Blues gain a break: leaders do it in style

Kingsley Collins

23 June 2018

Contained early by the home club, Newport skipped away mid-game and posted a comfortable win over Colac Braves in A Grade Round Ten, which saw Bellarine – at home – overpower Mounties YC, who could muster just a solitary hit against a stingy Bears pitching staff.

 

Matching the Rams and Bears at the top of the table, Guild blitzed Saints with a late flurry, enabling Deakin to strengthen its hold on fourth with a clear cut win over Lara that owed plenty to a five-run outburst in the top of the third.

 

While the league leaders have paced each other over recent times, competition moves through a fascinating phase in the next four weeks, after which we may have a clearer idea of post-season prospects.    

A GRADE

NEWPORT 12 defeated COLAC 2

Spinning a solid start for the Braves, Stephen Mai knocked in his side’s first run – in the bottom of the first – although he was let down by some errant defence that enabled Newport to gain a break that was built upon in the fourth, when reliever Josh Hay was taken for a four spot as the visitors stretched the lead to six.

 

While Michael Reid applied the clamps through the middle innings, Colac struggled for offensive production against Newport righties Jason Lester (five innings) and Jayde Thorne (three), who combined to scatter five hits.

 

Late walks created scoring opportunities for the Rams, who put the contest beyond doubt with three in the top of the last to secure a clear-cut victory – albeit one that was far more keenly contested than their clash earlier this season and indicative of real improvement by the Braves at this level.

 

Lester carded the win for Newport, which had grand contributors in Troy Malthouse (two hits and three RBIs), Reece Longstaff (two and two), Justin Charles (one and two), Mason Wray (two and one) and Heath Black (two and one) – while Brendan Delorenzo hit safely twice for Colac.

 

Newport will be at home to Saints next Saturday and Colac will go into its away game against Lara with justifiable confidence of notching a second A Grade win.

 

NEWPORT  0 3 1 4 0 1 0 3    (12)  1 error

COLAC        1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0   (2)   4 errors

Hits.

Newport:   R.Longstaff 2, T.Malthouse 2, M.Wray 2, H.Black 2, A.Green, J.Charles

Colac:   B.Delorenzo 2, J.Hay, S.Mai, M.Cirrillo

RBIs.

Newport:   T.Malthouse 3, R.Longstaff 2, J.Charles 2, Z.Seipolt, H.Black, J.Walshe, M.Wray

Colac:   S.Mai

Pitching.

Newport:   J.Lester 5 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 3 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER

J.Thorne 3 inn, 0 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

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BELLARINE 12 defeated MOUNTIES 1

Doubles by Brock Wells and Lewis Weldon combined with a defensive error to glean three in the bottom of the first for the Bears, although Mounties hit back with one of their own on aggressive baserunning by Scott Jones in the top of the second.

 

That, though, was all she wrote for the visitors, who landed another five runners on base for the game – all on walks – but were unable to mount an offensive challenge while the Bears piled on three in the third (two unearned) and a game-breaking five in the fourth (three of those unearned) before the Mounts called upon Leigh Ashmore to halt the carnage.

 

In another terrific game for his club, starter Brock Wells tossed three innings of quality work for the Bears while smacking three hits (including two doubles), while fellow youngster Lachlan Hockey chimed in with two hits and two RBIs to complement the offensive contributions of Weldon (double and two RBIs) and Lachlan Stott (walk, single and two ribbies).

 

Despite loading the bases through walks, Cameron Brown negotiated a scoreless fourth innings in the set-up role for Bellarine before Simon Murry closed out the game with typical aplomb.

 

Bellarine will be away to Deakin next Saturday in what could be a vital game for the Blues, while Mounties will play host to Guild, which is in ominous form chasing yet another A Grade title.

 

MOUNTIES   0 1 0 0 0 0   (1)   4 errors

BELLARINE   3 0 3 5 1 x    (12)  2 errors

Hits.

Mounties:   S.Jones

Bellarine:   B.Wells 3, L.Hockey 2, L.Weldon, S.Murry, L.Stott

RBIs.

Mounties:   nil

Bellarine:   L.Weldon 2, L.Hockey 2, L.Stott 2, S.Murry, M.Sage, C.Hockey

Pitching.

