Round Three 2014

ROUND THREE:   Saturday 10 May
*** Scroll down for images from a big day at Geelong Baseball Centre today   ***
GUILD 3 defeated LARA 2

At Geelong Baseball Centre, what loomed as match of the day did not disappoint, with the Lions gaining an early break and holding off a seasoned Lara outfit that applied the clamps through the middle innings and drew to within a run in the last.

Although tossing more pitches and conceding more passes than he would have liked, Cameron Forbes did another outstanding job for the Wildcats in scattering four hits over six innings of work after a shaky defensive start that allowed the Lions to plate a couple in the first.

Workmanlike as always, Brad Egan earned the win after a seven-dig outing against an opponent that out-hit his side seven to four – with Ben Hammer and Forbes posting multiples for the Wildcats.

For the Lions, Manager Jason Landthaler drove in his side’s two runs in the first, while Hammer and Ross Wilson delivered the scoring blows for the Wildcats, who appear to have lost much of their senior depth but are still in the leading group and face a pivotal home game against Ballarat next week.

LARA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1  (2)  3 errors
GUILD 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 x  (3)  3 errors
Lara: B.Hammer 2, C.Forbes 2, D.Anson, T.Arandt, J.Ricketts
Guild: T.Snarey, C.Durston, J.Durston, J.Lekkas
Lara: B.Hammer, R.Wilson
Guild: J.Landthaler 2, T.Snarey
Lara: C.Forbes 6 inn, 4 H, 6 Ks, 5 BB, 1 ER
  J.Ricketts 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 ER
Guild: B.Egan 7 inn, 6 H, 8 Ks, 3 BB, 1 ER
  A.Radevski 1 inn, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 ER
DEAKIN 2 defeated CORIO 0

Deakin posted its first success of the 2014 season with a hard-fought win over Corio, which would be buoyed by the performance of its pitchers but disappointed by the lack of offensive production.

While any win is a team effort, this was as close to a one-man show that a baseball contest can be, with superstar Kelii Zablan playing a dominant role.

Tossing the complete eight-innings game, Zablan conceded a solitary hit and one walk whilst striking out eighteen of twenty-four hitters retired. As if that was not enough, he posted two of the seven Deakin hits - along with Colin Millard.

Not conceding an earned run but paying for team defensive lapses in the second and the seventh, the Corio pitching staff of Scott Brackley, Joel Hughes and Blake Witham did a solid job for their team while issuing a few more passes than they would have liked.

CORIO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  (0)  3 errors
DEAKIN 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0  (2)  1 error
Corio: A.Flowers
Deakin: K.Zablan 2, C.Millard 2, C.Gibbons, A.Ross, R.Hickey
Corio: S.Brackley 3 inn, 2 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 0 ER
  J.Hughes 4 inn, 5 H, 2 Ks, 6 BB, 0 ER
  B.Witham 1 inn, 0 H, 1 K, 3 BB, 0 ER
Deakin: K.Zablan 8 inn, 1 H, 18 Ks, 1 BB, 0 ER

Rapidly becoming the glamour club of the 2014 season, Bellarine posted a fourth win – from five – to have the club ensconced in second placing with by far the most runs scored.

With starters Daine Gregory (Werribee) and Simon Murry (Bellarine) in early control, there was little happening until the Bears blasted three in the fourth – compliments of some defensive lapses - and another couple in the fifth to have the Giants reeling.    

Going to Justin Hartigan in relief, Werribee was unable to contain a Bellarine offence that had grand contributors in former Giant Jonathon Lowe (three hits), Wayne Visser (two hits), a rejuvenated Chris Bramwell (two hits and an RBI), Chris Barker, Lyndon Hockey and Steve Osborne.

Between them, Murry and Bears reliever Josh Crotty conceded just six hits, with Evan McPherson (two) continuing his run of form and Gregory completing a fine game by chiming in with a couple.

Its intensive work off-field and its offensive production on the park suggest that Bellarine is a force to be reckoned with in 2014.

While the Bears are well on track for a big season, the scoreline today does not do justice to the Giants, who have already shown that they have the pitching and the offensive capacity to do some real damage at this level.

BELLARINE 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 5  (11)  3 errors
WERRIBEE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   (0)   3 errors
Bellarine: J.Lowe 3, W.Visser 2, C.Bramwell 2, B.McKentish, S.Osborne, C.Barker, L.Hockey, J.Crotty
Werribee: E.McPherson 2, D.Gregory 2, S.Riches, D.Hartigan
Bellarine: C.Barker 2, L.Hockey 2, S.Osborne 2, J.Lowe, C.Bramwell, J.Crotty, G.Rowe
Werribee: nil
Bellarine: S.Murry 5 inn, 2 H, 4 Ks, 1 BB, 0 ER
  J.Crotty 3 inn, 4 H, 3 Ks, 0 BB, 0 ER
Werribee: D.Gregory 6 inn, 7 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 2 HPB, 1 ER
  J.Hartigan 2 inn, 5 H, 1 K, 4 BB, 1 HPB, 6 ER

A credit again to Stokesy and his boys, Pioneer Park was in surprisingly good nick considering the overnight rain – and the game itself was of comparably high quality.

Plating an unearned run in the second, Bacchus edged to a two-zip lead after five, with starter Roland Shaw well in control of the East Belmont bats.

Although Lewis Weldon hit safely twice, the Tigers were held in check by Josh Lee, who spun seven innings of silky-smooth work before handing the pill to Sean Talbot to keep his side in the contest.

And that he did, with Saints finally breaking the shackles against Chris Porter and Daniel Wilkie in a frenetic bottom of nine, when Saints cashed in on a few passes and timely hitting by Gerard Carter, Tyler Huisman and Kurt Wilson to drive three across the plate for a stunning win that delighted the East Belmont faithful in attendance.

Both doing superb jobs for their respective clubs, Lee and Shaw dictated the terms of this contest – an important one for Saints, especially, which remains in touch with the league leaders.

BACCHUS 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0  (2)  0 errors
SAINTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3  (3)  2 errors
Bacchus: L.Weldon 2, E.Byrne, C.Porter, J.Warwick
Saints: K.Wilson 2, T.Huisman 2, A.Hoe, L.Sherwell, G.Carter, S.Talbot, C.Alldis
Bacchus: R.Shaw 7 inn, 5 H, 4 Ks, 1 HPB, 0 ER
  C.Porter 1 inn, 2 H, 2 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HPB, 3 ER
  D.Wilkie 0 inn, 2 H, 0 Ks, 1 BB, 0 ER
Saints: J.Lee 7 inn, 5 H, 6 Ks, 2 BB, 1 ER
  S.Talbot 2 inn, 0 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 ER