A week­end of dou­ble-head­ers to test Ma­jor League squad depth

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SEAN CAMP­BELL

THIS week­end sees the first of the seven dou­ble-head­ers (to­day and to­mor­row) of the WP base­ball sea­son.

Bothasig host Dur­banville to­day, the lat­ter hav­ing had an in­dif­fer­ent start to their sea­son, los­ing to Westridge Yan­kees and new­com­ers Mait­land Gi­ants. And to­mor­row, Bothasig visit fel­low un­beaten out­fit, the Bel­lville Tygers.

Bothasig have been with­out their front­line pitch­ers, Jared Elario (in­jury) and Dy­lan Unsworth (ex­tended stay in USA Fall League). So far the youth­ful com­bi­na­tion of Devon Clarke, Jordi King, Damon Mitchell and Keenan Clarke put in ex­cel­lent ef­forts.

Dur­banville have also re­lied on four pitch­ers, though they have not been well sup­ported by the team’s de­fence.

Bothasig would hope to still be un­beaten to­mor­row when they play Bel­lville in what has be­come known as the “north derby”. Both teams will be hop­ing for ef­fi­cient games to­day so as not to put pres­sure on the pitch­ing staff.

Bel­lville have the eas­ier of to­day’s games when they visit Cru­saders, es­pe­cially with the back­ing of their in­tim­i­dat­ing trav­el­ling sup­port­ers known as “The SigNa­tion”.

Dur­banville’s en­counter to­mor­row is away to Athlone A’s, who want to re­deem them­selves af­ter com­ing a crop­per against VOB last week.

Dur­banville have been with­out their reg­u­lar lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­ers. Coach Dar­ryn Smith will be hop­ing his pitch­ing will be suf­fi­cient to be com­pet­i­tive.

A’s play Mait­land to­day and will be hop­ing to have a more set­tled team which could pro­vide some con­sis­tency. Mait­land have a tricky week­end; they face Westridge to­mor­row.

But af­ter last week’s de­mo­li­tion of Dur­banville, Gi­ants will surely back them­selves this week­end.

Mait­land will also be hop­ing to con­tinue their hit­ting ex­ploits from last week.

With a clash against VOB to­day, Westridge will be hop­ing to pick up the pieces af­ter go­ing down to Bel­lville in seven in­nings last week.

Pitch­ers Luwayne du Plessis, Jared du Plessis, Jayson Ripepi and Kyle Ripepi would need to be at their best in both games this week­end if they wish to tri­umph. Their hit­ting and field­ing also needs to be on point.

VOB’s op­po­nents to­mor­row are Cru­saders, who will head to Chukker Road hop­ing to grab the points.

Cru­saders’ pitch­ing depth might be their prob­lem, though, so VOB will be hop­ing the ad­di­tions made from Sil­vertree will as­sist them in tak­ing both wins.

This week­end will re­ally be a test for all teams as the depth of all squads will be ex­tended. Fix­tures To­day: Mait­land v Athlone, Cru­saders v Bel­lville, Bothasig v Dur­banville, Westridge v VOB (all 3.30pm). To­mor­row: Bel­lville v Bothasig, Athlone v Dur­banville, Mait­land v Westridge, VOB v Cru­saders (all 12.30pm). Pro­mo­tion League To­day: Devon­shire v Van Der Stel, This­tle v Helder­berg, Mil­ner­ton v Battswood.

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