Western Metro Baseball Finals
Senior Boys Western Metro Finals
A fine day and an early departure (8.00am) saw the boys travel to Geelong for the Western Metro Region finals.
Our first game opponents, Maribyrnong Sports Academy arrived after the scheduled starting time and suffered with the rushed start. We scored in all innings to put 7 runs across the plate. While they only threatened in the first innings when a couple of fielding errors put runners on base. Danya struck out 7 in 3 innings, a commanding pitching performance. Our hitters were led by Matt Riordan (2), Sam Dukic (1) (2 RBI’s) and Danya Liaw (1) (home run) and 3 (RBI’s).
The final was against the strong Belmont side who had previously easily accounted for Williamstown Secondary College. From the start the boys challenged their defence as we scored 2 & 3 in the first 2 innings to hold a 5/2 lead at the halfway point. A poor Belmont defensive innings in the 3rd saw another 4 runs cross the plate. Danya struck out 5 in the last 2 innings and the boys limited their hits and base running to come out 9/2 winners.
Hitters to do well were Danya Liaw 1 double, Oliver Nicholas 2 (triple), 3 RBI’s, Sam Dukic 2 RBI’s.
Iluka Sax-Williams caught both games and Danya was the match winner on the mound in both games.
Intermediate Boys Western Metro Finals
A squad of 12 boys travelled to Geelong to contest the Western Metropolitan Region Baseball finals on 27 April.
The first game was for pool honours against Taylors Lakes who lacked the skills and game experience to compete with the Strathmore boys. Behind the solid in-field defence of Sean Callander, Lachlan Eilers and Anders Lyche, Taylors Lakes were kept to 3 runs while Strathmore’s team hitting brought 21 runs. Multiple hits came from Charles Ward, Sean Callander, Anders Lyche and Jay Swidryk.
The final was a much tighter contest with Bellarine as both defences were dominant. Strathmore scored first as Sean Callander hit a huge home run in the first innings. He scored again in the third as a result of smart base running. Although Bellarine scored in the third innings the pitching of Jack Ford to Charles Ward was consistent enough to contain their hitters to 2 outfield hits. An insurance run in the last innings from Jack Ford’s bat was enough as we defended well to run out 3 to 1 winners, and a place in the State finals.
Safe hits in the final – Sean Callander (1) home run, Lachlan Eilers (1) and Jack Ford (2).