Bears blank Saints: Newport belts Lara
28 April 2018
Heavy scoring was the order of the day in A Grade on another picture-perfect Saturday across the league, with Guild and Newport posting massive wins to remain undefeated.
Sparked by long balls to Cameron Brown Brown and Wayne Visser, Bellarine rebounded from a loss to Guild with a ten-zip result over Saints - while Deakin did likewise against Mounties to keep the Ballarat club winless after five.
An extraordinary day of offensive belligerence produced a total of 53 runs in four A Grade games, with only one run scored against – a reflection of the dominance exercised by some of the best pitchers going around in this league.
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GUILD 16 defeated COLAC 0
Although the Braves were coming off a confidence-boosting win over Mounties, they were no match for the reigning premiers, who took full toll of a surfeit of walks – thirteen in all – and some costly defensive errors to register another massive win.
While Colac has historically been an aggressive hitting side it had no answer to the Guild pitching combination of former Colac ace Brad Egan, youngster Angus McNee and Jarrod Durston, who combined for a rare no-hitter in a mis-match that saw the Braves land just five runners on base overall.
Using Alex Lewis and Josh Hay on the hill, Colac restricted the damage to two in the first before the Lions put up big numbers in the second and third – thanks largely to a spate of unearned runs and the offensive conversion of another former Brave in Troy Snarey (three hits and three RBIs), Tony Kilfoyle (three and one), Ryan Stewart (one and three), James Renouf (one and two) and Lee Harty (two ribbies).
Highballing atop the A Grade table – with a miserly five runs against over five games – Guild will face a tougher test away to Newport next Saturday in what should be a ripper game, while Colac is at home to another serious title contender in Bellarine.
GUILD 2 4 6 0 0 4 (16) 0 errors
COLAC 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 5 errors
Guild: T.Kilfoyle 3, T.Snarey 3, J.Durston, R.Stewart, J.Renouf
Guild: T.Snarey 3, R.Stewart 3, L.Harty 2, J.Renouf 2, J.Wood, T.Luther-Wilson, T.Kilfoyle
Guild: B.Egan 3 inn, 0H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
A.McNee 2 inn, 0 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
J.Durston 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Colac: A.Lewis 2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 5 BB, 1 HPB, 4 ER
J.Hay 4 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 8 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
DEAKIN 10 defeated MOUNTIES 0
Perhaps fancying their chances of a first win against a moderately-performed opponent thus far in 2018, Mounties were strangled for offensive production in this game – managing just four hits and landing six scattered runners on base for the seven-innings contest.
An ugly bottom of the first gleaned five runs for the Blues, who were contained for a couple by Mounties reliever Gavin Smith before again breaking out in the fourth – with a five spot – against an opponent that was well held by Pat Moulton and Chris Webb, who both displayed excellent control after Deakin Manager Andrew Brady had spun a scoreless first.
Webb (two hits and two RBIs), Sam Fraser (two and two) and Glenn Morris (one and two) were best of the Deakin offence, while George Davidson collected two knocks for Mounties, who played errorless defence without being able to apply any scoring pressure.
Sitting mid-table after five games, Deakin will be away to Saints next Saturday, while Mounties will be at home to Lara – whose form is only marginally better thus far.
MOUNTIES 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 0 errors
DEAKIN 5 0 1 4 0 0 x (10) 1 error
Mounties: G.Davidson 2, M.Jones, L.Ashmore
Deakin: C.Webb 2, S.Fraser 2, P.Moulton, A.Ham, M.Belfrage, G.Morris, K.Greenhalgh
Deakin: C.Webb 2, G.Morris 2, S.Fraser 2, P.Moulton, H.Narasaki
Mounties: G.Davidson 0.2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
G.Smith 3.1 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
M.Jones 2 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Deakin: A.Brady 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB
P.Moulton 3 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
C.Webb 3 inn, 3 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
BELLARINE 10 defeated SAINTS 0
Coming off a tough loss against Guild, the Bears responded in the best possible manner with what was in the end a decisive win over East Belmont, which could muster just five hits off Bellarine starter Lachlan Hockey – who earned the win before Brock Wells mopped up with the final out.
