by Sean Campbell
WP U23’s beat more fancied Gauteng A!
After losing 14-0 to WP A in the morning fixture, Liall Mauritz (Head Coach) U23’s beat Gauteng A 6-4 at the South African Baseball Union’s Senior National Baseball Championship at Chukker Road Sports Complex in Cape Town.
A good display of pitching by Kieran Moore set up the surprise win. Moore pitched the full game, 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, gave up 3 walks and struck out 3 Gauteng A hitters. The combination of Moore and his catcher Josh Koen worked well as they kept most of the Gauteng A hitters off balance.
They were well supported with bats of Wesley Greeff 2 for 2 including a grand slam homerun in the 1st inning, Ashwin Kleintjies 2 for 2 and Nicholas Eagles 3 for 4 including a 2 run homerun in the 6th inning.
Gauteng A started their pitching with Damon King who could not complete the 1st inning. He walked the 1st 3 hitters, struck out the next 2, and then Wesley Greeff smashed him over the left field boundary for a grand slam homerun to give WP U23’s an early 4-0 lead.
He was replaced by Dylan Teixeira who settled everything down and pitched the rest of the game. Teixeira pitched 6.1 innings, allowed 6 hits (including 1 homerun), walked 1 hitter and struck out 5 hitters.
Gauteng A recorded 4 scattered hits with Adrian Blount (5th inning) and Brandon Bullion (7th inning) registering homerun’s.
Gauteng A were unable to capitalise on the 5 errors made by WP U23’s. Gauteng A made no errors.
WP U23 4 0 0 0 0 2 0=6 7 5
Gauteng A 0 0 0 0 1 0 3=4 4 0
Gauteng A redeemed themselves in the evening game when they came from 1-0 down to beat WP B 4-1 to clinch 2nd spot on the log.