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 Nov 6, 2013

Round 6 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 6

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 6 of the Newsletter for 2013/14. We made club history on two fronts over the weekend - we entered 6 senior Men's teams in the competition for the first time in 125 years! Not being content just to get 6 Senior Men's teams and 2 Women's teams on the park, all 8 Senior teams won on the weekend! A remarkable achievement to all concerned, on and off the field.

Also within those victories, there were some great highlights, the firsts extended their unbeaten stretch with a mercy-rule result over the Tigers 11-1, who struggled with the bat against Andy Mann and Campbell Wiggins with the save. While Upwey starter Nathan Aron managed to keep some of the Melbourne big guns in check, others stepped up in an impressive all-round game for the home side.

The seconds had a flawless game and won 7-1 without an error, the thirds and fourths won comfortably - the Div 4 East team had a walk off win in the last innings, and the newly formed Div 4 South side won a tough away game against an all Korean Cheltenham team. Both Women's teams won again which was terrific.

There is a scorers clinic on the 7th of November 5:30 - 7:30 with refreshments provided. Bring a pencil and notebook and we will make scoring a little less daunting for you.

For U16 and U18 players looking to develop their game there is some advanced training with the Aces on the 13th November 4:30 - 6:00PM as part of our Junior Development Program with a focus on Pitching, Catching and infield play. $30 per player with a pizza dinner provided.

We have plenty of the new Short Sleeve slickers - great for the warmer weather that is now coming - a good range of sizes - only $45 from the online shop or from the club.

Umpiring rosters for Seniors and Juniors playing Seniors for the first few weeks are still a work in progress due to the delays getting access to junior fixtures. Please make sure you check it. It is the players responsibility to swap with another if they are unavailable to umpire. You will be contacted by the Team Manager in the week leading up to the game as a reminder. Your name will be shown in red in Team Selections if you are nominated to umpire that week.

Match Reports

1st Nine won 11-1

Kingsley Collins:
The Demons extended their unbeaten stretch with a mercy-rule result over the Tigers, who struggled with the bat against Andy Mann (five innings) and Campbell Wiggins with the save.

While Upwey starter Nathan Aron managed to keep some of the Melbourne big guns in check, others stepped up in an impressive all-round game for the home side.

“Aron was pretty good at the start,” Melbourne Assistant Coach David Simpson told Baseball Victoria. “He kept our bigger hitters in check – especially the left handers – but the great thing was that others stepped up with the bat with some really good, timely hitting.”

“Matt Blackmore had two hits for a couple of RBIs – including a pretty bizarre in the park home run that just seemed to slip under the outfielder’s glove.”

“Sam Boone was a real contributor again. And Adam Burton has been hitting the ball on the nose all season,” he said.

“Tom Sheils had a great game at leftfield. It was just a good all-round effort.”

An all-round effort indeed, as Melbourne achieved what is believed to be a club first over the weekend – with every senior team winning.

“We ran well, we were aggressive on the bases and we worked the counts pretty well,” Simpson said. “It was in that last innings that we really wrapped it up. Ricky Howell did a pretty good job for them in relief, though we were able to score three on back to back singles and a couple of flares.”

While the Upwey season has been up and down – with two impressive wins interspersed with some heavy losses – the Demons have been ultra-consistent.

“We have to iron out a few kinks, but being top in our group is a good start,” Simpson said.

At home next Sunday, Melbourne will face a stern test against Geelong, while it gets no easier for Upwey – which will play host to Essendon coming off stinging loss.


2nd Nine won 7-1

The 2nds won against Upwey 7 – 1. Whilst we should all be pleased with this game result, it could have been more in favour of Melbourne as we left 11 runners on base. Both Daniel Beattie and Liam Davine continued with their excellent performances on the mound, conceding only 1 run. A pleasing aspect of this game was our fielding, making a number of “tough outs”, including an outstanding double play. The fielding was of such a high consistent standard that we made NO ERRORS for the first time this season. A terrific performance and one that all players should be very proud of. Batting stats are listed in this report, but special mention must go to Callum Jackson, who not only fielded very well at short stop, but also picked up 2 hits and a BB from 4 times at bat. Should also mention Adam Promnitz who turned a triple into a safe double.

Next Sunday we play Geelong at Surrey Park in what should be a very exciting game of baseball between two very good sides. The manner in which the 2nds are playing at the moment should give all players a great deal of confidence going into this match. This has not been the case in previous years against good sides like Geelong. A very clear indication of the improvement the 2nds are displaying.

            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total H
Melbourne 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 7 7
Upwey FTG 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 10
Hits: C. Jackson, A. Promnitz 2 Each, J.Coles, R. Hondromatidis, S. Pascoe, J. Limburg, T. Stewart, D.Beattie 1 Each.


