Photo: Swan Districts Baseball Club
Harcher State League is heating up with Vic Park Belmont defeating ladder leaders Morley as Perth and Wanneroo split their double header. Wembley and Swan Districts picked up big victories over the weekend, too. Read GameChanger recaps below and view fixtures HERE.
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Morley 12, Braves 6
Both Morley Eagles and Braves had their offenses going on Wednesday but Morley eventually prevailed 12-6 in the high-scoring affair.
Morley got things started in the first inning when Kieran Chapman singled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run.
Braves evened things up at one in the bottom of the second inning when Lochlann Varian singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
After Morley scored one run in the top of the fifth, Braves answered with one of their own. Morley scored when Luke Hughes singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run. Braves then responded when Daniel Choi singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.
Morley pulled away for good with six runs in the third inning. Chapman singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run, Matt Dixon singled on a 2-1 count, scoring two runs, Adam Millson doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs, and an error scored another.
Lachlan Waite earned the win for Morley. Waite lasted two innings, allowing two hits and four runs while walking zero. Cody Nicholas, Todd Murphy, and Cody Holt all put in work in relief out of the bullpen, steering their team towards the victory.
Flynn McGahan took the loss for Braves. The righthander lasted three innings, allowing five hits and eight runs while striking out three.
Lochy Southee started the game for Morley. The pitcher lasted two innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out four.
Choi led Braves with two hits in three at bats.
Morley tallied nine hits in the game, including three apiece for Hughes and Chapman.
Wembley 7, South Perth 1
South Perth Souths fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 7-1 loss to Wembley Magpies on Friday.
Wembley fired up the offense in the first inning. Nick Alexiou drew a walk, scoring one run. Joshua Houston and Henry Kellen had RBI singles as well.
Chris Crawford led the Magpies to victory on the pitcher's mound. The ace went six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six. Alexiou threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Lucas John took the loss for South Perth. The pitcher went five innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and striking out four.
Adam Barbarich, Cameron Landy, and Max Wheeler each collected one hit to lead South Perth.
Wembley tallied eight hits on the day, including two apiece for Riley Spring and Kellen.
Perth 2, Wanneroo 1
Both teams were strong on the pitcher's mound Saturday, but Perth defeated Wanneroo Giants 2-1. Peter Reyes allowed just two hits to Wanneroo.
Perth fired up the offense in the first inning, when Reyes drew a walk, scoring one run.
Reyes got the win for Perth. The righthander surrendered one run on two hits over seven innings, striking out seven.
Tom Bailey took the loss for Wanneroo. The righty surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out one and walking one.
Nathan Driessen led Perth with two hits in three at bats.
Vic Park Belmont 17, Morley 10
Morley Eagles and Victoria Park Belmont Reds played a tight game, but the Reds pulled out the 17-10 victory on Saturday. The game was tied at nine with Vic Park batting in the top of the seventh when Curtis Bacon doubled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.
Adam Millson collected four hits in defeat. Millson singled in the second, singled in the fourth, homered in the fifth, and homered in the ninth.
Morley opened up scoring in the third inning when Kieran Chapman homered on a 2-0 count, scoring three runs.
After Vic Park scored three runs in the top of the fifth, Morley answered with three of their own. The Reds scored when Cole Jenkins singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run and Bacon grounded out, scoring two runs. Morley then answered when Millson homered on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.
The Reds evened things up at nine in the top of the sixth inning. Zac Meloncelli drove in one on a triple.
The Reds took the lead for good with five runs in the seventh inning. An error scored two before Ryan Boyer doubled on a 2-2 count, scoring two more.
Bacon pitched the Reds to victory. The bulldog allowed two hits and one run over four innings, striking out two and walking one.
Josh Silvi took the loss for Morley, giving up six runs on four hits over two innings, striking out two and walking one.
Matthew Martin started the game for Vic Park and surrendered nine runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out three.
Kodai Hamaya started the game for Morley and gave up two runs on two hits over three innings, striking out four.
