Rams in a canter: Lions maul Saints
19 May 2018
Sparked with belligerent offence supplied by Zac Seipolt and Heath Black, league-leading Newport forced a mercy-rule result over Colac in A Grade Round Six, while Guild pitching duo Brad Egan and Jarryd Wood conceded just two hits as their team blanked Saints at the stadium.
A seven-spot in the third gave Lara a real chance against Deakin - although the Blues were able to regain their early ascendancy and ice the contest with five in the last - while Bellarine began well and stormed away for a thumping win over Mounties.
With eight games played – and just two more before the Senior Championship – Newport, Guild and Bellarine are already favoured for post-season action, while fourth-placed Deakin has hit a purple patch after a slow start.
DEAKIN 11 defeated LARA 9
Displaying much improved form in recent weeks, Deakin gained an early break in this game – with three in the first and two in the second – but faltered in defence to concede seven in the third, three of those unearned, to chase Blues starter Chris Webb from the hill.
Himself recovering from an early assault, lion-hearted Wildcats hurler Chris Lewis held sway through the middle innings, while Pat Moulton steadied the ship for Deakin – which still trailed by three into the seventh, when four hits off Lewis combined with a pair of walks issued by unlikely closer Travis Arandt to deliver a telling five-spot and a fifth win for the Blues.
While both clubs made defensive blunders, there were some standout performances in this game, notably the relief stint by Moulton - who whiffed seven while going hitless over 4.1 innings against a strong offence – and the offensive production of Deakin infielder Hiroshi Narasaki (four hits and a walk for four RBIs).
Chiming in with two hits and three ribbies, Mark Rigby was influential for Deakin, along with Kobe Greenhalgh, Andy Medew, Matt Belfrage and Connor Hickey (all with two hits) – while Steve Baumann, Ross Wilson and Clinton Lewis brought the offence for Lara.
Solid in fourth, Deakin will be at home to an undefeated Newport Rams next Saturday, while Lara – still languishing towards the bottom of the A Grade table – will play host to Saints on Sunday.
LARA 1 0 7 1 0 0 0 (9) 3 errors
DEAKIN 3 2 0 1 0 0 5 (11) 3 errors
Lara: S.Baumann 2, R.Wilson 2, Clinton Lewis 2, S.Forbes, B.Hammer, J.Fraim, Chris Lewis
Deakin: H.Narasaki 4, K.Greenhalgh 2, M.Rigby 2, A.Medew 2, M.Belfrage 2, C.Hickey 2, G.Morris
Lara: S.Baumann 2, R.Wilson 2, Clinton Lewis 2, J.Fraim, Chris Lewis
Deakin: H.Narasaki 4, M.Rigby 3, G.Morris 2
Lara: Chris Lewis 6.2 inn, 14 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 9 ER
T.Arandt 0 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Deakin: C.Webb 2.1 inn, 8 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
P.Moulton 4.1 inn, 0 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
NEWPORT 17 defeated COLAC 2
Although Newport was clearly favoured to win this contest, it went about its business as good sides do, by playing solid defence and scoring on a regular basis - with multiples in each of its four batting innings, including a six-run second.
Showing its customary spirit against a tough side, Colac challenged with two in the top of the second against a vastly experienced David Asp, who received outstanding support from Jayde Thorne over three hitless, scoreless innings in relief.
Again using its full contingent of players in – this time - wrapping the game up in five, Newport had standout hitters in Zac Seipolt (three hits and five RBIs) and Heath Black (home run and four ribbies), along with Thorne (two hits and three RBIs) and Justin Charles (one and two).
While Tim Dickson and Brendan Delorenzo showed decent control in pitching to contact for Colac, they were out-gunned by a powerful opponent that took full toll of miscues by the Braves defence.
Showing no sign of becoming derailed any time soon, the Ram Tram will be away to Deakin in what might yet be a danger game next Saturday, while Colac will be looking for its second win when it plays host to an evenly-matched Mounties club.