3rd Nine won 7-4


4th Nine won 17-2
Div 4 East won 11-10

With the move to 6 teams, instead of our usual 15 or 16, we scraped a 9 together and faced off against 15 opposition which was a little intimidating. Jimmy started on the mound and held them tight for an innings - Chao led us off with a Home Run and all of the juniors contributed to keep us in the game - we entered the last innings tied and loaded the bases - in a slightly anti-climatic finish, Ethan took a HPB walk off to win the game, a terrific effort to fight it out to the end.


Div 4 South won 10-7

The newly formed sixth team made its debut at Kingston Heath this week, matched up with Cheltenham KK, another of their Korean teams. The great thing was that every player knew or had played with at least one teammate, it was still a new team and many new faces to meet. Whilst a new team is always somewhat enigmatic, we at least have a team that is handy with the bats, and a little chemistry and settling with defensive positions will come the more games are played.

So with round 4 introductions, a little banter, and typically intense warmup, Melbourne’s sixth team cut its teeth. A slow start saw the Dees fail to score, and Cheltenham jumped to a one-run lead in the first. Trent Grabham then began his big day out, leading off and four nice hits gave the Demons three runs. The fluky wind was unhelpful in several catching errors shortly after and the Knights capitalised, scoring three runs and recapturing the lead.

The Demons’ middle order combined for one run to tie the match, and in the fourth scored two runs, including Dan Linton’s 2-RBI double through the cones that saw the end of the Cheltenham starter. In return, Trent remained solid throughout, blanking the Knights through the third and fourth innings, which included Jovan Wells (and his brand new Demons cap) taking a highlight-of-the-day tumbling catch in the outfield.

Scoring consistently, the Demons took a five run lead into the last, and only gave up two to take the game 10-7, fittingly, with a double-play and then a Trent strikeout for the final out to end the match. It rounded off a day that is by all reports the first time in history that MCC Baseball Section has had 6 winning teams in the one round. Congrats to everyone at the club! A big thank you to all who made the new gear for our team possible.

Berwick City Cougars are next up, a solid Division II club.

Box Score         1 2 3 4 5 6 R
Melbourne         0 3 1 2 1 3 10
Cheltenham KK 1 3 0 0 1 2 7
Hits – T. Grabham 3 (1x2B), D. Linton 2 (1x2B), J. Wells 2, R. Jackson 2, B. Murphy 2, B. Webb, B. Mackay
RBI – D. Linton 3, B. Murphy 2, B. Webb 2, J. Wells, T. Grabham, B. Mackay
Pitching – T. Grabham (W) 6IP, 9 Hits, 2 Walks, 3K’s


Women's A won 15-7

A beautiful day at Surrey Park as the sun was shining and a 25° day with cup weekend ahead as we faced the Doncaster Dragons who are in the rebuilding stages of their program with some young talent to be developed over the next couple of years. We had a solid game with the bat putting together 11 hits whilst only giving up 1 yet walks were a concern as we gave up 12 on the day. We must work on this to stay in the hunt as when coming up against a strong side this will not see us through.

We gave up 2 runs in the first dig on 4 walks with 1 HPB so put the pressure on right from the start yet we dug in our heels and came back with 6 of our own to pull ahead by one and put the pressure back on the Dragons. The Lady Dragons stood up and put on 5 of their own on 6 walks and an error which put us behind again by 1 run. Not to be outdone the gals surged forward scoring the maximum 7 runs in the bottom of the second to push forward 13-7. We then shut them down in the bottom half of the inning with Charmaine having a great outing striking out the side. We came back with 2 more before time and game was called to bring the final to 15-7. A tough day on the hill for Dominique and Glenda although Maine came back with a great relief effort. Good solid defence on the day as we only had to break out the red ink on 2 occasions. Welcome back to baseball Narelle after having not played for a couple of years, hope to see more of you. Great effort by all making most of the routine plays.

Dominique got the start for the Lady D’s and went 1 inning giving up 0 earned runs on 0 hits with 4 walks, 1 hpb, and 0 strike outs, a tough day as she is battling a bit of a sore arm yet put in a good effort. Glenda came on in relief and worked 1/3 of an inning finding that it is harder on the day than it is in the bullpen, great effort for her debut on the hill giving up 0 earned runs on 0 hits with 6 walks, 0 hpb, and 0 strike outs, hang in there it will all come together with a bit more work. Charmaine went 1 and 2/3 innings giving up 0 earned runs on 1 hit with 2 walks, 0 hpb, and 4 strike outs, a good stabilising force toward the end of the game which was needed on the day to ensure we came out on top, great effort Maine.



Hits: Dominique – 3, Charmaine, Bec & Jessica W. – 2, Marnie & Megan – 1

RBIs: Bec & Jessica W. – 3, Charmaine, Dominique & Megan – 2, Glenda, Narelle & Alicia – 1

Box Score:

           1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Doncaster 2 5 0 - - 7 1 3
Melbourne 6 7 2 - - 15 11 2


Women's B won 7-6


Masters Division 1
Lovely night for a game against the colourful Preston Reservoir Buccaneers at Myrtle Park. Prez Dave had the ball on a string in the first to hold the Buccs and we got one thanks to a lead off walk to Jason then a double to the Prez.

