After losing the first 3 game of the season mostly due to defensive lapses MLR team has progressed steadily over the last 2 weeks picking up 3 wins in 3 games. The latest team to succumb to VOB were the Maitland Giants.
The game started with Lee van Wyk on the mound. Lee kept it simple and ended the inning in just 8 pitches while keeping the Giants scoreless. VOB responded scoring 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, van Wyk tried to do a bit too much and put a few runners on base allowing giants to pull 3 runs back tying the scores. VOB hit back with 4 more runs taking a 7-3 lead into the 3rd.
Giants managed to scrape 3 more runs in the next 2 innings before Jason Ranck came on to shut them out in the final 2 innings. VOB accumulated 6 more runs in their last few inning for a convincing 13-6 win.
Batting: Robin Jones (1-2, HBP, 2R, 3SB), Yusri Pretorius (2-4, SB, 2R), Kevin Mullins (3-4, 3SB, 3RBi, 3B, 3R), Matthew Darius (2-3, HBP, RBi, 2B), Jordyn Riffel (1-1, RBi, R)
It was another tough day at the park for the VOB reserves succumbing to 17-4 to Van Der Stel in the blistering Stellenbosch heat in 4 1/2 innings.
It was a game where VOB never got going. They had many scoring opportunities that they could not capitalise on getting the lead runner on base in every inning, VOB only managed to accumulate 4 runs mainly via the bats of Matthew Darius (3-3,2R), Jordyn Riffel (2-3,R,RBi), Jaryd Riffel (1-1,2RBi).
Defensively VOB once again struggled as 18U pitcher Kian Africa battled adjust to the umpire’s strike zone. A tough outing for him, but one that offers a valuable lesson as he get more exposure at a senior level. He wasn’t helped by the field though as VOB fielders didn’t take the chances that came their way. Africa was replaced in the 3rd inning by Kevin Mullins who wrapped up the inning. In the 4th inning Mullins battled on the mound. The ever reliable Matthew Darius was then called upon to close out the 4th inning.
VOB have a lot of work to do over the next 2 weeks if they want to get back to winning ways when the league resumes in 2 weeks’ time.
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The VOB Macaws reserves took on the reserves of the Bothasig Knights at the Chucker Road sports complex.
For VOB it was a bit of déjà vu as they let a commanding lead slip in the second half of the game, like they did the previous week, to hand the opposition the win. VOB opted to forfeit the points to allow Jayde Thorne to play so he could shake off some rust before representing South Africa in the inbound series against the French national team.
VOB started with Naeem Dollie on the mound. He kept Bothasig scoreless in the first inning and while VOB also failed to score. Dollie felt some discomfort in his shoulder and was replaced on the mound by Jayde Thorne at the top of the second. He restricted Bothasig to 2 runs in 3 innings while VOB scored 7 runs to take a 7-2 lead into the top of the 5th inning.
At the top of the 5th the heat got to Thorne as he conceded 3 more runs and left the bases loaded when Matthew Darius came on to relieve him. A series of unforced errors by VOB and some decent hitting by Bothasig saw them accumulate 10 runs in the final 2 innings. VOB was unable to score runs in the last few innings ending the game 7-12 in favour of Bothasig.