Yankees’ pitching takes a beating

2016-12-06 06:01
Chief umpire Mark Cupido makes a safe call on home plate on Haydn Matthee of Durbanville after Kyle Inglis, the catcher of Maitland Giants (left), failed to tag him during a major league game played in Kensington on Saturday. Giants won the match 6-2.  PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Chief umpire Mark Cupido makes a safe call on home plate on Haydn Matthee of Durbanville after Kyle Inglis, the catcher of Maitland Giants (left), failed to tag him during a major league game played in Kensington on Saturday. Giants won the match 6-2. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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A dominant pitching performance by Callan Pearce and good batting by Anthony Phillips (4/5), Charles Cordier (3/5) and Allan Randall (2/2) helped first-placed Bellville beat second-placed Westridge Yankees 10-0 in Mitchell’s Plain on Saturday.

Pearce, who plies his trade in the US minor leagues, pitched five innings and conceded only one hit while he struck out six Yankees hitters.

The Yankees pitchers took a beating. Luwayne du Plessis started the pitching and conceded four runs in the first inning and two runs in the sixth. Jayson Ripepi pitched the seventh inning and conceded a further four runs.

Good start for GiantsIn Maitland, Durbanville came unstuck 6-2 against the Giants.

Both starting pitchers threw very well, with Canadian Jas Shergill conceding a run in his five innings. Shergill was replaced by Brad Erasmus who restricted Durbanville to one further run.

Darren Smith started for Durbanville and also restricted Giants to one run. He was replaced by Kevin Townsend who pitched to the end.

Jayde Thorne and Erasmus batted well for the winning team.

Maitland Giants collected a further two points when Bothasig forfeited a game scheduled for Sunday.

A’s get 13 hitsThirteen hits helped secure Athlone A’s a 12-7 victory over VOB at Chukker Road.

Casley Ripepi (2/3), PJ Abrahams (2/4), Lee Marks (2/4) and Faizel Moosa (2/5) batted well for A’s.

VOB used four pitchers, opting to start with Josh Rich who only pitched 1.3 innings and conceded six runs from four hits.

Tim Uitvligt came on in the second inning and pitched 3.1 innings, conceding a further two runs from four hits before being replaced by Grant Robertson who conceded four runs from two hits.

Michael Scritten closed out the last three innings without conceding a run.

Carl Michaels threw seven innings, conceding four runs from five hits while striking out nine. Michaels was replaced by Lloyd Stevens who conceded three runs from five hits in his two innings.

Jared Heynes, Paul Bell and Scritten all batted (2/5) for VOB.

Both teams made five errors.

Crusaders lose 17-9Home runs for Bothasig paved the way for its 17-9 win over Crusaders in Grassy Park.

Bothasig’s top hitters were Darren Biltman (4/6), Dayle Feldtman (4/6 including a home run) and Benji Smith (4/5 including a home run). Kyle Botha also registered a home run.

Chris Jacobs (1/1 and four walks), Warren Adams (2/3) and Brent Fransman (2/5) were Crusaders’ best hitters. Chad Beukes hit a home run.

Both teams used three pitchers.

Promotion leagueIn the promotion league Van der Stel secured a 16-1 win over Battswood in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

US import Michael Miller started on the mound for Van der Stel. He was replaced in the sixth inning by Robbie Clarke.

Battswood started with Nelson Mapika, who pitched five innings, giving up eleven runs. Emile van Zyl took over in the sixth inning. He only managed to get one out before the fifteen-run rule was applied in the sixth inning.

The top batter for Battswood was Zaid Hendricks (2/3).

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