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 Nov 13, 2013

Round 7 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 7

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 7 of the Newsletter for 2013/14. The firsts defeated Geelong and remain undefeated in the first of the cross over conference games. The result was a 5-4 walk off that was slightly anti-climatic, Scott Moore drawing a bases loaded pass. The midweek game against Geelong was called off due to the weather. The seconds came unstuck on Sunday facing one of the competitions benchmarks, the thirds had a close loss, while the fourths had a solid away win. Both Division 4 teams unfortunately had close losses.

The Masters A continued their winning form with a 7-1 win aginst Heathmont, Damo Lowe with 3 hits, 5 runs in the last innings was the difference after a tight game all night.

This week there is a scorers clinic on the 14th of November 5:30 - 7:30 at the Surrey Park Clubrooms with refreshments provided. Bring a pencil and notebook and we will make scoring a little less daunting and a bit more fun for you .

We have plenty of the new Short Sleeve slickers - in 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. 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.

There is a fundraiser for Peter Mac for Breast Cancer research being held Saturday 16th of November at Greythorn Primary, it is a cocktails and Market Night featuring more than 20 stalls, right in time for Christmas shopping so please support this important cause. Details on the Club web site or seach for "Baseball Breasties" on Facebook.

The Blackburn 50th Anniversary reunion this weekend will feature a Masters game against Melbourne on Saturday 16th at 3:30PM at Billabong Park with many great past players and personalities in attendance.

Come along to the Melbourne Aces double header on Saturday 30th November for just $7 a ticket for a club get together. First game starts at 2:05 and second game at 5:05. Come along to one game or both - $7 is great value and helps support the club. Tickets are available from Caralyn by emailing

There are plenty of social activities around the club leading up to Christmas so keep an eye on the newsletter and website for details - the main social function will be the Moonlight and Mistletoe Christmas Cocktail Party, Saturday 21st December 2013 @7PM at the Melbourne Baseball Clubrooms, $30 per ticket ordered online. $40 at the door.


Match Reports

1st Nine won 5-4

Kingsley Collins:
This was - as expected - a close contest, although it finished in anti-climactic circumstances with the go-ahead run being walked across the plate in the bottom of nine tense innings between genuine title contenders.

Facing its conference-leading counterpart for the first time this season, Melbourne opened scoring with two in the bottom of the first and maintained the lead as Campbell Wiggins held sway for the home club.

While hits to Andy Medew, Jacob Harper and Rob Morrison produced a run for the Baycats in the fifth, the Demons skipped away with two more as both sides went to their relievers.

With Sam Gibbons tossing another superb scoreless stint, the Baycats drew level in the seventh compliments of a Morrison sacrifice flyball and a Cameron Gibbons double as the Demons summoned Andy Mann to replace middle relief Daniel Beattie.

Unable to break the deadlock in the top of nine, Geelong called on Stuart Barnes, who was immediately under the pump with two walks and a sacrifice bunt.

With another runner nailed at home, an intentional walk loaded the bases – though the ploy came unstuck when lead-off Scott Moore drew another pass to force the go-ahead across the plate.

From the Geelong perspective, clearly a disappointing end to an intense game between clubs favoured for post-season action – even at this early stage.

Both clubs created their share of opportunities against quality pitching, with Matt Kent and Adam Burton (both two hits) showing the way for Melbourne while Mitch Miller, Andy Medew, Chris Durston Morrison and Cameron Gibbons were productive for the Baycats.

Mann collected the win. Barnes was saddled with the loss.

Melbourne will pay a visit to Newport on Sunday, while Geelong will follow the midweeker with what should be a huge home game against Cheltenham.

GEELONG      0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 (4) 1 error
MELBOURNE 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 (5) 1 error
Hits: M.Kent 2, A.Burton 2, S.Moore, M.Blackmore, S.Squire, T.Sheils, A.Hondromatidis
RBIs: A.Burton, M.Kent, S.Squire, T.Sheils, S.Moore
Pitching: C.Wiggins 5 inn, 5 H, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 0 HPB, 1 ER
D.Beattie 1.1 inn, 3 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 3 ER
A.Mann 2.2 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 0 BB, 0 ER


2nd Nine lost 10-4

Following excellent performances over the past few weeks the 2nds faced Geelong at home. Over the past years Geelong have always been a very strong, well performing side in Div 1 2nds. On Sunday they proved to all who witnessed the game they are still a strong side. Last week we were able to advise that Melbourne played an errorless game. Sadly, against Geelong this was not the case. For the game Melbourne made a total of 9 errors (fielding and throwing combined) and of the 10 runs scored by Geelong 5 runs were unearned – it probably should have been 6. Simply put, against a side of the calibre of Geelong, no side can give this many errors and unearned runs and expect to win the game. Or in fact even come close. Hopefully all the players will work hard at reducing these errors and we will see better performances for the remainder of the season.

