- Mark Lazarus
Good win in cold and wet conditions for Bears
After being mauled last week by Guild Lions, the Bears A Grade bounced back with a resounding 16-3 win against Deakin at Wallington Reserve in wet and windy conditions. Bears were out of the blocks fast with 5 runs in their first at bat and plated a further 11 through the 4th inning. All 9 batters getting hits; including 4 to Dan Stott and 3 each to Lachlan Hockey and Lewis Weldon. Pat Brackley was again outstanding on the mound pitching 5 inning and giving up only 2 hits. Lewis Weldon dropped his catching gear to pitch the last 2 inning getting 3 strikeouts along the way.
A Reserve lost another nail biter this week going down 2-1 to Deakin in a rain interrupted game at home. Bears scored 1 in the first and held that lead for a while before Deakin first equalized and then grabbed the go ahead run late. Strong pitching by Josh Crotty, backed up late by Matt Sage wasn’t enough to offset the lack of hits from the Bears batters.
B Reserve came away with top spot on the ladder with a 9-4 win against Colac. The rain and cold perhaps contributed to a shaky first inning from pitcher Chris Dunn with Colac scoring 3. Chris pitched the remainder of the game conceding 1 more run. Some solid batting and stealing from the team allowed for consistent run scoring.
C Grade Blue were at home to the undefeated Corio in another cold and rain interrupted game on Sunday. Meg Fahy was again consistent on the hill throwing plenty of strikes. Some costly lapses by Bears certainly helped Corio, who ran away with this one 16-3. Heather Nicol again showed great intensity in both the field and as relieving pitcher.
C Grade Red was washed out at Saints.