Brothers win it for Yankees

2017-11-21 06:00
Luwayne du Pleases of Westridge Yankees during their Major League Baseball match against Crusaders at the Rooikraans Sports Field on Saturday.PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

Luwayne du Pleases of Westridge Yankees during their Major League Baseball match against Crusaders at the Rooikraans Sports Field on Saturday.PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

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The Du Plessis brothers doubled up for Westridge Yankees’ 13-9 victory, handing Grassy Park Crusaders their third consecutive ­defeat.

Yankees player and coach Luwayne du Plessis backed himself to start the game against an impressive Crusaders lineup.

He ended up having two stints on the mound. In the first stint he pitched four innings, conceding two runs.

Jayson Ripepi replaced him with the Yankees leading 7-2.

Ripepi had a slow start to his pitching stint, conceding four runs in the fifth and the equalising in the sixth inning.

He was replaced by his younger brother Kyle Ripepi in the eighth inning. Kyle conceded three hits and two runs in the ninth inning before Du Plessis brought himself back on to record the last three to secure the victory.

The Yankees had two good innings. In the third inning they scored six runs from six hits and three errors, and in the eighth inning they scored four runs from five hits, two errors and a walk.

Crusaders’ runs were scored in the first, fifth, sixth and ninth innings.

The fifth inning was their most successful by far, as they scored four runs from two hits, an error and two walks.

Jared du Plessis was Yankees’ most successful hitter, recording four hits from five batting turns with two two-base hits.

He was well supported by Kyle Ripepi, Kyle Titus, Ashley Julies and Veon Rix, all contributing two each.

Brent Fransman, Chris Jacobs and Kyle van der Ross chipped in two hits each for Crusaders.

Yankees recorded twenty hits compared to Crusaders’ nine.

At Chukker Road, VOB Macaws staged another come-from-behind victory this season to record a 14-6 win against Maitland Giants.

Giants held a 4-0 lead at the top of the seventh inning before VOB scored three runs in the seventh and eleven runs in the eighth ­inning.

VOB started with Kieran Moore on the mound. He pitched three innings, allowed five hits, three walks and struck out five before he made way for Jayde Thorne.

Thorne pitched the last six innings, striking out five Giants hitters and allowing three hits.

Giants started with Canadian Jaz Shergill, who threw four innings without conceding any hits or runs.

He was replaced by Alex Fortune who had two good innings before conceding three runs in the seventh. Fortune started the eighth inning but gave up a walk and two hits before he was replaced by Giants’ other foreigner, Connor Walsh from the United States.

Walsh faced nine hitters, giving up four hits, one walk and two hits by pitch before he was replaced by Carlo Koks who made the last two outs.

VOB’s massive eleven-run inning came from seven hits, three walks, two hits by pitch and one error.

Miles October (2/4) hit well for Giants, and Jody Burch (2/3) and Jayde Thorne (2/4) hit well for VOB.

Giants recorded two double plays in the game.

At Parktown sports complex, a good six-innings pitching start by Dean Jacobs set up Athlone A’s for a 6-2 win against Durbanville Villans.

PJ Abrahams, Darren Welder and Aiden O’Connor recorded two hits each for A’s. Durbanville’s highlight was a solo homerun by Ruan Simon in the third inning.

After five innings the score was tied at 2-2. A’s scored three runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh inning to take the game away from Durbanville.

Both teams registered a double play.

In Stellenbosch home team Van der Stel fell apart in the fifth and sixth innings, conceding twenty runs to lose 25-0 to unbeaten Bothasig Knights.

Van der Stel used four pitchers.

Brendon Smith and Dayle Feldtman of the Knights were the highlights of the game, with homeruns in the fifth and sixth inning respectively.

Bellville Tygers maintained their unbeaten run when they beat Helderberg Pirates 12-1 in Somerset West.

This weekend sees the first round end with doubleheader fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the top-of-the-log clash takes place in Bellville. Both Bellville and Bothasig are unbeaten with seven wins each.

Westridge and VOB have drawn level with Crusaders with four wins. They are followed by A’s who have three wins.

Van der Stel and Maitland Giants have two wins while Pirates and Durbanville have one win each.

Major league fixtures for Saturday are: Bellville host Bothasig, A’s travel to Giants, Crusaders host VOB, Durbanville host Van der Stel and Yankees host Pirates.