Three hits in the first presented the only real scoring opportunity for Saints, while the home club plated two in the second and another in the third for handy break that was extended by a solo Wayne Visser bomb in the fifth off Jordan Isbister – who had been otherwise effective in relief before handing the pill to Josh Lee.
With the game still up for grabs even then, two walks and a muffed flyball gleaned three more for the Bears – two of those unearned – before Manager Cameron Brown iced the contest by leaving the yard with a three-run blast in the bottom of seven.
Although starter Emerson Rickard and Isbister were both solid on the hill for Saints, their side could not match the offence delivered by Brown (three hits, including the three-run homer), Lachlan Stott (two hits and two RBIs), Visser (two and one) and Wells (two hits).
Clear in third, Bellarine will make the trek to Colac next Saturday, while Saints will play host to Deakin in what shapes as a tight contest.
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors
BELLARINE 0 2 1 0 1 3 3 (10) 1 error
Saints: L.Sherwell, G.Carter, S.Talbot, G.Polley, J.Isbister
Bellarine: C.Brown 3 (inc home run), B.Wells 2, W.Visser 2 (inc home run), L.Stott 2, P.Brackley
Bellarine: C.Brown 3, L.Stott 2, W.Visser, Lachlan Hockey, J.Auld
Saints: E.Rickard 3 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
J.Isbister 2 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
J.Lee 1.1 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 4 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
NEWPORT 17 defeated LARA 1
Newport continued to build its A Grade season with a blistering win over Lara, which created scoring opportunities but struggled for conversion and faltered often in defence against a relentless Rams outfit that boasts a fine balance of emerging and experienced personnel.
Plating two in the first and coasting away through the third and fourth frames, the Rams made it tough for lion-hearted Wildcats starter Chris Lewis before Jarrod Fraim was called to the hill to face a late onslaught as the home side utilised thirteen of its players - in genuine squad engagement - and blasted a seven-spot in the sixth.
Although Steve Baumann (three hits) and Ross Wilson (two) were standouts with the bat for Lara, evergreen David Asp (four scoreless innings), Aaron Green and closer Jayde Thorne combined to effect on the hill for the Rams – who would be delighted with the offensive contributions of Reece Longstaff (three hits and two RBIs), Keenan Spence (two and three), Green (three and one), Lachlan Condie (two and three), Troy Malthouse (two and one), Dean Marnell (two and one) and Zac Seipolt (two hits).
It was a comprehensive, errorless all-round performance by the Rams, who will be at home to reigning premier Guild next Saturday in what should be a ripping game between two unbeaten teams, while the Wildcats will lick their wounds and prepare for an away clash with Mounties.
LARA 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 (1) 7 errors
NEWPORT 2 0 3 4 1 7 x (17) 0 errors
Lara: S.Baumann 3, R.Wilson 2, J.Berman, B.Hammer, J.Fraim, Clinton Lewis
Newport: R.Longstaff 3, A.Green 3, T.Malthouse 2, K.Spence 2, Z.Seipolt 2, L.Condie 2, D.Marnell 2, J.Charles
Newport: K.Spence 3, L.Condie 3, R.Longstaff 2, A.Green, J.Thorne, J.Charles, T.Malthouse, M.Clement, D.Marnell
Lara: Chris Lewis 4 inn, 11 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 9 ER
J.Fraim 2 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 8 ER
Newport: D.Asp 4 inn, 4 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
A.Green 2 inn, 4 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
J.Thorne 1 inn, 1 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
IN OTHER GRADES.....
Although Bellarine, Guild Cubs and Newport are unbeaten, the A RESERVE competition is already looking wide open, with seven of eight clubs having posted a win. Of those, the Bears have been especially impressive in pitching and defence, with the youthful Cubs seizing upon their opportunity at this level. Alfredton heads the B GRADE table after a second big win – this time over Lara – along with Sunshine, which has done it somewhat harder in its two games. Bacchus March hit back after a deflating loss last week, while Lara and Deakin will face off next week, both in search of a first win.
B RESERVE and C GRADE will complete their Round Three on Sunday.