Wangaratta Rangers Orange grabs lead In fifth inning for victory over Porepunkah Panthers

Wangaratta Rangers Orange ran off with the lead late in the game in a 9-8 victory over Porepunkah Panthers on Sunday. The game was tied at eight with Rangers Orange batting in the bottom of the fifth when Brent Miller grounded out, scoring one run.

Rangers Orange earned the victory despite allowing Porepunkah Panthers to score five runs in the first inning. Porepunkah Panthers batters contributing to the big inning included James Hughes, Rian Banks, Nick Edgely, and Ranger fill in Kelsey Burder, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Porepunkah Panthers opened up scoring in the first inning, when Hughes drew a walk, scoring one run. Ranger Orange tallied four runs in the second inning. Daniel Griffin, Tony Smith and Miller all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

The ever dependable Jason Jonker led things off on the hill for Rangers Orange. Jonker  threw four innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits and striking out two.

Rian Banks was given the ball for Porepunkah Panthers. Banks went two innings, allowing four runs on two hits and striking out one. Paul Meddings threw three innings in relief to finish the game of for Porepunkah.

Wangaratta Rangers Orange racked up seven hits in the game. Jonker and Ian Dinsdale  each collected multiple hits for the home side.  Rangers Orange were active on the base paths swiping 12 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Wily veteran Dinsdale led the way with three.

Porepunkah Panthers racked up 11 hits on the day. Banks and Burder each managed multiple hits for Porepunkah Panthers. Porepunkah Panthers like Rangers Orange were active in taking extra bases with Jackson Dodd leading the way with three stolen bases of his own. Porepunkah Panthers was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Edgely had the most chances in the field with six.

Jenkins stars at the plate in Wangaratta Rangers Black Victory Over Benalla Bandits

New father Scott Jenkins had a day out at the plate. He collected five hits in six at bats, and was a major factor in Rangers Black getting back on the winners list  against Benalla Bandits by the score of 18-8 on Sunday. Jenkins homered in the first, singled in the second, homered in the fifth, singled in the sixth, and singled in the eighth inning of the game.

It was definitely a hitters day as Rangers Black  collected 22 hits while the Bandits had eight.

Rangers Black got on the scoreboard early in the first inning, when Jenkins putting a ball over the left field fence to score three runs. By the end of the first inning rangers Black had a six runs on the board. Benalla came out swinging in the second innings and pkated two runs of their own.

After last week struggling at the plate, the rangers Black hitters saw the ball well today, racking up 22 hits in the game. Jenkinns, Shaun O’Neil, Tetsu Kamiyama,Owen Godenzi, Steve Peruzzo, Kelsey Burder and Sean Warfe all managed multiple hits for  Rangers Black while Jenkins added another home run for the day to lead the Rangers with 2 home runs and three singles in six at bats.

Benalla Bandits scored three runs in the seventh inning. Benalla Bandits scored its runs on a home run by Tom Grinter.

Tetsu Kamiyama pitched Rangers Black to victory. The wily veteran surrendered eight runs on eight hits over seven innings, striking out two and walking one.

Grinter battled hard all day and took the loss for Benalla Bandits. He lasted seven and two-thirds innings, allowing 22 hits and 18 runs while striking out seven. He was their leading hitter on the day with three hits in four at bats.

However the story of the day was Jenkins returning to form just at the right time coming into the finals

Next week Rangers Orange play Bears Green at Springdale heights Albury from 2:15pm while Rangers Black have the early game against Bears gold at 11:30am.

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