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 Oct 23, 2013

Round 4 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 4

If you have any match reports, junior, senior, men, women, masters, social, anything, send it in to by 9pm Tuesdays to get into the week's issue.



Welcome to round 4 of the Newsletter for 2013/14. For the first time this season we had all Senior Mens, Womens, Juniors and Masters in action over the weekend with a total of 20 teams participating. To top it off we will add a sixth Mens side this week into competition for the first time in living memory to accomodate our growing numbers.

We have a training night with the Aces coming up on Wednesday the 30th of October for T-ball, U12 and U14 players. Come and train with some of the best baseballers in Victoria. We would love to see as many junior players as can make the session and make the most of this exciting opportunity. As with all Aces training, the more players that let us know will be coming the better we can organise the training session with the Aces Organisation. So register your interest early. The Training Session will be from 4:30 - 6:00pm then pizza/drinks from 6:00 - 6:30pm. Cost is $30 per player.

Over recent months, Baseball Victoria and associated clubs have been transitioning to a new registration, website and competition management system. The scale of the issues confronting Baseball Victoria especially in regard to the competition management system are significant and in many instances are significantly impeding BV's ability to adminster the game. As a result, competition scores and ladders will be manually updated on the Baseball Victoria Website until a resolution can be reached with IMG and the ABF.

Our Baseball Section results will continue to be maintained on our own Club website and links to the overall competition information will be maintained until the competition management system is in place and we can provide an integrated solution to members.


Match Reports

1st Nine won 6-3

Article by Kingsley Collins:

Dominated by starters Adam Bright and Andy Mann through the early innings, this game took a decisive turn when Blackburn reliever Matt Gerraty ran into strife early in the fifth.

After walking a couple of runners and conceding a run on a Sean Pascoe single, Gerraty handed the ball to John Hussey, who walked Scott Moore to set the table for Sam Boone – who in turn delivered with a bases-clearing double as Blackburn continued to struggle against Mann.

Although the Orioles replied with a couple in the sixth – including a solo home run by Jarryd Rogers – followed by a third run in the top of eight, the Demons replied with enough insurance to nail an important win.

Collecting another win for his club, Mann was his usual efficient self, conceding just one walk while whiffing eight over a seven-innings stint before import Brent Buffa slammed the gate against an Orioles outfit that had stand-out hitters in Ryan Berg, Rogers and Steve Bookluck but managed to strand eight runners on base.

For the Demons, Boone (two hits and three RBIs) was a star against his former club, with great offensive support coming from the likes of Buffa (two RBIs), Alex Hondromatidis and Pascoe after Bright had departed the hill with another superb start against his name.

Undefeated thus far, Melbourne is away to Waverley on Sunday, while Blackburn plays host to Cheltenham in what should be a cracker.

Box Scores

               1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.  R H E

Blackburn 0. 0. 0. 0. 0. 2. 0 1. 0.  3. 9. 1
Melbourne 0. 0. 0. 0. 4. 0. 0. 2. x.  6. 8. 1

Singles: Adam Burton, Alex Hondromatidis x 2, Sean Pascoe, Doubles: Sam Boone x 2, Brent Buffa, Scott Moore

Runs: Scott Moore, Sam Boone, Mathew Kent, Alex Hondromatidis, Robbie Hondromatidis, Sean Pascoe

RBI's: Sam Boone x 3, Brent Buffa x 2, Sean Pascoe

A.Mann (W) 7.1 inn, 9 H, 8 Ks, 1 BB, 3 ER
B.Buffa (S) 1.2 inn, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB, 0 ER


2nd Nine lost 3-1

In a game that was clearly dominated by pitchers from both clubs, Melbourne were defeated in a very close game 3 - 1. The probable turning point (points) in the game were the fact that Blackburn made no errors in the field, Melbourne made four actual errors and a few others that would be classed as mental or poor fielding errors. Daniel Beattie, as he has done all season to date, was terrific on the mound for Melbourne. Liam Davine pitched the innings and gave up no runs. Again a terrific performance from Liam. The 2nds from 3 games have one draw, one win and one loss. If you go back to previous seasons, this start is one of the best that the 2nds have had. All that is needed from this game onwards is the elimination of bad play errors and a little more consistency in the batting box and we will surpass our very good result from last season.

