Round Twelve 2019
20 July 2019
Facing a two-run deficit into the bottom of six, Guild produced a timely three-spot to edge out the Royals 7-6 – and in so doing deliver a win in game 250 for club stalwart Ryan Stewart – while Saints prevailed 11-7 over Deakin on a massive day at Pioneer Park and Lara forged into fourth placing by trouncing Bellarine 17-4.
What has already been a topsy-turvy A Grade season took even further twists on this windswept Saturday afternoon, with the Wildcats defying their cellar-dwelling status to feast on the Bellarine pitching and drag themselves into fourth rung on a ladder that has tightened up even further.
While Bellarine retains top billing, it leads by just half a game over Saints, with Guild consolidating in third spot, the Royals slipping to fifth and Deakin – who plenty regarded as premiership favourite a couple of months back - marginally further back in sixth.
With five games remaining before the post-season, the A Grade competition could have not have been more evenly poised as results thus far suggest that we should expect the unexpected of any given outing by six combatants still well in the hunt for premiership honours.
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GUILD 7 defeated ROYALS 6
Two hits and a tattooed batter created early opportunities for the visiting Royals, who were thwarted by a double play and placed under serious subsequent pressure as the Lions belted four in the bottom of the frame – including two-RBI hits by both Troy Snarey and Tyler Luther-Wilson.
Not to be denied, the Royals responded back with a vengeance, plating three in the second and taking a lead in the third – when somewhat errant Guild starter Duane Davenport was chased from the hill and youngster Travis Duxson was called into the fray.
Settling into his work for the visitors, Jordan Isbister and a solid Royals defence put up four successive zeroes while their own club edged further ahead with a run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice.
While Duxson and the versatile Jarrod Durston knuckled to their task on the hill, the Royals seemed on track for a crucial win – until the bottom of six, when Ben Jensz hit safely and Stuart Barnes drew his second walk to set the table for lead-off Chris Durston, who duly delivered with a two-RBI double to level the scores.
Appearing in game 250 with Guild – an outstanding achievement not far shy of the club record of 285 held by Bruce Wood – Ryan Stewart drove an error-inducing ball into rightfield to score the go-ahead before Jarrod Durston closed out a memorable win for the home club and for one of its most committed servants.
Scott Kerr (three hits and a walk for three RBIs) was outstanding for the Royals, along with Mitch Collins (two knocks), while a genuine Guild team effort was spearheaded by Ben Jensz (two hits and two RBIs), Chris Durston (one and two), Luther-Wilson (one and two), Snarey (two hits) and Jarrod Durston (two hits).
Guild will play host to a disappointing Deakin next Saturday, while the Royals will take the road trip to Bellarine – with both clubs desperate for a win in a clash of real importance.
ROYALS 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 (6) 2 errors
GUILD 4 0 0 0 0 3 x (7) 1 error
Royals: S.Kerr 3, M.Collins 2, S.Jones, J.Bannan, J.Isbister, J.Sherman
Guild: J.Durston 2, T.Snarey 2, B.Jensz 2, C.Durston, R.Stewart, T.Luther-Wilson
Royals: S.Kerr 3, L.Ashmore
Guild: C.Durston 2, T.Luther-Wilson 2, B.Jensz 2
Royals: J.Isbister 6 inn, 9 H, 4 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER
Guild: D.Davenport 3.2 inn, 8 H, 1 K, 6 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
T.Duxson 1.1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
J.Durston 2 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
SAINTS 11 defeated DEAKIN 7
A highlight of the Geelong Baseball Association calendar for several years now, the Saints “Go Pink for Cancer” Day is always a colourful and auspicious occasion that redirects our attentions to the issues and the challenges that really matter in life.
It is also a day that celebrates friendship, team sport and the positive connectivity between clubs and like-minded people, whatever the onfield result – although we suspect that Saints are feeling somewhat more buoyant about that aspect of their A Grade outing, which resulted in a strong win over Deakin, which is along with other clubs a magnificent supporter of the day.
Gaining an early break with unearned runs, Deakin was challenged in the second and third innings – when Saints surged to a break before being pegged back in the fourth of a spirited and entertaining contest in which the Blues stuck with workhorse Chris Webb while the home side called upon Cooper Rickard and Emerson Rickard in turn.
Runs in the fifth and sixth created a buffer for Saints, who would be delighted with the input of their younger players – especially Connor Hughes (three hits and four RBIs), George Polley (two hits and an RBI), Tyler Huisman (two and one) and Keenan Spence (two hits), while Zac Seipolt (one and two), Webb (two and one), Andy Medew (two hits) and Lucas Simpson (two hits) were prominent with the bat for Deakin.
A half game off top placing, Saints will play host to Lara next Saturday – in what looms as a danger game for the haloes - and Deakin will be looking to rebound when if fronts Guild at the stadium.
