Under 12 State Winter Championship 2019
Tight contests the order of Day Two
After a draw and a loss on Day One of the Under 12 Winter Championship, Geelong continued its involvement in exciting contests on the Sunday, with the side qualifying for third and fourth playoff against Ringwood, which prevailed by a run in an entertaining game.
Geelong’s first-up game on Sunday was a seesawing affair in which both sides scored in every innings before Sunraysia emerged a 10-9 winner. The clash with Dandenong was equally close-fought, with Dandy holding a two-run lead into the bottom of the last – when the Geelong offence came alive with a three-run outburst that delivered a 7-6 result.
Only four hits were recorded between the two teams in the earlier game – with Charlie Bell, Xavier Galang and Luke Morrow the standouts – while Geelong amassed nine hits to four in the win over Dandenong as Pat Johnson (two hits and three RBIs), Jake Chapman (three hits) and Charlie Bell (two hits) showed the way for their side.
Conceding first in the first of the playoff game, Geelong hit back to take a lead over Ringwood – with Jack Northfield, Jake Chapman, Jordan Ellis and Reid Sexton playing leading roles – as this contest developed into a tight affair in which the lead changed a number of times.
Holding a three-run break into the bottom of the fourth, Geelong was not quite able to hold off a determined Ringwood team that plated four and edged to a 14-13 win to cap a weekend of enthralling under-aged baseball.
Geelong Baseball Association Board congratulates all players in the Under 12 GBA side on representing the league in such a spirited and enthusiastic manner, while broadening their baseball experience and improving upon their skills. We extend our sincere thanks to coaching and administrative staff of all our league squads for making the commitment to help represent the GBA in the best possible light at these important winter baseball events. Well done, all!
DAY TWO RESULTS:
CITY WEST 8 defeated DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 5
LATROBE VALLEY 7 defeated BENDIGO 5
DIAMOND VALLEY RED 11 defeated RINGWOOD 6
GEELONG 9 lost to SUNRAYSIA 10
GEELONG 7 defeated DANDENONG 6
RINGWOOD 7 defeated SUNRAYSIA 3
DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 10 defeated BENDIGO 5
CITY WEST 10 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 1
DANDENONG 0 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY RED 3
GEELONG 13 lost to RINGWOOD 14
BENDIGO 6 lost to CITY WEST 12
DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 11 lost to LATROBE VALLEY 15
Late rally not enough against DV Red
Coming off a stirring draw with Ringwood at the Under 12 Winter Championship, Geelong was placed in catch-up mode after conceding an early lead and mounting a late comeback that proved not enough against a big-hitting Diamond Valley Red – which emerged a 16-6 winner.
GAME TWO: DIAMOND VALLEY RED 16 defeated GEELONG 6
The Valley started brightly, plating five in the first to jump a Geelong outfit that replied with a run in the second but was rocked with another five-spot in the third as the big bats of the Melbourne side again came alive.
After being held scoreless in the fourth, Diamond Valley broke out again in the fifth – with another six – although the GBA side bravely stuck to its guns in plating five in the bottom of the last.
Trying three pitchers in being out-hit eleven to six, Geelong had solid contributions throughout the order, with standouts in Jordan Ellis (two hits and two RBIs), Tylah Laurie and Xavier Galang.
The tournament will continue on Sunday.
Big inning helps GBA force a first-up draw.
Geelong is off to a solid start at the Under 12 Winter Championship, recovering from a deficit to gain a break on Ringwood, which engineered its own comeback in a thrilling 13-13 draw at Werribee Baseball Club this morning.
GAME ONE: GEELONG 13 drew with RINGWOOD 13
After a scoreless first innings, Geelong – showing good pitch selection – plated a run in the second, though Ringwood hit back hard with a five spot as the GBA defence was placed under great pressure.
Not about to be daunted, GBA came out firing in the third, blasting eight - including a grand slam - before an entertaining contest took a further twist when Ringwood scored another five for a one-run lead that rapidly dissolved as the Geelong offence belted four in the top of four and held on for a split result after a late reply.
Although both sides made some defensive errors, this was an entertaining and hard-fought contest in which Geelong produced standout offence through the likes of Jordan Ellis (two hits and four RBIs), Luke Morrow (two RBIs), Jake Chapman (two RBIs) and Tylah Laurie (two hits).
DAY ONE RESULTS:
DANDENONG 11 defeated RINGWOOD 3
DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 5 lost to CITY WEST 15
SUNRAYSIA 4 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY RED 20
LATROBE VALLEY 11 defeated BENDIGO 6
DIAMOND VALLEY RED 8 defeated DANDENONG 7
BENDIGO 6 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 15
RINGWOOD 13 drew with GEELONG 13
CITY WEST 11 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 10
GEELONG 6 lost to DIAMOND VALLEY RED 16
BENDIGO 5 lost to CITY WEST 15
DANDENONG 8 defeated SUNRAYSIA 5
DIAMOND VALLEY BLACK 16 defeated LATROBE VALLEY 15
The 2019 Under 12 State Winter Championship will be held at Werribee (MWBL) over 27 and 28 July.
Geelong Baseball Association Board and Junior Committee are pleased to announce the squad (see below) that will contest the Under 12 Baseball Victoria Winter Championship. Well done on selection, and our very best wishes for the tournament!
GBA UNDER 12 SQUAD
Joel RICKETTS (Head Coach)
Brenton LAURIE (Assistant Coach)
Greg ANDERSON (Assistant Coach)
Richard MORROW (Executive Officer)
Leanne GIBBONS (Scorer)