VSBL Division 4 teams continue to make the most of the the summer season as Waverley, Fitzroy, Bonbeach, and Essendon lead the way.
Division 4 East
Monash University Farmers 5 v Doncaster Dragons 13
Doncaster had an eight-run win over Monash University in Round 7 to even its record to 3-3. The Farmers remain in third place with a 4-2-1 record.
The Dragons take on Malvern at home in Round 8 while Monash University are at home, hosting Waverley Red.
Malvern Braves 1 v Melbourne Demons Blue 12
Melbourne Blue got off to a flying start, collecting six runs in the first and another five in the second with each side scoring a singular run in the fourth inning.
Melbourne Blue is 4-2 this season while Malvern is yet to find a win, sittinng 0-7. The Demons are home to Mornington and the Braves are in Doncaster for the upcoming round.
Upwey Ferntree Gully Tigers Gold 18 v Mornington Pirates 14
It was a high-scoring first inning with Mornington leading 4-7 at the completion of one turn at bat each. The Pirates added two more in the second to lead by five.
Upwey Ferntree Gully Gold then put the bats to work, collecting back-to-back seven-run innings to take a 18-9 lead, which Mornington tried to make up but fell short after bringing five across the plate at the bottom of the fourth.
The Tigers sit sixth with a 3-2 record, at home to Blackburn next up. The Pirates are up against Melbourne Red, hoping to improve a 2-4-1 record.
Waverley Wildcats Black 15 v Waverley Wildcats Red 4
Waverley Black got the the jump over Waverley Red, starting the game with three runs at the top of the first before adding seven in the second. By the time the fourth inning got underway, the Wildcats Black side were up 11-0.
Waverley Red scored at the bottom of the fourth but the away side didn't slow down, adding four more to their score before Waverley Red ended the game after hitting three runs at the bottom.
Waverley Black continue its dominance at the top of the ladder, 7-0 ahead of hosting Melbourne Blue. Waverley Red travel to Monash University, holding onto a 4-2-1 fourth place.
Waverley Wildcats White 5 v Melbourne Demons Red 13
Melbourne Red recorded its third win of the season against Waverley White, seeing a 3-3-1 record which the side will hope to add to again against Mornington.
Waverley White is also 3-3-1, ahead of Melbourne Red on runs for and host Upwey Ferntree Gully Black this weekend.
Division 4 North
Mitchell Majors B 17 v North Coburg Rebels A 8
North Coburg looked good after scoring five runs in its first innings of the day but it was all Mitchell Majors B from then on.
Over the next three innings, the away side scored four, seven and six runs in the second, third and fourth innings respectively to lead 17-5. The Rebels scored three in response before the game ended after four.
Mitchell Majors B is 4-3 for the season, looking ahead to a trip to Fitzroy. North Coburg A will take a 1-6 record into a bye this weekend.
Fitzroy Lions A 9 v North Coburg Rebels B 6
It was a 1-2 lead to North Coburg B after the first innings with a seven-run third inning the allowing the Lions some breathing room.
The Rebels got one back at the bottom of the third and scored three more in the fourth in response to Fitzroy A's one before a scoreless fifth ended the game.
Fitzroy A are 6-0 for the season and host Mitchell Majors B this weekend. North Coburg B host Mitchell Majors A this weekend, sitting fourth with a 3-4 record.
Mitchell Majors B v BYE
Mitchell Majors B will be feeling refreshed after the week off, sitting third with a 4-3 record ahead of a clash with Fitzroy A at home this weekend.
Division 4 South
St Kilda Saints 6 v Berwick City Cougars 7
A walkoff win for Berwick who recorded four runs in the sixth inning, prevailing over St Kilda.
Each side ended the first inning with three runs but the Saints broke through with a run in the third, adding two more in the fifth before the final sixth inning effort by the Cougars.
St Kilda is 0-6 for the season and host Mordialloc this weekend. Berwick is third with a 5-2 record, facing Mornington away this weekend.
Bonbeach St Chads Bluejays A 3 v Pakenham Pumas 5
After two scoreless inning to start the game, Bonbeach ran ahead with a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Pakenham replied with one at the bottom before bringing themselves to within one run after the fifth inning. A three-run effort at the bottom of the sixth ensured a Pumas win.
Pakenham improve to a 4-2 record, in fifth spot, behind fourth on runs for. The Pumas are in Bonbeach this week against Bluejays B.
Chelsea Dolphins 10 v Wheelers Hill Warriors 12
Chelsea and Wheelers Hill each scored three runs in the first but the Warriors broke through in the second to lead by two, adding another in the third.
The Warriors scored six at the bottom of the fourth with the Dolphins scoring seven and falling just short in the fifth and final inning.
Chelsea is 1-6 for the season, and go into the weekend with the bye while Wheelers Hill, who is 2-4, play Bonbeach A.
Bonbeach St Chads Bluejays B 10 v Mordialloc Ducks 1
Bonbeach B scored first with two at the top of the first and had a 6-0 lead after its third at bat.
Mordialloc scored its one run at the bottom of the third as Bonbeach B added four more across the next two innings.
Bonbeach B is still in first place with a 5-1 record, at home to Pakenham this weekend. The Ducks sit fourth with a 4-2 record, ahead of fifth-placed Pakenham on runs for. Mordialloc play St Kilda in Round 8.
Mornington Pirates v BYE
Mornington had the week off but return to the action, at home against Berwick this week. The Pirates are second with a 5-1 record, behind Bonbeach B on runs for.
Division 4 West
Geelong White 1 v Geelong Blue 11
Geelong Blue got the game going with two four-run innings to start the game, keeping Geelong White scoreless until the away side got a run across the plate in the fourth. Geelong Blue were able to score a few more at the bottom half, ending with a 10-run win.
Geelong White is at home to Essendon Bombers this week, sitting fifth with a 2-5 record while Geelong Blue is 4-3, also at home hosting Essendon Jets.
Footscray Bulldogs 0 v Essendon Jets 9
Essendon claimed its first win of the season in spectacular fashion, a shutout win over second-placed Footscray.
At home, the Jets scored three in the first inning adding six more across the fifth and sixth to storm to an emphatic victory.
Despite the win, Essendon is still in sixth, but the win will see a confident group take on Geelong Blue this week. Footscray is now one of two teams that hold a 4-3 record, but are the better of the two, sitting second when factoring in runs for and will look for more runs against Newport this week.
Essendon Bombers 6 v Newport Rams 3
Essendon was on the backfoot early with Newport scoring three at the bottom of the first but the Bombers defensive unit were tight for the remainder of the game as the bats swung too.
The Bombers first run came in the third inning, adding one more in the sixth before a four-run effort in the seventh saw the away side pinch the lead.
The win sees Essendon with a 7-0 record this season and will travel to Geelong to continue that winning run against Baycats White. Newport is still sitting in fourth spot with a 2-4-1 record, preparing to travel to Footscray in the next round.