If it were not for the errors and unearned runs Melbourne would have at worst drawn the game.

On a positive side, mixed amongst the errors there were some excellent fielding displays and a number of vital outs being made. Consistency in the field is what we need. Rob Hondo with the bat (2 hits and BB) was clearly our best batter and over the whole game set an example to his teammates in the field. Liam Davine’s pitching continued in the fine manner in which he has done all year to date. Blake Bunker, in his first game for the 2nds this year certainly did not let the side down with his 2 innings of pitching – as well as his stand up triple.

Let’s all hope that the players will work hard at training during the week and therefore put all the fielding and throwing errors behind us and revert back to our better performances against Newport next Sunday.

Runs per Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
Melbourne 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4
Geelong 1 0 0 0 1 4 3 1 10
Hits: Rob Hondromatidis 2, Callum Jackson, Sean Pascoe, Daniel Beattie, Blake Bunker (Triple), Tom Stewart


3rd Nine lost 6-5


4th Nine won 13-6
Div 4 East lost 6-2

With just the bare 9 again we faced a tough task away at the St Kilda ground - we played some good tight defense except for one innings which ended up the difference in a low scoring affair - Jonte did well on the mound, but we did not provide him with much run support and only scrambled a couple of hits.


Div 4 South lost 8-6

The second outing this season for the Div4-S side saw us make the long trek (for some) to Berwick to play the Cougars. Circumstances meant we were down to a bare 9 this week, a tough ask on any side. The task was made more difficult seeing the Berwick Cougars team was not the expected juniors, and new players, but a team that featured seasoned veteran Ronnie Carothers, Dan Betreen, led in the field by a handy DBA 2nd-grade pitcher.

After a two minute first half-inning, the Dees then answered with a 1-2-3 inning and scored 3 in the second to take the lead. Over the third and fourth inning Berwick clawed back the lead, going ahead 6-3 with a two-run homer in the fourth. The Demons faced an 8-3 deficit in their final dig, and while the rally came it was marginally short, yielding only 3 runs and seeing Berwick win 8-6.

The defence was on-song however, an improvement on last week as throughout the game no errors were made, and the game was certainly competitive the entire two hours. Our boys were an inch away from hitting in most at-bats, evidenced by numerous pop-ups and bleeding grounders which kept of us off-base and establishing the score we needed to win.

Dan Linton continued great batting form, with two hits before leaving the game after beating out a play at first and succumbing to a dizzy spell. Dazzler or Dizzy are nicknames to suffice. Brett Mackay also swung the bat well. Trent Grabham pitched another mighty game against seasoned hitters and combined with Andrew Barker to relieve to keep Berwick honest – and Carothers to 1-5… We also found Jovan Wells' secret as a soft-ball pitcher as a grounded in-field catch brought about a 90mph underarm put out at second base.

Thanks to Mrs Grabham with the scorebook this week. Next week, Springvale at Myrtle Park for a 3.30pm start.

Batting: Brett Mackay 2 (2x2B), Dan Linton 2 (1x2B), Trent Grabha 1x2B, and Bryce Webb 1

