black, J.Lester
Guild: T.Snarey 2, C.Durston
Newport: D.Asp 4.2 inn, 10 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
J.Lester 2.1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Guild: B.Egan 6 inn, 8 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
J.Smythe 0.1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
Jarryd Wood 0.2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
IN OTHER GRADES.....
Second-placed Guild Cubs defeated Bellarine 7-4 in A RESERVE, handing the Bears just their second loss of the winter season, while Guild Lions downed Newport 13-1 to send the Rams tumbling to fifth behind Deakin - which edged out Saints 7-3 – and seventh-placed Lara enjoyed a comfortable 9-4 win over Mounties.
Even with just five clubs in action, B GRADE competition hotted up considerably this week, with Bacchus Marsh dealing a 6-4 defeat to top side Sunshine, which is now being challenged for the minor premiership by Alfredton, which scored ten in the first and cruised to a 15-6 result over Deakin – which is still a chance of dislodging fourth-placed Saints with two rounds to play.
Bellarine downed Deakin 12-6 in B RESERVE, while Guild trounced Colac 17-7 to potentially challenge for second placing - pending the result of the Corio versus Saints game.
C GRADE leader Mounties conceded an early lead to Saints Black before recovering for an 11-8 win, while Newport strengthened its hold on fourth with a 25-1 result over Bellarine and Lara engineered something of an upset with its 7-6 win over second-placed Guild.
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