Crusaders remain without a win

2016-11-22 08:34
Brent Fransman of Crusaders (left) slides into second base during his team’s clash in the Western Province Baseball Association major league against VOB at the Rooikrans sports complex on Saturday. VOB won the match 15-5.

Brent Fransman of Crusaders (left) slides into second base during his team’s clash in the Western Province Baseball Association major league against VOB at the Rooikrans sports complex on Saturday. VOB won the match 15-5. ( Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images)

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At the end of this weekend’s doubleheaders, Bellville, Westridge and VOB came out as winners, with Athlone, Maitland and Crusaders coming out losers, and Bothasig and Durbanville ending off with mixed fortunes.

Bellville in mean mood
League leader Bellville was in a mean mood and dispatched with defending champion Bothasig 13-3 on Saturday. The team demolished Maitland 15-0 in five innings on Sunday.
Bellville’s ruthless pitchers, Callan Pearce and Bruce McClellan, were supported well by their hitters on Saturday.
Pearce and McClellan pitched eight innings between them. They conceded three runs from seven hits, five walks and struck out eight hitters.
Allan Randall (4/6), Anthony Phillips (2/4) and Charl Cordier (2/5, including a homerun) were the pick of the Bellville hitters.
Only Darren Boltman (3/4) and Benji Smith (2/4) did well for Bothasig.
Damon Mitchell started well for Bothasig once again. He pitched four innings, conceding four runs off six hits and two walks and he struck out four hitters. Bellville put down three sacrifice bunts in the first four innings. Mitchell was replaced by JP Norman, whom Bellville took a liking to. Norman threw four innings, allowing nine runs off nine hits, including the homerun to Cordier. Norman walked five and struck out a single hitter.

Poor defence by Athlone A’s
In Durbanville on Saturday, the home team took full advantage of Athlone’s poor defence and base running to run out as 9-3 winner.
Durbanville coach Darren Smith took the pitching responsibility on himself and pitched 3.2 innings, restricting Athlone to two runs from six hits before replacing himself with Damien Perkins.
Perkins did just as well in his 5.2 innings, giving up two runs from five hits and four walks.
Athlone started with Dean Jacobs who had a sluggish start pitching three innings and gave up six runs from six hits. He was replaced by Lloyd Stevens who threw five innings, conceding a further three runs from five hits.
The best batters for Athlone A’s were Darren Wedel (2/3), Mathew Diedericks (2/4), Faizel Moosa (2/5) and Aiden O’Connor (2/5). Smith (3/4), Perkins (2/5) and Kevin Townsend (2/5) did well for Durbanville.
Seven errors, three runners thrown out on bases and 11 runners left on base did not help Athlone’s efforts.
Athlone also lost 13-9 to Bothasig.
Durbanville lost 13-6 to VOB on Sunday.

VOB stay ahead
With 6-4 down at the top of the seventh inning, Crusaders still felt as if they were in the ball game. But three runs off Brent Fransman and six runs off Chad Beukes saw VOB eventually triumph 15-5 on Saturday.
Jared Williams started very well for Crusaders, allowing six runs from seven hits and four walks to keep the ball game tight in the 5.1 innings he pitched. He was replaced by Brent Fransman, who was less effective in his 2.2 innings, conceding two runs from two hits, two walks and two fielding errors.
The lack of pitching depth hurt Crusaders who used Beukes in the last innings where he conceded six runs. Before this season Beukes had not done much pitching so his work is not as refined as his other pitching colleagues.
None of the Crusaders hitters were comfortable against VOB’s Dutch pitcher Tim Uitvligt in his five innings or Grant Robertson in his four innings. Uitvligt conceded two runs from four hints, a walk, two hit-by-pitch while striking out two batters. Robertson conceded four runs from five hits and struck out three batters.
Paul Bell and Zubair Larney were VOB’s best hitters.
Crusaders lost 10-3 to Westridge on Sunday.

Yankees slay Giants
Maitland Giants’ first visit to Mitchell’s Plain is one they will want to forget, as they were beaten 14-0 by an organised and determined Westridge Yankees.
Canadian Jas Shergill was never comfortable on the mound as the Yankees scored two runs in the first, seven in the third and three in the fifth inning to race to a 12-0 lead by the top of the sixth inning.

He was replaced by Jamie Busch, who conceded two runs in the sixth inning.
Besides the aggressive Yankee bats, Shergill was extremely unsettled in the strong south-easter wind.
Vein Rix (3/3), Chad Eastern (2/3) and Luwayne du Plessis (3/5) were the main contributors with the bat for Yankees. Jared du Plessis also hit two runs, which included a two-down homerun in the first inning.

Yankees scored seven runs from six hits and three errors in the third inning.
None of the Giants hitters were comfortable against Yankees pitcher Jayson Ripepi. Ripepi, who injured his left hand in last week’s game, still managed to pitch 6.2 innings. Gwynn Petersen was the designated hitter for Ripepi due to the hand injury.

Standings
After nine games, Bellville is at the top of the log with 18 points, followed by Westridge with 14.
Athlone and Bothasig have 10 points each.
VOB occupies fifth place with 8 points, followed by Maitland and Durbanville with 6 points each. Crusaders are in last place with no points.

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