Firsts Storm into Grand Final
In perfect Baseball conditions and in front of a strong home crowd contingent the Firsts stormed into the Division 2 Grand Final with another emphatic win on Saturday to take the best of 3 Series against the 4th placed Moorabbin 2-0.
Moorabbin started off well putting the Wolves on the back foot scoring 2 runs in the top of the 1st including a homerun. Not to be outdone the Wolves came out bats blazing and batted through the entire line up to score 5 runs to be leading 5-2 after the first dig. The second innings bought more runs as 2 hits, an error and a walk added 3 runs to Moorabbin's score while the Wolves were shut out to leave the score all tied up at 5-5 after 2 innings.
David Asp worked his way into form finally getting on top of the batting from the 3rd innning conceeding no more runs before being replaced in the 6th by Josh Lee. Aspy got a strike out to close out the 5th inning with bases loaded in what was a pivotal out for the game. Meanwhile the Wolves had added another 4 runs to take a 9-5 strangle hold on the game. From the 6th innning the game seemed to slip into auttomatic with Moorabbin unable to make any headway against Josh Lee and the Wolves seemingly going through the motions. One more run in the 7th saw the Wolves win 10-5 to the delight of the home crowd with no need to bat in the bottom of the 9th.
In the batting box none were better than Dean Marnell. Deano went 3 from 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs to be the standout. Chris Mason, 2 from 4 with 3 RBIs and Mick Pollock with 2 from 5 and 1 RBI also did well for the Wolves who managed a total of 11 hits to Moorabbins 6. The Wolves were also very crisp in the field with only 1 error for the game.
The Wolves will head into the Grand Final against either Springvale or Werribee as favourites after finishing on top of the ladder but no-one at the club is complacent about the task ahead. Either team will demand respect and require the Wolves to be on their game if they hope to clinch back to back Division 2 premierships.
The Grand Final is again a best of 3 Series with all games being played at the Altona Ball Park. The first game of the series will be played on Wednesday at 7:30pm with games 2 and 3 on Saturday and Sunday (if required) with times to be announced later this week. The team has enjoyed strong spectator support all year and with a GF up for grabs we hope to see as many people as possible at the games to cheer them on.
Note: Entry to the Altona Baseball Stadium is $7.
U14s Go Down in Grand Final
The Williamstown Wolves U14s played Werribee Giants on Friday night at Werribee in the Grand Final of the Under 14 Western Division. The Wolves started well being very selective in the batters box and stealing every available base to score 3 runs. Two walks and three outfield hits saw the Giants score 5 runs in the bottom of the first to lead the contest.
The Giants pitchers found the selective Wolves difficult to get out and 3 walks, a hit pitched ball and two infield hits scored the Wolves another 3 runs to take the lead 6 to 5. Giants scored 2 runs in the bottom of the second innings to restle the lead back again to 7 to 6. These runs were scored from 2 hits and 2 walks. Aiden Sadler the Wolves catcher was injured in a catchers interference play in this innings which forced him from the ground.
Toby Sadler came to bat in the top of the third determined to play well. He drove a line drive hard and flat but a great instinctive play by the Giants pitcher saw him retired for the first out. Good Giants pitching and infield play saw Wolves retired without scoring in the dig to keep the score with Werribee leading 7 to 6.
With only minutes to play the Wolves task was to get the Giants out and go to bat before the 5 minute rule kicked in. The Giants had other ideas however and with a walk and four hits Werribee scored another 3 runs before the game was called.
Well done Wolves on a great year. We may have played our "Grand Final" a week too early by beating the top of the table Sunshine in the semi-final. Thanks also for the support of parents and many of the senior players who went to Werribee to support the team.
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