Black’s vic­to­ri­ous, Or­ange routed in mixed day for Rangers

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - BASE­BALL

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.

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