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 Jan 24, 2014

Round 15 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 15

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 15 of the Newsletter and the resumption of most sections after the break and with the Junior Sunday games resuming this weekend.

The firsts bounced back after a hammering from Blackburn to blank them in the midweeker and take home the Whitehorse cup and are now well established in first place in their conference.

Most other senior teams are well placed to play finals so make sure your fees are paid up to be eligible to play. Junior team photos and specialist training events with the Aces are coming up - check the club calendar on the website.

This weekend is the Australia Day celebration with the firsts at home against Waverley so make sure you get down for the $5000 draw. Tickets can still be purchased so make sure you have bought some.



Match Reports

1st Nine lost 19-5

Kingsley Collins:

The Orioles made an emphatic statement in the East Group on Sunday, smashing the ladder-leading Demons in a result that will generate great confidence for a club that has already been buoyed by the impending addition of another outstanding player to its pitching roster.

With Manager Adam Bright again taking the ball for his club, the Orioles were on the march early, smacking four in the first before Melbourne hit back in the top of the third on a three-run Sam Boone homer – a blow that was immediately matched by a fearsome Blackburn assault that put the game beyond reach.

Hitting through the order, the Orioles combined six hits with a couple of passes to put up a seven-spot and drive Melbourne starter Brent Buffa from the hill with double-figures against his name.

Although not quite as his brilliant best, Bright held sway through six while his club continued to pile on the runs – highlighted by a three-run Andrew Whiteford shot in the fifth and another four runs in the sixth.

“We haven’t turned on the bats like that all season,” Bright told Baseball Victoria. “After Ryan Berg was a late withdrawal – with illness – we had to juggle things around a bit and play some guys out of position.”

“Luckily we had the offence. Everyone contributed with the bat,” he said. “I was especially pleased with Chris Maurer – who has been a huge pick up for us – and of course with Whiteford. He had a slow start to the season, went to the seconds, worked really hard and came back with an outstanding game today.”

“Their starter did nothing much wrong. We just had one of those days.”

While nine players contributed to the hit parade for Blackburn, Boone (home run), Buffa (two hits) and Robert Hondromatidis (two hits) were productive with the bat for Melbourne, which is certain to rebound with club ace Andy Mann on the hill on Tuesday night.

For the Orioles, Bright has pitched his heart out thus far and will welcome some relief with the addition of Trevor Holder from Melbourne Aces and the San Diego Padres organisation.

“Yes, I could use a break,” Bright said, “but I’ll continue doing what I have to do. We spoke to Trevor prior to the season and we’re rapt to have him on board.”

Facing a huge eight days, Blackburn will be away club for the return match at Surrey Park on Tuesday (6.00 PM start) and will be at home for the first of its double against Cheltenham next Sunday, while the Demons will follow the midweeker by playing host to Waverley on Sunday.

MELBOURNE 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 (5) 2 errors
BLACKBURN 4 1 7 0 4 3 x (19) 2 errors
Melbourne: B.Buffa 2, R.Hondromatidis 2, S.Moore, S.Boone (home run), S.Squire, T.Shiels
Melbourne: S.Boone 3, S.Squire, R.Hondromatidis

Melbourne: B.Buffa 3 inn, 12 H, 2 Ks, 2 BB, 11 ER
L.Davine 2 inn, 3 H, 0 K, 2 BB, 4 ER
S.Pascoe 1 inn, 3 H, 2 Ks, 3 BB, 3 ER


1st Nine won 5-0
The Demons responded in the best possible manner from a Sunday shellacking with an impressive whitewash of the Orioles at Surrey Park Tuesday evening.

Posting two wins from three in its clashes with Blackburn this season to take the Whitehorse cup, Melbourne has strengthened its position at the top of the East Group standings, while the Orioles have Cheltenham breathing down their neck with just eight games still to play.





Masters A won vs Preston/Reservoir 9-1

Refreshed after a ‘well earnt’ break, we hit out straps against the top four Preston/Reservoir Buccs. The team had made sacrifices over summer, with Lardio deciding he needed more momentum, holding his own summer camp in the US to bulk up, Damo had saved his legs the day before by sacrificing his five at bats for his beloved Mulgrave, and Adam ‘Rookie’ Burton finally realising he was missing the real show, so we accepted him into the team to replace the combined talents of the missing Skinny, Andy Rose and Big JohnA (fair swap I reckon ;-).

