Braves wary of unpredictable rival

COLAC Braves will be wary of bottom side Werribee in tomorrow’s B Grade top-versus-bottom match-up.

The Braves will hope to take their record against the Melbourne-based side to 2-0 when they make the one-and-a-half-hour trek up the highway.

Werribee is one of a host of Geelong Baseball Association clubs that boast teams from the top grade through to bottom grade.

Braves president Dave Dickson said it was not uncommon for teams to drop talented but out-of-form players down the ranks.

“They’ve got a fair bit of depth they can utilise, it’s not unusual for an A or A Reserve pitcher to drop back to work on their form,” he said.

“So you can never take them lightly.”

Rain cut short the teams’ last encounter in round one at Colac’s Eastern Reserve, with the points awarded to the Braves, who led 4-2 at the time rain struck.

B Reserve baseballer Josh Hay, who played in the Braves’ B Reserve premiership in 2009, is a chance to open the B Grade pitching to rest regular opener Michael Reid.

Dickson said coach Mark Billing could then make changes if needed from his post as catcher.

“Partway through the second innings the catcher gets a fair idea of how the pitcher is pitching for the day,” he said.

“It usually takes a few batters to get rhythm, especially on an away mound.”

Meanwhile, the B Reserve squad will be out to reverse its seven-run loss to Werribee in round one.

“We’ve got a bit of a point to prove, having lost to Werribee the first time,” Dickson said.

“We’ve improved since the first round, we didn’t play very well at all so it’s a chance to prove to ourselves that we can do it,” he said.

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