Finals update by Sean Campbell

In this morning semi-finals WP A beat a brave WP U23 10-0 team to progress to the final.

After a slow start Gauteng A out hit WP B to eventually cruise to a 9-2 win.

2 runs in the 6th and 5 runs in 7th inning blew it for WP B as they were leading 2-1 after 5 innings.

So it turns out to be the predicted final,
WP A vs Gauteng A at 2pm.

WP A are the fresher of the 2 teams, with them recording 3 shut outs in their last 3 games, and Gauteng A being pushed all the way in their last 3 games.

Carl Michaels and Jared Elario are raring to have a go at Gauteng A. Gauteng A are gonna have to dig deep to put 2 or 3 quality pitchers out there to make WP A work for their runs.

It could be interpreted in various ways, Gauteng A can be on a good run, WP A are fresh and well rested, WP A could be complacent………

Earlier in the tournament WP A shut out Gauteng A 6-0.
Get down to Chukker Road to watch the final at 2pm

Day 3 – NBC News – WP U23 beat more fancied Gauteng A!

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by Sean Campbell



Day 3

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.

q2They 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.

March 27 – Western Province A dominates day 2!

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by Sean Campbell – photos care of Peter Heeger

Day 2
Western Province A dominates day 2!

After a rain delayed start this morning the cream of Cape Town players were involved in the game where WPA beat WPB 5-3 at the SABU NBC at Chukker Road today.

The B side took a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning when they scored on a walk, a wild pitch, a pass ball and a fielder’s choice from the pitching of Dean Jacobs.

The A side bounced back immediately by scoring 2 runs in the
2nd and 3 runs in the 3rd inning to take a 5-1 lead.

Dean Jacobs settled down nicely and completed his 5 inning stint conceding 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 run while striking out 5 hitters. He was replaced by Russell Olivier who pitched the last 2 innings conceding 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 runs, striking out 1 hitter.

The B side utilised 4 pitchers, Jason Theys (2.2 Inn, 3H, 3BB and 5 Runs) before being relieved by Terence Le Roux (0.1 inn, 1H and 3BB). He was relieved by Grant Robertson (2 inn, 2H, 1K) before Lee Marks (2 Inn) closed out the game.

The A side best hitters were Riyaad Moosa 2 for 3 and Darren Wedel 1 for 1. The B side had 5 scattered hits.

The B side had 1 double play and botch 1 in the crucial 2nd inning!
WPA 0 2 3 0 0 0 0= 5 6 0
WPB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0= 3 5 2

In their 2nd game WPA overpowered Gauteng A side 6-0.

Jared Elario was in top form for WPA and with Lloyd Stevens kept Gauteng A scoreless.

In the WPB 2nd game they beat WP U23 7-0.

There was no score up until the 4 innings before WP B’s experience came through.

WP U23 continue to struggle with the bat in this game and conceded their 2nd shutout of the tournament.

In the final game of the evening WP U23 bats came to light as they just managed to beat Gauteng U23 5-4.

WP U23 raced to a 5-0 lead but allowed Gauteng U23 to score 4 runs in the 7th inning which gave them a huge scare.

WP U23 management need to have a relook at their bullpen as it kind of let them down today!