Bears into grand final

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Bellarine Bears made the grand final in Geelong Baseball Association A Grade competition.

The Bear met East Geelong Saints with a berth in the big one up for grabs.

Perfect conditions on the last day of winter with plenty of sunshine and a large crowd in attendance.

It was always going to be a tight contest with two consistent teams this year.

Lachlan Hockey started for Bellarine and completed six cracking innings, striking out eight and giving up just a single hit.

The Bears field were errorless in backing their starting pitcher combining with reliever Pat Brackley who closed out the last three innings to deliver a start in the grand final with a 3-0 win.

Cameron Brown was outstanding with the bat with a first inning homer, and following up with three more hits with his five at bats.

Kris Kieffel chimed in with three hits and Lewis Weldon two.

A Reserve also faced off against the Saints, but this one was to progress to a preliminary final.

The Saints had won against the Bears the week before, but the Bears came out hitting early and ran away with a comprehensive 11-2 win.

Matt Sage was solid on the mound and as has been the case all season the Bears defence was as strong as ever.

Josh Crotty closed out the last few innings.

B Reserve played against Deakin at home on father’s day in an elimination final.

The first day of spring coughed up sunshine, rain, hail, thunder and lightning during an enthralling game.

The Bears will be very disappointed to end the season, having created a number of chances to snatch a win, ultimately going down 7-6. 

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