Second innings Buccs got three after stringing a couple of hits together but we got one back thanks to Sean Edwards back foot, wind assisted 364 to 480 foot bomb over left field (it grows with every beer). 3-2 down after 2. Nothing much happened happened over the next three innings until Jason got in with an error before being moved over by Damo and a Sac to the 100 Masters Gamer Prez Dave.

With Skinny keeping the Buccs at bay with two scattered hits over four innings we got another five in the seventh thanks to hits to Steve, Skinny, Sean and the newby Yohan 'Yo-Yo Strauss' and a couple of untimely errors by the Buccs. Sound 8-3 win to round off a great week for the club.


Junior Match Reports

U18 Melbourne/Malvern Combined team lost to Upwey FTG 10-9

The U18 team ventured out to Upwey for a good close game, we had loaded bases in each innings and had many good at-bats. We fielded well to keep the Upwey hitters in check backing up our pitchers Jonte and Hudson on the mound, but we left a lot of runners on base which ended up being the difference - lots of positives again as we have been competitive every week.


Upcoming Matches

Division 1
Sun 10th Nov 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Reserves
Sun 10th Nov 13:00
Surrey Park
Division 1 Thirds
Sun 10th Nov 15:30
Pioneer Park
Division 1 Fourths
Melbourne Sun 10th Nov 13:00 Pioneer Park
Division 4 East
St Kilda
Sun 10th Nov 13:00
Albert Park
Division 4 South
Sun 10th Nov 13:00
Sweeney Reserve
Womens Division 2 Melbourne BYE Sat 9th Nov 15:30  
Womens Division 3 Malvern Melbourne Sat 9th Nov 13:00 Kooyong Park
Masters Division 1 Heathmont Melbourne Mon 11th Nov 18:15 Waterloo St
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne B Croydon Mon 11th Nov 18:15 Surrey Park
Masters Div 2 East Doncaster Melbourne C Mon 11th Nov 18:15 Deep Creek Res
U18 Metro League Newport Melb/Malv Sun 10th Nov 9:00 KC White Res
U16 State League Melbourne Sandringham Sun 10th Nov 9:00 Surrey Park
U16 AA League Upwey FTG Melbourne Sun 10th Nov 9:00 Kings Park
U15 Friday League Melbourne Waverley Lions Fri 8th Nov 18:00 Diamond 2
U14 State League Geelong Melbourne Sun 10th Nov 9:00 Pioneer Park
U14 Metro Central Melbourne Moorabbin Sun 10th Nov 9:00 Myrtle Park
U12 State League Preston Melbourne Sun 3rd Nov 9:00 Latrobe Uni
U12 Friday Central Angels Malvern Red Fri 8th Nov 18:30 Surrey Park
U12 Friday Central Malvern Blue Red Sox Fri 8th Nov 18:30 Kooyong Park
U12 Friday Central Blackburn Dodgers Fri 8th Nov 18:30 Billabong Park



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. You must register on the new system if you have not done so already. The club risks forfeiting games and / or penalties. There are several methods available to members, you can pay by credit card through IMG when registering. Any queries contact Charmaine Neate.



Upcoming Events

07/11/2013 Scorers Clinic for Beginners
13/11/2013 U16/U18 specialist training with the ACES
15/11/2013 175th MCC Anniversary Gala 07/12/2013 Free T-Ball session with the Aces
21/12/2013 Christmas Cocktail Function
26/01/2014 Australia Day Celebration and $5000 Draw

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 5 - Sunday 3rd November          
Men's Division 1 Upwey FTG    1
Melbourne 11
Senior Grades
Men's Div 1 Res  Upwey FTG 1
Melbourne 7
Men's Div 1 Thirds Melbourne 7
Upwey FTG 4
Men's Div 1 Fourths Melbourne 17
Upwey FTG 2
Men's Div 4 East Cheltenham TK 10
Melbourne 11
Men's Div 4 South Melbourne 10
Cheltenham KK 7
Women's Div 2 Doncaster 7
Melbourne 15
Women's Div 3 Sandringham 6
Melbourne 7
Masters Div 1 Preston/Res 3
Melbourne 8
Masters Div 2 East Upwey FTG 3
Melbourne B 12
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C 3
Croydon 10

Junior Results

Round 4 - Sunday 3rd November          
Junior Grades
U18 Metro             Melb/Malv    9
Upwey FTG 10
U16 State Cheltenham 10
Melbourne 6
U16 Metro Melbourne 7
Ormond GH 17
U15 Friday Melbourne  
U14 State Cheltenham 11
Melbourne 2
U14 Metro Melbourne 25
Sandringham 3
U12 State Melbourne 3
Sandringham 11
U12 Friday Red Sox 3
Angels 9
U12 Friday Malvern Blue  
U12 Friday    

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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