Bellarine Bears starting to find form
IT was a fairly successful weekend for the Bears in this week’s baseball, with A-grade back in the winner’s circle and season first wins to A-Reserve and the C-grade (Red).
The new look Ballarat Royals made the trip to Wallington for the A-grade and A-reserve games.
It was a tight tussle in A-grade with scores even after four innings with Josh Crotty pitching.
The Royals looked like they may get on top in the 5th with two out and bases loaded, but Simon Murray came on to close out the inning.
The Bears came back with four runs in the 5th to get on top.
Coach Lewis Weldon pitched a scoreless last inning to finish the game and this leaves A-grade on top of the ladder.
A-reserve notched up their first win of the season with a more settled side.
Pat Brackley pitched well to keep Ballarat to one run through four innings.
The Bears managed to score three with some hits and walks and were leading 3-1 after 4.
Brad Hockey came on to close out the game for the bears but just one loose pitch was enough to give up a three-run bomb to put pressure on the juniors in the side, including Cooper Tipping in his first senior game coming up to bat.
Several walks and a hit loaded up the bases and a single to Matt Sage allowed two to score and get the Bears across the line 5-4.
C-grade Red also got their first win of the season 14-2 with some emphatic batting away at Saints.
Brad O’Brien led with four hits, Paul Cameron with three and two hits each to Marc Weakley and Herb Goowan.
Paul Cameron pitched three and gave up only one while Isaac O’Brien relieved to close out the game for the Bears.