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The action continued last Sunday in the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association with round fifteen games

By Latrobe Valley Baseball Association - 1st August 2001 - Back to News

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The action continued last Sunday in the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association with round fifteen games. With the finals only a month away the competition is hotting up as teams battle for the ascendancy.

In a game pivotal to the final standings, Traralgon hosted the Moe/Newborough Dodgers. The game produced some excellent batting including five home runs by the Redsox. Davis Long got the scoreboard moving early with a home run that brought in two runs in the opening dig. He repeated this feat in the fourth innings to put the Redsox ahead 5-0. With bases loaded John Kus hit a grand slam home run that brought in four runs to give the Redsox a commanding lead. Capitalising on errors in the field the Dodgers added two runs in the fifth and a homer by Brian Spiteri in the sixth netted two more runs. Two more home runs from Godenzi and Seeber ended the Dodgers run. Nineteen safe hits from the Redsox bats helped them take victory 13-4. Brad Pratt allowed the Dodgers only five hits and had eight strikeouts. John Kus and Davis Long had the best batting stats for the day, with four hits from five plate appearances. Tim Wilson had three hits and Brian Spiteri had two for the Dodgers.

The B grade game was a win to the Redsox, 8-5. Traralgon scored two runs in the first dig, but due to fielding errors, the Dodgers replied with three runs. The Dodgers shut Traralgon down in the second and led 4-2 early. Traralgon came out swinging the bat with five hits for five runs, using nine batters and only allowed Moe/Newborough to score one more run in the fourth. Traralgon continued to score, including a huge home run by Brad Seeber, who also had a double and two singles for the day. Don Saunders had three hits and Jude Power had three hits.

In C grade Traralgon started slowly with the bat, and Moe had a strong start. Traralgon made a huge impact in their second batting dig, with Wells Humphrey and Graeme Estcourt hitting home runs. The Dodgers increased their run rate in the third dig, but it wasn’t enough as Traralgon held on and won 15-14. The Redsox continued their good form winning the under 18 contest 19-6 and had an impressive victory in the under 16 contest.

Traralgon were the victors 15-9 in the under 14 game. In the last game, Moe/Newborough were the winners 15-7. In the first dig Traralgon’s Frank Albanese’s great hit scored a run and the other four runs came from good steals to home. In the second dig both Megan Griffiths and Alistair Gray hit well to get on base but only 2 runs were scored. The third innings saw Colin Draper hit a run in and four more runs stole home. In a spirited contest the Dodgers were too strong as their consistent all round team game was the difference.

Churchill hosted a very classy Sale in an entertaining contest. The game was tight until the seventh inning when the Rangers put the game beyond the reach of the Braves. Leaving too many runners on base again proved to be a thorn in the side of a much undermanned Churchill as they went down 16-3. Best for Sale were pitcher Chris Garner, Leigh Robbins with two hits (one home run) and Dimarco and Bailey with three hits each. Best for Churchill was James Keighran with two hits.

Sale dominated the remaining two senior grades. Despite the valiant efforts of the Braves pitchers, the Rangers were far too strong in the batting stakes winning convincingly. The under 18 game was won by Sale with the top performers for Sale being Johnston with four hits and Monahan and a Sidey with three hits respectively. Churchill’s best was Mckinnon with a single.

In the under 14’s, Sale defeated Churchill 13 to 2. Best for Sale was Morrison with four hits and Mildenhall three hits. Best for Churchill were Moss and Keighran. The under 12 contest was a close battle with Sale prevailing 12 to 5. Sale’s Cheyne Petit had four hits and Matt Raydell two hits. Churchill’s best were Madex and Linn with a single each.

Yarram travelled to Morwell to take on the Cougars in B grade. The game was tight early as Morwell led 5-4 at the bottom of the third. The Morwell batters were being well held by Yarram’s pitcher Greg Shields. A pitching change by Yarram saw the game open up as the Cougars amassed eleven runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth due mainly to some untimely errors in the field. Stephen Baleisa pitched a great game for the Cougars with seven strikeouts. The difference in the game untimely fielding errors and the fact that Yarram had nine safe hits to Morwell’s eighteen. Best players for Morwell were Stephen Baleisa, Jason Barnes and Garth Kay, while Greg Shields, Lawrie Hayden and Greg Garland were the top performers for Yarram.

It was another closely fought contest in the C grade game as Morwell held of a gallant Stealers team winning 11-9. The game started slowly and the teams were hard to separate all day. Morwell’s Mark Smith, Rob Moffat and Chris Atlee and Yarram’s Darren Crockford, Greg Sheilds and Olivia Macey were the game’s standouts. Morwell’s talented under 14 side were led by Rory Clark, Matthew Landsdown and Frank Miriello as they defeated Yarram comfortably.

The Morwell Baseball Club is holding a Trivia Night on Friday August 10th at the Merton Rush Hotel, Morwell at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Clyde Cumming on pH 51344325. Morwell would like to invite any past players or new players to play with Morwell Baseball Club, juniors through to seniors.

The action continues this Sunday with round sixteen games. Moe/Newborough host Morwell, Churchill battles Yarram and Traralgon take on Sale. The public is welcome.


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