The first nine weeks of the 2021/22 State League 1 season are in the books with Morley (10-2), Wanneroo (9-2), and Braves (11-3) leading the way. Swan Districts and Victoria Park Belmont are still in the top five as we head into week 10.
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Check out recaps from this past week:
Wembley Magpies 1 v Morley Eagles 12
Wembley Magpies couldn't keep up with Morley Eagles and fell 12-1 on Wednesday.
The Magpies got on the board in the first inning when an error scored one run. However, it didn't last as the Eagles pulled away for good with four runs in the second inning. Jayson Miller drew a walk, scoring one run and Cody Holt doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Morley went on to score five in the fourth inning with hits from Luke Hughes, Adrian Blount, and Miller.
Adam Millson earned the victory on the hill for Morley. The pitcher surrendered one run on three hits over five innings, striking out five and walking zero. Riley Franklin threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Kellen Henry took the loss for Wembley. The hurler went three and two-thirds innings, allowing ten runs on five hits and striking out three.
Jayson Brown, Nick Alexiou, and Callan Anderson each collected one hit to lead the Magpies while Holt went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Eagles.
Swan Districts Swans 5 v South Perth Cubs 4
Swan Districts Swans took Friday's game in dramatic fashion, with a 5-4 walk-off victory over South Perth Cubs. The Swans trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Lewdon Te Mara singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
The Cubs fired up the offense in the first inning. Patrick Temby grounded out, scoring one run.
Maddux Stivey got the win for the Swans. The righty allowed zero hits and zero runs over one and one-third innings, striking out three and walking zero. Tyson Noel threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Jake Bowey took the loss for the Cubs, allowing four runs on three hits.
Will Sherriff started the game for South Perth. The hurler lasted four innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out nine.
Dillan Clarkson started the game for the Swans, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five.
Swan Districts collected seven hits including two apiece for Dan Carter and Te Mara.
Adam Barbarich went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Cubs in hits.
The Swans are 8-4-1 and plays at Gosnells (Tom Bateman Reserve) on Sunday.
Braves 8 v Victoria Park Belmont 7
The Braves and Victoria Park Belmont went head-to-head in an exciting back-and-forth game that saw the Braves come away with a 8-7 victory. The game was tied at seven with the Braves batting in the bottom of the eighth when Sam Kennelly's sac fly scored one run.
The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game. The Braves collected nine hits and the Reds had 11.
Ben Drew singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs for the Reds in the first. Vic Park also scored three runs in the seventh inning, driven by a triple by Joshua Greenham and by Lachlan Ballantyne.
Kennelly led the Braves to victory on the mound. The pitcher went two innings, allowing one run on one hit and striking out four. Flynn McGahan and Todd Hatcher entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Daniel Meloncelli took the loss for the Reds. The bulldog lasted two and a third innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out three.
Cameron Lamb started the game for the Braves. The righty went three innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking zero. Mathew Martin started the game for the Reds. The pitcher lasted five innings, allowing three hits and five runs while striking out four.
The Braves had nine hits in the game. Drew and Cody Parkinson all collected multiple hits as the team didn't commit a single error in the field. Kevin Clark had the most chances with 11.
Vic Park collected 11 hits on the day, including multiple for Zak Meloncelli, Ballantyne, and Ryan Boyer. Meloncelli led the Reds with three hits in four at bats.
Vic Park is 7-6-1 and has a doubleheader at home (Forster Park) v Wembley on Sunday.
The 11-3 Braves play at Wanneroo (Mateljan Park) on Sunday.
Carine Cats 1 v Morley Eagles 9
Carine Cats struggled to get their offense going on Sunday, getting easily dispatched by Morley Eagles, 9-1.
Morley scored three runs in the ninth inning. Luke Hughes and Zac McMillin each drove in runs during the inning.
Brendan Sing was the winning pitcher for Morley. The fireballer surrendered zero runs on zero hits over four innings, striking out nine and walking one.
Tarrant Reimers took the loss for Carine. The hurler went eight innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out three.
