A’s and Crusaders locked in stalemate
After 10 innings, Athlone A’s and Grassy Park Crusaders could not be separated in their Cape Town Baseball Major league fixture at Vangate Sports Complex on Saturday, with score deadlocked at 11-all.
Although A’s outhit Crusaders, the visitors left 18 runners on base.
Both teams utilised three pitchers, with A’s surprisingly starting with Matthew Diedericks. Diedericks pitched four innings and only gave up two hits, but a staggering nine walks and struck out four hitters.
Diedericks was bailed out by his defence who turned three double plays in his pitching stint.
He was replaced by former Crusaders pitcher Cameron Fortuin who came in for some heavy punishment conceding eight runs.
He pitched three innings, giving up eight hits, walked four and struck out three. Dean Jacobs took over from Fortuin.
For Crusaders Lucien Swartz pitched 3.2 innings before being replaced by former A’s lefty Niyaaz Galant.
Grant Robertson took over in the eighth innings.
A’s took a 4-1 lead innings, but Crusaders bounce back scoring 10 runs (1, 3, 4 and 2) in the next four innings with A’s replying with seven runs (0, 1, 3 and 3) of their own.
Kyle van der Ross, Ashwin Kleintjies, Chris Jacobs and Jamie Mauritz all recorded two hits for Crusaders.
Aiden O’Connor and Cameron Fortuin recorded three hits each, and Josh Wentzel and Anrich Roberts two hits each for A’s.
Dean Daniels hit a solo home-run in the fourth innings.
Cape Town Baseball Federation’s umpire-in-chief Mark Cupido confirmed this game will be completed on Sunday 1 December.
In other Major League results, Bothasig Knights beat VOB Macaws 21-0, Bellville Tygers beat Maitland Giants 9-4 and Durbanville Villains beat Van der Stel 13-2.
At the end of the first round, Bothasig Knights lead the league with 14 points, followed by Bellville Tygers on 12 and Maitland Giants on 10. Durbanville Villains and VOB Macaws have six points and they are followed by Athlone A’s on four, with Van der Stel on two with Grassy Park Crusader with zero points.
In the Promotion League, Thistle beat Lansdowne Eagles 8-4, Battswood lost 7-0 to Helderberg Pirates and Milnerton Mavericks beat Silvertree Titans 23-8.
Westridge Yankees lead the Promotion League with 12 points, followed by Helderberg Pirates on 10, Thistle on eight, Milnerton Mavericks on six, Battswood on four, Lansdowne Eagles on two and Silvertree Titans with zero points.
V Cape Town Baseball Federation will be hosting a golf day at King David Mowbray Golf Club on Sunday 1 December. Please contact Mike Abrahams on 078 262 2249 to book your entry. All funds raised will be used for the national baseball tournament in April 2020.