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Week 3 of the 2020/21 Baseball WA State League 1 season featured a handful of close games and a huge shutout victory. Morley remains undefeated while Wanneroo, South Perth and Braves round out the top four.
Check out recaps from the most recent games and view fixtures, results and standings HERE.
Gosnells Hawks 2 v Braves 2
The Hawks tied the Braves 2-2 on a stolen base in the seventh inning on Wednesday night.
The Braves had six hits overall compared to four for Gosnells, while the Hawks made two errors.
The Braves scored their two runs in the third while Gosnells scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh. Luke Houston led the Hawks with two hits in three at bats, while Ben Drew went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Braves in hits. Cody Parkinson had the most chances in the field with six.
The Braves have a 2-2 record and are in the top four while the Hawks are 1-2-1.
South Perth Cubs 2 v Victoria Park Belmont Reds 0
South Perth defeated Victoria Park Belmont Reds 2-0 on Sunday as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout with 14 strikeouts.
A single by Jack Smalpage in the first inning was promising for the Reds but they couldn’t convert before the Cubs fired up the offense in the second.
Luke Mann led the Cubs to victory on the mound, keeping things scoreless with five hits over six innings and eight strikeouts. Will Sherriff and Jake Bowey entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.
Matthew Martin took the loss for the Reds despite giving up only two runs on six hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out five.
South Perth tallied one home run on the day when Bowey hit a dinger in the third inning. Teammate Bryce Ruksenas went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Cubs in hits while Smalpage and Joshua Greenham both managed multiple hits for the Reds as the team collected seven overall.
South Perth is 3-1 tied with Wanneroo for second in the standings while Victoria Park Belmont is 1-3.
Wanneroo Giants 3 v Swan Districts Swans 4
Wanneroo fell 4-3 to Swan Districts on Sunday despite out-hitting them eight to six. The Giants got on the board in the first inning when Byron Armstrong singled on a 1-2 count to score a run.
After the Swans scored two runs in the top of the sixth, the Giants answered with two of their own thanks to a two-run homer on a 3-1 count from Brody Clarkson. Wanneroo came back with a base hit from Daniel Stephenson on a 1-0 count to score a run.
The Swans pulled away for good with two runs in the fifth inning when Chris King got Bailey-Jay Cooke to hit into a fielder's choice, but one run scored and Daniel Johnston drew a walk allowing another to score.
Riley Moore was credited with the victory for Swan Districts after allowing eight hits and three runs over six innings with five strikeouts. Maddux Stivey threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen and recorded the last nine outs to earn the save.
King took the loss for the Giants after surrendering four runs on six hits over six innings, striking out six.
Ben King went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Giants in hits while Clarkson did the same for the Swans.
Wanneroo is in second place alongside South Perth with a 3-1 record while the Swans are 2-2 in the middle of the ladder.
Morley Eagles 14 v Wembley Magpies 0
Morley defeated Wembley 14-0 on Sunday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Brendan Sing struck out Ash Hutchinson to finish off the game.
Alex Hall led the Eagles to victory by driving in seven runs as he went 2-for-3 at the plate. He drove in runs on a single in the first, a double in the second, a wild pitch in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Hall singled on the first pitch of his opening frame at-bat to score a run.
The Eagles notched four runs in the sixth inning with RBIs from Hall, Matt Dixon, Jesse Williams and Ulrich Bojarski.
Wembley had two hits and three errors on the day compared to 12 hits and no errors for Morley.
Lachy Southee got the win after keeping things scoreless over five innings, with eight strikeouts and one walk. Sing threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Chris Crawford took the loss for Wembley, allowing seven hits and seven runs over four innings, striking out two.
Bojarski, Hall, Williams and Kieran Chapman all collected multiple hits for Morley as Bojarski led the way going 3-for-4 at the plate. Hall had 13 chances in the field, the most on the team.
Morley remains the only undefeated team in State League 1 with a 4-0 record while the Magpies are still looking for a win.
Gosnells Hawks 4 v Perth 3
The Hawks stole the lead late in the game in a 4-3 victory over Perth on Sunday.
The game was tied at three with Gosnells batting in the bottom of the eighth when Adam Millson lined out, driving in a run.
Perth scored three runs in the sixth inning but the Hawks still managed to pull out the victory. That big inning for Perth came thanks to a walk by Nathan Driessen, a sacrifice fly by Jordano Vivona and an error on a ball put in play by Edgar Mundarain.
Millson was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, throwing three innings, allowing five hits and zero runs while striking out two and walking zero.
Matt Sibley took the loss for Perth after allowing one hit and two runs over two innings, striking out one and walking one.
Guillaume Duguay started the game for Perth, going six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking one. Joshua Silvi started the game for the Hawks, covering six innings with five hits and three runs allowed and four strikeouts.
Michael Robideau went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Hawks in hits as the team collected six overall. Perth racked up ten of their own as Benn Watson, Driessen and Ethan Oliphant all collected multiple hits.
Perth is still looking for a win while Gosnells has a 1-2-1 record.
Carine Cats 2 v Rockingham Rams 13
Carine watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 13-2 loss to Rockingham on Sunday. The Rams scored on a sacrifice fly by Dion Davey, a single by Stuart Sara, a double by Chase Diggins and a single by Thomas Flynn in the second inning.
