Braves on warpath: Rams fleece Deakin
21 April 2018
After a slow start to its season, the Colac offence came alive to spearhead a hard-fought A Grade win over Mounties – who are still to break the ice – while Newport overpowered Deakin to remain unbeaten after four games.
Guild shares top billing with the Rams after dealing a first loss to Bellarine - whose bats were well contained by the reigning premier - while Saints posted their second win in a high-scoring affair over Lara.
SAINTS 11 defeated LARA 9
Getting a jump with four in the first – on a combination of four hits, a HPB, an error and a fielder’s choice – the Wildcats were brought back to earth rather quickly when Saints starter Emerson Rickard went deep over leftfield with a three-run, two-out shot in the second.
After both clubs plated a run in the third, Saints launched a full-on assault against Chris Lewis in the bottom of four, converting a pair of HPBs and six hits into a seven spot that made it super-tough for the Wildcats – who bunched the hits for four in the top of six but were unable to bridge the margin in an entertaining contest before Sean Talbot closed out the game for the haloes.
Again using a full complement of players, Saints had nine contributors in offence – with the more prominent being Rickard (home run for three RBIs), Dylan Teixeira (two hits and two RBIs) and Steven Fox (one and two), while the Wildcats had standouts in Stuart Forbes (three hits), Ben Hammer (two and two), Jarrod Fraim (two and two), Ross Wilson (two and one) and Clinton Lewis.
Now holding fourth, Saints will be away to Bellarine next Saturday, while the Wildcats face undefeated glamour side Newport – which is bound to be a tough opponent at the Ramdome.
LARA 4 0 1 0 0 4 0 (9) 0 errors
SAINTS 0 3 1 7 0 0 x (11) 3 errors
Lara: S.Forbes 3, R.Wilson 2, B.Hammer 2, J.Fraim 2, D.Anson, L.Arandt, S.Baumann, J.Baumann
Saints: D.Teixeira 2, L.Sherwell, S.Fox, G.Carter, S.Talbot, C.Thompson, D.Kirchner, E.Rickard (home run), G.Polley
Lara: B.Hammer 2, J.Fraim 2, Clinton Lewis 2, L.Arandt, R.Wilson
Saints: E.Rickard 3, S.Fox 2, D.Teixeira 2, C.Thompson, G.Polley, L.Sherwell, D.Kirchner
Lara: Chris Lewis 3 inn, 8 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 10 ER
D.Anson 3 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Saints: E.Rickard 5 inn, 8 H, 5 Ks, 0 BB, 2 HPB, 2 ER
J.Isbister 1 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
S.Talbot 1 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
GUILD 7 defeated BELLARINE 1
Another vintage outing by the wonderfully performed Brad Egan was the catalyst for a clear-cut win over the Bears, who must be wondering what they need to do to tame their nemesis of the past few seasons.
Scattering three hits and whiffing ten over seven innings of work, Egan conceded a run in the top of the eighth – a belated solo home run by Lewis Weldon – while his side gained a decisive early break and played solid defence before Jarryd Wood closed out the game.
In rare hitting form for Guild of late, Jarrod Durston included a booming home run in his three hits (for three RBIs), while Ryan Stewart (two hits and an RBI), Troy Snarey (one and two) and Chris Durston (two hits) maintained the offensive pressure on Bellarine starter David Morrissey and reliever Simon Murry – who made a welcome return for his club.
Undefeated after four, Guild will make the trek to Colac next Saturday, while Bellarine – now sitting third – will be at home to Saints, who are coming off a strong win over Lara.
BELLARINE 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 (1) 1 error
GUILD 1 0 2 2 0 2 0 x (7) 1 error
Bellarine: B.Wells, L.Weldon (home run), S.Murry
Guild: J.Durston 3 (inc home run), R.Stewart 2, C.Durston 2, T.Snarey, T.Luther-Wilson, T.Kilfoyle
Guild: J.Durston 3, T.Snarey 2, R.Stewart, T.Kilfoyle
Bellarine: D.Morrissey 4 inn, 6 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
S.Murry 3 inn, 4 H, 0 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 2 ER
Guild: B.Egan 7 inn, 3 H, 10 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Jarryd Wood 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER
COLAC 9 defeated MOUNTIES 6
Held to just a solitary run in three games this season, Colac was sparked by the timely early hitting of Josh Hay and Alex Lewis to blast three in the first and again in the second before the home club barely had time to settle.
