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 Nov 20, 2013

Round 8 Newsletter

 

Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section

 

Batchat Round 8

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

 

Dear FIRSTNAME,

Welcome to round 8 of the Newsletter for 2013/14. In Division 1, the Demons lowered their colors for the first time this season going down to Newport after Andy Mann had given us a terrific start, we were let down by some errant defence before Brent Buffa and Matt Blackmore closed out the game, but the offense was contained, failing to build on our first-innings score. The seconds won a tight game 3-0 on the back of a stellar outing from Daniel Beattie, but we could not dominate the game with the bat as we would expect. The thirds had an infield average age of about 16 but took it up to their opponent and ran away 14-3, the fourths had an amazing 28 run inning, while the Division 4 teams had one win from two.

A busy weekend for the Masters A side with 2 games in 3 days, unfortunately not being able to run the games out with late innings runs in both games against Blackburn and Waverley proving the difference.

Walks dominated the theme as the Panthers beat the Lady Demons 23-7 in Division 2. Moorabbin came up with some outstanding defensive plays to stall our scoring machine just as we were getting in the groove. We are still sitting tied for second on the ladder with Moorabbin so are still in the hunt for the flag with a real test coming up next week against the undefeated Werribee. The Division 3 Ladies team were beaten by Bundoora 21-3.

Umpiring rosters for Seniors and Juniors playing Seniors for the next few weeks are now on the website but are still subject to minor changes from week to week due to junior fixture movements. 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.

Come along to the Aces double header on Saturday 30th November for just $7 a ticket. 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 mccjuniors@gmail.com

The club is looking for a canteen volunteer from 11.45am to 3.30pm for the women’s match this Saturday at Surrey Park.  Preparation and clean up will be organised by the playing group, it is just the serving period during game time and post game where help is desperately needed.  Please contact Charmaine on 0421 732 255 if able to assist.

We have had a number of juniors selected for State teams, this will be officially announced soon but congratulations to Callum Jackson (U18), Charlie Stewart (U16), Xander Barling (U14), Ryan Pahos (U14), Makenzie Salmon (U14) on making their representative squads for the National tournaments in January 2014.

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 top of the table firsts team (5 and 1) take on the mid table Preston (3 and 4) at home this Sunday 24th Nov. Dinner at the club will also be on so join us for a big day. Dinner $6 per plate after the game. The main social function before the break 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 lost 5-1

Kingsley Collins:
In another of several games featuring stellar pitching, the Rams rebounded from an early deficit to plate a string of unearned runs in the fifth as Griffin Weir and Travis Bass contained the potent Melbourne offence.

Giving Melbourne a terrific start, Andy Mann was let down by some errant defence before Brent Buffa and Matt Blackmore closed out the game with their club failing to build on its first-innings score.

“Both sides made some errors and I doubt that any of the runs in the game were earned,” Newport Manager Grant Weir told Baseball Victoria.

“Their mistakes were far more costly and we really dominated the game after the first innings,” he said.

“It was a typical pitchers’ day down at Newport and there were some impressive performances. Andy Mann was very good for Melbourne and their reliever was steady enough. It was great to see Matt Blackmore back on the mound.”

“There were only a few walks given up by either side,” Grant Weir said. “Griffin and Travis were very good for us – especially in containing their dangerous hitters.”

“I rate Matt Kent as one of the best hitters in this league. We kept him off base today and struck him out in a tough situation with bases loaded.”

“We played pretty good defence today, we hit the ball hard and we ran the bases well,” he said. “They are a quality side and they led us into the fifth, so it was a good win for us.”

“It’s a tough competition and there are no easybeats. We’ve beaten Geelong, now we’ve beaten Melbourne and we were close to beating Essendon, so we’re pretty happy with where we are at.”

Continuing to impress as an up and coming young squad, Newport has an away game against Cheltenham on Sunday, while Melbourne will be keen to atone when it plays host to Preston Pirates.

