Lara stuns Bears: Deakin falters against Guild
4 August 2018
Evoking memories of their GBA glory days in the noughties, a rampant Wildcats side out-hit, out-pitched and effectively mauled an undermanned Bellarine that now faces a tough challenge to nail a double chance in A Grade competition, while league-leading Guild made the very best of its scoring opportunities in dispensing with Deakin – which is not yet assured of a post-season berth.
On a day of heavy scoring across the league, Newport rode a terrific complete-game by Jason Lester to smash a disappointing Mounties side that was never in the contest after falling away in the third innings, while Saints whitewashed Colac to provide a glimmer of hope - with three rounds to play - for their remote finals prospects.
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SAINTS 18 defeated COLAC 0
Although the Braves began brightly – with singles to Brendan Delorenzo and Alex Lewis in the first – that was it, all done, finito, as the visitors failed to land another runner on base for the ensuing four innings of a shortened contest.
Throwing just 59 pitches over a complete-game outing, southpaw Emerson Rickard was dominant for Saints, who mustered just eight hits but were able to fully exploit seven Colac defensive errors that all-up produced eleven unearned runs – seven of those in a nine-run second frame that placed the game well beyond reach.
Themselves playing impeccable defence, Saints engaged thirteen of its players in this comprehensive win, with Chris Rickard (two hits and two RBIs), Luke Sherwell (one and four) and Jordan Isbister (sacrifice fly, a walk and a HPB for three RBIs) delivering the bulk of the scoring conversion against a Braves outfit that did not provide the support that it would have liked for Josh Hay and Delorenzo – who both battled manfully on the hill.
Although a post-season berth still appears a long shot for Saints, a win in its away game against Deakin next Saturday might provide real impetus, while Colac – at home to Bellarine – will be looking for the far more competitive effort of which it is capable.
COLAC 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 7 errors
SAINTS 5 9 0 4 x (18) 0 errors
Colac: B.Delorenzo, A.Lewis
Saints: C.Rickard 2, S.Fox, G.Carter, G.Polley, L.Sherwell, J.Lee, E.Rickard
Saints: L.Sherwell 4, J.Isbister 3, C.Rickard 2, M.Alldis, S.Fox, G.Carter, J.Lee, E.Rickard
Colac: J.Hay 1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
B.Delorenzo 3 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 5 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER
Saints: E.Rickard 5 inn, 2 H, 5 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
LARA 12 defeated BELLARINE 1
In a contest that may not have reached any great defensive heights – with both clubs thrice slipping up in defence – it was the Wildcats who exercised supreme control and were never really threatened after the Bears plated an unearned run in the first off Lara starter Cameron Forbes.
With the Forbes start (three innings for five strikeouts) complemented beautifully by a hitless four-innings stint from Chris Lewis – who has been an absolute gem for the club this season – Lara gained a break in the second and third, followed by a game-breaking seven in the fourth before the Bears called upon Simon Murry to stem the flow of runs.
The early scoring damage was done off Bellarine young guns Lachlan Hockey and Brock Wells, who came up against a seasoned and ever-dangerous Lara offence that was well-served by Stuart Forbes (two hits and two RBIs), Cameron Forbes (two and one), Dan Anson (two and one), Ross Wilson (one and two), Dan Wilson (one and two), Clinton Lewis (one and two) and Steve Baumann (two hits) – while Matt Sage was the sole Bears player to hit safely.
Lara will trek up the highway to lock horns with Mounties next Saturday, while a seriously chastened Bellarine – whose double chance prospects have taken a hit – will be in no mood for niceties for its away game against Colac.
BELLARINE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 3 errors
LARA 0 2 3 7 0 0 x (12) 3 errors
Lara: S.Forbes 2, S.Baumann 2, C.Forbes 2, J.Fraim 2, D.Anson 2, R.Wilson, Clinton Lewis, D.Wilson, Chris Lewis
Lara: S.Forbes 2, R.Wilson 2, Clinton Lewis 2, D.Wilson 2, C.Forbes, D.Anson
Bellarine: L.Hockey 3 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER
B.Wells 0 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
S.Murry 3 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Lara: C.Forbes 3 inn, 1 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Chris Lewis 4 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 0 ER
NEWPORT 22 defeated MOUNTIES 0
The Bellarine loss allowed Newport to strengthen its grip on second by steamrolling the Ballarat club as the contest turned ugly after a tight first two innings.
