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After what's been an ordinary run of form over the last month, Tuesday's midweeker against Backburn was a chance for the Wolves to show they still had what it takes to compete in Division 1. After being soundly beaten by Blackburn on Sunday the Wolves were primed for a big effort at Altona Stadium.
Andrew Russell's performance on the mound was nothing short of amazing. Rusty pitched for all 8 innings of the match (96 pitches in total) with 6 Ks and only 1 Walk. Amazingly of the 8 innings pitch, he retired 3 consecutive batters in 6 innings. Rusty only allowed 3 hits for the night and the sole run scored was unearned. With pitching like that, all the Wolves had to do was start hitting the ball, something they have found very hard to do for most of the season.
The Wolves started slowly with only 11 batters up to the plate in the first 3 innings. The Wolves had managed 4 hits in this time though and started to look threatening forcing a change of pitcher after 2 innings.
In the 4th innings the Wolves tied the game at 1-1 when big hitting import Anthony Armenio put his first Home Run of the season over the right field fence - something we're hoping to see more of as he settles in. The Wolves then made the most of their opportunities with Darren Pollock scoring in the 5th on the back of a couple of walks and an Andrew Russell single. The 6th saw another run started off with Chris Mason Hit-Pitched-Ball (for the second time of the night) who then did some great base running to score on the back of 2 sacrifce plays. Another run sealed the game in the 8th when Anthony Armenio was walked and Luke Chircop pinch hit, stealing 2nd and then getting home on the back of a great At Bat from Nathan Rogers who took 8 pitches and was on 2 strikes when he singled to score the run. Best with the bat for the night was Aaron Green who went 2 from 3 with a walk.
While it was fantastic for the players (and their loyal fans) to get a win, manager Dean Marnell is going to want to see a lot more consistancy in the run up to Christmas starting with Melbourne this Saturday.
Masters Maiden Win
The Masters took the long trek down the Geelong Highway on Monday night to take on th Baycats on their home turf. In the Wolves maiden victory for the season they came away with a big 14-8 win in 4 innings.
On the mound for the Wolves was Gus Dobrecic who pitched out the whole game. The Wolves got off to a shaky start with 4 hits and 3 errors in he first dig scoring the first 4 Geelong batters before getting the required outs. In contrast the Wolves only got one runner on base before being retired for the innings.
It all turned around in the 2nd though with Gus getting on top and not letting a run over the plate. The Wolves on the other hand took advantage of a number of walks and errors scoring 3 runs and closing the gap to just 1.
The 3rd innings swung the game in the Wolves favour with 4 more runs being scored while holding the Baycats to 2. The score was 7-6 after 3 with the Wolves holding a slender 1 run lead.
With the pressure on, the Wolves bats came to the fore. After the first 3 batters were walked loading up the bases Paul Caine smashed an in-field Grand Slam to clear the bases with a bomb that went all the way to the centre field fence and scored 4 runs. Paul Dettering was then walked to first base and then scored on the back of a Mark Chircop triple to right field, who then scored himself by stealing home on a passed ball. When Mick Ryley also stole home on a passed ball the innings was over under the 7 run rule and the Wolves held an unbeatable 8 run lead.
The Baycats managed 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the final score to 14-8. The win was even more impressive as the Wolves only had the minimum 7 players to field a team, although Geelong graciously supplied 2 outfielders in a show of good sportsmanship.
Highlights of the game included Mick Ryley playing 2nd base, fielding the ball and running to his bag to beat out the runner for the out. Roger Twist doing the same thing from short stop but actually tripping on the base and falling flat on his face (but importantly he held on to the ball for the out). Twisty sprang to his feet when he heard his team mates call for the screens. Paul Caine went 2 from 3 with the big infield home run and Laurie Treadwell also had 2 hits from 4 at bats.
The "boys" always have a good time, with these games usually played in good spirit as was certainly the case on Monday, but experiencing that winning feeling for the first time in over a season was certainly enjoyed by the "Magnificent Seven".
Round 9 Round Up
The Wolves took on Blackburn at Home on Sunday in a game that they got behind in early and could never make up ground. Coming up against probably the best pitcher in Division 1, Adam Bright pitched 6 innings for Blackburn for 2 runs with an amazing 16 strike outs. The Wolves managed 7 hits for the match but it was only in the 5th inning where we could string any together and it was ultimately a Andrew Russell double that managed to score the runs.
Pitching was difficult against a strong Blackburn line up that plundered 17 hits and scored 12 runs for the game. Best of the pitchers for the Wolves was David Asp who pitched 5 innings and despite giving up 7 hits conceded only the one run. The Wolves lost the match 2 -12.
In another mid-weeker, the Wolves front up against Blackburn again on Tuesday night at the Altona Stadium at 6:30pm. The boys will be desperate to put up a more competitive performance to start turning their season around.
The Seconds again had a tight game against Blackburn but ended up going down 3-4 after holding the lead for most of the match. Braxton Conroy started on the mound and went for 4 innings giving up 4 hits with 3 Strike Outs. A run was scored in the 2nd off a hit and a couple of wild pitches but the 2 unearned runs in the 4th inning where costly. Justin Lester relieved in the 5th where another run was scored before closing out the last 2 innings.
The Wolves uncharacteristically found hitting the ball tough with only 3 safe hits for the game. Having said that the Wolves made Blackburn pay dearly in the 2nd inning where 3 errors contributed to 3 unearned runs - the only runs scored for the game. Best with the bat was Daniel Chircop who went 2 from 3 with an RBI.
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