Morley launched three home runs on the day. Chapman had a homer in the third inning while Millson went deep in the fifth and ninth innings.
Morley tallied 11 hits in the game. Millson went 4-for-5 while Ben Crook and Chapman had multiple hits, too.
The Reds had 13 hits as Mikulas Hanus went 3-for-5 and Joshua Greenham and Bacon collected two hits each.
Wanneroo 6, Perth 2
Perth fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 6-2 loss to Wanneroo Giants on Saturday. Wanneroo scored on singles by Daniel Bourke, Nicholas Riley, and Courtney Jones in the second inning.
Frazer Brice was credited with the victory for Wanneroo. Brice surrendered two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking one. Jordan Matos threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Matteo Pizziconi took the loss for Perth. The southpaw went one and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out three.
Perth tallied one home run on the day. Ronnie Sweeny had a dinger in the first inning.
Jordano Vivona, Brady Oliphant, Edgar Mundarain, Nathan Driessen, and Sweeny all had one hit to lead Perth. The team didn't commit a single error in the field as Mundarain had the most chances with eight.
Jones went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Wanneroo in hits.
Swan Districts 7, Rockingham 6
Swan Districts Swans nabbed the lead late in the game in a 7-6 victory over Rockingham Rams on Sunday. The game was tied at six with Swans batting in the bottom of the eighth when Demias Jimerson's sac fly scored a run.
Swans had taken an early lead in the first inning when Daniel Johnston hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run.
Swan Districts earned the victory despite allowing Rockingham to score four runs in the eighth inning. The Rams' big bats were led by Stuart Sara, David Nichols, Mitchell Field, and Joshua Diggins, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Dustin Brown earned the win for Swan Districts. The hurler allowed one hit and two runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out two. Dillian Clarkson threw one and one-third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Tomas Swinson took the loss for Rockingham. The righty went two innings, allowing two runs on zero hits and striking out five.
Marshall Shill started the game for Swans. The bulldog surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings, striking out four.
Brock Molloy started the game for Rockingham. The bulldog allowed six hits and five runs over six innings.
Maverick Hamilton led Swans with two hits in four at bats. Swan Districts didn't make any errors as Brody Clarkson had the most chances in the field with 11.
Jesse Sequeira went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Rockingham in hits.
Gosnells 24, Wembley 3
Jack Burt was clutch at the plate, driving in four runs to lead Gosnells Hawks past Wembley Magpies 24-3 on Sunday. Burt drove in runs on a walk in the first and a double in the fourth.
An early lead helped propel Gosnells to victory. They scored on a walk by Burt, a single by Joseph Scaramella, a sacrifice fly by Jarrod McKay, and a single by Sam Forrest all in the first inning.
Gosnells tallied 16 runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower was led by Forrest, Lee Wisby, Burt, Jamie White, Scaramella, and Forrest, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Jameson Kruger led Gosnells to victory on the mound. Kruger lasted four innings, allowing two hits and three runs while striking out three. White and Burt entered the game out of the bullpen to throw in relief.
Joris Van Ballegooy took the loss for Wembley, going three innings with seven hits and 12 runs while striking out two.
Gosnells tallied 12 hits. McKay, Forrest, and Wisby all managed multiple hits. McKay went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits.
South Perth 15, Carine 2
Sunday was a long day for Carine Cats, falling to South Perth Souths 15-2.
Joshua Rawlinson earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for South Perth. The pitcher went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one. David John threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Tarrant Reimers took the loss for Carine. The bulldog went three and two-thirds innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking one.
Carine smacked one home run on the day. Cas Silber went yard in the sixth inning.
Ethan Campbell led Carine with two hits in three at bats.
South Perth scattered 15 hits in the game. Adam Barbarich, Cameron Landy, Caleb Goodwin, Luke Mann, and Jaxon Limpus all had multiple hits for South Perth. Barbarich went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead South Perth in hits.
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