Pitching: Trent Grabham 5IP, 4K, 7 Hits
Andrew Barker 1IP, 2 Hits


Women's B won by forfeit

The Div 3 Melbourne women won the game due to forfeit by Malvern on Nov 9th 2013 (who only had 6 players). The following is a report on a scratch match with assistance from Melbourne players for Malvern.
Sophia who pitched 2 digs and Melanie pitched 1 dig in her first appearance at the mound. The team appreciates the efforts of our hard working pitchers who made for a competitive game.
The scratch match gave the team a good chance to play alternate positions. Liz had her first day at 1st base and did a great job. Izzy had a run at short stop and both Mel and Sophia did the line haul at 3rd base. Betty had a shot at right but saw no action :-( Alicia filled in at centre - also little action. Thanks to Glenda for swapping teams for the afternoon.
Safe hits to Liz 2 including a double, Sophia 2 and Meredith 2, Melanie 2 and Marnie 1. BB for Momoka, Marnie, Liz, Betty, Melaine, Alicia and Izzy. Runs Batted In (RBIs) by Sophia 2, Alicia, Melaine 2, Meredith, Liz 2 and Izzy 2.
The wrap:
With a new pitcher on the mound, Malvern walked a number of the Melbourne players but Sophia and Meredith had opportunities that they translated with hits to score runs. Malvern answered with some hits but the Melbourne fielders dispatched runners - Marnie taking 2 at short stop and Meredith nabbed a runner stealing with assistance from Mel at 3rd. Melbourne had some big hits from Liz and Mel but other batters were caught in the outfield for a short innings. Malvern managed a few hits and walks to score 6 in their 2nd dig. Melbourne had a full innings of hits and walks for a mercy innings in their final dig and Malvern only returned volley with 4 runs. Our girls played well. Next week at Bundoora for a tough game against the divisional leaders at their home ground.

                               R H E

MALVERN       2 6 4 12 4 3

MELBOURNE   7 6 7 16 10 1


Masters Division 1 won 7-1

Tonight really showed us how lucky we are to have Damian Lowe on our team. Whilst a tad shy like Skinny, he does manage to keep his pants on more so he gets the team vote. Not only is he the best looking guy by far, he gets involved in the game, and tonight he contributed to every run that was scored!

Skinny found his groove from Mt Plastic that the Heathmont guys wheeled out. He strolled through four innings in 45 pitches only allowing one dubious hit that Damo 'Uncle Chop Chop' Lowe actually backhanded at 3rd and threw wide, however Terry generously marked it a hit as he too thinks Damo is handsome. In the meantime we strung a few runs together with Andy Rose smoking a double over CF for his best career hit (except for his one and only career home run during winter), scoring Murray in the second after he broke his 2013 drought with hit number one for the season.

We scored another in the fourth (with Damo coaching third and bravely calling Eddy around and he was lucky to make it after being distracted by catching a glimpse of Damo's smile). The collective coaching panel decided to rest Dave 'Pop Up King' Keyhoe and Damo took his rightful position on top of the hill. Unfortunately with two out he let Heathmont's number eight hitter smash one onto Canterbury Road to give Heathmont their second hit for the night and first run. Thankfully Damo led off with his third hit in the sixth innings and we got on a roll scoring five thanks to a Dave walk, Sean HPB after he tried to catch a ball with his teeth, a couple of errors and hits to SteveG, Andy (with his second for the night) and Big John teeing off with a two iron to left field.

Overall nine hits to two and pretty clean fielding display with special note to a couple of diving outs which apparently aren't allowed in Masters! They were genuine highlights ;-) Special mention to Mark LeGrew who not only set up the diamond, he umpired, set up and cooked the BBQ between innings and then let us hang around till 9.30 which was at least an hour after all the Heathmont guys had gone home! Big game Saturday 3pm at Blackburn then back Monday night at Waverley.


Junior Match Reports

U18 Melbourne/Malvern Combined team defeated Newport 8 - 3
A bit of a change this week with Henry on the mound for a rehab stint - he held it tight for an innings, Charlie did well in the middle innings and Callum shut the door at the end - hits mainly came from the lower order this week which was good - Harry with 3 RBI's by putting the ball in play, Lucas getting his first hits and Taylor doing the job. Hudson caught his first game ever and got better as the game went on calling the shots.

U14 Melbourne Demons State League defeated by Geelong 10 - 11
Seven hits weren't enough for the Melbourne Demons U14 as it lost a shootout, 11-10 in four innings, to Geelong on Sunday at Geelong. Makenzie racked up three RBIs on two hits for the Melbourne Demons U14. He doubled in the first and second innings.

The top of the first saw the Melbourne Demons U14 take an early lead, 4-0. The attack began with a single from Harvey. Harvey from first to second and then Makenzie doubled, plating Harvey. The Melbourne Demons U14 then tacked on more runs when Trent scored on a wild pitch, Mackenzie scored on a wild pitch, and Ryan scored on a wild pitch. Harvey started on the bump for the Melbourne Demons U14, but the big hitting Geelong could not be contained racking up 6 runs against Harvey before a change to Makenzie came. Melbourne posted a further 4 runs to take a tie into the last dig but Geelong scored 2 to take the game and win a tight well fought contest.