COLAC 0 2 0 0 0 (2) 6 errors
NEWPORT 3 6 4 4 x (17) 2 errors
Colac: A.Lewis, J.Hay, N.Brennan
Newport: Z.Seipolt 3, J.Thorne 2, R.Longstaff, A.Green, J.Charles, H.Black (home run), T.Reid, J.Walshe
Newport: Z.Seipolt 5, H.Black 4, J.Thorne 3, J.Charles 2, T.Reid
Colac: T.Dickson 1.1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 7 ER
B.Delorenzo 2.2 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
Newport: D.Asp 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
J.Thorne 3 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
MOUNTIES 13 defeated BELLARINE 0
With seasoned starter Simon Murry well in charge, the Bears gained an early break and were never seriously threatened by the home side, which fought the game out with its usual tenacity but was always going to find it tough against third placed Bellarine - which was gifted twelve walks and two HPBs in a contest that produced a game-breaking eight runs in the top of the last.
Brock Wells (two hits and two RBIs), Lewis Weldon (two and two), Simon Murry (two and one), Jack Auld (one and two) and Wayne Visser (one and two) led the way for the Bears offence, while starter Murry scattered four hits over four scoreless before Wells closed out the game.
At home to Guild next Saturday, Bellarine has the chance to atone for a Round Two loss to the reigning champion, while Mounties will be away to Colac – with both clubs in search of a second win.
BELLARINE 3 1 1 0 8 (13) 1 error
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 1 error
Bellarine: B.Wells 2, L.Weldon 2, S.Murry 2, W.Visser, C.Barker, M.Sage, J.Auld
Mounties: M.Collins, M.Jones, G.Masterson, S.Best
Bellarine: B.Wells 2, W.Visser 2, L.Weldon 2, J.Auld 2, S.Murry, C.Barker, M.Sage
Bellarine: S.Murry 4 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
B.Wells 1 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Mounties: G.Smith 3 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 8 BB, 2 HPB, 4 ER
X.Woolley 1 inn, 2 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
S.Jones 1 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
GUILD 9 defeated SAINTS 0
Coming off two less than brilliant games as the reigning premier, Guild was in little mood to entertain the idea of an upset win to Saints, who were strangled to the tune of two hits and minimal other opportunities as Brad Egan and Jarryd Wood dominated on the hill.
Two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly gleaned two in the first for the Lions, who scooted away with five more in the second – one of those unearned – before Saints called upon Josh Lee to halt the carnage with the contest effectively over.
Allowing just six runners on base for the duration – two of those through errors – Egan and Wood combined to strike out a dozen and issue just one walk apiece, while the Guild offence may not have been at its imperious best but still enjoyed telling contributions from Ryan Stewart (two hits and an RBI), Jordan Lekkas (two and one), Jarrod Durston (one and two) and Chris Durston (two ribbies).
Second-placed Guild will trek out to Wallington for what should be a ripper game against Bellarine next Saturday, while Saints have slipped a little in fifth spot and will regain some momentum against Lara at the snakepit on Sunday.
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 2 errors
GUILD 2 5 1 1 0 0 x (9) 2 errors
Saints: J.Lee, S.Talbot
Guild: R.Stewart 2, J.Lekkas 2, Jarryd Wood, T.Kilfoyle, J.Durston, T.Luther-Wilson, H.Levy
Guild: J.Durston 2, C.Durston 2, R.Stewart, T.Luther-Wilson, J.Lekkas
Saints: S.Talbot 3 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 7 ER
J.Lee 3 inn, 2 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Guild: B.Egan 4 inn, 2 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Jarryd Wood 3 inn, 0 H, 7 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Scroll down for a selection of images from Round Six. Guild versus Saints images were kindly supplied by Gary Simper.
IN OTHER GRADES…….
Bellarine retained its unbeaten status in A RESERVE with a thumping 16-1 win over Mounties and Saints manufactured a big second innings en route to a comfortable 12-5 result over Guild Lions, while second-placed Guild Cubs fought off Newport in a high-quality 4-2 game and Deakin edged home 7-6 against Lara. Sunshine incurred its first loss in B GRADE - a 7-4 result in favour of Saints - but holds top billing 0n head to head over Alfredton, which smashed Lara 26-3, while Deakin edged home 11-10 in a thriller against Bacchus Marsh.
Freewheeling atop the B RESERVE table, Corio dispensed with Bellarine 24-3, second-placed Guild had a convincing 18-5 win over Deakin and Colac posted a strong 16-7 win over third-placed Saints. Mounties retained its unbeaten record in C GRADE, compliments of a forfeit over Guild, while Corio moved to third with a thumping 23-2 result over Bellarine and Saints Red shook off Saints Black 13-8 to square the season ledger between the two East Belmont teams.