WP seniors keep baseball title

2017-04-18 06:00

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Western Province’s senior baseball team has kept their national title for the seventeenth consecutive year after beating Gauteng 13-8 in the final on Sunday.

WP started with Lloyd Stevens on the mound. He was immediately put under pressure by Gauteng, who scored seven runs in the first two innings.

Fortunately for Stevens his batting side supported him well to get the score to 7-5 after two innings. By the end of the third inning they were tied at 7-7 and Gauteng had replaced its starting pitcher, Hein Robb, with Kieran Cree.

Stevens managed to keep Gauteng scoreless for the next three innings. He was replaced by the experienced Darren Smith after allowing the first hitter to get on base in the sixth inning. The runner scored for Gauteng to take a 8-7 lead.

WP immediately equalised in the sixth inning and scored a further four runs in the seventh to take a 12-8 lead.

Another run was scored in the eighth inning to secure WP a 13-8 victory.

Best hittersThe top hitters for Gauteng were Rowan Ebersohn (3/4), with Kieran Bibis, Robb and Cuan Bergman all batting 2/4.

Dayle Feldtman (4/4) and Charl Cordier (3/5 with a home run) and Jonathan Phillips (2/5 with a home run) did well for WP.

Gauteng beat WP-B 9-6 and WP-A beat Gauteng u.23 17-2, to reach the finals.

Gauteng u.23 beat WP-B 11-10 to finish third in the tournament.

WP holds on to u.15 title

In the junior tournament, WP u.15 narrowly beat Gauteng-A 5-4 in a closely contested final.

The WP teens retain the title for the third consecutive year.

The win was sweet revenge as the Gauteng side comprehensively beat them 15-3 earlier in the tournament.

WP-A reached the final after finishing in second place in the round robin, and then beat WP-B 14-3 in the semi-final.

WP-B finished in third place.

Gauteng-A dismissed WP-B 20-4 on the final morning, which was enough to secure the u.12 championship which WP-A had had for two years.

Gauteng-A finished the tournament unbeaten after coming from 0-4 to beat WP-A 6-14 on Sunday. 

The task was too huge for the young WP-B side  who ended in third position after also losing narrowly (7-6) to WP-A.

This was sweet revenge for Gauteng, who narrowly lost 12-11 to WP-A in the final of last year’s competition in Cape Town.

WP-A lose u.18 titleGauteng-A comprehensively beat WP-A 15-2 to unseat its opponent as champion in the u.18 division.

The teams played out to an 11-all game earlier in the tournament. Gauteng-A narrowly beat WP-B 9-8 in the semi-final.

This was another revenge result for Gauteng as it was shut out 10-0 by WP in last year’s final.

The question begs: Has Gauteng upped its game or is WP becoming too complacent?


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