Black’s victorious, Orange routed in mixed day for Rangers
BOTH Wangaratta Rangers baseball teams played North Albury Bears in round five of North East Baseball on Sunday at Springdale Heights, Lavington.
Aaron Parker pitched the full game for Rangers Black in their game against the Bears Gold side.
After striking out the first Bears batter to face him, their next two batters got on base from walks.
Bears lost their next batter to an infield fly ball catch, then their next batter was left on base when their third out was made.
Leaving bases loaded and no runs scored, Rangers’ first three batters got on base and with some good base running were able to bring in three runs before they lost their third out.
Rangers held Bears Gold from scoring in their second turn at bat, then added another two runs to their own score to lead by five runs at the top of the third innings.
With one out and two runners on base, Bears’ fourth batter hit deep to right field to bring in the two on base but was then caught in a rundown double play when the next batter hit straight back to the pitcher.
A change of pitcher by Bears Gold saw Rangers’ run rate slow right down and they were only able to add two more runs in their next four innings.
Bears Gold managed the same.
Rangers Black were best served with the bat by Steve Peruzzo and Nathan Pool each having three safe hits while Rob Seymour, Kyle Gilmore and Sarah Iwanuch made up the nine safe hits that Rangers Black had all game.
Rangers Black won seven runs to Bears Gold four.
Rangers Orange played Bears Green in the second game, and weakened by the unavailability of 10 members, Rangers were behind the eight ball to start with.
Bears Green got off to a good start when their first two batters got on base from big hits to right field and were both home when they lost their first out, they scored another run before they lost the next two outs.
Rangers Orange’s batters were facing the association’s fastest pitcher in Brendan Simmons on the mound for Bears Green.
Rangers Orange went three up, three down in their first three turns at bat, the first three batters being the only three to get bat to ball, the other six being struck out at the plate.
Bears Green added another two runs and led five runs to zero at the top of the fourth innings.
Bears started to bring in runs one after the other in their fourth innings and had added a massive 20 runs for the innings before they lost three outs.
Simmons pitched another dig, three up, three down before he was relieved by a less experienced pitcher for the last two innings.
Rangers Orange got two safe hits in their fifth innings and one in the sixth but could not get a runner across the plate.
Bears Green won 32 runs to Rangers no score in what was not a game but a shame.
A shame that Bears did not use a lesser pitcher, a shame that the association did not keep the bylaw of not pitching your top pitchers to weaker teams and a shame they did not keep the bylaw of six run rule per dig.
Rangers Black and Orange play Warriors White and Maroon next Sunday at Gayview Park while Bears Green and Gold play Benalla Bandits and Porepunkah Panthers at Porepunkah.