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The 2020/21 Baseball WA State League 1 season continued with an action-packed second week, featuring three close scorelines and two massive victories with double-digit leads. Morley and Wanneroo are 3-0 to start the season while the Braves aren't far behind with two wins and a draw to round out the top three.
Check out recaps from this past weekend's games and view fixtures, results and standings HERE.
Wembley Magpies 8 v South Perth Cubs 11
Wembley lost the lead late in an 11-8 defeat to South Perth on Sunday. The game was tied at six with the Cubs batting in the top of the seventh when Aaron MacDonald's sac fly scored one run.
Wembley had 10 hits in the high-scoring affair while South Perth did one better with 11 hits on the way to victory. The Cubs opened the scoring in the first when Jake Bowey drew a walk, scoring one run. They scored two in the second and three in the third for a 6-0 lead, although it didn’t last long.
Wembley scored four runs in the third inning, putting the pressure on with a single by Jayson Brown and a double by Nick Alexiou. The Magpies evened things up at six in the bottom of the fifth inning when Riley Spring hit a solo homer.
The Cubs went on to score four runs in the ninth inning with RBIs from Rheyei Watanabe and Adam Barbarich.
Will Sherriff earned the win for the Cubs after throwing two scoreless innings with no hits and four strikeouts. Bowey threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Chris Crawford took the loss for Wembley after allowing four runs on four hits with one strikeout in four and a third innings.
Luke Mann started the game for South Perth, allowing six hits and six runs over five innings with seven strikeouts. The numbers were similar for Wembley started Alexiou, who surrendered six runs on five hits across four innings with seven K’s.
Wembley Magpies SL1 launched two home run on the day. Spring had two home runs, one in the fifth and one in the ninth. Jose Miguel Fuentes and Crawford joined him with two hits on the day.
Barbarich, Kent Fitzgibbons, and MacDonald all collected multiple hits for the Cubs.
Rockingham Rams 3 v Victoria Park Belmont Reds 2
Rockingham stole the lead late and defeated Victoria Park Belmont Reds 3-2 on Sunday. The game was tied at two with the Rams batting in the bottom of the eighth when Corbin Todd singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
The pitching was strong on both sides, as the Rams pitching staff struck out nine, while the Reds sat down six.
Rockingham got things moving in the first with an RBI single from Dave Nichols. The Reds knotted the game up at two in the top of the sixth inning, when Joshua Cosgrove grounded out, scoring one run.
Benn Grice was the winning pitcher for the Rams, lasting two and a third innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while walking one. Cayden Nicoletto threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last three outs to earn the save.
Matthew Martin took the loss for the Reds, allowing two hits and one run over one and one-third innings, striking out two and walking one.
Brock Molloy started the game for Rockingham, covering five and two-thirds innings with two runs on two hits and eight strikeouts. Corey Brown was the Reds’ starter and he allowed four hits and two runs over four innings, striking out two along the way.
Chase Diggins led Rockingham with two hits in four at bats. The Reds made three errors compared to zero for the Rams, with Nichols taking 10 chances in the field, the most out of all players.
Wanneroo Giants 2 v Perth 1
Both teams were strong on the hill Sunday, but Wanneroo prevailed 2-1 in a pitcher’s duel against Perth, with the Giants giving up three hits and collecting eight of their own.
Chris King was the winning pitcher for Wanneroo, going seven innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out three. Tom Bailey threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen, recording the last six outs to earn the save.
Matt Durbin took the loss for Perth, surrendering two runs on seven hits over six and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts.
Jake Turnbull and Courtney Jones each managed multiple hits for Wanneroo, with Turnbull going 3-for-4. Daniel Stephenson had the most chances in the field with 11 as the Giants had no errors on the day and Perth made one.
Morley Eagles 15 v Carine Cats 0
Morley defeated Carine 15-0 on Sunday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout and Brendan Sing induced a double-play from Nathan Roddy to finish off the game.
The Eagles secured the victory thanks to nine runs in the fourth inning with RBIs from Lachie Brear, Mitch Williams, Jesse Williams, Alex Hall and Matt Dixon.
A single by Chase Mitchell in the third inning was a positive for the Cats who otherwise struggled against winning pitcher Sing, who threw three innings with three hits, three strikeouts and zero runs and walks.
Jacob Stanton took the loss for Carine, allowing six hits and eight runs over three and a third innings, striking out one.
Raleigh Pelkonen started the game for Morley, pitching three scoreless innings with two hits and eight strikeouts.
Overall Morley racked up 11 hits. Travis Murphy went 3-for-4 at the plate and Hall had multiple hits too and the most chances in the field with 11 on a clean fielding day for the Eagles.
Braves 11 v Swan Districts Swans 1
Four hits from Sam Kennelly helped lead the way for the Braves in Sunday's 11-1 win. Kennelly went 4-for-5 as he singled in the first, hit a grand slam in the second, singled again in the third and homered in the fifth.
The Braves secured the victory thanks to nine runs in the second inning. In addition to the big grand slam, Sean Garratt, Josh Kennelly, Kevin Clark, Ben Drew and Joel Beches all drove in runs in the frame. Garratt wasted little time in the start of the inning, singling on the first pitch of his at-bat to score a run.
Daniel Schmidt started the game for the Braves, allowing two hits and zero runs over four innings, striking out six with no walks. Cameron Lamb, Alex Oehme and S. Kennelly entered the game out of the bullpen.
Dillian Clarkson took the loss for the Swans. Clarkson with nine runs on 13 hits and no walks over three innings.
The Braves had a total of 15 hits as Cody Parkinson, Jordan Dyer, and Tim Kennelly each managed multiple hits.
Clark made the most plays with 11 as the Braves didn't commit a single error.
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