The Maitland Giants came out victorious in their top of the league clash with Van der Stel in the promotion league of WP baseball at the weekend.
Giants won the game 5-1 and moved two points clear at the top of the standings.
The combined pitching effort of Matt Soren (from the United States) and Jayde Thorne restricted Van der Stel to three hits for the game. Michael Miller batted 1 for 5 for Van der Stel, hitting in their only run in the eighth innings.
Giants scored their five runs off Van der Stel’s two international pitchers before experienced campaigner Bles Kemp shut them down for the last three innings.
Jayde Thorne (2 for 3), Kyle Inglis (1 for 3) and Ryan Samie (1 for 2) were Giants’ best hitters.
The foreign pitchers could only pitch a combined total of five innings.
Elario threw a no-hitter and only faced two hitters more than the minimum. He threw for nine innings, faced 29 hitters, struck off 16 and allowed two base on balls.
The Bothasig hitters – Brett Willemburg (3 for 4), Keenan Clarke (2 for 3) and Nick Eagles – did well to support Elario’s efforts.
A’s had no answer to Elario’s dominant performance.
Carl Michaels (seven innings) and Lloyd Stevens (one inning) shared the pitching duties for A’s.
Three big innings (second, fourth and ninth) by VOB set up a surprising victory over Westridge.
Westridge did not help their efforts by allowing 16 free bases (13BB and 4HBP) and making seven errors.
Westridge’s pitching duties were shared by Jayson Ripepi (5.2Inn, 5H, 5BB, 6K and 3HBP) and Luwayne du Plessis (2.1Inn, 2H, 8BB, 1K and 1HBP).
VOB’s pitching was shared by Michael Scritten, Grant Robertson and Chad Jones with a combined effort (9Inn, 14H, 9BB, 3HBP). VOB surprised when they did not use their SA squad member Jason Theys. Theys was merely seen warming up in the bullpen.
The best hitters for Westridge were Casley Ripepi (3 for 4), Veon Rix (2 for 2) and Kyle Ripepi (2 for 3). Chad Gravenhorst (3 for 4) and Grant Emmanuel (2 for 4) were VOB’s best hitters.
Both teams fielded poorly with Westridge making seven errors and VOB eight.
A three-run homerun by Jonathan Phillips and a two-run homerun by Kyle Eittisch helped Bellville beat Durbanville 8-4 to move into second spot on the major league.
Durbanville’s pitching duties were shared between Benji Waite (5 Inn/ 1 run), Gavin Jefferies (3 Inn/ 2 runs) and Terence le Roux (1 Inn/ 5 runs). Bellville also used three pitchers: Russell Olivier (5 Inn/ 1 run), Josh Havelson (3 Inn/ 1 run) and Callan Pearce (1 Inn/ 2 runs).
Silvertree 9; Crusaders 4
Devonshire 6; Helderberg 8
Battswood 15; Thistle 5