               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  R H
Blackburn 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0  3 12
Melbourne 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  1 6

S. Squire 2, J. Limburg, T. Shiels, L. Davine, A. Promnitz - 1 Each


3rd Nine won 10-6


4th Nine won 10-2

With the 4's starting the season with one win one loss it was time to take on a new look young Blackburn side. New lead off Cooper "Sparkles" Gerwing did his job getting on base as did Jason "Mann bags" and as was scripted Johnny "Neo" Anderson cashed in with a couple of RBI's. Craig "Mitch Pleeeaaase" Mitchell and Speedy did what was required to bring Neo home as we established a 3 run lead. Hicky took to the mound for his first start of the year after an impressive two games behind the dish. Two up two down thanks to some tidy fielding by Mitch, (rumour has it he went back to his old glove) A hit to right field did no damage as Speedy threw the youngster out trying to steal second.

The bottom of the order couldn't add to the run tally as we bounced back out. The oriels lead off the 2nd with a walk, followed by a hit which rattled our ace pitcher as he walked the next two batters. A sac fly brought in the oriels second run but it was turned into a double play with the help of some sneaky play by Painter. Another walk but once again the vaccum Mitch at second ended the innings with a routine play to first.

A 3-2 ball game at the top of the third Mann Bags lead us off with a walk then he took second on a wild pitch. Typically Neo picked up his third RBI with a double to left. With a two run lead Hicky found his mojo again striking out a couple and with some solid defence blanked them again.

4-2 up it was time to extend the lead. Back to back hits to Danny "Junior" Linton and Mike "Magic, Myki," Bywaters gave us the moment we needed as we scored another with help of Mann Bags 2 RBI single. Three up and three down Hicky was done in 9 pitches.

6-2 at the top of the 5th and Mitch lead us off with a single. Hicky picked up the RBI whilst turning a triple into a double a nice piece non the less. Extended our lead to 7-2. A 7 pitch innings saw us back out there before we knew it. With three hits to centre from Magic, Painter and Sparkles, Mitch added to that as we piled on another three runs. With the score 10-2 we were three out away from wrapping it up. But the Orioles weren't done yet. A sharp catch by Willow at first had us two outs away but a hit then a walk put a couple of runners on base. A fly to left as Junior took his second catch for the day. followed by another hit to centre saw the bases loaded. It what can only be described as the strangest play of the day for the final out, a pop up which wasn't caught by speedy who uncharacteristically was complaining about the ball hitting the net (which it hadn't!) bounced fair. As speedy fielded the ball noticing it had bounced fair finally stepped on home play for the force out at home.

A strange way to end a solid performance.


5th Nine won 15-3

The fifths remained unbeaten after a solid all round team performance. Andrew Barker got the start on the mound and Trent Grabham finished off and held the big Waverley hitters in check all day, both with their first pitching assignments for Melbourne. Patty Cotter played his first senior game. Lachy Clayton had two hits and a bunch of RBIs. A great win over previously unbeaten Waverley.


Women's A lost 18-9
Another great day for baseball on the home ground at Surrey Park which was breezy but a good day as we played an average game against Footscray going down 16-10 whist outhitting them 9 to 6 however giving up 13 walks. I was proud of the never say die attitude of the girls on the day as they kept giving it their all until the very last out. Great job gals this will win a lot of games in the long run.

Very slow start in the top of the first as we gave up 6 runs on 2 hits, 2 errors and 4 walks yet we kept our heads up and bounced back with 3 runs of our own in the bottom half of the dig to stay in it. Top of the second inning saw Footscray tack on 5 more runs on 1 hit, 2 errors and 2 walks making it difficult to come back from yet the girls continued to keep their mind on track scoring another 1 in the bottom of the dig. We held them to 1 run the next inning and went scoreless the bottom then they scored 3 and we came back with 3 of our own with the final dig giving up 1 and scoring another 3 to round out the scoring tallies for the day. Charmaine did a great job behind the plate again and everyone hit the ball well on the day however were not necessarily rewarded in the hit column as Footscray made some great defensive stops. We need to support our pitching staff with much better defense in order to be in the hunt this year.

