Bellarine Bears starting to find form
A fairly successful weekend for the Bears in this week’s baseball with A-grade back in the winner’s circle and season first wins to A-Reserve and the C-grade (Red).
The new look Ballarat Royals made the trip to Wallington for the A-grade and A-reserve games.
It was a tight tussle in A-grade with scores even after 4 innings with Josh Crotty pitching. The Royals looked like they may get on top in the 5th with 2 out and bases loaded, but Simon Murry came on to close out the inning. The Bears came back with 4 runs in the 5th to get on top. Coach Lewis Weldon pitched a scoreless last inning to finish the game and this leaves A-grade on top of the ladder.
A-reserve notched up their first win of the season with a more settled side. Pat Brackley pitched well to keep Ballarat to 1 run through 4 innings. The Bears managed to score 3 with some hits and walks and were leading 3-1 after 4. Brad Hockey came on to close out the game for the bears but just 1 loose pitch was enough to give up a 3 run bomb to put pressure on the juniors in the side including Cooper Tipping in his first senior game coming up to bat. Several walks and a hit loaded up the bases and a single to Matt Sage allowed 2 to score and get the Bears across the line 5-4.
C-grade Red also got their first win of the season 14-2 with some emphatic batting away at Saints. Brad O’Brien led with 4 hits, Paul Cameron 3 and 2 hits each to Marc Weakley and Herb Goowan. Paul Cameron pitched 3 and gave up only 1 while Isaac O’Brien relieved to close out the game for the Bears.