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After a fantastic end of the regular season across the East, North West and South conferences, it's time for finals in VSBL Division 4. Melbourne has a perfect 18-0 record, while Footscray Red and Footscray White are carrying a lot of momentum into the semi-finals too. 

Division 4 East

Melbourne Demons 11 v St Kilda Saints 1

Melbourne achieve a perfect 2019/20 regular season, remaining undefeated after finishing with this big win over St Kilda.

The scoreline read 2-1 to the Demons after the first inning but that was the only score St Kilda could put up for the day as Melbourne got off to a greater lead in the second by scoring four runs. 

The Demons scored three runs in the fourth and one run either side of that inning to take a double digit lead and the win.

The 18-0 Demons will host Monash Uni this weekend in a semi-final where they'll hope their run of fantastic form continues. Scott Briggs, Mason Clark, Patrick Cotter, Adam Daly and the rest of Melbourne's lineup have collectively scored 209 runs this season while giving up only 40.

The Saints finish sixth with a 6-11-1 record, a string of four wins in five games across rounds seven to 11 a highlight for the side that lost its last four.

Blackburn Orioles 0 v Waverley Wildcats Black 22

The Wildcats will take a lot of momentum into their semi-final clash on the weekend after a dominant shutout performance over Blackburn.

The Wildcats piled on seven runs in the first and third innings with two runs in between and added another six more in the final fourth inning.

The 15-4 Wildcats finish second and will take on Fitzroy Gold in the semi-final while the Orioles end the year with a 2-17 record.

The Orioles had a 12-game losing streak before their first proper win of the season in round 16, a one-run win against Fitzroy Gold.

Fitzroy Lions Gold 7 v Waverely Wildcats Red 14

There were plenty of runs scored in this matchup as Fitzroy opened with one run in the first, which was quickly undone with Waverley's four runs in the bottom half. 

Fitzroy battled back, tying it up in the next turn but Waverley scored another. The back-and-forth affair continued as the Lions took a 6-5 lead in the top of the third, although it didn't last long with Waverley hanging in there and tying it up once again. 

Both sides brought a runner home in the fourth but Fitzroy ran out of steam in the fifth, failing to score and giving up seven to the Wildcats in the final frame of the game. It was a decent performance for the Wildcats and a great way to end their season, improving to 7-10-1 after a 2-7 start to the season. Winning six out of the last 10 gave the Wildcats a fifth place finish. 

Fitzroy Gold is through to the semi-finals after finishing in third place with a 9-8-1 record. The Lions face a challenge against Waverley Wildcats Black on Sunday, a side that's only lost four times this season, although Fitzroy did get the better of them back in round 18 with a 5-3 win.


Monash University Farmers 12 v Malvern Braves 3

The Farmers were eager to bounce back from a 15-0 loss at the hands of Melbourne the week before, and they got the job done with a comprehensive win over Malvern.

Monash Uni wasted no time getting on the board, scoring five in the first and three in the second before Malvern bit back with two in the bottom frame. 

The Farmers scored four more in the fourth while Malvern managed only one more run. Finishing in fourth place with a 7-8-3 record, Monash Uni will now play Melbourne in the semi-finals. Malvern's season ends in seventh place with a 6-12 record. 

Division 4 North West

North Coburg Rebels Gold 13 v Essendon Jets 5

The Rebels were on a mission to hold onto third place and they accomplished that over the weekend, scoring seven in the first inning while keeping the Jets off the board. 

North Coburg scored one in the third and fourth along with four in the fifth to put the game out of reach for good, although Essendon did score four in the fourth and one in the sixth. 

Essendon's season ends in sixth place with a 7-9-1 record while the Rebels are set to play Footscray Bulldogs Red in the semi-finals. North Coburg won 5-4 against the Bulldogs in their last meeting in round 18.

Footscray Bulldogs Red 20 v Fitzroy Lions Blue 4

The Bulldogs were hard to handle on Sunday, with a late burst of scoring to dominate the scoreline. 

The game was tied at one after the first but Footscray scored four in the third to pull away. The Lions answered with three in the bottom of the fourth but that was about it for them offensively. 

Footscray Red scored seven in the fifth, one in the sixth and seven in the seventh to reach this significant run tally. The Bulldogs have now scored 216 runs in the season while giving up only 61. 

The Bulldogs finished second with a 15-2-1 record and will play North Coburg Rebels Gold in the semi-final. 

Footscray Bulldogs Blue - FORFEIT v Mitchell Majors Black

The Bulldogs forfeited the final regular season game with both of these sides missing finals. Footscray Blue finished in eighth place with a 6-11 record while Mitchell Majors Black was seventh at 6-9-1.

North Coburg Rebels Maroon 7 v Fitzroy Lions Maroon 26

The Lions were on fire in this game, finishing the season on a very strong note with one of their best offensive performances of the season.

Seven runs in both the first and the second set Fitzroy up for a smooth ride, while six runs followed in both the third and the fourth. 

North Coburg scored one run in the first and another in the third, with the biggest burst of Rebels offense coming in the fourth with five runs. 

Fitzroy Maroon finished 11-6 in fifth place, just shy of a finals berth behind 12-6 Mitchell Majors Yellow.

Essendon Bombers 0 v Mitchell Majors Yellow 15

Needing a win to protect their fourth place position, Mitchell Majors Yellow opened their account with seven-run efforts in both the first and the second. One more run in the third resulted in the final scoreline as the Bombers were kept quiet with their bats. 

12-6 Mitchell Majors Yellow will chase back-to-back premierships in the semi-finals with a game at Footscray Bulldogs White. The Bulldogs won their last meeting 10-2 in round 15. Footscray also had a narrow 4-3 win over Mitchell Majors in round four.

Footscray Bulldogs White - BYE

The Bulldogs had a bye this weekend, finishing the season at the top of the ladder with a 14-1-1 record, their only loss coming in round 13, a 3-2 loss to Essendon Jets.

Division 4 South

Cheltenham Rustlers 6 v S Kilda Saints 0

The Rustlers were leading 3-0 by the top of the second, and the scoring continued with a run in the fourth and two in the sixth. 

Cheltenham finished at the top of the ladder with a 12-1-1 record and will play fourth place St Kilda in the semi finals. The Saints finished 7-7 on the season.

Monash University Farmers 2 v Berwick City Cougars 8

The Cougars fought back in a tight tied game, going ahead by two runs in the bottom of the third. Three more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth got things done for the Cougars.

Berwick finished 13-4 in third place and Monash University came second with a 13-3-1 record. These two teams play each other in the semi-final.

Melbourne Demons 14 v Pakenham Pumas 12

Melbourne got there in the end but Pakenham put up a pretty good fight, scoring seven runs in the final frame to threaten Melbourne's lead.

The Pumas had a 3-0 lead after the first inning but it didn't last long as the Demons scored seven in the top of the second. Pakenham put two more runs on but Melbourne scored seven more in the top of the third. 

Melbourne shut down Pakenham's comeback to get the lead and end the season on a high note, finishing in fifth place at 6-8.

This was a great final performance for Pakenham after a season of ups and downs. 

Ormond Glenhuntly Baseball Club - BYE

4-12 Ormond Glenhuntly had a bye to finish the season.

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