Baseball champ crowned

2017-02-21 06:00

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Needing two points to secure the Western Province Baseball Association’s major league championship, Bellville travelled to Grassy Park on Saturday in a buoyant mood.

The home team, Crusaders, was not going to give Bellville the points without a fight and eventually lost 9-6.

Bellville opened its scoring in the first innings with four runs, thanks to a three-run home run by Jonathan Phillips.

Crusaders’ starting pitcher Jarrod Williams then settled down to keep Bellville scoreless for the next three innings.

Williams pitched six innings, allowing six runs from six hits, walking seven and striking out three hitters.

Other Bellville hitters who did well were Clayton Manuel (2/3), Allan Randall (2/4), Kyle Ettisch (2/4) and Josh Halverson (2/4).

Bellville used four of its non-frontline pitchers, who conceded six runs from ten hits while walking seven hitters.

Chad Beukes and Brent Fransman both batted (2/4) for Crusaders.

Giants see off A’s

An awesome pitching display by US import Matt Soren helped the Maitland Giants defeat Athlone A’s 4-1 in Kensington on Saturday.

Soren pitched four innings, faced fifteen hitters, struck out eleven and walked three.

He was replaced by Jayde Thorne who pitched the last five innings, allowing two hits (both to Leon Dodgen) and one run and striking out nine hitters.

Dean Jacobs threw nine innings for A’s, giving up four runs from five hits and two walks and striking out five.

An error and a hit by pitch by Jacobs, followed by a line drive single by Brad Erasmus allowed Giants to score two runs in the first inning.

Athlone had no hitting game and scored a consolation run in the ninth inning.

Yankees fall to VOB

Westridge Yankees came unstuck again on Saturday when they lost 13-7 to VOB.

Paul Bell led the VOB batting onslaught with figures of 4/5.

Grant Robertson pitched well for VOB, keeping Yankees scoreless in the first five innings.

He came a bit unstuck in the sixth inning, allowing Yankees to score six runs to bring the score to 8-6 to VOB.

Yankees could not capitalise on this and allowed VOB to score a further five in the last three innings.

Yankees started off with Kyle Ripepi, who pitched five innings, conceding six runs from four hits and four walks.

He was replaced by elder brother Jayson Ripepi who conceded seven runs from seven hits in the last four innings.

Yankees compounded their loss by making ten errors.

Although out-hitting Bothasig seven hits to six, Durbanville still lost 5-2 on Saturday in Bothasig.

With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Justin Lazarus of Bothasig hit a three-run game-winning home run off Durbanville pitcher Darren Smith.

Smith pitched eight innings, allowed five runs from six hits, walked three and struck out three hitters.

Keenan Clarke (2/3) also hit well for Bo­tha­sig.

Jared Elario started on the mound for Bothasig, throwing seven innings, conceding two runs from six hits and one walk and striking out 8.

He was replaced by Keenan Clark who closed out the last two innings without conceding a run.

Josh Heroldt (2/3) and Kevin Townsend hit well for Durbanville.

Promotion league

Log leaders Van der Stel mercy ruled Devonshire 10-0 in Stellenbosch. Thistle were beaten 17-3 by Helderberg. Battswood beat Milnerton 13-6.

This weekend’s fixtures Major league

Maitland vs Crusaders, Bellville vs Durbanville, Bothasig vs VOB, Athlone vs Westridge.

Promotion league

Battswood vs Van der Stel, Thistle vs Devonshire, Milnerton vs Helderberg.

All games start at 15:45.

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