VOB squander chance to beat Bothasig; Bellville on top

2016-12-20 06:01

VOB botched their chances of sneaking a win over Bothasig after going behind 8-7 into the ninth innings, to eventually lose 11-7 in a Western Province Baseball Association Major League match played on Saturday.

Dayle Feldtman led the Bothasig offence by hitting (5/5). He was well supported by JP Norman (3/5) and Benji Smith (2/3). Keenan Clarke hit a two-run home run in the second innings.

Michael Scritten (2/3), Altino Elliott (3/5) and Lance Gordon (3/5) hit well for VOB.

Clarke started the pitching for Bothasig throwing 3.1 innings conceding four runs and was replaced by Damon Mitchell who threw the last 5.2 innings allowing VOB to score a further three runs.

VOB utilised four pitchers in total. Scritten started with 2.1 innings giving up seven runs and was replaced by Dutchmen Tim Uitvligt who threw 2.2 innings without conceding a run. He was replaced by Josh Rich for three innings conceding one run. Another Dutchmen Michael Riekerk, normally a catcher, was given the ball for the last inning and gave up a further three runs.

With VOB down 8-7 and the momentum of the game swinging in their favour, one wonders what went through coach Greg Willemburg’s mind, having regular strike pitcher Grant Robertson in left field, and Riekerk on the mound.

Both teams recorded thirteen hits each with VOB leaving twelve runners on base compared to Bothasig’s five.

Bellville consolidate top spot After two scoreless innings, Bellville Tygers piled on the runs to thoroughly outplay Durbanville and beat them 14-3 to consolidate their top position on the log at the halfway point in the season.

Tygers scored two runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, five runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh inning. Durbanville scored three runs in the fifth inning.

Top hitters for Tygers were Anthony Phillips (2/3) with one being a home run, Wesley Greef (2/3), Jonathan Phillips (3/5) with two being home runs, and Kyle Ettisch 2/4.

Durbanville had three scattered hits.

Bellville are now 14 games unbeaten this season.

Giants beat Crusaders in tight affair

In a tightly contested game Maitland Giants beat Crusaders 5-0 in Grassy Park.

In a change of tactics for Crusaders, they started with Ashwin Kleintjies who pitched 7.2 innings, allowing six hits and conceding four runs. He struck out eleven hitters and walked five batters. He was replaced by Brent Fransman for one inning, allowing another run.

Kleintjies will look back at the first two hitters of the game who he walked and eventually scored as the only blotch on his pitching performance.

Giants also showed they could be competitive without ever-present Canadian pitcher Jas Shergill when they started with Brad Erasmus. Erasmus did well, pitching seven innings, allowing five hits, walking three while striking out eight Crusaders hitters. Jayde Thorne pitched the last two innings.

Giants’ top hitters were Thorne (2/3), Erasmus (2/4) and Argentine Juan Martin (2/5). Crusaders had five scattered hits.

A’s trounce Yankees before break

In a postponed fixture that took place on Sunday, Athlone beat Westridge 14-1.

The baseball league takes a two week festive break and returns to action on 7 January.

Mid-season log position is as follows: Bellville leads the way with twenty eight points, followed by Athlone, Bothasig and Westridge all on eighteen points. Maitland did well to consolidate fifth position with fourteen points, followed by VOB and Durbanville on eight points. Crusaders bring up the rear after failing to register a single win until this point.

During the break the u.16 team of The Deutshe Baseball Akademie (DBA) from Germany, will visit Cape Town and will be playing nine games against a few invitational teams between 27 December and 7 January.

For more information contact Mark Moore on 083 231 9742.

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