U12 Friday Angels Defeated Malvern Blue 8 - 1
The U12 Angels again dominated with the bat for an 8-1 win away to Malvern Blue. All 10 Angels had at least one safe hit with Will getting 3! Thomas R, Thomas W, Adriaan, Jack, Miles all had two including some doubles. Importantly Conor, Sean and Jon batted runners home with their hits. The Angels fielding was also strong - Adriaan threw-out consecutive runners from Short Stop and Thomas R took a magnificent running fly from Third. Jay pitched his first ever game, setting up our defensive game - only needing 30 pitches across 2 innings and 8 batters and conceding only 2 hits.


Upcoming Matches

Division 1
Sun 17th Nov 15:30
KC White Reserve
Division 1 Reserves
Sun 17th Nov 13:00
KC White Reserve
Division 1 Thirds
Sun 17th Nov 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Fourths
Newport Sun 17th Nov 13:00 Surrey Park
Division 4 East
Sun 17th Nov 13:00
Myrtle Park
Division 4 South
Sun 17th Nov 15:30
Myrtle Park
Womens Division 2 Melbourne Moorabbin Sat 16th Nov 13:00 Surrey Park
Womens Division 3 Bundoora Melbourne Sat 16th Nov 13:00 Glenauburn Park
Masters Division 1 Blackburn Melbourne Sat 16th Nov 15:30 Billabong Park
Masters Division 1 Waverley Melbourne Mon 18th Nov 18:15 Napier Park
Masters Div 2 East Heathmont Melbourne B Mon 18th Nov 18:15 Waterloo St
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C Upwey FTG Mon 18th Nov 18:15 Surrey Park
U18 Metro League Melb/Malv Fitzroy Sun 17th Nov 9:00 Kooyong Park
U16 State League Fitzroy Melbourne Sun 17th Nov 9:00 Merri Park
U16 AA League Melbourne Mulgrave Sun 17th Nov 9:00 Myrtle Park
U15 Friday League Melbourne Waverley Leopards Fri 15th Nov 18:00 Diamond 8
U14 State League Melbourne Essendon Sun 17th Nov 9:00 Myrtle Park
U14 Metro Central Springvale Melbourne Sun 17th Nov 9:00 KH Wearne
U12 State League Melbourne Cheltenham Sun 17th Nov 9:00 Surrey Park
U12 Friday Central Ormond GH Angels Fri 15th Nov 18:30 EE Gunn Reserve
U12 Friday Central Malvern Red Red Sox Fri 15th Nov 18:30 Kooyong Park
U12 Friday Central Blackburn Dodgers Fri 15th Nov 18:30 Billabong Park



Moonlight and Mistletoe Christmas Cocktail Party

MBC Presents the Moonlight and Mistletoe Christmas Cocktail Party, Saturday 21st December 2013 @7PM at the Melbourne Baseball Clubrooms, $30 per ticket ordered online. $40 at the door.

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. Please arrange payment plan with Charmaine before this weekends games.



Upcoming Events

14/11/2013 Scorers Clinic - New Date
15/11/2013 175th MCC Anniversary Gala
30/11/2013 Come and watch the Aces play
07/12/2013 Free T-ball session with Aces
21/12/2013 Christmas Cocktail Function
26/01/2014 Australia Day Celebration and $5000 Draw

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 6 - Sunday 10th November          
Men's Division 1 Geelong    4
Melbourne 5
Senior Grades
Men's Div 1 Res  Geelong 10
Melbourne 4
Men's Div 1 Thirds Melbourne 5
Geelong 6
Men's Div 1 Fourths Melbourne 13
Geelong 6
Men's Div 4 East Melbourne 2
St Kilda 6
Men's Div 4 South Melbourne 6
Berwick 8
Women's Div 2 BYE  
Women's Div 3 Malvern 0
Melbourne 3
Masters Div 1 Melbourne 7
Heathmont 1
Masters Div 2 East Croydon 10
Melbourne B 4
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C  

Junior Results

Round 5 - Sunday 10th November          
Junior Grades
U18 Metro             Melb/Malv    8
Newport 3
U16 State Sandringham 7
Melbourne 7
U16 Metro Melbourne 5
Upwey FTG 15
U15 Friday Melbourne 7
Lions 4
U14 State Melbourne 10
Geelong 12
U14 Metro Moorabbin 4
Melbourne 22
U12 State Melbourne 4
Preston 12
U12 Friday Malvern Red 1
Angels 8
U12 Friday Dodgers  
U12 Friday Red Sox 11
Malvern Blue 5

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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