- Mark Lazarus
Solid win for Bellarine Bears A-grade
Lachlan Hockey pitched 4 innings in A-grade’s 4-2 win over Guild. Hockey gave up just 2 runs with Pat Brackley doing a fine job pitching in relief conceding no runs over the last 3 innings. Offensively the standouts were Brock Wells with 2 hits and Lachlan Stott with 1 hit and an RBI, but it was Dan Stott with 2 hits including a telling double in the third scoring 2 run to seal the game for Bears. This leaves Bears a game clear from Saints at the top of the table.
A-reserve tied with Guild 4-4 after leading for most of the game. Matt Sage again did a solid job on the mound pitching 4 inning with 9 strikeouts and conceded only 2 runs. Bears led 4-2 through the five with hits to Tayla Weldon, Brad Hockey and Cooper Tipping having his first hit and RBI in seniors. Brad Hockey pitched the last inning for Bears but Guild showed a lot of desperation in their base running to post 2 runs and tie the game.
B-reserve played at Wallington but went down 7-2 against Saints. Bears struggled to get bat on ball with only 4 hits for the game. Matt Connell was a standout with 3 hits and Chris Dunn chipping in for 1. Saints were gifted 10 walks and by the time Matt Connell pitched the last 2 innings the damage was already done.
C-grade Blue held Lara to only 2 runs early with great defence from Mel Finnigan including an outfield catch and double play with Chantelle Baker making a number of outs from 3rd base. Steph Stott with a good hit to left field and solid pitching by Heather Nicol and Phoebe Jakubzik, but Lara finished strongly winning 11-0.
C-grade Red lost a high scoring game in Ballarat 12-10.