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2021/22 VSBL Season: Division 4 Round 5

Teams enjoyed another big weekend of VSBL Division 4 action as Waverley and Essendon remain undefeated after the first four rounds.

View full season fixtures, results, and ladders HERE and read the latest recaps below.

Division 4 East

Blackburn Orioles 1 v Upwey Ferntree Gully Tigers Black 16

The Tigers bounced back from a tough loss to Waverley Black the week before, staying strong thanks to Kole Halupeci's solid four innings on the mound. Damien Sharp relieved in his debut and Matty Williams smashed a triple for two RBIs.

Now 2-2-1, Upwey Ferntree Gully Black plays the other Tigers team this weekend while Blackburn is 2-2 going into a home game v Malvern.

Waverley Wildcats Red 20 v Doncaster Dragons 0

The Wildcats are 5-0 following their highest run total and second shutout win of the year. The ladder leaders play Waverley Black at home next.

Meanwhile Doncaster has a 1-3 record going into a home game v Monash Uni in round 6.

Waverley Wildcats Black 19 v Monash University Farmers 4

Rickus Kriel had three hits and threw for Monash, but unfortunately for the Farmers the Wildcats were just too strong.

Waverley Black stayed undefeated, improving to 4-0 after scoring in all five innings. The Farmers' 2-1 lead going into the second was short-lived as the Wildcats tied it up in the next frame before adding six in the third, four in the fourth, and seven in the fifth.

Waverley Black and Waverley Red face off in a battle of the unbeaten teams while round 6 has Monash hitting the road to take on Doncaster.

Malvern Braves 5 v Upwey Ferntree Gully Tigers Gold 15

The Tigers had a great day at the plate as Ethan Jenkins went 4-for-4 and Mark Blundell and Marc Livingston had two hits apiece. Pete Yakimov and Aaron Moffit pitched well for Upwey Ferntree Gully Gold too.

The Tigers are 2-2 going into a matchup with their fellow Upwey Ferntree Gully side, while Malvern plays at Blackburn.

Division 4 South

Sandringham Royals 23 v Chelsea Dolphins 5

The Royals wasted no time getting on the board, scoring five in the first and seven in the second. Chelsea made it a 12-4 ballgame in the third but 11 more Sandringham runs gave them a huge lead.

After their best offensive outing yet, Sandringham sits at 4-1 with a home game v St Kilda coming up. Chelsea hosts Mulgrave in round 6.

Pakenham Pumas White 14 v Bonbeach Bluejays White 7

The Bluejays put up a good fight but Pakenham White got the better of them, keeping up the momentum from a 26-7 win in the previous round.

Pakenham White scooted up the ladder, now sitting 3-1 going into a matchup with Pakenham Black. Bonbeach White sits second at 4-1 before playing the other Bluejays team.

Pakenham Pumas Black 3 v Bonbeach Bluejays Blue 21

The Bluejays were a force to be reckoned with at the plate, scoring six in the first, three in the second, five in the third, and seven in the fourth.

The Pumas scored two in the first and one in the fifth but that was it as the Bluejays were on a mission to get their fourth win of the season.

Now 4-1, Bonbeach Blue plays Bonbeach White and 1-4 Pakenham Black plays the other Pumas side in round 6.

Mulgrave Rebels 1 v Mornington Pirates Red 21

Mornington Red put together three seven-run innings for a big win, bouncing back from last week's 12-8 loss to Sandringham.

Following their largest run tally of the year, the Pirates are 2-3 going into a matchup with their fellow Pirates, while Mulgrave heads to Chelsea.

St Kilda 10 v Mornington Pirates Black 6

The Saints earned win number four to stay in the top five while this game marked Mornington Black's second loss.

Next up for St Kilda is a game at Sandringham while the two Mornington sides face off.

Division 4 North West

North Western Titans 2 v Essendon Spitfires 26

Essendon jumped out to an early 7-1 lead and never looked back, scoring seven more in both the second and third before finishing with five runs in the fourth, all while giving up just one more to North Western.

Mitchell Miller and Jorden Doherty had three hits apiece while Flynn Lysk supported Essendon on the mound.

The Spitfires are in second place with a 3-1 record with a home game coming up v Fitzroy Maroon. North Western has a bye and will be back on the field in 2022.

Mitchell Majors 2 v Melbourne Demons Red 10

It was a close matchup for most of the game as the Demons led 2-0 after the second. By the middle of the fourth, Melbourne Red was in front 3-2.

A seven-run fifth inning sealed the deal for the Demons, who were led by Daniel Crichton with two RBIs and Evan Pun and Chao Shih with two hits apiece. Pun threw six innings with 13 first pitch strikes, 8 strikeouts, and a 1.17 WHIP.

Corey Dennehy threw 4.2 innings for Mitchell Majors with 14 first pitch strikes and eight strikeouts. Teammate Matthew Grantham had two hits, a walk, and an RBI. Phil Minnitt knocked in the other Mitchell Majors run.

Now 3-2, Melbourne Red plays Melbourne Blue and Mitchell Majors host Port Melbourne in round 6.

Essendon Jets 9 v Fitzroy Lions Blue 8

It was a close matchup between the Jets and the Lions, with Essendon holding off a late Fitzroy rally for the win.

Essendon led 9-0 going into the bottom of the third but Fitzroy wasn't going down without a fight, scoring two in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth. The Lions came within one with a two-run sixth inning but fell just short of their third win.

2-2 Fitzroy Blue and 2-1 Essendon Jets play Research Lower Plenty and Essendon Bombers in round 6, respectively.

Essendon Bombers 12 v Fitzroy Lions Maroon 9

The Bombers took an early 2-0 lead but the Lions tacked on three to keep things interesting. The back and forth battle continued from there as Essendon scored seven in the third, two in the fourth, and one in the fifth.

While Fitzroy Maroon got six across the final three innings, it wasn't quite enough to make up the deficit. The Bombers are 5-0 now as they play the Jets at home in round 6. Fitzroy Maroon takes on Essendon Spitfires next.

Port Melbourne Mariners (forfeit) v Melbourne Blue

Following this forfeit, Melbourne Blue is 3-1 with an upcoming home game v Melbourne Red, while Port Melbourne plays at Mitchell Majors.

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