In another of several games featuring stellar pitching, the Rams rebounded from an early deficit to plate a string of unearned runs in the fifth as Griffin Weir and Travis Bass contained the potent Melbourne offence.
Giving Melbourne a terrific start, Andy Mann was let down by some errant defence before Brent Buffa and Matt Blackmore closed out the game with their club failing to build on its first-innings score.
“Both sides made some errors and I doubt that any of the runs in the game were earned,” Newport Manager Grant Weir told Baseball Victoria.
“Their mistakes were far more costly and we really dominated the game after the first innings,” he said.
“It was a typical pitchers’ day down at Newport and there were some impressive performances. Andy Mann was very good for Melbourne and their reliever was steady enough. It was great to see Matt Blackmore back on the mound.”
“There were only a few walks given up by either side,” Grant Weir said. “Griffin and Travis were very good for us – especially in containing their dangerous hitters.”
“I rate Matt Kent as one of the best hitters in this league. We kept him off base today and struck him out in a tough situation with bases loaded.”
“We played pretty good defence today, we hit the ball hard and we ran the bases well,” he said. “They are a quality side and they led us into the fifth, so it was a good win for us.”
“It’s a tough competition and there are no easybeats. We’ve beaten Geelong, now we’ve beaten Melbourne and we were close to beating Essendon, so we’re pretty happy with where we are at.”
Continuing to impress as an up and coming young squad, Newport has an away game against Cheltenham on Sunday, while Melbourne will be keen to atone when it plays host to Preston Pirates.
MELBOURNE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 7 hits 6 errors
NEWPORT 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 x (5) 7 hits 3 errors
Division 1 Reserves
In a game of very few highlights, Melbourne won 3 – 0 against Newport at Newport, where as is usual the wind was blowing. The only highlight as far as Melbourne was concerned was the continuing great form of Daniel Beattie on the mound. Daniel gave up four hits over 5 innings (101 pitches) with no runs. It seemed whenever Melbourne were in trouble with Newport runners on base Daniel came up with a SO. For the match Daniel had 10 strike outs. To say the least, pur batting was very ordinary. Only 3 hits for the entire match, of which 2 were to Tom Stewart and 1 to Blake Bunker. Our 3 runs scored were all unearned runs. According to the scorebook we did not even come close to scoring an earned run against a team that had not won a game so far this season. Their pitching and overall fielding showed why this is the case, but we played to their level. As an overall comment, our players in the 2nds have simply just got to bat smarter and better. By smarter we mean only swing at balls in the strike zone and only bunt if you know how to bunt. Let’s all hope that we play much better next week against Preston at home.
MELBOURNE 2 1 0 0 0 0 (3) 3 hits
NEWPORT 0 0 0 0 4 0 (0) 4 hits
Hits: T. Stewart 2, Blake Bunker
Division 1 Thirds
Coming off a disappointing one run loss to Geelong the previous week the thirds came out knowing they needed a win over a lower placed opponent to stay in touch with the other teams in the top four. The team started well and managed to score four runs in the first innings against some good pitching; however let themselves down in the third allowing Newport to hit back with three runs of their own off a couple of hits and some untimely errors. Knowing they needed to push on and score some runs the thirds exploded with ten runs in the fourth while keeping Newport scoreless for the next two innings to leave the game 14-3 winners. It was great to see three juniors playing in the thirds for the first time in a number of years and they each held their own, controlling the infield and coming up with some timely hits - a home run and triple to Sean Rintoul in his first game, a triple and some fantastic infield plays by Charlie Keyhoe and a great sac fly by Cooper Gerwing in his first game up from the fourths to get the runs going early in the game.
Hits - Sean Rintoul 2 (home run, triple), Tom Arthur 2 (both doubles), Ben Telford 2 (triple), Charlie Keyhoe (triple), Brent Davine (double), Albert Suttor, James Roy
NEWPORT 0 0 3 0 0 (3) 6 hits
MELBOURNE 1 1 2 10 x (14) 10 hits
Sean Rintoul (3B), Cooper Gerwing (2B) and Charlie Keyhoe (SS) drag the infield after the thirds game.