Buccs sent Malvern 1’s pitcher Simon Pole to the hill and he held us to only one run in four innings. The run was thanks to a two out rally with hits to Eddy, Burts and a double to Prez Dave. Conversely, Dave White held the Buccs to one unearnt run over four, though he was disappointed to apparently allow his first walk and a baulk in twelve years. We did forgive him as the runner was picked off at second by the ol’ inside spin move.

The action started when the relievers took over. Dave Maloney shut us down in the fifth as Prez Dave did the same to the Buccs with two K’s. We got it working in the sixth though with Burts hitting a regulation ball to right field that the fielder somehow missed ensuring a triple. He scored on a passed ball, then DK got on with an error, Lardio singled cheaply, Damo walked and then Whitey pulled a ball down the line for a three RBI double. He then scored off a Steve Gerwing single. Whilst Prez DK kept the Buccs at bay offensively, we scored another three in the seventh thanks to hits to Eddy, the Prez and Lardio’s second hit that nearly made the outfield grass.

Solid win with everyone contributing. We outhit them 10-3, with several double plays and solid defence the difference. Big games against Heathmont, Waverley, Blackburn and Springvale so we will be looking to win them all to make the finals.


Upcoming Matches

Division 1 Melbourne Waverley Sun 26th Jan 15:30 Surrey Park
Division 1 Waverley Melbourne Tue 28th Jan 18:00 Napier Park
Division 1 Reserves
Sun 26th Jan 13:00
Surrey Park
Division 1 Thirds
Sun 26th Jan 15:30
Napier Park
Division 1 Fourths
Melbourne Sun 26th Jan 13:00 Napier Park
Division 4 East Waverley Melbourne Sun 26th Jan 15:30 Napier Park
Division 4 South Springvale Melbourne Sun 26th Jan 13:00 KH Wearne Res
Womens Division 2 Moorabbin Melbourne Sat 25th Jan 15:30 AW Oliver Field
Womens Division 3 Springvale Melbourne Sat 25th Jan 13:00 KH Wearne Res
Masters Division 1 Melbourne Heathmont Mon 27th Jan 18:30 Myrte Park
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne B Melbourne C Mon 27th Jan 18:30 Surrey Park
U18 Metro League Melb/Malv Newport Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Kooyong Park
U16 State League Melbourne Essendon Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Surrey Park
U16 AA League Melbourne Ormond GH Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Myrtle Park
U15 Friday League Melbourne     Starts 31st Jan
U14 State League Sandringham Melbourne Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Tulip St Reserve
U14 Metro Central Melbourne Sandringham Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Myrtle Park
U12 State League Essendon Melbourne Sun 26th Jan 9:00 Boeing Reserve



Finals Eligibility

It is club policy of Melbourne Baseball Club that unfinancial players are ineligible for finals selection across all sections and including part paid fees. Therefore, budget now to ensure you complete all payment arrangements prior to the first week of finals. Please contact the treasurer if you are unsure of your financial position.



Upcoming Events

26/01/2014 Australia Day Celebration and $5000 Draw
29/01/2014 U16/U18 specialist training with the ACES
06/02/2014 Junior Team photos
15/03/2014 Senior Presentation Night

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 18 - Sunday 19th January           
Men's Division 1 Melbourne   5
Blackburn 19
Round 19 - Tuesday 21st January
Men's Division 1 Blackburn
Senior Grades - Round 14
Men's Div 1 Res  Melbourne 4
Blackburn 7
Men's Div 1 Thirds Blackburn 4
Melbourne 14
Men's Div 1 Fourths Blackburn 7
Melbourne 2
Men's Div 4 East St Kilda 17
Melbourne 6
Men's Div 4 South Berwick 15
Melbourne 8
Women's Div 2 BYE  
Women's Div 3 Newp/Ess 17
Melbourne 7
Masters Div 1 Melbourne 9
Pres/Res 1
Masters Div 2 East Heathmont 5
Melbourne B 6
Masters Div 2 East    

Junior Results

Round 10 - Sunday 15th December           
Junior Grades
U18 Metro               Melb/Malv 5
Sunshine 2
U16 State Melbourne 6
Waverley 19
U16 Metro Cheltenham 3
Melbourne 0
U15 Friday Melbourne  
U14 State Berwick 13
Melbourne 0
U14 Metro Mulgrave 0
Melbourne 14
U12 State Melbourne 1
Waverley 12
U12 Friday Angels 2
Malvern Blue 4
U12 Friday Dodgers 6
Ormond GH 1
U12 Friday Upwey FTG 0
Red Sox 8

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