WP dominate at national champs

2016-03-29 06:00
WP sliding into contention: Riyaad Moosa of Western Province A slides into second base while Gauteng A’s Adrian Blount gathers the ball during their national baseball championship clash at the Chukker Road sports complex on Sunday. WPA won the match 6-0. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

WP sliding into contention: Riyaad Moosa of Western Province A slides into second base while Gauteng A’s Adrian Blount gathers the ball during their national baseball championship clash at the Chukker Road sports complex on Sunday. WPA won the match 6-0. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

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After rain delayed their start on Sunday the cream of Cape Town players were involved in the national baseball championships of the South African Baseball Union (Sabu) at the Chukker Road sports complex. Western Province A beat Western Province B 5-3.

The B side took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning when they scored on a walk, a wild pitch, a pass ball and a fielder’s choice from pitching by Dean Jacobs.

The A side bounced back immediately by scoring two runs in the second and three runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Jacobs settled down and completed his five innings stint, conceding three hits, two walks and a run while striking out five hitters.

He was replaced by Russell Olivier who pitched the last two innings, conceding two hits, two walks and two runs, striking out one hitter.

The B side used four pitchers, Jason Theys (2.2 inn, 3H, 3BB and 5 runs) before being relieved by Terence le Roux (0.1 inn, 1H and 3BB). He was relieved by Grant Robertson (2 inn, 2H, 1K) before Lee Marks (2 inn) finished the game.

The best hitters of the A side were Riyaad Moosa (2 for 3) and Darren Wedel (1 for 1). The B side had five scattered hits.

The B side had a double play and botched one in the crucial second inning.

In their second game WPA overpowered Gauteng A 6-0.

Jared Elario was in top form for WPA and, with Lloyd Stevens, kept Gauteng A scoreless.

In WPB’s second game they beat WP u.23 7-0.

There was no score up until the fourth inning when WPB’s experience came through.

WP u.23 continued to struggle with the bat and conceded their second shutout of the tournament.

In the final game of the evening WP u.23 batters came to light as they just managed to beat Gauteng u.23 5-4.

WP u.23 raced to a 5-0 lead but allowed Gauteng u.23 to score four runs in the seventh inning, which gave them a huge scare.

WP u.23’s management may need to have a look again at their bullpen, as it almost let them down in the end.

More results: Green section

Gauteng A 11; Gauteng u.23 1

Gold section

KZN; Mandela Bay (N/A)

Gauteng B 4; Zimbabwe 4

Mandela Bay 8; Zimbabwe 2

Gauteng B; KZN (N/A)

Green log

1. WPA - 4 points

2. WPB - 2

3. Gauteng A - 2

4. WP u.23 - 2

5. Gauteng u.23 - 0


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