Photo: Carine Cats Baseball Club
State League 1 teams have wrapped up the year with some big wins ahead of the break. Wanneroo, Morley, South Perth and Braves make up the top four going into 2021. Check out recaps from this past week and view fixtures, results and standings HERE.
Wembley Magpies 2 v Morley Eagles 8
Wembley fell behind early and couldn't come back in an 8-2 loss to Morley on Wednesday night. The Eagles took the lead on a single by Christopher House in the second inning as the Magpies struggled to contain the high-powered offense, eventually giving up eight runs.
Morley scored four runs in the third inning. Zac McMillin, Cody Nicholas, and House all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Riley Franklin got the start for Morley. The ace surrendered two runs on four hits over four innings, striking out three and walking one.
Nick Alexiou led things off on the mound for Wembley. The pitcher lasted two innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out four. Chris Crawford threw five innings out of the bullpen.
Crawford went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Wembley in hits, while Morley totaled eight hits in the game. House had a 4-for-4 day and McMillin racked up multiple hits too. Morley didn't commit a single error in the field as Kieran Chapman had the most chances with nine.
Wembley is 4-12 and plays Wanneroo to start the new year.
Victoria Park Belmont Reds 6 v Perth Baseball Club 2
Victoria Park Belmont fired up the offense in the first inning, when Matt Durbin induced Jack Smalpage to hit into a fielder's choice with a run scoring.
The Reds put up four runs in the second inning as Chris Dawson, Josh Paull, and Smalpage all drove in runs.
Corey Brown was the winning pitcher for the Reds. The bulldog went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out two. Durbin took the loss for Perth after surrendering six runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out five.
The Reds tallied seven hits, including two apiece for Dawson and Curtis Bacon. Brady Oliphant went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Perth in hits. Perth was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Nathan Driessen made the most plays with five.
Victoria Park Belmont Reds 14 v Perth Baseball Club 17
Victoria Park Belmont and Perth played a tight game, but Perth pulled out the 17-14 victory on Sunday night.
The game was tied at 12 with Perth batting in the top of the tenth when Jake White homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.
The Reds collected 12 hits and Perth had 17 in the high-scoring affair. The Reds opened up an early lead in the second inning when Chris Dawson singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run. They went on to score five runs with RBIs from Curtis Bacon, Trent McDonnell, Dawson and Josh Paull.
After Perth scored three runs in the top of the fourth on a home run from Edgar Mundarain, the Reds answered with three of their own. Joshua Greenham tripled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs and Matthew Reynolds grounded out, scoring one run.
In the top of the ninth inning, Perth tied things up at 12 when Matt Durbin singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.
Matt Sibley got the start for Perth. The righty lasted one and one-third innings, allowing zero hits and four runs while striking out one.
Matthew Martin toed the rubber for Victoria Park Belmont. The pitcher allowed nine hits and nine runs over five innings, striking out seven. Daniel Meloncelli, Dawson and Mitchell Bacon each contributed in relief for the Reds.
Perth smacked three home runs on the day including Mundarain's, a third inning homer from Bryant Ezzard Jnr and White's long ball in the tenth.
The Reds saw the ball well racking up 12 hits including three hits apiece for Dawson and Ryan Boyer. Paull and Reynolds had two apiece. Perth racked up 17 hits with multiple from Jordano Vivona, Mundarain, White, Ezzard Jnr, Jared Pirone and Durbin.
Victoria Park Belmont is 7-8 and returns with a game at Gosnells, while Perth is 7-9 with a doubleheader at South Perth on 10 January 2021.
South Perth Cubs 7 v Braves Baseball Club 3
South Perth took an early lead in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Jaxon Limpus scoring one run.
The Cubs pulled ahead for good with four runs in the fourth inning when Jake Bowey was hit by a pitch, driving in a run and Tanner McCarn doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring three runs.
Luke Mann was on the mound for South Perth. The pitcher surrendered three runs on eight hits over six innings, striking out one.
Todd Hatcher started the game for the Braves. The lefthander lasted five innings, allowing two hits and seven runs while striking out one. Daniel Choi threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
McCarn and Bowey each collected one hit to lead the Cubs as the Braves had eight hits in the game, including multiple for Sam Kennelly, Joel Beches and Jack Rigden.
South Perth Cubs 2 v Braves Baseball Club 11
South Perth watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover with the second game of Sunday's doubleheader ending as an 11-2 loss to the Braves.
