Grassy Park Crusaders in free fall

2017-11-28 06:01

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second inning.

ResultsMajor league

Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3. Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead. VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 ­innings. Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s. Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors. Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4). Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two ­innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground. For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors. Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

Results Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3. Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead. VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 ­innings. Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s. Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors. Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4). Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two ­innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground. For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors. Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

Results Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors.

They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth ­inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts.

He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

ResultsMajor league

Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors.

They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth ­inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts.

He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

ResultsMajor league

Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 ­innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two ­innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

Results Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 ­innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two ­innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

Results Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors. They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts. He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 ­innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two ­innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

Results Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors.

They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth ­inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts.

He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

ResultsMajor league

Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

After an exceptionally good start to the season (four wins in their first four games), Grassy Park Crusaders are now feeling the pressure.

This weekend saw them suffer their fourth and fifth consecutive defeat against VOB Macaws and Athlone A’s respectively as the first round of the major league competition was completed.

On Saturday they were out hit seven hits to two by VOB, who came from behind to win the game 8-3.

Crusaders took the lead in the second inning. After three innings they held a 2-0 lead.

VOB took the lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs from two hits by pitch, a hit and two errors.

They scored another run in the seventh and then four runs from three hits, a hit by pitch, a walk and an error in the eighth ­inning.

The four errors, five walks and five hits by pitch compounded Crusaders’ situation.

VOB started with former Crusaders player Michael Scritten on the mound. He pitched seven innings, conceding two hits and three runs, with five walks and four strikeouts.

He was replaced by Canadian Andy Orfanakos who pitched the last two innings, striking out two hitters.

Crusaders started with Jarrod Williams on the mound before replacing him with Shergill Thompson after 6.1 innings. Thompson lasted one inning before he was replaced by Brent Fransman who threw the last 1.2 innings.

Zubair Laney (2-3) was VOB’s top hitter.

In Sunday’s game Crusaders lost 10-2 to Athlone A’s.

Crusaders recorded five hits and made nine errors compared to twelve hits and four errors.

Top hitters for the A’s were Mathew Diedericks and Lloyd Stevens (both 3-4).

Crusaders started with Ashwin Kleintjies, who pitched 3.1 innings before he was replaced by Lucien Swartz for 4.2 innings.

A’s used four pitchers. Dean Jacobs pitched for four innings, Ricky Adams for one inning, former Crusaders player Cameron Fortuin for two and then Carl Michaels closed out the last two innings.

On Saturday Bellville Tygers came from a 7-3 deficit at the top of the fifth inning to defeat former champions Bothasig Knights 14-12 in the top-of-the-log clash.

They remain unbeaten at PP Smit sports ground.

For both teams it was an uncharacteristically high scoring game, with many hits and errors.

Bothasig used three pitchers. Darryn Smith was replaced in the sixth inning when he came unstuck. Keenan Clarke was later replaced by Kyle Botha.

Kevin Townend pitched for three innings before Russell Olivier replaced him. Jonathan Phillips pitched the last two innings.

Phillips provided the highlight of the game with a solo home run in the second ­inning.

ResultsMajor league

Maitland Giants 0, Athlone A’s 12

Bellville Tygers 14, Bothasig Knights 12

Grassy Park Crusaders 3, VOB Macaws 8

Westridge Yankees 9, Helderberg 0

Durbanville Villans 4, Van der Stel 15

Sunday

Durbanville Villans 2, Maitland Giants 12

Van der Stel 3, Bellville Tygers 20

Athlone A’s 10, Grassy Park Crusaders 2

Bothasig Knights 7, Westridge Yankees 3

Helderberg Pirates 7, VOB Macaws 12

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