Year 7 Baseball State Final
An early start on a warm day for our trip to Cheltenham. A bus ride on Beach Road was a relaxing route rather than the freeway.
Our first pool game opponent Frankston was no match for the pitching of Tim Liersch as he struck out 5 of the first 6 hitters. Their inability to throw consistent strikes gave us a good start 7 runs in the first innings. Then solid hitting from Marcus Andropof, Ethan Sakal, Sam Duggan 2, and Tom McWilliam took our run tally to 16/3 win.
Game 2 was a tighter contest with our pitchers Tim Liersch and Ethan Sakal keeping Mt Waverley scoreless from 10 strikeouts and 1 hit. The hitting was led by Tim Liersch (2), Sam Duggan (1), Jacob Trani (1), Josh Dawson (1) and Jarin Lewis (1) to bring home 6 runs and a strong win.
Game 3 was a more difficult game as our pitching depth was tested. Tim’s pitch total reached its limit early after a poor defensive innings conceded 3 runs before good outs to Tim and Tom McWilliam and Ethan Sakal. Our hitting excelled in this game as Tim Liersch (2) home runs, Zac Graham (2), Sam Duggan (1) homerun, Josh Dawson (1), Will Owens (1) allowed us to get the maximum 14 runs in our 2 hitting innings for only 2 outs.
The 14/9 win took us to the State Final against Blackburn, played on diamond 1.
The pitching was stated by Ethan for half of the first innings then Zac Graham threw the rest of the game only conceding 2 safe hits and 3 walks for 1 run. Good defence from Marcus Andropof, Tim Liersch, Tom McWilliam and a double play from Zac kept their total runs to 5. The Strathmore offense while not at their best put enough pressure on each hitting inning to score 4, 4, & 5 for a total of 13 runs. Leading hitters were Tim Liersch (1), Sam Duggan (1), Ethan Sakal (1), Tom McWilliam (1), Josh (1) while others regularly got on base with walks or Blackburn errors.
The game finished with the mercy rule enforced due to the 13/5 scoreline.
Result – Strathmore State Champions
Marcus Andropof, Lewis Boyle, Josh Dawson, Sam Duggan, Zac Graham, Jarin Lewis, Tim Liersch, Tom McWilliam, William Owens, Ethan Sakal, Jacob Trani.
Bailey Marcola (Assistant Coach)
Garry Bitmead (Coach)