A’s concede no runs in win

2015-12-01 06:00
Jason Ripepi of Westridge Yankees (right) forces the out on Dillan Daniels of Athlone A’s on second base and waits for confirmation from umpire Eddie Webb during a Major League game played at the Stephen Reagan sport grounds on Saturday.  PHOTO: rash

Jason Ripepi of Westridge Yankees (right) forces the out on Dillan Daniels of Athlone A’s on second base and waits for confirmation from umpire Eddie Webb during a Major League game played at the Stephen Reagan sport grounds on Saturday. PHOTO: rash

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The combined effort of ex-proballer Carl Michaels (six innings), Lloyd Stevens (two innings) and rookie Lee Marks (one inning) restricted Bellville to six hits and a single base on ball without conceding a run in Athlone’s 3-0 victory on Sunday.

Athlone’s three runs were scored in the crucial seventh innings on two hits, 1 BB, 1 HBP and a sacrifice fly from Darren Wedel.

Coach Lester Smith made an inspired change when he brought on stalwart Tyrone Brandt to pinch hit for youngster Mathew Diedericks. Brandt came up with a game-winning hit to centrefield to score brothers Riyaad and Faizel Moosa who got on base through a hit and HBP respectively.

It was, however, the Bellville bullpen that faltered. Proballer Callan Pearce gave them a good start (5 Inn, 2 hits and 9 strikeouts) with Shannon Eckermans doing a 1-inning relief before the crucial seventh innings. Karl Rohm started the seventh, but only faced three batters (1BB, 1H and a HBP) before Anthony Phillips (2 Inn and 3H) finished the game.

Wedel (2 for 2, 1 sacrifice fly and 1 RBI) and Brandt (11 with 2 RBIs) were Athlone’s best hitters. Kyle Ettish (2 for 3) and Jonathan Phillips (1 for 2) did best for Bellville.

Weekend round-up Promotion League:

Devonshire 1; Maitland 14

Battswood 6; Lansdowne 1

Thistle 5; Van der Stel 6

Helderberg: Bye

Major League:

Silvertree 0; Bothasig 18

VOB 9; Durbanville 6

Athlone 2; Westridge 1

Crusaders 1; Bellville 20

Major League

(Sunday’s results):

VOB 8; Silvertree 7

Athlone 3; Bellville 0

Crusaders 10; Durbanville 13

Westridge 1; Bothasig 12


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