Brilliant baseball action

2015-04-30 15:15

The annual Park Tigers Baseball Tournament produced some brilliant baseball last weekend and the VW Baseball Club lifted the trophy after beating the hosts in the final 5-2.

A fine batting display by captain, Wikus Oliphant, closely followed by Sheldon van Schalkwyk, Mario Schwartz, Brendon Oliphant and Anton Siebert paved the victory for VW BC.

Wikus batted 3-3 with Sheldon, Mario, Brendon and Anton batting 2-3 on the day. The pitcher catcher combination of Barend Niemand and Wikus Oliphant worked well for VW on the day with Barend holding most Tigers batted at bay. In the field, Anton Schwartz at centre field was rock solid, closely followed by Brendon Oliphant at first base, who was responsible for making the most plays of the day.

VW BC coach, Terrence Gouws, said he was immensely proud of the boys, as they have been working hard behind the scenes, and it paid off in the final.

“Baseball was the winner and this excites us as we prepare to send our youngsters away to the IRT nationals, next week. We wish all participants well,” said Gouws.

As a fitting send off to all baseballers, Keith Grobler, the in-form catcher of Red Sox, also showed his support for VW BC on the day, and this brought out the best of the guys.

For Tigers Charl Ungerer, pitched the first two frames and then was replaced by Luke Jamieson, who kept most VW batters at bay, getting 5 strike outs and allowing only 2 hits in the 2 frames that he pitched.

For Tigers, Luke Jamieson, tried hard during the tournament hitting the only home-run on the day, leading up to the final. Charl Ungerer, Hennie Stander and Leon Willet tried hard on the day, but they just couldn’t find the gaps, as a result of the brilliant fielding display and defence from the VW side.

Piet Momberg, chairman of Park Tigers, said, “It was a great day of baseball and softball. Hats off to the Park Panthers for being victorious with the softball, it would’ve been great for the boys to lift the trophy, however it is what happens between the white lines that makes the difference

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