MELBOURNE 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (1) 7 hits 6 errors
NEWPORT     0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 x (5) 7 hits 3 errors

 

2nd Nine won 3-0

In a game of very few highlights, Melbourne won 3 – 0 against Newport at Newport, where as is usual the wind was blowing. The only highlight as far as Melbourne was concerned was the continuing great form of Daniel Beattie on the mound. Daniel gave up four hits over 5 innings (101 pitches) with no runs. It seemed whenever Melbourne were in trouble with Newport runners on base Daniel came up with a SO. For the match Daniel had 10 strike outs. To say the least, pur batting was very ordinary. Only 3 hits for the entire match, of which 2 were to Tom Stewart and 1 to Blake Bunker. Our 3 runs scored were all unearned runs. According to the scorebook we did not even come close to scoring an earned run against a team that had not won a game so far this season. Their pitching and overall fielding showed why this is the case, but we played to their level. As an overall comment, our players in the 2nds have simply just got to bat smarter and better. By smarter we mean only swing at balls in the strike zone and only bunt if you know how to bunt. Let’s all hope that we play much better next week against Preston at home.

MELBOURNE 2 1 0 0 0 0 (3) 3 hits
NEWPORT     0 0 0 0 4 0 (0) 4 hits

Hits: T. Stewart 2, Blake Bunker

 

3rd Nine won 14-3

Coming off a disappointing one run loss to Geelong the previous week the thirds came out knowing they needed a win over a lower placed opponent to stay in touch with the other teams in the top four. The team started well and managed to score four runs in the first innings against some good pitching; however let themselves down in the third allowing Newport to hit back with three runs of their own off a couple of hits and some untimely errors. Knowing they needed to push on and score some runs the thirds exploded with ten runs in the fourth while keeping Newport scoreless for the next two innings to leave the game 14-3 winners. It was great to see three juniors playing in the thirds for the first time in a number of years and they each held their own, controlling the infield and coming up with some timely hits - a home run and triple to Sean Rintoul in his first game, a triple and some fantastic infield plays by Charlie Keyhoe and a great sac fly by Cooper Gerwing in his first game up from the fourths to get the runs going early in the game.

Hits - Sean Rintoul 2 (home run, triple), Tom Arthur 2 (both doubles), Ben Telford 2 (triple), Charlie Keyhoe (triple), Brent Davine (double), Albert Suttor, James Roy

NEWPORT     0 0 3 0 0 (3) 6 hits

MELBOURNE 1 1 2 10 x (14) 10 hits

 

4th Nine won 36-4
 
Div 4 East won 14-6

A strange game with a handy pitcher playing in the early game taking the mound for Waverley - we were down 6-0 in the second innings and hadn't looked like getting a baserunner, but some excellent batting resulted in a remarkable 12 run innings and forced a change of pitcher. Jonte threw enough strikes to keep the opposition honest and the young boys Hudson, Chris and Lachlan did well in the field to keep us in the game. We scored a couple of runs in the second last innings but that was all the scoring there was for either team and in the end it was a comfortable win.

 

Div 4 South lost 14-11

 

 

Women's A lost 21-3
Another beautiful day at Surrey Park as the sun was shining and an 18° day facing the Moorabbin Panthers who appear to be in the mix for a run at the flag this year. Walks dominated the theme as we gave up 25 which put us at a big disadvantage for the day although we outhit the Panthers 9-8 we couldn’t sustain the scoring drives as Moorabbin came up with some outstanding defensive plays to stall our scoring machine just as we were getting in the groove.

We gave up 4 runs in the first dig on 5 walks and 2 errors which put the pressure on right from the start yet we came back to score 1 of our own on a great bunt single by Rachel, a stolen base and a single by Charmaine. Second dig was scoreless by both sides. The 3rd inning was a tough dig for the girls as we gave up the maximum 7 runs on 5 walks and 1 HPB whereby we came back and scored another 2 runs with the 4th dig very much the same which had the score at 18-5 then rounding out the scoring with 5 for the Panthers and 2 more for us to finish the score line. A great defensive effort by Jess S. this week taking a couple of good fly balls in centre field running flat out to get to them, a good effort by Megan at 2nd base coming up with a few put outs with Narelle, Dominique and Jess W. getting a couple of good plays each as well, and as always Charmaine with yet another good day behind the dish. There could have been a totally different outcome to this game if the routine plays that presented themselves had been made, with 5 errors on the day that made a huge difference to the result in this game, we need to make those routine outs to support our pitching staff.