Rachel got the start again this week going 1 inning giving up 2 earned runs on 2 hits with 5 walks, 0 hpb, and 1 strike out, a tough outing yet as mentioned above not much support in the field – hang in there it will come together. A gutsy effort by Alicia who is battling shoulder issues to come in and have a go then Megan (just out of retirement) came on in relief and did a great job on short notice working 4 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 4 hits with 6 walks, 0 hpb, and 2 strike outs, a great relief effort.

               1 2 3 4 5 R H E

Footscray 6 5 1 3 1  16 6 4

Melbourne 3 1 0 3 3  10 9 9

Hits: Bec & Kate – 2, Rachel, Charmaine, Megan, Alicia & Glenda – 1

RBIs: Bec - 3, Megan - 2, Rachel, Charmaine & Alicia - 1



Women's B lost 18-9

Although we got off to a bit of a shaky start with only 4 runs over the first 2 digs, we fought back in style in the 3rd dig to more than double our score and show the hybrid Newport/Essendon that we have competitive capability. The hybrids managed to get 9 safe hits compared to our 4 and a few more fly balls went their way. We can look forward to a good game against the hybrids when next we meet.

It's a tough gig being out on the mound when the chips are down and our pitchers did a great job. In order for a batter to get a safe hit, the ball has to be in the strike zone - so our pitchers were putting plenty of baseballs in the zone. The hybrids walked 11 of our batters - including Emily taking one for the club and Betty taking a double for the club in one at bat 8-( Some may be surprised to know that our pitchers walked less batters (10). Well done to Sophia, Jacqui and Liz.

A big welcome to Momoka and Brooke; it was great to kick-off with a full team and have the extra capability of experienced players.

Brooke bravely put on the armour for her first game after many years but the injury she was nursing wouldn't co-operate with all the ups and downs of catching. Meredith still had a fluid filled bruise on her knee the size of a grape fruit from last weeks game that threatened to cause disability if repetitively bent. However it was great to have Meredith out in centre field where she dispatched a big hitter. So a special note of thanks to Marnie who caught with a sore mitt thumb and who tore a thumb nail stopping a ground ball. The umpire noted a few tears and commented that she was tough to persevere. "Oh for my little Mitt back" she says!

Safe hits to Momoka, Meredith, Emily and Jacqui. Others to get hits either caught or fielded include Marnie, Liz, Sophia and Brooke. Base on Balls for all but one of our team. Runs for Marnie, Momoka, Sophia, Meredith x 2, Emily, Jacqui, Betty and Liz.


The Wrap:
There was nothing we could really find fault with. Opposition batters putting a ball in a safe place in outfield is just tough. The hybrids only struck-out 3 of our batters and there weren't a lot of baseballs pitched in the zone for us to hit. Such can be the game. As our new pitchers develop their skill we can look forward to even tighter games.


               1 2 3 4 5 R H E

Newp/Ess 7 4 7    18 9 3

Melbourne 3 1 5    9 4 3


Junior Match Reports

U18 Melbourne/Malvern Combined team loss to Werribee 7 - 3

The U18's came up against a strong Werribee side and kept it tight well into the game, Callum started on the mound but came out after 2 innings a little sore, Tom made a couple of nice plays combining with Henry at first base to keep us in the game. Hudson relieved Callum and held it tight for an innings but a couple of big hits from the Werribee bats broke the game open and we struggled to consistently get runners on to keep up on the scoreboard.

U16 Melbourne State League loss to Springvale 10 - 2

We got off to a reasonable start with strong hits each from Xander Barling and Sean Rintoul in the opening dig, with one run scored. When Springvale went down for no runs, with a smart double play from Rhys De Highden (short stop) to Harvey Edmanson (second base) to get the runner coming to second out, and from Harvey to Oliver McMahon on first to take out batter four, it looked like we were going to have a game on our hands.

However, battling strong, hot winds, Cooper Gerwing on the mound found it hard to control the ball and a number of walks and fielder errors helped Springvale to seven runs by the end of the second.

Relief pitchers Ollie McMahon and Rhys De Highden did well keeping Springvale to just three more runs between them, with Sean handy behind the plate, but Springvale’s pitching proved stronger on the day with eight strike outs to our three.