Mounties:   G.Smith 3 inn, 5 H, 3 Ks, 7 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER

L.Ashmore 2 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

GUILD 8 defeated SAINTS 0

Needing a win to stay in touch with the leading group, Saints called upon class act Josh Lee – who breezed through a scoreless first before conceding a run in the second and two more in the third for a lead that proved a serious challenge with Brad Egan mowing them down on the hill for Guild.

 

With both sides playing tight defence, the Lions tacked on another in the fourth – via a Jarrod Durston RBI-single – and effectively placed the game beyond reach in the top of the last, when Lee lost the radar and Guild cashed in with a four-spot to make it super tough for the home club in fading light.

 

Carding another win of very many for his club, Egan gifted slam the gate formalities to teenager Jarryd Wood, who complemented an innings as closer with three hits and an RBI, to be among Guild’s best in offence along with Tyler Luther-Wilson (two hits and an RBI), Jarrod Durston (one and two) and Chris Durston (one and two).

 

Stranding five runners on base, Saints could have conceivably have done better of their limited opportunities, although they were outplayed – on the day – by a club that appears to building inexorably towards another post-season.

 

Fifth-placed Saints have slipped further behind Deakin and will be away to Newport on Saturday, while Guild will trek up the highway to confront Mounties at Prince of Wales Reserve.

 

GUILD      0 1 2 1 0 4    (8)  0 errors

SAINTS   0 0 0 0 0 0  (0)  2 errors
Hits.

Guild:   Jarryd Wood 3, T.Luther-Wilson 2, R.Stewart, J.Durston, T.Snarey, C.Durston, J.Lekkas

Saints:   L.Sherwell, S.Fox, G.Polley, C.Hughes, T.Elliott, M.Ernstzen

RBIs.

Guild:   J.Durston 2, C.Durston 2, Jarryd Wood, T.Snarey, James Wood, T.Luther-Wilson

Saints:   nil

Pitching.

Guild:   B.Egan 5 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER

Jarryd Wood 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

Saints:   J.Lee 5 inn, 7 H, 5 Ks, 4 BB, 3 HPB, 8 ER

C.Hughes 2 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER

DEAKIN 7 defeated LARA 3

Deakin has strengthened its hold on fourth placing – ahead of Saints – although it remains three wins adrift of the Rams, Lions and Bears and will be hard-pushed to nail a double chance in the event that it qualifies for the post-season.

 

Heading to the hill for his club, Andrew Brady spun a couple of innings of scoreless work for the Blues, who exploded with a five-spot in the top of the third before workhorse Chris Webb was handed the pill to do what he does best.

 

While starter Chris Lewis again did the job for the Wildcats – this time over 7.1 innings of work for just that one blowout innings – the Wildcats were unable to make offensive inroads until the Deakin defence faltered late in the contest to conceded three unearned runs and offer some respectability to the Lara scoreline.

 

Amassing thirteen hits to five, the Blues enjoyed offensive production from the likes of Cam Lyons (three hits), Andy Medew (two hits and two RBIs), Webb (two and two), Pat Moulton (two and one) and Mark Rigby (two hits) – while Steve Baumann and Clinton Lewis managed two knocks apiece for a subdued Lara Wildcats.

 

At home to Colac next Saturday, Lara will be taking nothing for granted against an improving Braves tribe, while Deakin will be in for a challenge when it plays host to Bellarine.

 

DEAKIN   0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 1    (7)  5 errors

LARA        0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2   (3)  1 error

Hits.

Deakin:   C.Lyons 3, M.Rigby 2, A.Medew 2, P.Moulton 2, C.Webb 2, M.Belfrage, A.Ham

Lara:   S.Baumann 2, Clinton Lewis 2, C.Forbes

RBIs.

Deakin:   A.Medew 2, C.Webb 2, P.Moulton, A.Ham

Lara:   C.Forbes

Pitching.

Deakin:   A.Brady 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER

C.Webb 7 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER

Lara:   Chris Lewis 7.1 inn, 10 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 1 HPB, 5 ER

D.Anson 1.2 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER

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