DEAKIN 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 (7) 2 errors
SAINTS 0 3 4 0 2 2 x (11) 4 errors
Deakin: A.Medew 2, C.Webb 2, L.Simpson 2, Z.Seipolt, M.Rigby, R.Jaramillo, A.Brady
Saints: C.Hughes 3, K.Spence 2, G.Polley 2, T.Huisman 2, T.Elliott, L.Sherwell, C.Anderson, E.Rickard
Deakin: Z.Seipolt 2, M.Rigby, K.Greenhalgh, R.Jaramillo, C.Webb
Saints: C.Hughes 4, T.Elliott 2, L.Sherwell, C.Anderson, G.Polley, T.Huisman, E.Rickard
Deakin: C.Webb 6 inn, 13 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HPB, 10 ER
Saints: C.Anderson 3 inn, 4 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Cooper Rickard 0.1 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
E.Rickard 3.2 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
LARA 17 defeated BELLARINE 4
Inconsistent earlier in the season, Lara – on its day - is an historically tough proposition at home, although few would have predicted such a comprehensive win over the visiting Bears, who have been among the A Grade contenders for the past few years and were coming off a whopping win over Deakin.
The clubs matched blows in the first – with two apiece – and the Bears edged away in the top of the third, though the lead was short-lived as the Wildcats offence exploded in the equaliser, taking Bellarine starter Matt Sage for plenty in a manic offensive outburst that even Manager and sometime reliever Lewis Weldon was unable to contain.
Another three in the fourth placed the result well beyond doubt for the Wildcats, whose astute management utilised pitching options to great effect – employing five on the hill in restricting the Bears to half a dozen hits, dominated by Wayne Visser (two), Lachlan Hockey (two) and Kris Kiefel (hit and two RBIs).
By contrast – and for the second successive week – Lara enjoyed contributions throughout the order in amassing fourteen hits built largely around the consistent Jarrod Fraim (three hits and three RBIs), class act Cameron Forbes (three and two), solid utility Dan Anson (two and one), Jared Berman (one and three), Mitch Miller (one and two) and the Arandt boys, who chimed in with two ribbies each in the lower order.
In the A Grade four for the first time in a while, Lara will be away to second-placed Saints next Saturday, while Bellarine will play host to Ballarat Royals in what should be a tight contest.
CLICK HERE FOR IMAGES from Lara on Saturday 20 July (kindly supplied by Mark Lazarus)
BELLARINE 2 0 2 0 0 0 (4) 3 errors
LARA 2 0 12 3 0 x (17) 2 errors
Bellarine: W.Visser 2, L.Hockey 2, B.Wells, K.Kiefel
Lara: J.Fraim 3, C.Forbes 3, D.Anson 2, S.Forbes, R.Wilson, J.Berman, M.Miller, T.Arandt, L.Arandt
Bellarine: K.Kiefel 2, W.Visser
Lara: J.Berman 3, J.Fraim 2, C.Forbes 2, M.Miller 2, T.Arandt 2, L.Arandt 2, S.Forbes, D.Anson, R.Wilson
Bellarine: M.Sage 2.1 inn, 6 H, 2 Ks, 7 BB, 0 HPB, 9 ER
L.Weldon 1.2 inn, 6 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
B.Wells 1 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
Lara: C.Lewis 2 inn, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 1 HPB, 2 ER
C.Forbes 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
J.Berman 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
M.Miller 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
D.Anson 1 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
While Guild and Ballarat Royals are duelling at the top of the A RESERVE table, Saints made up ground with its 7-4 result over Deakin and Bellarine returned to the winners’ circle with a 17-0 pumping of Lara Wildcats.
Colac retained top billing on the B GRADE standings – compliments of a forfeit over fifth-placed Bacchus Marsh – while Corio moved into second ahead of Sunshine with a hard-fought 10-7 result over Sunshine Eagles and the Eagles of the Alfredton variety consolidated in fourth with a powerful 18-3 result over Saints. On a day of milestones across the league, we congratulate Colac player Tim Dickson, who suited up in game number 200 for the Braves this week. Well done!
League-leading Bellarine smacked Saints Black 14-2 in B RESERVE, where the significant mover was North-West Titans (see images below), whose 13-3 result over the Royals enabled them – by a quirk of wins/games played - to edge into second ahead of Corio, which outclassed Guild 28-2, the Lions remaining seventh behind Deakin after the Blues creamed Saints Red 14-3.
Corio retained its unbeaten C GRADE record – this time with a hard-fought 8-3 win over Colac – while Royals finished with seven in the last to overpower Deakin 11-6 and Saints dealt a 15-2 loss to Bellarine Blue with a Sunday game between Bellarine Red and Lara still to be played.