Baseball all-rounders beat champs

2016-11-08 06:00

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An all-round performance by Luwayne du Plessis helped Westridge Yankees beat defending baseball league champions Bothasig 9-3 at Stephen Reagan Sports Ground on Saturday.

Not only did Du Plessis bat well (4/4) to help his team score nine runs off the three Bothasig pitchers, he also took over the pitching duties from Jayson Ripepi, to help restrict Bothasig to only three runs.

Ashwin Booysen (3/3) also found the pitching of Damon Mitchell (five innings), Keagan Lazarus (1.2 innings) and JP Norman (1.1 innings) to his liking.

Yankees took advantage of the pitching of Lazarus in the seventh inning when they scored four runs from four hits and four walks.

Mitchell started for Bothasig and pitched 5 good innings, giving up a run, three hits and two walks while striking out two Yankee hitters.

Yankees started with Ripepi, who pitched four innings, conceding two runs and two hits and striking out four hitters.

Du Plessis threw the last five innings without conceding any runs from the two hits and a walk he gave.

Yankees showed their intent to attack Bothasig by attempting three stolen bases against Bothasig catcher Dayle Feldtman. Feldtman threw out all three runners.

Bellville 4-0 Athlone A’s

A combination of good pitching by Bellville and a poor batting display by Athlone A’s saw Bellville beat Athlone 4-0 at PP Smit Sports Ground in Bellville.

Callan Pearce, pitcher for the South African national team, and former national team pitcher Bruce McClelland combined their pitching skills to register the shutout win for Bellville.

Pearce started and threw three innings, conceding a hit and a walk and striking out three hitters. McClelland did a great job throwing the last six innings, also only conceding a single hit and a single walk and striking out three batters.

Bellville scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third inning off A’s Carl Michaels (also on the South African national team) and a run in the eighth inning off Lloyd Stevens.

Michaels threw seven innings, conceding three runs, five hits and three walks while striking out six hitters. Stevens threw the last inning, conceding a run, a hit and a walk and striking out one hitter.

A’s once again relied heavily on their pitching department to win the game for them, but could not contribute much in the batting department, which needs to score the runs to win their games.

They recorded two scattered hits and did not offer any real threat of scoring.

Durbanville 10-4 Crusaders

Home runs by Haydon Mathee and Brandon Geihlig helped Durbanville secure its first win of the season – a 10-4 drubbing of Crusaders in Durbanville.

Geihlig batted 1/3 with a home run in the first inning when Durbanville opened its scoring with three runs.

Crusaders scored two runs in the first and a solitary run in the second inning, which set the tone for what looked like a mouthwatering bottom-of-the-log encounter. However, a further four runs in the second and three runs in the fourth inning by Durbanville took the game away from Crusaders who scored their last run in the fourth inning.

Mathee batted 3/3 with his home run coming in the fourth inning.

Crusaders started their pitching with Lucien Swartz, who has returned after a two-year spell at Lansdowne Eagles. Swartz threw four innings, conceded 10 runs from six hits and four walks and struck out one hitter. He was replaced by Ashwin Kleintjies, who conceded no further runs, allowing two hits and a walk.

Crusaders had five scattered hits, but were unable to group them together.

VOB 9-3 Maitland Giants

At Chukker Road on Saturday night Maitland Giants beat the home team VOB 9-3 with a good all-round team performance.

Giants out-hit their opponent 13 hits to four, with eight of their nine players registering hits on the evening.

Lead-off hitter Ryan Samie (2/5 with two doubles), Kyle Inglis (2/4) and Jayde Thorne (4/5) were the pick of the Giants hitters. Grant Emmanuel (2/4) and Paul Bell (1/2) did well for VOB.

Giants used two pitchers with Jayde Thorne doing extremely well on the mound. Canadian Jas Shergill pitched the first five innings, conceding two runs from two hits and two walks whilst striking out five hitters. Thorne took over in the sixth inning, pitching the last four innings, conceding a run from two hits and a walk and striking out seven hitters.

Michael Scritten threw six innings, allowing Giants to score five runs from 10 hits and a walk while he struck out three hitters. He was briefly relieved by Josh Rich for an inning. Grant Robertson closed out the last two innings, conceding three runs.

The VOB pitchers were badly let down by their defence that made seven errors.


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