With Lewis holding the Mounties to solitary runs in the first and third, the Braves stretched the lead to six before their opponent rallied with a three-spot in the bottom of four to draw Michael Reid into the fray to quell the challenge, while Mounties reliever Gavin Smith kept his side in the contest with four innings of solid work.
Marginally the more productive side in offence, Colac had grand contributors in Steven Lambert (three hits), Hay (two hits and two RBIs), Lewis (two and two) and Gordon Lane (two and one), while Manager Matt Jones (three hits and an RBI) led the way for Mounties, along with George Davidson (two and two) and Scott Jones (two hits) in a contest that featured a string of extra base hits.
Buoyed by their success – and heartened by the generous local response to a serious setback for their club during the week – Colac will be at home to league-leading Guild next Saturday, while Mounties will regroup for an eminently winnable away game against Deakin.
COLAC 3 3 1 1 0 1 (9) 1 error
MOUNTIES 1 0 1 3 0 1 (6) 1 error
Colac: S.Lambert 3, J.Hay 2, A.Lewis 2, G.Lane 2, B.Delorenzo, M.Reid, N.Bannon, T.Dickson
Mounties: M.Jones 3, S.Jones 2, G.Davidson 2, M.Collins, G.Smith, S.Kerr, H.Pfeiffer, S.Best
Colac: J.Hay 2, A.Lewis 2, B.Delorenzo, M.Reid, N.Bannon, T.Dickson, G.Lane
Mounties: G.Davidson 2, G.Smith, S.Kerr, M.Jones, S.Best
Colac: A.Lewis 3.1 inn, 5 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 4 ER
M.Reid 2.2 inn, 7 H, 5 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
Mounties: S.Jones 2 inn, 8 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 5 ER
G.Smith 4 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 1 ER
NEWPORT 14 defeated DEAKIN 4
Getting away to a clear lead after two, Newport was challenged by the Blues before putting up a decisive five-spot in the fourth and drawing away in the sixth for a strong win that featured a contribution from all twelve players used.
Despite some clean hitting by Kobe Greenhalgh (two knocks), Andy Medew (two, with an RBI), Chris Webb and Ayden Ham (both with two hits), David Asp and Tim Reid did a solid job on the hill for Newport, which amassed fifteen hits to ten in another impressive outing that sees them sharing undefeated league leadership with Guild.
With three hits and three ribbies for the Rams, Jayde Thorne had another terrific game with the bat, along with Reece Longstaff (three and one), Keenan Spence (two and two), Aaron Green (two and one) and Justin Charles (one and two).
Newport will be at home to Lara on Saturday, while Deakin (now one and three) will play host to Mounties, who will be fired up in search of their first win.
DEAKIN 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 (4) 3 errors
NEWPORT 2 2 0 5 0 5 x (14) 1 error
Deakin: K.Greenhalgh 2, C.Webb 2, A.Medew 2, A.Ham 2, M.Rigby, M.Belfrage
Newport: R.Longstaff 3, J.Thorne 3, A.Green 2, K.Spence 2, J.Charles, T.Malthouse, D.Marnell, Z.Seipolt, L.Condie
Deakin: M.Rigby, A.Medew, M.Belfrage
Newport: J.Thorne 3, J.Charles 2, K.Spence 2, R.Longstaff, A.Green, T.Malthouse, D.Marnell, Z.Seipolt, L.Condie
Deakin: C.Webb 4 inn, 9 H, 1 K, 5 BB, 0 HPB, 8 ER
M.Rigby 2 inn, 6 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 2 HPB, 5 ER
Newport: D.Asp 5 inn, 9 H, 3 Ks, 1 BB, 0 HPB, 3 ER
T.Reid 2 inn, 1 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
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