WP are baseball champs, again!

WP A beat Gauteng A 5-0 in SABU senior National Baseball Championships at Chukker Road Cape Town in horrendous weather this afternoon.  The game was curtailed after 8 innings due to continuous rain!

Coming into the game both coaches, Neil Adonis (WP A) and Dean McKinnon (Gauteng A) were optimistic and concerned. Adonis was happy that he had a well-rested pitching staff to call upon, but concerned that the weather conditions would limit his powerhouse hitting line up. McKinnon on the other had been happy to be in the final after a few tricky games, but concerned his players were hurting as they were pushed all the way in their last 3 games leading to the final.

Jared Elario and Carl Michaels combined well to once again keep Gauteng A scoreless in the tournament.
Elario started and completed 4 innings without allowing a hitter to reach 1st base. He then started the 5th inning where Brandon Bullion, Gauteng’s standout player got a fortuitist hit. The next hitter bunted the ball and Elario injured his knee whilst trying to make a play.

At this stage Michaels came on to relieve Elario. Gauteng’s next hitter bunted and moved the 2 runner to 2nd and 3rd. The next hitter grounded the ball to Brett Willemburg at shortstop who threw sharply to catcher Dayle Feldtman who made the tag at home. Michaels struck out the next hitter to get his side out on trouble. This was the only time in the game Gauteng had runners on bases and threatened to score.

Elario finished with 4 innings pitched, allowing 1 hit and striking out 6 hitters. Michaels also pitched 4 innings and also struck out 6 hitters. Elario and Michaels did not concede any walks.
Gauteng utilised 3 pitchers with Kyle Gladdin fairing best out all of them. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowed 3 runs, 5 hits, walked 4 hitters and struck out 4 hitters. He was relieved by Zack Phillips who pitched 0.2 innings conceded 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks and struck out 1 hitter. Damon King closed out the game pitching 1 inning, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk.
Brett Willemburg 2 for 4, Darren Wedel 3 for 5 and Dayle Feldtman 3 for 4 were WP’s best hitters. WP did well to group their hits throughout the game and always look like scoring. Gauteng only recorded 1 hit for the game.

The results reflect WP being the most consistent team and fitter team throughout the tournament and were rarely threatened by most of the opponents. It also showed that Gauteng with a smaller squad due to withdrawals struggling in later part of the tournament due injuries and fitness.

WPA 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1= 5 10 1
Gauteng A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0=0 1 4

by Sean Campbell