Crusaders conquered by Giants

2019-12-03 06:01
Rehan Peck of Grassy Park Crusaders (left) runs into trouble near home plate as he encounters Maitland Giants’ catcher Kyle Rossouw, who prevents him of scoring a run during a major league game played in Grassy Park on Saturday 30 November. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Rehan Peck of Grassy Park Crusaders (left) runs into trouble near home plate as he encounters Maitland Giants’ catcher Kyle Rossouw, who prevents him of scoring a run during a major league game played in Grassy Park on Saturday 30 November. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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While Grassy Park Crusaders opened the scoring, they struggled to kick on against Maitland Giants as they went down 12-1 at Rooikrans sports field in Grassy Park on Saturday 30 November.

Giants secured their win with four runs in the third innings and a massive haul of seven runs in the fourth innings.

Crusaders started with Niyaaz Galant on the mound. Giants threatened as early as the second innings with bases loaded and one down. However, they were retired scoreless as Ashwin Kleintjies turned a double play from third base.

Crusaders took a 1-0 lead at the end of the second innings as they scored their solitary run when Jaime Mauritz crossed the plate off the bat of Warren Adams. Giants open their scoring in the third inning with four runs from four hits and a fielding error from Crusaders. Crusaders replaced Galant with Lucien Swartz. Swartz, however, came in for heavy punishment as Giants amassed seven runs from six hits including a three-run homerun from Marc Quickfall. Crusaders also made two errors in this inning.

American-born Connor Walsh was Giants’ best hitter with three hits.

He was well supported by Quickfall, Kyle Ripepi and Altino Elliot who contributed two hits each.

Hawaiian-born Eland Tsubata pitched a steady five innings for Giants conceding six hits, walking two and striking out seven hitters.

At Chukker Road, VOB Macaws went down 13-5 to Athlone A’s.

A’s scored runs in six of their nine batting turns. VOB didn’t help their cause as their pitchers gave away 18 free bases and their fielders made nine errors.

VOB started with the German youngster Lou Helmig who only last 1.2 innings, giving up six runs from three hits, four walks, three hits by pitch.

He was replaced by Derick Baylis who kept A’s scoreless for three innings with A’s leaving eight runners on base. Regular catcher Luke November pitched the last three innings conceding two runs in each innings. Cameron Fortuin and Matthew Diedericks shared the pitching duties for A’s.

In other Major League results, Bothasig Knights maintained their unbeaten record by beating Van der Stel 12-0, and Bellville Tygers beat Durbanville Villains 13-10.

Grassy Park Crusaders recorded their first win when they beat Athlone A’s 18-15 on Sunday 1 December, playing two extra innings from last week’s tied game. Last week, the teams were tied 11-11 after 10 innings and could not complete the game due to poor light.

In the Promotion League, second place Helderberg Pirates shocked log leaders Westridge Yankees 14-0 at Stephan Reagan Sports ground in Mitchell’s Plain.

Pirates came out with guns blazing, scoring 11 runs in the first inning off the pitching of the usually reliable Luwayne du Plessis.

Pirates’ opening runs came from five hits, five walks, and two errors.

Darren Chalmers was Pirates’ best hitter batting 5/5.

Kieran Clackett was in top form on the mound for Pirates as he restricted Yankees to six scattered hits.

This win takes Pirates to twelve points, level with Yankees.

In other Promotion League results, Lansdowne Eagles went down 8-2 to Milnerton Mavericks and Battswood beat Silvertree Titans 20-1.

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