Rachel got the start for the Lady D’s and went 3 innings giving up 6 earned runs on 1 hit with 10 walks, 0 hpb, and 2 strike outs, a tough day yet putting in a good effort. Narelle came on in relief and worked 2 innings for her debut on the mound for the Lady D’s giving up 12 earned runs on 4 hits with 12 walks, 2 hpb, and 0 strike outs. Jessica Wearne then debuted going 1 inning giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 3 walks, 0 hpb, and 1 strike out. Our pitching staff needs to adjust to the strike zone on the day as it seemed we were unable to find it as was evident by the number of walks given.

We are still sitting tied for second on the ladder with Moorabbin so are still in the hunt for the flag with a real test coming up next week against Werribee who is undefeated to date so will need to come up with a good game against a solid side which we are certainly capable of doing.

Summary:

Hits: Jessica S. & Charmaine – 2; Kate, Bec, Rachel, Dominique & Narelle – 1

RBIs: Charmaine – 3; Kate, Dominique, Bec & Jessica S.- 1

Box Score:

                1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Moorabbin 4 0 7 7 5 23 8 4
Melbourne 1 0 2 2 2 7 9 5

 

Women's B lost 21-3

Despite their worse loss for the season, the Div 3 ladies put-in a very sportsperson like effort under some trying circumstances. The team welcomed new player Alice Ryan who was player of the day after some good pitching, batting and excellent fielding.
Safe hits to Sophia, Alice, Melanie (with a double for an RBI), Meredith (for an RBI) and Jacqui. Walks to Alice and Betty. Runs by Betty, Liz and then Marnie on a hit by Sophia before the amazing 6 person run down of Alice. Bundoora only struck out three batters. We were hitting the ball but the hits were finding the Bundoora infield.
Next weeks game against Newport/Essendon (away - KC White Reserve, Park Cres, Williamstown).

               1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Bundoora  7 7 7 - - 21 8 4
Melbourne 1 1 1 - - 3 5 4

 

Masters Division 1 lost 3-1
Busy couple of days for the Masters A team with two games in three days against top teams Blackburn and Waverley. Saturday at Blackburn was a solid hit out for the extended line up where we welcomed David White to the team, whilst having special guest appearances from Hondo, John Cav and Gary Arthur. Four all game with half an hour to go but unfortunately some simply weird calls and average hops let us down and Blacky strung some runs together to start their 75th Anniversary celebrations at our expense. Damo was once again strong with the bat.

Backing up against the new All-Star Waverley line up with Rookies including Troy O’Connor, Brett Caulfield, Ben Smith and Leo Vivona, we flew through eight innings with Whitey throwing a great four innings before handing the ball to DaveK. Zero all after five innings before Waverley got a few on base and a couple of untimely errors let a couple through. We hit back with Whitey collecting his second hit to score DaveK before getting caught trying to stretch a long single into a double… Tough 3-1 loss considering we have played better this year but we will fight back. Week off next week to rest up and come back with vengeance against Springvale (away).

 

Junior Match Reports

U18 Melbourne/Malvern Combined defeated by Fitzroy 11-0

U16 Melbourne State League defeated Fitzroy 14 - 1
A great game was played by all the boys. The highlight being the team shutting down the opposition to a "NO-HITTER" game across 6 innings. Sean our starting pitcher threw an impressive 9 strike-outs over 5 innings with our relief pitcher Adam quickly closing out the final inning. Xander did an exceptional job behind the plate - his first time catching for the team. The remaining outs made between Cooper to Harvey (shortstop to first) & a couple of flies caught in right field by Jacob.

U16 Melbourne AA defeated by Mulgrave 7 - 22

U15 Melbourne Demons defeated Leopards 6 - 3
Another strong win for the Friday Night Demons, with some great plays in the field and also strong batting and patience on display at the plate. The pitching from Mackenzie, Adam and Reilly was on target from the get go and totally dominated the opposition. Solid base running and some hard hit balls put the opposition on the back foot from the start of the game and the Demons made the most of their chances at the plate.


