Senior State Winter Championship 2019
Ringwood breezes to championship win
10 June 2019
Undefeated in six games – and along the way amassing a remarkable total of ninety runs – Ringwood District dominated the Senior Winter Championship that concluded at Geelong Baseball Centre this afternoon.
Fielding a star-studded lineup that comfortably went back-to-back for the Division One title, Ringwood dispensed 13-5 with Diamond Valley in the final, despite a spirited and gutsy display by the Valley team – which returned to the tournament after an absence of several years.
Despite beating Diamond Valley first-up on Saturday, Geelong faltered on Day Two before producing its very best for a second win on the Monday morning - over Latrobe Valley - while Dandenong pleased its supporters with a runaway result over Sunraysia in the Pool B final.
Plating a run in the first of the Division One final, Diamond Valley was rocked by a seven-run Ringwood response that was always going to make it tough in a contest that saw both sides making early defensive errors and pitching changes.
Sharing mound duties for Ringwood, Kelli Zablan and Mitch Kennedy were accorded the luxury of a substantial lead – although Diamond Valley hit back with runs in the third and fourth – while starter Mitch Heyward and classy utility Scott Moore found it tough going as Ringwood continued to build on its tally through each innings.
Posting a dozen hits to seven, Ringwood was wonderfully served in offence by Kennedy (four RBIs), Darryl George (three) and Leigh Bertrand (two), while Slade Squire and Sam Kennelly showed the way for Diamond Valley.
Among other highlights in the final day of competition, Latrobe Valley left its best until last by scoring at will and desperately hanging on 16-13 against North East for its only win of the tournament, while Dandenong and Sunraysia played out a tense, see-sawing final for the Division Two title in an arm wrestle that saw Dandenong come alive with a late surge that delivered a 12-5 result not truly indicative of the contest.
Congratulations to the winners! Well done to players from all winter associations in ensuring that this wonderfully historic tournament remains a highlight of Victorian baseball competition.
GEELONG 25 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 0
Revelling in morning conditions far more characteristic of winter baseball than the stunning weather of the first two days, the Geelong offence exploded with four in the bottom of the first – although that was simply a taste of things to come, as the host association gorged on the Valley pitching for a fourteen-run second and a five-run third to set up a mercy-rule call.
Tossing the complete five-innings game, Mitch Collins scattered five hits for the GBA – which played impeccable defence - while Latrobe Valley tried three on the hill in its valiant efforts to stifle a rampant Geelong offence that converted opportunities at will and took full toll of a couple of key slip-ups in the field.
Of contributions throughout the Geelong order, Brock Wells (three hits and five RBIs), Lachlan Stott (three and five), Hayden Peoples (three and five) and Tyler Luther-Wilson (three hits) played starring roles in a mismatch that demonstrated the serious capabilities of a younger brigade of players who will have derived plenty from the tournament experience.
LATROBE 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors
GEELONG 4 14 5 2 x (25) 0 errors
ALL DAY THREE RESULTS:
NORTH EAST 4 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY
CITY 4 lost to SUNRAYSIA 5
LATROBE VALLEY 0 lost to GEELONG 25
RINGWOOD 14 defeated DANDENONG 2
RINGWOOD 13 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY 5
GEELONG 0 defeated by CITY 3
LATROBE VALLEY 16 defeated NORTH EAST 13
DANDENONG 12 defeated SUNRAYSIA 5
Disappointing second day for host association
9 June 2019
Despite showing promising signs early in its first-up match against Ringwood, Geelong Baseball Association fell away in the later stages of that game to incur a 15-3 loss to the undefeated Division One titleholder – which belted eight in the last – before an equally inconsistent effort against North East, who stormed away for a 10-2 result in the afternoon contest.
With massive wins in each of its four games, Ringwood is long odds-on to snare its second Division One title on the trot, although Dandenong has forged its way into contention and Sunraysia has thus far enjoyed a solid tournament, along with Diamond Valley.
RINGWOOD 15 defeated GEELONG 3
With Emerson Rickard doing a serviceable job as starting pitcher, Geelong held Ringwood to a two-run second inning before its opponent posted a four-run fourth – including a two-run double off the bat of Jordan Young.
Facing a six-run deficit and with Ringwood’s Jeremy Young in control through three, the home town bats came alive in the bottom of the frame, when Kobe Greenhalgh and Pat Brackley hit safely, Keenan Spence drew a walk to load the bases with none out, Tyler Luther-Wilson picked a run-scoring pass that was followed by a balk and a wild pitch for a three-run response.
Although back-to-back doubles by Ryan Dale and Jordan Ley stretched the Ringwood lead in the sixth, Geelong remained well in the hunt until the top of the last, when the eastern suburbs powerhouse squad exploded for an eight-run outburst that put the contest well out of reach.
While Rickard’s five-innings stint kept his side in with a chance, GBA could muster just two hits to Ringwood’s seventeen – with Dale (three) and Alex Hondromatidis (three) posting timely multiple knocks along with Jordan Young, Jordan Ley, Oliver McMahon and Kelli Zablan (three ribbies).
RINGWOOD 0 2 0 4 1 0 8 (15) 0 errors
GEELONG 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 (3) 2 errors
NORTH-EAST 10 defeated GEELONG 2
Drawn to play North-East in the afternoon crossover game between groups, the Geelong squad rode a solid start by Hayden Peoples to hold a one-run lead into the seventh, when their opponent dispensed quickly with short relief Matt Sage before launching a brutal assault on Brock Wells and Dan Anson that gleaned a game-breaking eight runs to secure a stunning victory.
