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 Jan 29, 2014

Round 16 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 16

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 16 of the Newsletter. Congratulations to the winner of the $5,000 draw, Glenda Millman of the women’s section and husband Ray. Thanks to all who contributed their time and the purchasing of tickets which resulted in great support and a great social night for the club. An especially big thank you to Alicia Pentreath and Tom Arthur for their organisation leading up to the event and their hosting efforts on the night.

Our next big event is Presentation night Saturday 15th of March, details to follow.

The firsts series against Waverley started well after a comprehensive win on Sunday but we lost the return game in the extreme heat on Tuesday night, however we still retain a stranglehold on top spot in the conference. Subsequently the league has declared the result a no game due to BV heat policy.

Junior Sunday competition began on Sunday with some positive results and Friday night competition begins this coming Friday the 31st.

The heat policy may come into play this Sunday due to the forecasted temperature so coaches and managers should be aware of the By laws in Playing Condition 7, Extreme Weather and 8, Heat Affected Games found in the link on the summer league website here.


Match Reports

1st Nine won 13-4

Kingsley Collins:

Scoring on a regular basis, the Demons gave starter Brent Buffa solid run support and withstood a mid-game challenge from the Wildcats before kicking away to a comprehensive win that strengthens Melbourne’s clear conference leadership.

With pitching ace Jon Kennedy not available, the Wildcats went with Mitch Kennedy before Jarrod Turner and Tyler Dale had stints on the hill against an opponent of formidable experience and baseball skill.

“We hit the ball well all day and had a lot of extra base hits,” Melbourne Assistant Coach David Simpson told Baseball Victoria. “Sam Boone smacked a timely triple and Adam Burton crushed a home run – his first for the club since crossing from Malvern.”

“Matt Kent and Scott Moore had tough days with the bat – by their standards – but other players picked them up. Matt Blackmore was good with the bat, as was Alex Hondo,” he said.

“We were good enough to come back after they challenged us. At one point we scored 3, 3, 2, 0 and 4 in consecutive innings.”

Giving up all four runs in the one innings, Buffa was let down somewhat by defensive lapses but nevertheless tossed seven for the win before Blackmore and Liam Davine closed out the game for Melbourne, which remains clear on top of the eastern conference.

“The win gives us a good buffer and puts us in a pretty strong position – especially with Andy Mann returning from Melbourne Aces duties,” Simpson said. “I’d expect him to start on Tuesday night, which might be a different ball game with more of their players back as well.”

“”Waverley had a very young team today and they were playing against a heap of experience. We know that they are a very proud club that will come back at us on Tuesday, so we have to be up for that game.”



1st Nine lost 10-8 - declared no game
The Wildcats played their home ground conditions to perfection in slapping the ball hard to all fields and running the bases with aggression in an impressive recovery after a heavy loss two days ago.

While Scott Moore gave the Demons an early spark with a thumping home run, it was a see-sawing game even after the Wildcats put up a five-spot as the visitors squandered some opportunities and made a few mental errors.

Jon Kennedy took the start for Waverley, while Matt Blackmore and Liam Davine stepped up for Melbourne before ace Andy Mann had a stint on the hill despite being fatigued from draining work commitments during the day.


Update: Due to BV heat Policy the result has been declared a no game as per the playing conditions as play should not have commenced at the scheduled start time and play should have been abandoned at 6:55PM.






Junior Match reports

U18 Melbourne/Malvern Combined defeated Newport 15 - 9

Playing Newport for the fourth time this year - we seem to have their measure in a reasonably match up - but despite the scoreline being heavily in our favour we did not play well and need to sharpen up if we are to play finals. Highlights of the day were some good at bats and Charlie and Hudson on the mound who held the opposition to only a couple of hits but a large number of errors kept them in the game.

U16 Melbourne State League defeated by Essendon 11 - 2

Melbourne’s U16 state division team went down to Essendon 11 - 2, with many players looking rusty after the holidays.

Melbourne had just four safe hits for the game, with Rhys hitting two of those, including a double to left field in our last dig that brought two batters in (Matt and Xander) for the only runs scored by the Demons.

A dropped outfield catch and sluggish fielding combined with strong hitting off Sean’s pitching gave Essendon a five run lead in the first dig, with Cooper replacing Sean on the mound for the second.

Three times Cooper managed to keep Essendon to no runs, with three up, three down in digs two and five, but unfortunately another five runs were scored in the third innings and one last one in the sixth to give the visitors a score of 11.

