Giants closer to promotion

2016-02-23 06:00

Maitland Giants have taken a step closer to winning promotion to the Major League next season after they beat Lansdowne Eagles 8-2 at the Kensington sports ground on Saturday.

After scoring a run each in the first innings, both teams settled down, with the respective pitching and fielding units doing well. It was only at the bottom of the sixth inning that Giants broke the game open with six runs coming from five hits (3x2B) and two errors.

Jaydee Thorne (3 for 4), Sergia Gamba (2 for 3) and Kyle Inglis (2 for 5) batted well for Giants. Lansdowne had two scattered hits for the game.

Lucien Swartz started the pitching for Lansdowne and did very well up to the sixth inning, when Giants scored the crucial six runs.

He threw 5.1 innings, conceding 10 hits, four walks and striking out four hitters.

Thorne threw seven strong innings, conceding two hits, two walks, one hit by pitch and striking out 10 hitters. Matt Soren from the United States closed out the game for Giants, striking out five of the six hitters he faced.

Giants travel to their closest rivals Van der Stel next week. Van der Stel narrowly beat Devonshire 4-3 on Saturday.

Bothasig consolidate top spotAfter comfortably beating Durbanville 10-1 at Durbanville sports complex on Saturday, Bothasig consolidated their top spot in the BAWP Major League.

Pitching by Bothasig’s Lucas Steinlein from Germany (five innings, two hits and nine strikeouts), Brad Erasmus (two innings, two hits) and Jared Elario (two innings, one hit and two strikeouts) made hitting extremely difficult for Durbanville. They also conceded no walks.

Darren Smith, after striking out in his first at bat, with 2 for 4, was the only hitter to deal comfortably with the top class Botha­sig pitching.

Durbanville started with the experienced Gavin Jefferies who pitched for seven innings, allowing 12 hits and striking out four hitters.

He was replaced by Damian Perkins who threw for two innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out one hitter. They were badly let down by the Durbanville fielding which made six errors.

After taking a 4-0 lead at the top of the fourth inning, Westridge Yankees kept their nerve to hold off Silvertree in their 4-2 win at Groenewald sports fields in Southfield on Saturday.

Yankees jumped to their 4-0 lead after scoring one run in the third and three runs in the fourth inning. Silvertree came back with one run in the fourth and one run in the eighth inning.

Yankees’ breakaway runs in the fourth inning were scored on two down with a walk and three consecutive two-base hits off Silvertree pitcher Dean Jacobs.

Silvertree had a chance to come back into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with bases loaded and no outs. They only managed to score a single run.

Jacobs threw for five innings, conceding five hits, four walks and striking out four hitters.

Keegan Watson relieved him for four innings, one hit, a walk and striking out three hitters.

Jayson Ripepi threw for Yankees and recorded his sixth win of the season. He threw for nine innings, conceded nine hits and two walks and struck out eight hitters.

Silvertree’s best hitters were Marvin Mahoney (3 for 4) and Ashley Julies (3 for 5). Most of their hits were recorded with no runners on the bases.

Veon Rix (2 for 4), Wesley Rushin (1 for 3) and Ripepi (1 for 3) were Yankees’ best hitters.

The loss keeps Silvertree locked jointly at the bottom of the league with Crusaders, who lost 11-4 to Athlone.

Upcoming fixtures


Major League

Durbanville vs Bellville

VOB vs Westridge

Bothasig vs Athlone

Silvertree vs Crusaders

Promotion League

Battswood vs Thistle

Devonshire vs Helderberg

Maitland vs Van Der Stel

Lansdowne: Bye


Major League

Athlone vs Durbanville

Crusaders vs Westridge

Silvertree vs Bellville

VOB vs Bothasig

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