Each team scored just five safe hits, but Melbourne managed to score just two runs ­– one to Xander and the other to Patrick Cotter, who, after hitting safely to shortstop, ran on a wild pick off, stole another base with team mate Harvey Edmanson up to bat, and then ran home on Harvey’s hit.

Safe hits went to Xander, Sean, Ollie, Rhys and Patrick.

U16 Melbourne AA loss to Sunshine 17 - 9
In a high scoring game we went down to a respectable Sunshine side. Offensively, we had a great game with plenty of runners on base and some excellent aggressive base running. Lachlan and Andrew did an excellent job on the mound with Ashley doing a great job catching. Our defence was much stronger this week making several great plays and catches. The game was relatively even with only a couple of runs in it until the bottom of the last when Sunshine hit away.

U15 Melbourne Demons defeated Blackburn Red 10 - 6
In another strong display with the bat, the U15 team scored freely throughout the game and restricted Blackburn to only two hits for the night. Alex, Charlie, Oliver, Macca and Rei, who ran out a home run, all bruised the ball with the middle of the bat, and Reilly did a great job behind the plate. Josh was the pick of the pitchers, throwing strongly and looking good on the mound. Oliver, Charlie and Macca all made some good pitches, but struggled for control in the sunny conditions.

U14 Melbourne Demons State League had a Bye

U12 Melbourne Demons State League defeated Malvern 12 - 7
This week our boys headed out to Malvern on a nice warm Sunday morning. The boys welcomed Miles back this week to bolster our defense and he matched up very well against Malvern's starting pitcher. We started off well with the bat scoring 1 in the first and keeping Malvern to 2 in their first innings.
In a tight game we scored 2 in the second keeping Malvern scoreless to bring the score to 3 to 2 our way. We both scored 1 run each in the third to still keep it a 1 run ball game. We extended our lead in the 4th to get 2 more over the plate to bring the score to 6 to 2. Miles threw a fantastic game but reached his count, bringing on Lucas. Lucas struggled to find the strike zone walking 3 of the next 4 batters and brought 4 runs over the plate. Enter James. James came in with 1 out and shut the Malvern batters down with a K2 and a come-backer to make it side away. With 10 minutes till the 5 minute rule Malvern was up 7 to 6.
Malvern also had a pitching change which made the bats come alive. We had doubles from Thomas and Jack, a single from Ethan who set the innings up to score 6 runs in the last innings to give our boys a 12 to 7 lead.
James came out to close the last innings with a ground ball to short stop, where Koby made a fantastic play to get the first out. The next 2 batters grounded out to James who closed out the game. A fantastic win by our boys who kept their composure to regain the lead late in the game and as a team, worked together to put the game out of reach.

Well done boys great effort.

Miles pitching 4 innings holding Malvern to 2 runs (6k's)
James' pitching late in the game to shut down the 5th and 6th innings
Jack's 3 hits, including a massive double
Blake's great hit to Left field in the second inning
Jack 3 (1db), Miles 2 (1db) , Blake 2, Koby 1, Lucas 1, Thomas 1db, Ethan 1

U12 Friday Angels Defeated Upwey FTG 5 - 3
The Angels won an exciting game at Surrey Park having to come from behind to win 5 to 3 against Upwey. The Angels led 1-0 after the first thanks to a lead off hit from Jay in his first game and who was then batted home by Miles. Miles then followed up with strong pitching to keep Upwey scoreless. Upwey scored two runs in the second to take the lead before Melbourne levelled the scores thanks to a triple by Thomas W who was batted home by Sean in his first game, followed by hits to Thomas R and Jon - all in their first game! Upwey took the lead again in the third with one run despite strong pitching from Jack. With all to play for the Angels came out with hits to Conor, Adriaan and Miles (double) to take the lead and the win.

Great effort by the Angels with 7 first gamers.

U12 Friday Dodgers defeated Malvern FTG 15 - 3
It was a great opening day victory for the Melbourne Dodgers as they defeated Malvern 15-3.

The Dodgers excelled behind great pitching from Blake, Tate and Koby. The entire team did a great job hitting the ball and despite their inexperience, got on base all night.


