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Under 16’s Finish Third in Championships.

By Latrobe Valley Baseball Association - 26th June 2001 - Back to News

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Last weekend, an under 16 side representing the Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association travelled to Mildura to compete in the Victorian Provincial Baseball League Championships.

The team was coached by Davis Long and managed by Mark Seeber. The boys represented the Association with pride and should be proud of finishing the championships in third position.

Game one was against Goulburn Valley and good pitching by Steven Cox and Justin Johnston restricted the opposition to just one run. Consistent scoring saw an 11-1 victory and put the boys on the front foot for the championship.

Game two was a high scoring contest that the team eventually lost to Ballarat 17-10. Andrew Johnston pitched well and was aptly supported by the field. A great first innings with the bat that tallied eight runs gave us the upper hand early. Solid Ballarat pitching held the Latrobe Valley for the remainder of the contest allowing only two more runs.

In the third game, Bendigo proved too strong winning 13-8. Bendigo hit well in the opening two innings and using their best two pitchers controlled the flow of runs from the Latrobe Valley. LV did well to come back and score runs in the last two innings but left their run too late.

Game four was against a powerful Sunraysia team that eventually continued on to win the championship. The boys fought hard but Sunraysia’s persistence saw them record an 18-4 win. This was a good experience for the boys having to come to terms with such strong pitching. LV managed to get bat to ball consistently throughout the contest but could not manage to string hits together to score runs.

In the final game before the finals were to be determined, the LV faced North East and won convincingly 16-6. The team batted well throughout the game giving them confidence going into the playoff for third place. The playoff for third would be against Bendigo who proved too strong for LV in game three. The boys had their revenge putting together their best performance for the championship comprehensively winning 22-2. LV dominated from the outset scoring eight runs in the opening dig and continued on scoring runs in each of the following innings. Controlled pitching and tight fielding allowed Bendigo to score only two runs.

The thirteen players who represented the Latrobe Valley were Andrew Johnston, Justin Johnston, Dale Robbins, Haydn Smith, Dylan Adams (Sale), Steven Cox, Chris Griffiths, Travis Hemming, Andrew Graham, Cary Humphrey (Traralgon), Luke Halket, Jason Smith (Moe/Newborough) and Leigh Marino from Morwell. Congratulations to all the boys and to Leigh Marino for being named catcher for the Championship All-Star team.

The Edison Mission Energy Latrobe Valley Baseball Association continued on Sunday with round ten games. In A grade Traralgon hosted Moe/Newborough looking to extend their winning streak while Yarram took on Morwell.

In windy, blustery conditions traditional rivals Traralgon and Moe/Newborough played out a low scoring tense contest. Owen Godenzi pitched valiantly for the Redsox making nine strikeouts for the game. The Dodgers started strongly scoring two runs in their opening two digs but fielding errors let the Redsox back in to the contest. Scores were close all day as Traralgon led until the fifth dig and scores were tied until the seventh dig. The Dodgers then scored four late runs. The final score was victory to the Dodgers 7-4 ending the Redsox winning streak. For the Dodgers Brian Spiteri had three safe hits and Luke Hornsta led the bats for Traralgon.

In the B grade game Traralgon struggled to score having only one hit at the bottom of the third and trailing 4-0. The Redsox scored two runs in the fourth but allowed the Dodgers to add four more runs. Not even a great fly ball catch by Andrew McConville could inspire the Redsox as the Dodgers controlled the contest. Wells Humphrey, Steve O’Callaghan and McConville were the top performers for the Redsox.

The C grade game saw a win for the Redsox 17-11 in a high scoring contest. The under 14 Traralgon team amassed an amazing twenty-one runs in their victory over the Redsox. Jarrod Wilhelme and Brendon Solomon had two hits each in a great team performance. In the under 12 game, the Redsox won a close contest 12-10. Good team fielding, batting and base running saw Traralgon lead 8-2 after the first. The Dodgers hit back in the second scoring eight runs but Traralgon rested control of the game adding another four runs. Traralgon is hosting a Black ball on Friday 13th July and all senior players have tickets available.

Yarram faced the Cougars in B grade and were convincingly beaten 16-1. The C grade game was an inseparable contest that ended in an 8-8 draw. Both teams had chances to take victory with the tie being a good result for an even contest. A strong team performance by Yarram enabled them to defeat Morwell 15-7 in the under 14 game.

The action continues this Sunday with round eleven games as Morwell host Moe/Newborough, Yarram takes on Churchill and Traralgon travels to Sale. So come down to the ground for the best baseball action the Latrobe Valley has to offer.


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