U14 Melbourne Demons State League defeated by Essendon 5 - 1

U12 Melbourne Demons State League defeated by Cheltenham 5 - 22

U12 Friday Angels defeated by Ormond GH 5 - 4
We experienced our first loss of the season going down to Ormond 5 to 4. Ormond played off in the Grand Final last year so it was always going to be a good test for us. The result came down to one costly innings with some Ormond hits and fielding errors, so something to work on during the week. Jack had his first try at catching and Adriaan had his first try at first base and pitched. Thomas W was starting pitcher. Conor tagged out a runner at second and Jay threw out a runner at First Base after a great (and correct technique!) bare hand pick-up. Will got on base after a hit off the Ormond pitcher and Jeremy, Conor and Jack got hits from coaches pitch. Macallan and Thomas W both batted in runs from "fielders' choice" throw outs at first. Jon fielded a big hit to Centre Field.

U12 Friday Dodgers defeated Upwey FTG 11 - 6
Coach Helder praised the U12 Dodgers win against Upwey, 11 - 6 , as "an extraordinary feat for a young and highly promising team with such limited exposure together" according to the CNN Sports interview after the game. Coach Helder went on to say that, "Clearly the 'high cheese' played a major role in securing the win." The CNN correspondent asked whether there was some 'lethargy" in the last 15 mintues as the Opposition scored a quick 3 or 4 runs. Coach Helder said (in an American accent) "Why heck no!" He then took off his baseball cap and turned it around. " Parents were yelling "huzzah" ... expecting perhaps a biffo, which of course, never eventuated.

"Our boys persevered right to the limit. Our Pitchers stood high. Blake threw some wonderful 'chin music' and a back- door slider. Koby who not only walloped a homer, pitched real well, doing a mighty fine screwball and "did a can of corn". Tate pitched a 'knuckler' and a 'sinker'. Great stuff. Henry as catcher, was a formidable force. Batting wise, new rookie Tom, produced a 'daisy cutter' and fly ball while Billy had great focus to produce the goods. Jasper continues to be a star in the making, really honing in on the action. Hudo did a terrific 'grounder' and Ethan, gee whizz, good eye, good eye", said Coach Helder, who then returned his cap back to normal position. The crowd sat back down. Assistant coach Hartin added (in an Australian accent) that " the fielding was brilliant with Max and Ben fielding the alley, mindful that the opposition were 'whiffing' and were sometimes 'caught looking'.

Coach Helder praised the team when he shouted 'leg-it'. "Man, I got sick and tired of doin' high fives at first base and ma blisters were bleeding! ...it was a memorable win especially given that it was rare for the opposition to get a "wheelhouse".. . We will build on this win and the parents and thousands of fans who were 'humming' not only added to the atmosphere but certainly helped the Dodgers to fire up and come home with ground hog (bacon)."

 

Upcoming Matches

Competition
Home
Away
Start
Ground
Division 1
Melbourne
Preston
Sun 24th Nov 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Reserves
Melbourne
Preston
Sun 24th Nov 13:00
Surrey Park
Division 1 Thirds
Preston
Melbourne
Sun 24th Nov 15:30
Latrobe Uni
Division 1 Fourths
Preston
Melbourne Sun 24th Nov 13:00 Latrobe Uni
Division 4 East
Ormond GH
Melbourne
Sun 24th Nov 13:00
EE Gunn Reserve
Division 4 South
Melbourne
Doncaster
Sun 24th Nov 13:00
Myrtle Park
Womens Division 2 Melbourne Werribee Sat 23rd Nov 13:00 Surrey Park
Womens Division 3 Newp/Ess Melbourne Sat 23rd Nov 13:00 KC White Reserve
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne B Melbourne C Mon 25th Nov 18:15 Surrey Park
U18 Metro League Melb/Malv Werribee Sun 24th Nov 9:00 Surrey Park
U16 State League Melbourne Preston Sun 24th Nov 9:00 Myrtle Park
U16 AA League Melbourne BYE Sun 24th Nov 9:00  
U15 Friday League Melbourne Blackburn Black Fri 22nd Nov 18:00 Wav Diamond 2
U14 State League Melbourne BYE Sun 24th Nov 9:00  
U14 Metro Central Ormond GH Melbourne Sun 24th Nov 9:00 EE Gunn Reserve
U12 State League Melbourne Sandringham Sun 24th Nov 9:00 Myrtle Park
U12 Friday Central Angels Dodgers Fri 22nd Nov 18:30 Surrey Park
U12 Friday Central Red Sox Ormond GH Fri 22nd Nov 18:30 Surrey Park

 

News

Masters Match Reports Round 5&6

A busy weekend for the Masters A side with 2 games in 3 days, unfortunately not being able to run the games out with late innings runs in both games against Blackburn and Waverley proving the difference.

