Bye week sees Bears well placed
Action from the Bears' A reserve clash.
WEEK eight for Wallington’s Bellarine Bears A grade side in the 2014 Geelong Baseball Association winter season was the scheduled bye, giving the Bears supporters a chance to take stock of how the team is travelling in the season so far. With the A grade side sitting at 5-3 they find themselves sitting third on the ladder in a good position heading into the second half of the season. Jonathan Lowe’s 0.563 batting average has him as one of the top hitters in the league for the season so far. The top 10 batting averages for the season so far also includes the Bears' own Wayne Visser (0.500) and Chris Barker (0.412). Pitcher Simon Murry continues to make life difficult for opposition hitters with an impressive 1.060 ERA. The A reserve Bellarine Bears made the journey to Ballarat to take on Alfredton for their week eight game. It was a tough day for pitchers Chris Dunn, Alex Hockey and Brad Hockey with the Bears going down 0-16.
The Bears steadied late in the game having given up the majority of the runs in the first few innings. Individual highlights included Matt Connell with some quality fielding and two hits in offence, along with Steve Osborne producing a double with the bat. The highlight of week 8 for the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club was a 5-0 win to the B Reserve side over Saints Red. With the bat Tim Meaden starred with four hits from as many plate appearances. The Bears' defence was able to keep the opposition scoreless, with plays like a last-minute lunge from second base Steph Stott to make an out in the second innings typical of the Bears' efforts during the game. Taking to the mound for the Bears was Danny Nichols who was able to go a complete game giving up just the two hits. Interested in finding out more about the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club? Pay them a visit online at www.bellarinebears.org. au.
Rally caps for youngsters A FUN program to help teach four- to eight-yearolds the basics of baseball was on show earlier this month at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove on Friday June 13. The program called ‘Rally Caps’, a Bellarine Bears Baseball Club initiative, is designed to introduce youngsters to the sport of baseball at an early age. Bellarine Bears Baseball Club committee member, David Crotty, said young locals from the Ocean Grove region, Portarlington and Leopold attended the one-hour session.
“We had kids spread around from the Bellarine Peninsula attend,” Crotty told the Voice. “The program is
designed for basic beginners and all their skill level is about the same. “At this stage we had more five- to six-yearolds come along.” Crotty said the Bellarine Bears had distributed flyers to local primary schools across the Bellarine Peninsula region encouraging young locals to attend. The Rally Caps program in its third year at the Bellarine Aquatic and Sports Centre in Ocean Grove is annual event put on by the Bellarine Bears Baseball Club.