The VSBL Division 4 Semi-Finals were a big success on Sunday as eight teams booked their spots in the final game of the season.
Division 4 East
Melbourne Demons Red 7 v Waverley Wildcats Black 17
The Wildcats led 3-2 going into a scoreless second before Waverley added seven in the third. The Demons put one on in the fourth, three in the fifth, and one final run in the sixth. Waverley was relentless at the plate with two more in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Waverley Black has booked in a finals appearance v Melbourne Blue, with first pitch at 2:00pm at Waverley on Sunday.
Blackburn Orioles 2 v Melbourne Demons Blue 6
The Demons are headed to the grand final after taking the lead in the second inning. Melbourne led 2-1 after the second and 5-2 after the fourth. The Demons got one final run in the sixth.
Melbourne collected 11 hits while Blackburn had five, and both teams made two errors on the day.
Chao Shih, Adam Hayman, and Liam Jackson had two hits apiece for Melbourne, with three RBIs from Jackson and one from Steve Dewitt.
Riley Hodgson walked three times for Blackburn while Bruce Dicker and Simeon Mann walked once. Mann also had an RBI in two quality at-bats, while Hodgson and Dicker had three.
Jackson threw seven innings for Melbourne, with 23 first pitch strikes, six K's, and a 1.43 WHIP. Hodgson handled six for Blackburn with 21 first pitch strikes, four strikeouts, and a 1.83 WHIP.
Melbourne Blue plays Waverley Black for the premiership.
Division 4 North
Mitchell Majors B 6 v Fitzroy Lions 10
The ladder-leading Lions are off to the grand final in hopes of maintaining their undefeated record. Fitzroy opened with five runs in the first inning, and by the second it was a 7-2 game. The score was 8-4 after the third, and although the fourth was scoreless, Mitchell Majors got two back in the fifth and Fitzroy put two more on the board in the final frames.
Fitzroy hosts North Coburg at home for Sunday's grand final.
North Coburg Rebels B 12 v Mitchell Majors A 4
Charlie Sutherland threw six innings with 15 strikeouts and no hits as the Rebels booked a spot in the grand final.
The Rebels put four on in the first, two in the third, and three in both the fifth and the sixth. They kept their opponents off the board until the final frame.
The Rebels head to Fitzroy in search of a flag with the first pitch at 2:00pm on Sunday.
Division 4 South
Pakenham Pumas 6 v Bonbeach Bluejays B 16
The Bluejays ran wild on the bases, racking up six runs in the first, two in the fourth, and seven in the fifth. One more Bonbeach run came in the sixth while Pakenham put two on in the first, one in the third and fourth, and a final two in the fifth.
Following this win, the top side heads into a home grand final v Mordialloc. First pitch is at 2:00pm on Sunday.
Mordialloc Ducks 12 v Mornington Pirates 4
The Ducks are through to the final game after a comprehensive win over Mornington. Five runs with no outs in the first made a big difference, as well as four straight singles, a double, and another base hit before the first out in the second.
The scoring continued throughout the game as the Ducks cruised to their first VSBL Division 4 South Finals appearance. They're off to Bonbeach in search of a flag this Sunday.
Division 4 West
Geelong Baycats Blue 1 v Footscray Bulldogs 11
The Bulldogs prevailed in search of another premiership, thanks to three runs in the first and four in the second. The Baycats got one in the fourth but that was it as the Bulldogs scored two in both the fifth and sixth.
Footscray hosts Essendon for the grand final on Sunday at 2:00pm.
Essendon Jets 6 v Essendon Bombers 0
The two Essendon sides went head to head with the Jets coming out on top. They scored lone runs in the first and third with a three-run fourth and a final run in the sixth.
Essendon heads to Footscray for the grand final.