Senior Match Reports Round 7

In Division 1, the Demons lowered their colors for the first time this season going down to Newport after Andy Mann had given us a terrific start, we were let down by some errant defence before Brent Buffa and Matt Blackmore closed out the game, but the offense was contained, failing to build on our first-innings score. The seconds won a tight game 3-0 on the back of a stellar outing from Daniel Beattie, but we could not dominate the game with the bat as we would expect. The thirds did well with a starting infield average age of about 16, and won easily, the fourths had a 28 run inning while the Div 4 teams split their results.

Women's Match Reports Round 6

Walks dominated the theme as the Panthers beat the Lady Demons 23-7 in Division 2.  Moorabbin came up with some outstanding defensive plays to stall our scoring machine just as we were getting in the groove. We are still sitting tied for second on the ladder with Moorabbin so are still in the hunt for the flag with a real test coming up next week against the undefeated Werribee. The Division 3 Ladies team were beaten by Bundoora 21-3.

175th MCC Anniversary - Open Day

The MCC held a 175th Anniversary Open Day at the MCG on Sunday the 17th Of November with all sporting sections having a display and try out session.  Thanks to Gary Arthur and Dave Keyhoe for entertaining the young (and in some cases older!) kids to enjoy what the sections were able to offer.

Campbell Wiggins got his first start for the Melbourne Aces Sunday

Campbell stood tall in his one innings of relief for the Melbourne Aces on Sunday, facing a rampant Adelaide Bite offense which amassed 15 hits and 13 runs against the Aces.  Campbell did well throwing one inning of relief for 1 hit, no runs and 2 strike-outs.

Canteen volunteer needed for Saturday 23rd Nov

The club is looking for a canteen volunteer from 11.45am to 3.30pm for the women’s match this Saturday at Surrey Park.  Preparation and clean up will be organised by the playing group, it is just the serving period during game time and post game where help is desperately needed.  Please contact Charmaine on 0421 73 22 55 if able to assist.

Post Game Dinner this Sunday Night 24th November

The top of the table firsts team (5 and 1) take on the mid table Preston (3 and 4) at home on Sunday in a big bounce back fixture. Game starts at 3.30 PM. Our seconds team are looking to keep their good run on track. Reserves start at 1.00 PM. Come down and support our Demons. Dinner at the club will also be on so join us for a big day. Dinner $6 per plate after the game.

 

 

Upcoming Events


24/11/2013 Dinner after the 1's game v Preston
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 8 - Sunday 17th November          
Men's Division 1 Melbourne    4
Newport 5
Senior Grades - Round 7
Men's Div 1 Res  Melbourne 3
Newport 0
Men's Div 1 Thirds Newport 3
Melbourne 14
Men's Div 1 Fourths Newport 4
Melbourne 36
Men's Div 4 East Waverley 6
Melbourne 14
Men's Div 4 South Springvale 14
Melbourne 11
Women's Div 2 Moorabbin 23
Melbourne 7
Women's Div 3 Melbourne 3
Bundoora 21
Masters Div 1 Melbourne 1
Waverley 3
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne B 10
Heathmont 13
Masters Div 2 East Upwey FTG 7
Melbourne C 15

Junior Results

Round 6 - Sunday 17th November          
Junior Grades
U18 Metro             Fitzroy   11
Melb/Malv 0
U16 State Melbourne 14
Fitzroy 1
U16 Metro Mulgrave 22
Melbourne 7
U15 Friday Melbourne 6
Leopards 3
U14 State Essendon 5
Melbourne 1
U14 Metro Melbourne 13
Springvale 11
U12 State Cheltenham 22
Melbourne 5
U12 Friday Angels 4
Ormond GH 5
U12 Friday Upwey FTG 6
Dodgers 11
U12 Friday Red Sox  
Malvern Red  

Merchandise Specials

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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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