VSBL Division 4 teams are continuing their great summer seasons with Waverley Black, Fitzroy, Mornington, and Essendon leading the way.
Division 4 East
Melbourne Demons Red 6 v Blackburn Orioles 8
A spirited fightback from Melbourne Red didn't produce enough runs to send Blackburn in to bat again, falling short by two runs.
The Orioles scored first in the second before the Demons crossed home plate three times at the top of the fourth to lead by two.
Blackburn were up to the challenge in the bottom half, collecting seven runs before a scoreless fifth. Melbourne Red needed six to forge ahead in the sixth, but fell short, adding three to their score.
Blackburn has improved to 3-2-1 for this season and face Upwey Ferntree Gully Black in Round 7. Melbourne Red isn't far behind with a 2-3-1 record, hosting Waverley White this weekend.
Upwey Ferntree Gully Tigers Black 4 v Doncaster Dragons 8
Doncaster had a nice win over Upwey Ferntree Gully Black on the weekend, beating the Tigers by four runs.
It was Doncaster's second win of the season as the Dragons improve to a 2-3 record and look to get on a winning run against Monash University. Upwey Ferntree Gully Black are winless at 0-6 but will hope the home ground advantage against Blackburn works for the Tigers this week.
Malvern Braves 4 v Upwey Ferntree Gully Tigers Gold 12
It was tied ballgame after the first inning after both Malvern and Upwey Ferntree Gully Gold batted in two runs but from there it was mostly all the Tigers, starting with seven runs in the second.
The Tigers added three more in the fourth, setting the Braves with a big ask, Malvern managing to add two in the fifth before the game was called.
The loss means Malvern is still to find a win this season, sitting at a 0-6 record but hope its fortune changes against Melbourne Blue. Upwey Ferntree Gully Gold is in Frankston this weekend to play Mornington, and at 2-2, searching for a way to break into the top four.
Mornington Pirates 6 v Waverley Wildcats Black 8
Waverley Black lead 0-5 after two innings while Mornington was able to get the game back to a two-run margin heading into the bottom of the fourth.
The Wildcats added three more to their score with neither side giving an inch throughout the next two innings. The Pirates needed more runs and they managed three at the top of the seventh, which wasn't enough to see them topple their opponent.
The win for Waverley Black means first place is still theirs, undeafted this season and looking for another win against Waverley Red. Mornington host Upwey Ferntree Gully Gold in search of win number three.
Melbourne Demons Blue 21 v Waverley Wildcats Red 1
Melbourne Blue was too strong for Waverley Red, collecting a mass of runs in each inning to beat the Wildcats.
A five-run first, six-run second and seven-run third saw the score 18-0 at the end of the three innings and the runs didn't stop there for the Demons who put three more on the board in the fourth. The hill was too big for the Wildcats to climb but they did nab a run to prevent a shutout.
Melbourne Blue remain within the top four with a 3-2 record and host Melbourne in Round 7 while Waverley Red sit third with a 4-1-1 record and are the home team against Waverley Black this week.
Waverley Wildcats White 20 v Monash University Farmers 2
Two seven-run innings allowed Waverley White a lot of breathing room as Monash University scored its first run at the bottom of the second.
The Wildcats followed it up with another five runs in the third while each side scored one run in the fifth and final inning.
Waverley White, who is just outside the top four travel to play Melbourne Red this weekend. The 4-1-1 Monash University, currently in second place, are away to Doncaster.
Division 4 North
North Coburg Rebels A 3 v Mitchell Majors A 13
Mitchell Majors A had a good first inning, bringing in seven runs after not allowing North Coburg A to trouble the scores at the top.
The Rebels got on the board in the second with two runs however, Mitchell Majors A brought in another three at the bottom and lead 2-11 after three.
Each side scored a run in the fourth, with Mitchell Majors A scoring one more at the bottom of the fifth, leading to a 10-run win.
Mitchell Majors A is second with a 5-1 record and go into the next round with a bye. North Coburg A is sitting fifth with a 1-5 record and host Mitchell Majors B next up.
