Firsts Report from Geelong – Wildcats 10 defeated Geelong Baycats 4
The Wildcats made the long trip to Geelong worthwhile by winning 10 runs to 4 over the Baycats on Saturday afternoon. The Waverley bats fired taking full advantage of the big Geelong ground, out hitting their opponents 13 hits to 9 with 2 home runs, a triple, 4 doubles and 6 singles and scoring in 6 of the 9 innings played. They backed up with some outstanding defensive plays early on to keep Geelong scoreless until the 6 inning.
In the bottom of the first inning Jamie Papanicolaou gloved a hard come back line drive and threw over to Jake Sheldon-Collins at first base for the double play. Then Geelong’s chances in the 1st were snuffed out when Ned Hargreaves made an outstanding play, taking a ground ball out the back of second base and making the throw across to first.
In the bottom of the 4th, Jordan Ley turned a double when he tagged the runner advancing to third on a ground ball and threw across to 1st base where Jake took the ball on the stretch to make the double play.
Jamie started on the mound for the Wildcats giving up no runs, walking none and striking out 6 while giving up just 3 hits. Jamie threw 51 pitches over 4 innings and even though he was outstanding once again, unfortunately within the rules of scoring, 4 innings of pitching does not qualify the starter to earn the win. That honour went to team boss Adam Bright who was considered the most effective reliever, pitching 2 innings with no earned runs and striking out 2. Reece Longstaff then came in to throw 2 innings and Finn Weichard closed out the game in the bottom of the 9th.
Jordan led the Wildcats offence once again, going 3 hits from 5 at bats with a home run that scored 2 runs in the top of the 3rd. Jordan also hit a double and a single. Reece also had an outstanding day with the bat going 2 from 4 with a huge homer in the top of the 5th, scoring 2 runs. Tommy Maxfield went 2 from 6 with an RBI. Jake 2 from 3 including a double and an RBI. Ned went 1 from 4 with a triple. Damon Hill 1 from 4 with a double and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Finn collected a single and an RBI, Mitch Lording hit a double, and Mohi Kahui collected an RBI.
The Wildcats travel to Essendon for the big top of the table clash on Tuesday evening before returning to Napier Park for a home game against Sandringham on Saturday.
Firsts report from Essendon – Wildcats win 3-1
Tyler Evans was superb on the mound throwing a no hitter over 5 innings, striking out 8 batters and giving up just a single walk over 72 pitches. The game was called early due to bad light, but it was enough for Tyler to earn a much-deserved win.
Things looked a little shaky at the start for the Wildcats with Essendon taking advantage of two errors to score the first run. The Wildcats defense quickly settled holding the Bombers scoreless from then on. The Wildcats equalled the score in the top of the third when Ned Hargreaves got on base after being hit by a pitch then stole second base. He made it to third on a wild pitch then scrambled home on another wild pitch.
The Wildcats scored another run in the top of the 4th when with bases loaded, Liam Evans was walked in on a base on balls to Reece Longstaff.
Hits were hard to come but Tommy Maxfield wasn’t deterred coming up with 2 hard hits one of which scored Mitch Homfray for an insurance run in the top of the 5th. Damon Hill collected 1 hit.
The win puts the undefeated Wildcats on top of the Premier League ladder. The team is back home on Saturday against Sandringham.