Upcoming Matches

Division 1
Sun 27th Oct 15:30
Napier Park
Division 1 Reserves
Sun 27th Oct 13:00
Napier Park
Division 1 Thirds
Sun 27th Oct 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Fourths
Waverley Sun 27th Oct 13:00 Surrey Park
Division 4 East
Sun 27th Oct 13:00
Kingston Heath
Division 4 South
Carrum Downs
Sun 27th Oct 13:00
Myrtle Park
Womens Division 2 Waverley Melbourne Sat 26th Oct 15:30 Napier Park
Womens Division 3 Springvale Melbourne Sat 26th Oct 13:00 KH Wearne
Masters Division 1 Melbourne Essendon Mon 28th Oct 18:00 Surrey Park
Masters Div 2 East Doncaster Melbourne B Mon 28th Oct 18:00 Deep Creek
Masters Div 2 East Heathmont Melbourne C Mon 28th Oct 18:00 Waterloo Street
U18 Metro League Melb/Malv Cheltenham Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Kooyong Park
U16 State League Sandringham Melbourne Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Tulip Street
U16 AA League Melbourne Williamstown Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Surrey Park
U15 Friday League Bobcats Melbourne Fri 18th Oct 18:00 Wav Diamond 8
U14 State League Melbourne Sandringham Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Myrtle Park
U14 Metro Central Melbourne Cheltenham Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Myrtle Park
U12 State League Waverley Melbourne Sun 27th Oct 9:00 Napier Park
U12 Friday Central Malvern Angels Fri 25th Oct 18:15 Kooyong Park
U12 Friday Central Dodgers Ormond GH Fri 25th Oct 18:15 Surrey Park
U12 Friday Central UFTG Red Sox Fri 25th Oct 18:15 Kings Park



Former MCC import Adam Rowe hangs 'em up

10 years after being drafted into the Kansas City Royals organisation, Adam Rowe calls it quits on a career with the Royals' chain and an assortment of independent clubs throughout the U.S., Canada and even Australia was every bit as colorful as one would expect during a decade of beating the bushes.

Junior Development Program

Junior Development Program Pitching and Catching sessions continue. We will be aiming to run regular sessions throughout the season to continue working with U14/U16 players who are keen to improve their skills.

MCC 175th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Join us for a gala event on November 15 to mark the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne Cricket Club. A spectacular evening is promised at the MCG as we celebrate 175 years to the day of the MCC's formation - a milestone matched by few other institutions in Melbourne.

Player Subscriptions due

Player Subscriptions are now due. There are several methods available to members, you can pay by credit card through IMG when registering, credit card via the online shop, manual credit card via a form, EFT, cheque, cash (but still need to register through IMG). Any queries contact Charmaine Neate.



Upcoming Events

30/10/2013 Junior Training with the ACES
31/10/2013 Committee Meeting
13/11/2013 U16/U18 specialist training with the ACES
15/11/2013 175th MCC Anniversary Gala
21/12/2013 Christmas Cocktail Function
26/01/2014 Australia Day Celebration and $5000 Draw

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 3 - Sunday 20th October          
Men's Division 1 Blackburn    3
Melbourne 6
Senior Grades
Men's Div 1 Res  Blackburn 3
Melbourne 1
Men's Div 1 Thirds Melbourne 10
Blackburn 6
Men's Div 1 Fourths Melbourne 10
Blackburn 2
Men's Div 4 East Waverley 3
Melbourne 15
Women's Div 2 Footscray 16
Melbourne 10
Women's Div 3 Newp/Ess 18
Melbourne 9
Masters Div 1 Melbourne 3
Geelong 5
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C 8
Melbourne B 9

Junior Results

Round 2 - Sunday 20th October          
Junior Grades
U18 Metro             Werribee    7
Melb/Malv 3
U16 State Melbourne 2
Springvale 10
U16 Metro Melbourne 9
Sunshine 17
U15 Friday Melbourne 10
Blackburn 6
U14 State Melbourne  
U14 Metro Melbourne 31
Moorabbin 13
U12 State Malvern 7
Melbourne 12
U12 Friday Upwey FTG 3
Angels 5
U12 Friday Dodgers 15
Malvern 3
U12 Friday Blackburn 0
Red Sox 9

Merchandise Specials

New MCC Short Sleeved Slicker $45, perfect for the warmer months

Also we have a couple of MCC Supporters Polo's for $20, and Thunderstruck compression shirts for $30 - L and XL sizes only.

Visit the online shop here


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