Westridge creates big upset

Darren Wedel of Athlone Athletics runs out Jonathan Phillips of Bellville during their major league baseball match at the Parktown sportsgrounds on Saturday. Bellville won the encounter 3-1. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images
Darren Wedel of Athlone Athletics runs out Jonathan Phillips of Bellville during their major league baseball match at the Parktown sportsgrounds on Saturday. Bellville won the encounter 3-1. PHOTO: Peter Heeger/ Gallo Images

Westridge Yankees showed great character by collecting all four points on offer this weekend after their disappointing loss last weekend.

On Saturday Westridge caused the biggest upset of the season by beating league leader Bothasig 8-5 at Stephen Reagan sportsground.

Bothasig struggled to come to grips with the off-speed pitching of Dean Martin, who threw seven innings and only conceded six hits and five runs. Martin’s consistent pitching was well supported by his field, who only made a single error in the game.

Bothasig’s best hitters were Andrew Norman (2-2) and Kyle Botha (2-4). Brad Erasmus hit a solo home-run in the eighth innings after which Martin was replaced by Jason Ripepi, who kept Bothasig scoreless until the end.

JP Norman (4), Damon Mitchell (0.1) and Duanne Feldsman (4.2) did the pitching duties. Gwyn Petersen (3-5), Ripepi (2-4) and Veon Rix (1-2) did well with the bat for Westridge.

Westridge continued their winning ways on Sunday when they trounced Silvertree 7-2 at Stephen Reagan sportsground.

Luwayne du Plessis shouldered the pitching duties for Westridge and restricted Silvertree to five hits and two runs. Silvertree scored both of their runs in the second innings.

Silvertree used Pat Phillips, Dayton Williams and Dean Jacobs to carry out their pitching duties.

Petersen (2-5) and Kyle Ripepi (1-2) did well with the bats for Westridge.

Bellville leapfrog AthloneBellville narrowly beat Athlone 3-1 in a tough encounter at Parktown sports complex on Saturday.

A tough pitching duel between the two sides saw Russell Olivier (5 inn) and Callan Pearce (4) of Bellville allowing Athlone five hits for their run and Carl Michaels (6) and Lloyd Stevens (3) conceding four hits, allowing Bellville three runs.

Bellville scored two runs in the third innings after catcher Alistair Veale could not hold onto a great throw from Leon Dodgen from right field. The error allowed Alan Randall and Anthony Phillips to score from second and first base respectively off the base hit from Jonathan Phillips.

Athlone narrowed the lead to 2-1 in the sixth innings but Bellville reached the winning score with a sacrifice fly from Anthony Phillips in the eighth.

Jonathan Phillips (2-4) and Pearce (1-1) did well with the bat for Bellville, and Dodgen (2-3) and PJ (2-4) did well for Athlone.

Maitland Giants impressMaitland consolidated their top spot in the promotion league by pounding in the runs against Thistle in their 18-0 win at Ottery sports field.

An excellent pitching display by Carlo Koks, who has been used sparingly this season, set up the victory for Maitland in five innings.

His pitching was backed up with some good hitting by Jaydee Thorne 4-5 (1 HR, 1 2b), Kyle Inglis 2-3 (2 HR) and Tauriq George 2-3 (1 2b).

Maitland scored runs in each inning.

Weekend resultsPromotion league

Pirates 15; Lansdowne 0

Thistle 0; Maitland Giants 18

Devonshire 12; Battswood 1

Van der Stel: Bye

Major league

Saturday:

Westridge 8; Bothasig 5

Athlone 1; Bellville 3

Crusaders 0; Durbanville 17

VOB 10; Silvertree 0

Sunday:

Bothasig 3; Durbanville 0

Bellville 23; VOB 2

Westridge 7; Silvertree 2

Athlone 8; Crusaders 2


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