In his best outing of the winter season, rangy Newport hurler Jason Lester (ten strikeouts) was dominant over the complete game to allow the Mounts scarcely a sniff, while his own offence delivered in spades – especially in a game-breaking third inning that saw Mounties starter Gavin Smith chased from the hill with double figures against his name.
Plating a mammoth seventeen runs in that avalanche, the Rams’ offensive was relentless throughout a line-up that was headed by Dean Anglin (three hits and three RBIs), James Walshe (two and two), Jason Lester (two and two), Justin Charles (one and six), Jayde Thorne (one and five) and Leslie Anglin (two and one).
Newport will meet Guild in what should be a ripping top of the table clash against Guild at Geelong Baseball Centre next Saturday, while Mounties will play host to a resurgent Lara Wildcats.
NEWPORT 2 1 17 2 0 (22) 0 errors
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 1 error
Newport: D.Anglin 3, J.Walshe 2, J.Lester 2, L.Anglin 2, M.Wray, A.Green, J.Charles, J.Thorne, J.Vanderlind
Mounties: J.Miller, H.Pfeiffer
Newport: J.Charles 6, J.Thorne 5, D.Anglin 3, A.Green 2, J.Walshe 2, J.Lester 2, M.Wray, L.Anglin
Newport: J.Lester 5 inn, 2 H, 10 Ks, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 0 ER
Mounties: G.Smith 3 inn, 11 H, 3 Ks, 6 BB, 1 HPB, 15 ER
X.Woolley 0 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER
J.Miller 1 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
GUILD 8 defeated DEAKIN 1
Although it was a clear-cut win for the flag favourite in the end, this game was hotly contested, with the Lions cashing in on limited scoring opportunities and opposition slip-ups – which of course is what good baseball sides will do.
While Brad Egan will happily accept another win for the Lions, with seven innings of quality work before James Wood slammed the gate, his side’s offence was brilliantly effective in converting opportunities in a timely manner – plating four in the third, on three walks, two hits and a sacrifice flyball before a sixth-innings breakout for another three (on three more walks combined with two hits).
Out-hitting the Lions eleven to seven, Deakin had grand contributors in Mark Rigby (three hits), Chris Webb (two hits and an RBI), Kobe Greenhalgh (two hits), Cam Lyons (two hits) and Connor Hockey (two hits), although the output was not bunched as the Blues would have wanted – while Jarryd Wood (three hits and an RBI), Harry Levy (one and two), Chris Durston and Ryan Stewart all delivered quality at-bats for the Lions when it mattered.
Looking to finally nail down fourth placing, Deakin will play host to Saints on Saturday and Guild – at home to Newport – will be keen to gain a confidence edge in its clash with another certain finalist that is coming off a massive win and is well-placed to secure the double chance.
GUILD 1 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 (8) 0 errors
DEAKIN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 (1) 0 errors
Guild: Jarryd Wood 3, R.Stewart, T.Snarey, H.Levy, J.Lekkas
Deakin: M.Rigby 3, K.Greenhalgh 2, C.Lyons 2, C.Webb 2, C.Hockey 2
Guild: C.Durston 2, H.Levy 2, Jarryd Wood, R.Stewart, B.Spencer
Guild: B.Egan 7 inn, 8 H, 6 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
James Wood 1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Deakin: A.Brady 1 inn, 1 H, 3 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
P.Moulton 4 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
C.Webb 3 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
IN OTHER GRADES……
Despite committing some defensive errors, A RESERVE ladder-leading Bellarine plated six in the fourth on its way to a 9-1 win over seventh-placed Lara and Guild Cubs edged out Saints 6-4 to move back to second ahead of Guild Lions - who were downed 7-1 by Deakin – while Newport held fourth with its 11-6 result over Mounties.
Alfredton and Saints fought out a real arm wrestle in B GRADE, with the visitors holding a narrow lead before being headed mid-game and scrambling a couple in the top of the last and playing some solid defence to force an 8-8 draw.
In B RESERVE, Saints came from the clouds with seven in the last to post a 12-6 win over Colac, enabling the haloes to sneak into second after Deakin forced a 9-9 draw with Guild, while undefeated Corio continued on its tigerish way by blanking Bellarine 10-0.
Guild embarked on a scoring spree in C GRADE, plating ten in the first and again in the second to set up a 26-4 result over Bellarine, while Saints Black strengthened its hold on third with a comprehensive 15-2 win against Newport, which retains fourth – some distance astry of ladder-leading Mounties, which blasted six in the first and ten in the last to crush Saints Red 21-3.
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