On Sunday A’s host Crusaders, Van der Stel host Bellville, Yankees travel to Bothasig, VOB travel to Pirates and Durbanville host Giants. In the promotion league Thistle beat Bothasig Thirds 9-8 and Battswood beat Devonshire Rovers 20-0.

The Du Plessis brothers doubled up for Westridge Yankees’ 13-9 victory, handing Grassy Park Crusaders their third consecutive defeat.

Yankees player and coach Luwayne du Plessis backed himself to start the game against an impressive Crusaders lineup.

He ended up having two stints on the mound. In the first stint he pitched four innings, conceding two runs.

Jayson Ripepi replaced him with the Yankees leading 7-2.

Ripepi had a slow start to his pitching stint, conceding four runs in the fifth and the equalising in the sixth inning.

He was replaced by his younger brother Kyle Ripepi in the eighth inning. Kyle conceded three hits and two runs in the ninth inning before Du Plessis brought himself back on to record the last three to secure the victory.

The Yankees had two good innings. In the third inning they scored six runs from six hits and three errors, and in the eighth inning they scored four runs from five hits, two errors and a walk.

Crusaders’ runs were scored in the first, fifth, sixth and ninth ­innings.

The fifth inning was their most successful by far, as they scored four runs from two hits, an error and two walks.

Jared du Plessis was Yankees’ most successful hitter, recording four hits from five batting turns with two two-base hits.

He was well supported by Kyle Ripepi, Kyle Titus, Ashley Julies and Veon Rix, all contributing two each.

Brent Fransman, Chris Jacobs and Kyle van der Ross chipped in two hits each for Crusaders.

Yankees recorded twenty hits compared to Crusaders’ nine.

At Chukker Road, VOB Macaws staged another come-from-behind victory this season to record a 14-6 win against Maitland Giants.

Giants held a 4-0 lead at the top of the seventh inning before VOB scored three runs in the seventh and eleven runs in the eighth inning.

VOB started with Kieran Moore on the mound. He pitched three innings, allowed five hits, three walks and struck out five before he made way for Jayde Thorne.

Thorne pitched the last six innings, striking out five Giants hitters and allowing three hits.

Giants started with Canadian Jaz Shergill, who threw four innings without conceding any hits or runs.

He was replaced by Alex Fortune who had two good innings before conceding three runs in the seventh. Fortune started the eighth inning but gave up a walk and two hits before he was replaced by Giants’ other foreigner, Connor Walsh from the United States.

Walsh faced nine hitters, giving up four hits, one walk and two hits by pitch before he was replaced by Carlo Koks who made the last two outs.

VOB’s massive eleven-run inning came from seven hits, three walks, two hits by pitch and one ­error.

Miles October (2/4) hit well for Giants, and Jody Burch (2/3) and Jayde Thorne (2/4) hit well for VOB.

Giants recorded two double plays in the game.

At Parktown sports complex, a good six-innings pitching start by Dean Jacobs set up Athlone A’s for a 6-2 win against Durbanville ­Villans.

PJ Abrahams, Darren Welder and Aiden O’Connor recorded two hits each for A’s. Durbanville’s highlight was a solo homerun by Ruan Simon in the third inning.

After five innings the score was tied at 2-2. A’s scored three runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh inning to take the game away from Durbanville.

Both teams registered a double play.

In Stellenbosch home team Van der Stel fell apart in the fifth and sixth innings, conceding twenty runs to lose 25-0 to unbeaten Bothasig Knights.

Van der Stel used four pitchers.

Brendon Smith and Dayle Feldtman of the Knights were the highlights of the game, with homeruns in the fifth and sixth inning respectively.

Bellville Tygers maintained their unbeaten run when they beat Helderberg Pirates 12-1 in Somerset West.

This weekend sees the first round end with doubleheader fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday the top-of-the-log clash takes place in Bellville. Both Bellville and Bothasig are unbeaten with seven wins each.

Westridge and VOB have drawn level with Crusaders with four wins. They are followed by A’s who have three wins.

Van der Stel and Maitland Giants have two wins while Pirates and Durbanville have one win each.

Major league fixtures for Saturday are: Bellville host Bothasig, A’s travel to Giants, Crusaders host VOB, Durbanville host Van der Stel and Yankees host Pirates.

On Sunday A’s host Crusaders, Van der Stel host Bellville, Yankees travel to Bothasig, VOB travel to Pirates and Durbanville host ­Giants.

In the promotion league Thistle beat Bothasig Thirds 9-8 and Battswood beat Devonshire Rovers 20-0.

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