The Cats struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively, giving up 13 runs, including five in the second. Davey's sac fly scored one run and Sara singled on a 1-0 count to score another. Diggins doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs, and Flynn singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
The Rams added six more in the ninth when Corbin Todd, Diggins, and Flynn drove in runs.
Brock Molloy was on the pitcher's mound for Rockingham, throwing seven innings with three hits, two runs and 12 strikeouts.
Jacob Stanton threw two innings for Carine, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out one and walking zero. Jeff Chandler, Tarrant Reimers, and Lincoln Kempton each contributed in relief for the Cats.
Cameron Landy, Bailey Kempton, Chase Mitchell, Cody Holt, and Sam Kempton each collected one hit for Carine.
The Rams tallied 20 hits in total as Diggins, Cayden Nicoletto, Flynn, Dave Nichols and Sara all racked up multiple hits. Diggins led the team with six hits in six at bats.
Rockingham improved to 3-1 while Carine is 1-3.
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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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A recent video from City of Sterling WA showcases the design of the new clubhouse at Perth Baseball Club. Moyle Pavilion is scheduled for completion November 2021.
View the official City of Sterling website HERE.
Baseball WA is saddened to hear of the passing of Jacinda Barclay.
A standout Australian sportswoman, Jacinda grew up playing junior baseball in WA and made her state debut for Western Australia at the age of 15 at the 2006 National Championships.
She went on to play for the Australian Emeralds in five Women's Baseball World Cups, winning a silver medal at the 2010 World Cup in Venezuela. She also played professional football for the Chicago Bliss in the Legends Football League and Greater Western Sydney in the AFL Women's competition.
Our thoughts are with the Barclay family and all those who knew this amazing athlete and inspiring teammate.
Click HERE to read this Athlete's Voice story on Jacinda.
The 2020 MLB playoffs are in full swing with divisional series well underway after the 60-game shortened season. Both teams with Aussies on their 40-man rosters made the postseason, although the Minnesota Twins lost in the first round, ending the season for Victorian Lewis Thorpe. Fellow Aussie Liam Hendriks advanced with the Oakland Athletics, but they just lost their divisional series to the Houston Astros to cut their postseason dreams short.
Even so, our Aussie representatives have impressed on baseball’s biggest stage and continue to make names for themselves in the majors.
MLB All-Star and two-time American League Reliever of the Month Liam Hendriks had a phenomenal year although the A's postseason run came to a close earlier than they would have liked.
Oakland bowed out of the MLB playoffs following an 11-6 loss to Houston in game four of the American League Division Series on Thursday.
Hendriks did not get into the game as the Astros blew the contest open at Dodgers Stadium.
Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead, three-run homer after Michael Brantley’s two-run shot in the fourth inning as Houston erased an early 3-0 lead held by the A’s.
Correa drove in five as the Astros advanced to the AL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive season. They will play either the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay in the best-of-seven ALCS in San Diego.
Ramon Laureano hit a pair of homers, including a three-run shot in the second that gave Oakland an early lead for a fourth-straight game. He hit a second to lead off the fifth and pull the A’s within one, but that was as close as they came.
Houston scored the next six runs before a pair of two-out ninth-inning runs from Oakland.
The day before, Hendriks helped Oakland stave off elimination after playing a starring role in game three's 9-7 comeback victory. He entered in the seventh with the score tied and tossed three scoreless innings in a comeback 9-7 victory for the A’s at Dodgers Stadium.
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Hendriks was rested up after not pitching in the opening two games. He allowed one hit and did not issue a walk while striking out four in three strong innings.
He stranded a pair of runners in scoring position to end the eighth after Kyle Tucker reached on catchers interference and Carlos Correa singled off Hendriks to start the frame. They advanced to second and third on a ground ball but Hendriks battled back to punch out Josh Reddick and end the threat.
Hendriks then retired to top of the Astros’ lineup – George Springer, Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley – to complete the victory and extend the best-of-five series at least another game.
Oakland tied the ballgame on Chad Pinder’s three-run homer in the seventh ahead of Hendriks entering. Sean Murphy and Pinder then brought home runs with sacrifice flies in the eighth to make it 9-7.
It was former Perth ABL pitcher Hendriks’ first MLB postseason win. He tossed 37 pitches, 26 of them for strikes.
Earlier, the A’s struck first as they looked to stay alive after falling down 2-0 in the series. Tommy La Stella hit a solo homer in the first.
Altuve went deep as part of the two-run bottom of the inning for Houston. Solo shots to Mark Canha, Matt Olson and Marcus Semien gave Oakland a 4-2 lead.
The Astros put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead and put the A’s on the brink of elimination. But Hendriks – and late offence – ensured a game four.
Overall on the season Hendriks had a 1.78 ERA in 25.1 innings pitched with 37 strikeouts and a 0.67 WHIP.
The Victorian pitcher did not make a postseason appearance as the Twins' dropped the AL Wild Card series to the Houston Astros, extending their painful playoff losing streak to 18 games.
Minnesota finished the season with a 36-24 record to win the AL Central back-to-back.
In his second season with the Twins after his MLB debut on 30 June 2019, Thorpe threw 16.1 innings across seven games, with 4.2 scoreless innings in his first two outings. He gave up 24 hits for 11 earned runs with an ERA of 6.06 and 10 strikeouts.
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