Out-hit six to seventeen, Geelong struggled in coming to terms with Tetsuya Kamiyama – who tossed the complete game for North-East.
Troy Snarey (two hits and an RBI), Wells, Luther-Wilson, Brackley and Anson provided the extent of the GBA offence, while North East had standouts in Aaron Parker (four hits and three RBIs), Mark Taylor (three and one) and Kamiyama (two and two).
Now with one win from its four games, Geelong will meet winless Latrobe Valley on Monday morning (9.00 AM start) in a round that will determine opponents for final placing games starting at 12.00. Although well out of contention for the Division One title, the youthful Geelong squad will be looking to complete the tournament on a winning note.
NORTH EAST 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 (10) 2 errors
GEELONG 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 (2) 2 errors
ALL DAY TWO RESULTS
RINGWOOD 15 defeated GEELONG 6
DANDENONG 12 defeated NORTH EAST 6
SUNRAYSIA 8 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 2
DIAMOND VALLEY 2 defeated CITY 1
DANDENONG 11 defeated CITY 1
DIAMOND VALLEY 8 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 3
RINGWOOD 18 defeated SUNRAYSIA 1
NORTH EAST 10 defeated GEELONG 2
Mixed fortunes for GBA on Opening Day
8 June 2019
Blessed with perfect weather conditions for Day One, the 2019 Senior Winter Championship produced its share of free scoring, some quality pitching and stunning defence as eight teams from across Victoria came together for another celebration of high-level winter baseball.
While reigning champion Ringwood looked the goods with two thumping wins – 15-0 over City and 15-1 over Diamond Valley – Geelong edged out Diamond Valley 2-1 in its opening stoush before copping a 6-1 beating from City on the rebound.
Making the trek south with serious intentions at this tournament – as always - Sunraysia hung on 6-5 against Dandenong in the morning game before carding a more comfortable 11-2 result over North East, which had earlier downed Latrobe Valley 11-5.
It turned out little better for the Valley later in the day, when a narrow lead was turned around rather quickly as the Dandenong bats came alive for a 16-5 romp.
Senior Championship action will continue at Geelong Baseball on Sunday, with games scheduled to start at 11.00 AM.
Scroll down for a selection of images from the tournament. Unless otherwise indicated, images have been supplied by Geelong Baseball Association and may be used freely by clubs and associations for any legitimate purpose in the promotion of baseball.
GEELONG 2 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY 1
With starters Simon Fitzmaurice (DV) and Lachlan Hockey (GBA) appearing in command, this game remained scoreless into the fourth, when the home association plated a couple for a narrow break that was shaved when the Valley scored in the bottom of five.
That was pretty much all she wrote, though – in a pitcher dominated affair – despite a booming Lewis Weldon round-tripper for three more in the top of the eighth that were negated as the contest was called because of time, with scores reverting back.
Closing pitcher Pat Brackley (three hits) was terrific with the bat for Geelong, along with Matt Sage (three hits and an RBI), Weldon (two hits – including the belated bomb – for three ribbies), while Sam Kennelly and Alister Lovelock (both with two knocks) were among few with the Valley team to collar winning pitcher Hockey – who whiffed four and conceded just three hits over five quality frames.
Sidenote: Sam Kennelly, a member of the wonderful Western Australia superstar baseball family, was winner of the Baseball Victoria Home Run Derby held after completion of the Saturday games (see image of the contenders, below, supplied by Philip Sage).
GEELONG 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 (2) 0 errors
DIAMOND VALLEY 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 x (1) 2 errors
CITY 6 defeated GEELONG 1
Always a tough opponent at this tournament, City shook off its forgettable morning game and surged to a three-zip break after two as Geelong starter Cody Anderson sought to assert his authority.
A fourth run – in the top of the fourth – drew a response, as Tyler Luther-Wilson drove in a run for the locals, who could muster very little more in the way of offensive production as Dennis Neal (5.2 innings, six strikeouts and two hits) spun a pearler for the metro boys, who had eight players contributing to the hit parade – with the more prominent being Aaron Green and Billy Parsons with a pair of knocks apiece.
Already taking the Geelong club baseball scene by storm, Anderson was serviceable over four (six hits and four strike outs for three earned runs), although a total of two hits (Luther-Wilson and Matt Sage) was never going to prove adequate for the GBA.
CITY 2 1 0 1 1 1 (6) 2 errors
GBA 0 0 0 1 0 0 (1) 2 errors
ALL DAY ONE SCORES.
CITY 0 lost to RINGWOOD 15
LATROBE VALLEY 5 lost to NORTHEAST 11
DIAMOND VALLEY 1 lost to GEELONG 2
SUNRAYSIA 6 defeated DANDENONG 5
GEELONG 1 lost to CITY 6
DANDENONG 16 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 5
RINGWOOD 15 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY 1
NORTHEAST 2 lost to SUNRAYSIA 11
SERIES PREVIEW (Geelong Baseball Association)
Aside from our GBA-generated images (see gallery below), professional photographer Philip Sage - a regular contributor to our club coverage - has kindly provided us with THIS LINK to a selection of shots he took during Day One of the Senior Championship. Thank you, Philip!
This image: Philip Sage