Adam Millson started the game for Morley. The bulldog went three innings, allowing zero runs on three hits, striking out five and walking zero.
Braydin Horsley went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Cats in hits.
Morley scattered 12 hits in the game. Hughes, McMillin, Aaron Bonomi, and Adrian Blount all managed multiple hits for the Eagles. Morley tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases, including Bonomi.
Morley has a 10-2 record before facing South Perth at Empire Ballpark on Wednesday night and Rockingham on the weekend at home (Crimea Park).
Carine has a 5-9 record and has a doubleheader v Perth at home (Carine Open Space) on Sunday.
Gosnells Hawks 2 v Wembley Magpies 0
Gosnells Hawks defeated Wembley Magpies 2-0 on Sunday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Louis Scaramella struck out Chris Crawford to finish off the game.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Gosnells pitchers struck out 12, while Wembley pitchers sat down ten.
One bright spot for the Magpies was a single by Riley Spring in the first inning.
Jack Burt got the win for the Hawks. The pitcher allowed three hits and zero runs over eight innings, striking out ten. Scaramella threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Nick Alexiou took the loss for Wembley. Alexiou surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out nine.
Lee Wisby led the Hawks with two hits in four at bats. Gosnells didn't commit a single error in the field. Luke Houston had 12 fielding chances, the most on the team.
Wembley plays the Reds at Vic Park (Forster Park) on Sunday while 6-6 Gosnells hosts the Swans for a doubleheader (Tom Bateman Reserve).
Perth 9 v South Perth 6
Perth defeated South Perth Cubs 9-6 on Sunday after taking the lead late in the game. Perth trailed 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Matt Sibley homered on a 3-2 count, scoring four runs.
There was plenty of action on the basepaths as both sides collected 12 hits.
South Perth fired up the offense in the first inning. Jake Bowey hit a solo homer.
The Cubs scored three runs in the third inning on a home run by Jaxon Limpus.
Matteo Pizziconi led things off on the pitcher's mound for Perth. Pizziconi allowed ten hits and six runs over six innings, striking out seven.
Tyler Paull was on the pitcher's mound for the Cubs. Paull allowed five hits and three runs over three and two-thirds innings, striking out one. Luke Gozzi, Bowey, and Limpus each contributed in relief for South Perth.
Perth hit one home run on the day. Sibley had a dinger in the seventh inning.
Jared Pirone, Kyle Francis, and Sibley all collected multiple hits for Perth as Pirone went 3-for-5 at the plate. The team was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error as Edgar Mundarain made the most plays with 11.
South Perth racked up 12 hits on the day. Limpus, Adam Barbarich, Max Wheeler, and Luke Mann all managed multiple hits as Limpus led with three hits in five at bats.
South Perth is 6-8 and plays Morley at Empire Ballpark on Wednesday night before taking on Gosnells this weekend at Tom Bateman Reserve.
Perth has a doubleheader at Carine this Sunday.
Rockingham 1 v Wanneroo Giants 11
Rockingham Rams watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in an 11-1 loss to Wanneroo Giants on Sunday. The Giants took the lead on a groundout in the first inning.
Wanneroo opened up scoring in the first inning as Ben King grounded out, scoring one run.
The Giants scored three runs in the seventh inning, driven by singles from Nick Irwin and Daniel Stephenson and a sac fly by Jacob Santich.
Tom Bailey was the winning pitcher for Wanneroo. The righthander went two innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out five and walking zero. Frazer Brice and Jackson Riley entered the game out of the bullpen.
Brock Molloy took the loss for Rockingham. The bulldog went six innings, allowing nine runs on ten hits and striking out eight.
Conor Lourey started the game for Wanneroo. Lourey went four innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out four.
Zachary Gomersall led the Rams with two hits in three at bats.
Wanneroo Giants collected 12 hits including multiple for Owen Pilcher, King, and Stephenson. Pilcher went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Wanneroo in hits. The Giants were sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error as Courtney Jones had the most chances with 11.
Wanneroo takes a 9-2 record into the next games v Rockingham (Friday at Empire Ballpark) and Braves (Sunday at home).
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