Giants, VOB in close doubleheader

2017-01-17 06:01
Alistair Veale of Athlone A’s during his team’s major league baseball match against Bellville at the Peakview sports field on Saturday.  PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

Alistair Veale of Athlone A’s during his team’s major league baseball match against Bellville at the Peakview sports field on Saturday. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

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Maitland Giants edged VOB out 9-8 in a closely contested game on Saturday which saw both teams make silly errors at a crucial stage of the game.

The lead changed hands twice.

The Giants had a 3-2 lead after the first inning. VOB took a 6-4 lead after scoring four runs in the third inning with Giants only replying with one run.

The Giants then scored three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-6 lead. VOB came back strongly in the seventh inning with two runs, but it was not enough.

VOB’s top hitters were Grant Emmanuel (3/5), Paul Bell (2/4) and Jared Heynes (2/5) and Jayde Thorne (5/5), Brad Erasmus (2/5) and US import Josh Petersen (2/5) for the Giants.

Grant Robertson started the pitching for VOB and pitched five innings. He conceded 11 hits, nine runs and three walks while striking out two. He was replaced by Netherlands import Tim Uitvligt who threw the last three innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three Giants hitters.

The Giants surprised VOB by starting with Erasmus on the mound. In his stint of five innings he gave up six runs from seven hits. He was replaced by Thorne who gave up two runs from two hits.

The Giants scored eight unearned runs from five VOB errors while the Giants made two errors.

Athlone lose at homeGood hitting by Anthony Phillips helped Bellville beat Athlone A’s 10-4 at the Vangate sports complex in Athlone on Saturday.

Phillips was the only hitter to record more than two hits in the game. He batted 3/6.

A’s used three pitchers. They started with Lloyd Stevens who pitched 5.1 innings, conceding four runs from five hits and four walks before being replaced by Carl Michaels. He threw 2.2 innings, allowing three runs from four hits and one walk. Mathew Diedericks threw the last inning, allowing one run from one hit and one walk.

A’s could not come to grips with Bellville’s pitching.

Yankees come unstuck Bothasig out hit Westridge Yankees to beat them 13-1 in Bothasig on Saturday.

Bothasig best hitters were Kyle Botha (2/3), Darren Boltman (2/4), Nick Eagles (2/4) and JP Norman (2/4).

Yankees got one hit in the game.

Keenan Clarke started the pitching for Bothasig. He threw six innings during which he conceded one hit, one run and four walks while striking out five hitters. DJ Stark threw the last inning.

Yankees used Kyle Ripepi and Jared du Plessis to pitch and both struggled.

In the other Saturday fixture Durbanville beat Crusaders 19-7.

On Sunday, VOB beat Westridge Yankees 9-6 in another of the weekend’s close games.

Westridge held the lead twice during the game.

In the top of the third inning the Yankees scored four runs from five hits and one walk to take a 5-0 lead. VOB responded immediately with five runs from one hit, two walks and two hits by pitches to tie the game at 5-5 at the end of the third inning.

The Yankees took the lead 6-5 in the seventh inning. VOB responded again in the eighth when Jared Heynes, who was Kyle Ripepi’s first batter, hit a grand slam to secure victory for VOB.

Robin Jones (2/3), Grant Emmanuel (2/4) and Heynes (2/5, including the grand slam) were VOB’s top hitters. Ashley Julius (3/4) did well for the Yankees.

Jayson Ripepi started the eighth inning, getting one out and walking one batter. He was replaced by Jared du Plessis who walked the next two hitters. He was replaced by Kyle Ripepi who got the last two outs, not before being hit for the grand slam.

Josh Rich and Michael Scritten shared the pitching duties for VOB.

In the other close game on Sunday, Maitland Giants came just short, 7-6, against Athlone A’s.

Leading 6-1 after six innings, the A’s must have thought their victory was in the bag.

But the Giants showed their fighting spirit by scoring five runs from two hits and two walks. The A’s also made two of their four errors in one inning.

A’s started with Dean Jacobs who looked really comfortable after conceding one run from two hits in the first inning. He kept the Giants hitless and scoreless for the next five innings.

It was in the seventh inning that he gave up his first walk and conceded the other two of his four hits. He was replaced in the seventh inning by Carl Michaels who got the last eight outs by striking out five Giants hitters.

The Giants started with Canadian Jas Shergill, who conceded four runs from eight hits and one walk. He struck out seven A’s hitters.

He was replaced by Jayde Thorne who threw three innings, conceding three runs from two hits and one walk.

Casley Ripepi (2/3) and Darren Wedel (2/4) hit well for the A’s. Josh Petersen (2/4) did well for the Giants.

In other Sunday results Durbanville lost 13-4 to Bothasig and league leader Bellville thumped Crusaders 16-1.

Bellville heads the log with 34 points, followed by Bothasig with 24, Athlone A’s with 22 and Westridge Yankees and Maitland Giants on 18. They are followed by VOB and Durbanville on 10 points. Crusaders remain winless.

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