The Braves scored on home runs by Sean Garratt in the first and Sam Kennelly and Tim Kennelly in the third. Garratt homered on a 0-1 count, scoring three runs. The Braves also scored three runs in the fifth inning with RBIs from Tye Kazmierowski, Lochlainn Varian and Jordan Dyer.
Flynn McGahan took the win for the Braves. The righthander went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out eight. Ryan Nuttall and Alex Oehme entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close it out in relief.
Tyler Paull took the loss for South Perth. The pitcher surrendered five runs on five hits over three innings, striking out three. His team tallied one home run on the day when Jake Bowey went yard in the first inning. Bowey led the Cubs with two hits in three at-bats.
The Braves racked up eight hits with multiple from Kennelly and Joel Beches. The Braves were sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error as Kevin Clark had the most chances with nine.
The Braves are now 10-4-2 with the next game at home v Carine. South Perth is 10-5 and plays Perth in the new year.
Rockingham Rams 4 v Gosnells Hawks 6
Rockingham stayed in it until the end, but Gosnells pulled away late in a 6-4 victory on Sunday. The game was tied at four with the Hawks batting in the top of the ninth when Louis Scaramella singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
Rockingham lost despite out-hitting Gosnells 12 to 10.
The Hawks got things started in the second inning when Jack Burt singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Rams tied things up at four with a sacrifice fly from David Nichols scoring one run.
Adam Millson earned the win for Gosnells, throwing five innings, allowing five hits and one run while striking out two and walking zero. Tomas Swinson took the loss for Rockingham. The hurler surrendered two runs on one hit over one inning.
Benn Grice started the game for Rockingham. Grice surrendered four runs on nine hits over eight innings, striking out one and walking one. Joshua Silvi started the game for Gosnells. The pitcher surrendered three runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out two and walking one
Rockingham socked one home run on the day. Cayden Nicoletto had a long ball in the third inning. The team had 12 hits total as Joshua Diggins went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the way, with multiple hits from Chase Diggins and Cayden Hancock as well.
The Hawks tallied ten hits with two apiece for Robin Adamson, Jamie White and Lee Wisby. The team has a 6-7-2 record and plays Victoria Park Belmont next. Rockingham is 6-10 with the first game of 2021 at Morley.
Morley Eagles 3 v Wanneroo Giants 7
Morley stayed in it until the end, but Wanneroo pulled away late in a 7-3 victory on Sunday. The game was tied at three with the Giants batting in the top of the sixth when Daniel Stephenson singled on a 3-1 count, scoring two runs.
The Giants got things started in the second inning with Stephenson's single on a 1-0 count to score a run. Morley knotted the game up at three in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Jesse Williams.
Wanneroo took the lead for good with four runs in the sixth inning, including a sacrifice fly from Nicholas Riley to score a run.
Jay Bullingham pitched the Giants to victory, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Tom Bailey and Jackson Riley entered the game out of the bullpen.
Raleigh Pelkonen took the loss for Morley after he surrendered seven runs on six hits over five innings, striking out four.
Morley tallied seven hits on the day with two apiece to Williams and Kieran Chapman. Wanneroo saw the ball well, racking up seven hits in the game with two apiece for Nick Irwin and Stephenson.
Morley has a 10-3 record in second place and hosts the Swans at home next, while Wanneroo is at the top of the ladder with a 14-2 record going into the next round v Wembley.
Carine Cats 5 v Swan Districts Swans 4
Carine got out to a four-run lead in the fourth inning and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Swans on Sunday. Swan Distritcts tallied three runs in the comeback effort as Mitch Schofield, Dylan Bojarski and Kirk Peacock all picked up RBIs.
The Swans got things moving in the first with an RBI single from Schofield.
Cody Holt pitched Carine to victory. The fireballer surrendered four runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out three. Tarrant Reimers threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Tyson Noel took the loss for the Swans, allowing six hits and five runs over three and a third innings, striking out three and walking one.
Carine totaled 11 hits with two apiece for J Chandler, Holt, Chase Mitchell and Reimers. The Swans had eight hits in the game with Schofield and Dan Carter leading the way. Schofield went 3-for-4 as the Swans were sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Carter made the most plays with eight.
Carine is 2-14 and plays the Braves next as the Swans are 6-8 with a game at Morley to start off the new year.
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