North Coburg Rebels B 5 v Mitchell Majors B 1
North Coburg B had a good start, scoring two in the first before adding one in the third and another in the sixth. Mitchell Majors B secured a run at the bottom of the sixth before the seventh and final inning saw the Rebels score once more, and shut out the home side to claim to game.
North Coburg B sit fourth with a 3-3 record, behind Mitchell Majors B on runs for. The Rebels will take on Fitzroy A at home this weekend while Mitchell Majors B play North Coburg A.
Fitzroy Lions A v BYE
Fitzroy A enjoyed a week off but are back in action this weekend, playing away against North Coburg B. The Lions are 5-0 this season so will be hoping to continue the undefeated run.
Division 4 South
Pakenham Pumas 12 v Chelsea Dolphins 1
Chelsea drew first blood at the bottom of the first but it was a great team effort from Pakenham to control the rest of the game.
The Pumas got level after the third inning before adding seven in the fourth, scoring another four runs across the final two innings.
Pakenham sit fifth with a 3-2 record and come up against Bonbeach A this weekend. Chelsea is away to Wheelers Hill and looking to improve a 1-5 record.
Mornington Pirates 8 v St Kilda Saints 5
Mornington took a 1-0 lead after its first turn at the plate with the rest of the runs coming from the fourth inning onwards.
The Pirates added two in the fourth but found themselves even again when St Kilda piled on three runs at the bottom and it was even again after five innings when each team scored two runs.
The Pirates powered on and converted three runs before shutting out the Saints in the bottom half to take the victory.
Mornington is 5-1 this season, and head into a bye week for the Pirates. St Kilda is 0-5, searching for a win when it meets Berwick this week.
Berwick City Cougars 3 v Bonbeach St Chads Bluejays B 10
Scores were tied at one-all after two innings before Bonbeach B pulled ahead, scoring seven runs across the following two innings before each team knocked in two runs in the fifth.
Bonbeach B is now one of two teams locked in a 4-1 record, however the Bluejays are third on runs for. Berwick is fourth in the standings with a 4-2 record.
Mordialloc Ducks 14 v Bonbeach St Chads Bluejays A 2
Mordialloc got out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and lead 8-0 after the Ducks scored one in the second and four in the fourth.
Bonbeach A claimed two runs at the bottom of the fourth but Mordialloc wasn't slowing down, bringing six runs in at the top of the fifith before shutting the Bluejays out.
Mordialloc are one of two teams that hold a 4-1 record, sitting second and will prepare to face Bonbeach B this weekend. Bonbeach A is an even 3-3 ahead of a trip to Pakenham.
Wheelers Hill Warriors v BYE
Wheelers Hill had the bye this week but will be back in action, at home against Chelsea. Currently this season, the Warriors are seventh at 1-4.
Division 4 West
Geelong Baycats Blue 3 v Essendon Bombers 10
Geelong Blue struck first but seven runs in the first two innings to the Bombers quickly changed the way the game was going.
The Bombers were up by nine as the sixth inning rolled around with Geelong Blue adding two more to its total, the final margin coming to seven runs.
Essendon's win continues its unbeaten form, 6-0 ahead of a meeting with Newport. Geelong Blue is still in the race, currently third with a 3-3 record. Geelong Blue is the home team against Geelong White in the next round.
Geelong Baycats White 3 v Footscray Bulldogs 19
Geelong White got on the board first with two runs in the first but the Bulldogs were more dominant with their run-scoring conversion, getting five runners across the plate at the bottom.
The Baycats added one more to get back into the game at the top of the third but a seven-run bottom from Footscray, followed by the same result in the fourth paved the way for an easy Bulldogs win.
Geelong White is 2-4, outside of the top four but will hope a win against Geelong Blue will see the side move up the ladder. Footscray sit comfortably in second at 4-2, a clash with the Jets on the cards.
Essendon Jets 7 v Newport Rams 7
Essendon was out to a six-run lead heading into the bottom of the third before Newport pulled through and collected seven in the bottom to take a one-run lead.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Jets drew level once more however the Rams weren't able to bring a runner home when they had the chance in the final inning, the two sides settling for a draw.
Newport sit within the top four at the moment with a 2-4 record and hope to stay there with a positive result against the Bombers this weekend. Essendon is 0-5-1 this year and take on Footscray at home in Round 7.