Mixed results for Yankees, A’s

2016-12-13 06:01

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In the penultimate weekend of baseball this year, there where mixed results for Westridge Yankees and Athlone A’s.

Bellville and Bothasig collected a full house of points in the Western Province Baseball Association’s major league doubleheader weekend.

Saturday’s game, even though Yankees made three errors, had many highlights, especially the two innings in which Yankees scored their runs.

After five scoreless innings, VOB scored their two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning from single base hits by Robin Jones and Jared Heynes and sacrifice flies by Paul Bell and Grant Emmanuel.

Yankees bounced back immediately and scored their three winning runs in the top of the seventh inning from hits by Jesse Hugo, Kyle Ripepi and Jayson Ripepi and two walks.

Jayson Ripepi threw a blinder for Yankees. He pitched the entire nine innings, conceding three runs and three walks, whilst striking out eight VOB hitters.

VOB started with Michael Scritten, who threw six innings before he had to be assisted by Josh Rich, who threw two innings before Grant Robertson closed out the game.

Yankees’ top hitters were Kyle Ripepi (2/3) and Keagan Watson (2/4).

A further highlight was the three double plays executed by Westridge Yankees.

On Sunday Westridge Yankees came unstuck against defending champion Bothasig, who thoroughly beat them 16-6.

After beating Maitland Giants 8-3 on Saturday, Athlone A’s went down 6-2 to Bellville on Sunday. A’s only managed to register three hits in the entire game, compared to the 12 hits Bellville had.

Faizel Mosaa (2/4) was the only A’s batter who felt comfortable against Bertus Mostert and Callan Pearce.

The top hitters for Bellville were Anthony Phillips (3/4), Jonathan Phillips (2/4) and Kyle Ettisch (2/4).

Carl Michaels threw eight innings and conceded all six runs.

Bellville beat Crusaders 17-2 on Saturday.

Bothasig started their weekend with a convincing 11-2 win over Durbanville.

Keenan Clarke started the pitching for Bothasig. He pitched six innings, giving up one run from four hits and four walks, while striking out seven Durbanville hitters. He was replaced by Marcel Hallett who threw the last three innings and conceded one run from two hits.

Durbanville used Damien Perkins (two innings), Cameron Fortuin (two innings) and Terence le Roux (five innings) who were unable to suppress the Bothasig hitting which was led by Benji Smith (3/5) and Clarke (2/2).

Durbanville’s quest for victory was undone by the six fielding errors it made.

Durbanville beat Crusaders 12-7 on Sunday.

Maitland Giants had mixed fortunes this weekend, losing 8-3 to A’s on Saturday and then redeeming themselves against VOB on Sunday.

An excellent hitting display by Brad Erasmus (4/4), Kyle Inglis (2/3) and Jayde Thorne (2/3) created Giants’ 13-3 victory over VOB.

VOB used three pitchers who were unable to stem the flow of the Giant runs. After five innings Giants were leading 9-0.

Canadian Jas Shergill pitched his customary five innings, only facing one hitter over the minimum while striking out five VOB hitters. VOB scored their three runs from reliever Jayde Thorne who pitched the last three innings.

Moving into the last games of the year, Bellville leads the league with 26 points, followed by Westridge on 18. Athlone and Bothasig have 16 points. They are followed by Maitland Giants on 12 points, with VOB and Durbanville in 8 points. Crusaders are last with 0 points.

Weekend fixtures . Westridge vs Athlone at 15:45

. Crusaders vs Maitland at 15:45

. Durbanville vs Bellville at 15:45

. VOB vs Bothasig at 19:15


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