Hits went to Rhys (single, double), Matt (single) and Jacob (single), while Harvey at first base racked up nine outs, including two fly balls.

On another note, the team congratulated Xander on his strong personal performance at the recent U14 National Tournament, both on the mound and with the bat.

U16 Melbourne Metro League won by forfeit (Ormond GH)

U14 Melbourne State League defeated by Sandringham 14 - 4
The young Melbourne team faced off against a powerful Sandringham outfit, and were right in the match until the very end, when a few fieding errors and a couple of big hits allowed the Sandringham team to open up the match.

Mackenzie and Ryan both pitched well and every batter made the Sandringham pitchers work hard for every out, with Reilly taking a 13 pitch at bat to get a walk that really demonstrated the great approach the team had for this game.

U14 Melbourne Metro League defeated Sandringham 13 - 4

U12 Melbourne Demons State League defeated Essendon 12 - 11


Upcoming Matches

Division 1 Upwey FTG Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 15:30 Kings Park
Division 1 Melbourne Upwey FTG Tue 4th Feb 18:00 Surrey Park
Division 1 Reserves
Upwey FTG
Sun 2nd Feb 13:00
Kings Park
Division 1 Thirds
Upwey FTG
Sun 2nd Feb 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Fourths
Upwey FTG Sun 2nd Feb 13:00 Surrey Park
Division 4 East Ormond GH Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 13:00 EE Gunn Reserve
Division 4 South Doncaster Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 15:30 Glenauburn Park
Womens Division 2 Werribee Melbourne Sat 1st Feb 15:30 Presidents Park
Womens Division 3 Melbourne Sandringham Sat 1st Feb 13:00 Surrey Park
Masters Division 1 Melbourne Waverley Mon 3rd Feb 18:30 Surrey Park
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C Heathmont Mon 3rd Feb 18:30 Myrtle Park
Masters Div 2 East Doncaster Melbourne B Mon 3rd Feb 18:30 Deep Creek
U18 Metro League Fitzroy Melb/Malv Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 Merri Park
U16 State League Springvale Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 KH Wearne
U16 AA League Sunshine Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 Barclay Reserve
U15 Friday League Melbourne Upwey Fri 31st Jan 18:00 Wav Diamond 2
U14 State League Melbourne Waverley Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 Myrtle Park
U14 Metro Central Waverley Melbourne Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 Napier Park
U12 State League Melbourne Sunshine Sun 2nd Feb 9:00 Myrtle Park
U12 Friday Night Angels Red Sox Fri 31st Jan 18:30 Surrey Park
U12 Friday Night Malvern Blue Dodgers Fri 31st Jan 18:30 Kooyong Park



Amanda Huckstadt Charity Day

On Sunday 9 February, Sandringham Royals Baseball Club will host the Sandy Royals Charity Day in support of local breast cancer survivors and Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA).BCNA is the peak national organisation representing and supporting Australians affected by breast cancer.

Glenda Millman winner of the Australia Day $5,000 draw

Congratulations to the winner of the $5,000 draw, Glenda Millman of the women’s section and husband Ray.

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

29/01/2014 U16/U18 specialist training with the ACES
06/02/2014 Junior Team photos
09/02/2014 Amanda Huckstadt Charity Day
15/03/2014 Senior Presentation Night

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 20 - Sunday 26th January           
Men's Division 1 Waverley       4
Melbourne 13
Round 21 - Tuesday 28th January
Men's Division 1 Melbourne
Senior Grades - Round 15
Men's Div 1 Res  Waverley 7
Melbourne 5
Men's Div 1 Thirds Melbourne 11
Waverley 9
Men's Div 1 Fourths Melbourne 5
Waverley 16
Men's Div 4 East Melbourne 16
Waverley 9
Men's Div 4 South Melbourne 3
Springvale 24
Women's Div 2 Melbourne 7
Moorabbin 9
Women's Div 3 Melbourne 6
Springvale 12
Masters Div 1 Heathmont 0
Melbourne 15
Masters Div 2 East Melbourne C 4
Melbourne B 8
Masters Div 2 East    

Junior Results

Round 12 - Sunday 26th January            
Junior Grades
U18 Metro               Newport      9
Melb/Malv 15
U16 State Essendon 11
Melbourne 2
U16 Metro Melbourne 3
Ormond GH 0
U15 Friday Melbourne  
U14 State Sandringham 14
Melbourne 4
U14 Metro Sandringham 4
Melbourne 13
U12 State Essendon 11
Melbourne 12
U12 Friday    
U12 Friday    
U12 Friday    

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