Photo: Mike Bahr
The 2020/21 State League 1 season has featured some close results, including a handful this past weekend as teams fought hard for their wins. The Braves are now 6-2-0, keeping them narrowly in front of 6-1 South Perth as Wanneroo, Swan Districts and Morley round out the top five.
Check out recaps from this past week and view fixtures, results and standings HERE.
South Perth Cubs 0 v Victoria Park Belmont Reds 1
Matthew Martin had all the right stuff on Friday for the Reds, allowing zero runs and besting South Perth by a score of 1-0.
The pitching was strong on both sides as winning pitcher Martin struck out seven, while Luke Mann sat down four as he took the mound for the Cubs.
Martin surrendered zero runs on two hits over seven innings, striking out seven, while Mann went six innings, allowing one run on five hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Josh Paull went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Reds in hits. A single by Caleb Goodwin in the second inning was positive for South Perth.
South Perth made one error while the Reds had none, with Jack Smalpage taking the most chances in the field with eight. With this win, Vic Park evened things up for a 4-4 record.
Wanneroo Giants 6 v Rockingham Rams 0
Tom Bailey threw a gem on Sunday for the Giants, allowing zero runs and besting Rockingham by a score of 6-0.
Wanneroo got things moving in the second inning with one run scoring on a sac fly from Daniel Bourke.
The Giants notched three runs in the third inning with RBIs to Nick Irwin, Courtney Jones and Byron Armstrong.
One bright spot for Rockingham was a single by Chase Diggins in the fourth inning.
Bailey was credited with the victory for Wanneroo after throwing scoreless seven innings. He allowed three hits struck out seven.
Cayden Nicoletto took the loss for Rockingham. He threw five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out two.
Daniel Stephenson led the Giants with two hits in three at bats. Wanneroo was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error as Jones made the most plays with nine. The Rams didn't make any errors in the game either, with Dion Davey having six chances in the field, the most on the team.
Wanneroo Giants 4 v Rockingham Rams 3
Wanneroo stole the lead late and defeated Rockingham Rams 4-3 on Sunday night. The game was tied at two with the Giants batting in the bottom of the sixth when Madison Beaird singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.
In the second inning, the Rams got their offense started as Dion Davey drove in two on a double. It wasn't long before the Giants evened things up, scoring two in the bottom of the third thanks to a sac fly from Nick Irwin.
Wanneroo pulled away for good with two runs in the sixth inning.
Jackson Riley took the win, throwing four innings and allowing one run on one hit, striking out four and walking one.
Brock Molloy took the loss for the Rams. He allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings, striking out two.
Chris King started the game for the Giants. The righty lasted five innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out eight.
Wanneroo tallied 11 hits on the day. Nicholas Riley and Ben King, had three hits apiece and Beaird had two.
Chase Diggins led the Rams with two hits in five at bats.
Wanneroo has a 7-2 record and has a double header against the Braves next Sunday, while the 3-7 Rams play South Perth next.
Braves Baseball Club 5 v Morley Eagles 1
The Braves outdid the Eagles on Sunday to the tune of 5-1. They got things moving in the second inning, when Daniel Choi singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
Daniel Schmidt earned the win for the Braves. The lefty surrendered one run on six hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking zero. Cameron Lamb and Alex Oehme entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Raleigh Pelkonen took the loss for Morley. The hurler went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking zero.
The Braves racked up ten hits in the game. Ben Drew and Kevin Clark each racked up multiple hits for Braves SL1. Ben Drew went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team while Clark had two base hits for three RBIs. The Braves didn't commit a single error. Drew made the most plays with 14.
Alex Hall led Morley Eagles SL1 with two hits in four at bats.
The Braves are 6-0-2 at the top of the ladder while Morley has dropped the last two after a 5-0 start to the season. Morley plays Victoria Park Belmont Reds this weekend and the Braves play Wanneroo.
Carine Cats 4 v Perth Baseball Club 16
Carine fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 16-4 loss to Perth on Sunday. Perth took the lead on a home run in the second inning.
The Cats struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Perth, giving up 16 runs.
Perth opened up scoring in the second inning, when Jake White homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.
Matt Durbin took the win for Perth after throwing seven innings with four runs and five hits allowed along with nine strikeouts.
Jacob Stanton took the loss for Carine, allowing six hits and five runs over three innings, walking zero.
Nathan Roddy, Bailey Kempton, Tarrant Reimers, Lincoln Kempton and Cody Holt all had hits for Carine.
Perth tallied nine hits in the game. Durbin and Brady Oliphant all collected multiple hits, as Durbin went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the way.
Carine is now 1-8 and has a double header against Wembley this weekend, while Perth is 4-5 heading into a Wednesday night game v. the Magpies.
Gosnells Hawks 3 v South Perth Cubs 4
Sunday's game against South Perth was a heartbreaker for Gosnells as they lost the lead late in a 4-3 defeat. The game was tied at three with South Perth batting in the top of the ninth when Jake Bowey singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
South Perth got things moving in the third inning when Bowey homered on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.
Gosnells knotted the game up at three in the bottom of the eighth inning, including two runs from a Ryan Smith single.
Caleb Goodwin led the Cubs to victory on the mound. He allowed one hit and two runs in one inning. Will Sherriff and Bowey entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Bowey recorded the last three outs to earn the save.
Kane Silvi took the loss for the Hawks. The righthander went two innings, allowing one run on one hit, striking out one and walking zero.
Tyler Paull started the game for South Perth. The hurler went five innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four.
Joshua Silvi started the game for Gosnells. The righty allowed ten hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out four and walking zero.
Robin Adamson went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Hawks in hits as the team had six total.
South Perth racked up 11 hits on the day. Bowey, Adam Barbarich, Kent Fitzgibbons, Rheyei Watanabe, and Max Wheeler each collected multiple hits. Bowey led the team with three hits in five at bats. South Perth didn't commit a single error in the field. Bowey had nine chances in the field, the most on the team.
South Perth is in second place at 6-2 with an upcoming game at Rockingham, while the Hawks have a 2-4-2 record and play Swan Districts next.
Swan Districts Swans 3 v Wembley Magpies 2
The Swans took the lead late in the game in a 3-2 victory over Wembley on Sunday. The game was tied at two with Swan Districts batting in the bottom of the seventh when Joris Van Ballegooy induced Tyson Noel to hit into a fielder's choice as one run scored.
The pitching was strong on both sides. The Swans struck out three, while Wembley's Van Ballegooy sat down six.
Riley Moore got the win for the Swans. He threw seven innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out two. Dillian Clarkson threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last six outs to earn the save.
Van Ballegooy took the loss for Wembley. The hurler went eight innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out six.
Maddux Stivey went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Swans in hits.
Riley Spring doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs in the sixth as a highlight for Wembley.
Wembley will look for a win against Perth this Wednesday and the Swans are 6-2 heading into a matchup with Gosnells.
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