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 Feb 26, 2014

Round 20 Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Round 20 - Finals

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 20 of the Newsletter and finals. All senior teams won their first finals on the weekend, that must have been due at least in some part to a mid week talk by club legend Ken Stephens about playing in the moment. In each of the team finals the key moments were won by Melbourne and now the thirds, fifths and Masters B team have their chance to challenge for a flag this weekend.

The First nine started their post season campaign well with a pitcher dominated game in the first of a best of three semi final series with Blackburn and won 1-0. Andy Mann was at his usual best after 7 and a third innings of scoreless work, Campbell Wiggins relieved and Matty Blackmore put on a show with a diving catch and gunning a runner down at the plate to keep the Burners off the scoreboard in the 6th then closing for the last 2 outs in the ninth. The second game in the series will be played at Surrey Park Saturday 2:00PM and the third if required at Blackburn. The winner will progress to a best of three grand final series against either Geelong or Essendon.

The Third nine, Fifth nine and Masters B team won through to their respective Grand Finals as did two of our Friday night under 12 teams, the Angels and the Red Sox. The Under 12 Friday Grand Final will be an all Melbourne affair and will mean three premierships in a row for this age group after the Dodgers had won the last two.The Masters B team will be going for their fourth premiership in succession, it will be a remarkable feat if they can pull that off.


If you would like to support one of the teams in finals here are the dates & times:

Finals Matches

Mens Division 1 Firsts - Semi Final

Game 2 vs Blackburn, Saturday 1st Mar 2:00PM, Surrey Park

Game 3 if required vs Blackburn, Sunday 2nd Mar, 2:00PM, Billabong Park

Mens Division 1 Thirds - Grand Final

vs Essendon, Sunday 2nd Mar 2:00PM, Surrey Park

Mens Division 4 East - Grand Final

vs St Kilda, Sunday 2nd Mar 2:00PM, Myrtle Park

Masters Division 2 East - Grand Final

vs Croydon, Monday 3rd Mar 8:30PM, Latrobe Uni

Junior Friday Night U12 Central Centre Grand Final

Angels vs Red Sox, Friday 28th Feb 18:15, Surrey Park


In other big news at the club during the week, Melbourne's Surrey Park has been announced as the host venue for the 2014 Victorian Baseball State Little League Championships in April. The State Little League Championships will see 5 teams from around Victoria participating, with the top teams qualifying for the National Championships to be held on the Gold Coast in June 2014. The winner of the National Championships qualifies to represent Australia at the Little League World Series which is held each year in August in Williamsport, USA.

A reminder that junior presentation night is on the Sunday 16th of March from 4pm, with Seniors Presentation on the night before at the MCG on Saturday 15th of March. Tickets for Senior Presentation are available online from our web site.


Match Reports

1st Nine Semi Final 1 v Blackburn won 1-0

The line up for this game promised a lot in all areas but it was the red hot pitching duel that left it locked up at nil all through the first four innings. Blackburn were repeatedly foiled by Melbourne’s sharp fielding none more so than when catcher, Matt Kent fielded a well placed bunt from Andy Whiteford and threw a bullet to make Leigh Betrand the first out at 2nd base in 5th. Blackburn looked to be seeing the ball well as they continued to hit hard in that inning. Their luck was out though when Tierney hit a powerful line drive into an unassisted double play at 2nd to send the Orioles back to the dugout.

A great diving catch in right by Matty Blackmore started the 6th as Melbourne’s fielding came to the fore again. Blackburn’s Steve Bookluck's, two on, two out, line drive looked like a game changer later in that inning, but Ryan Booth was thrown out at the plate, trying to score off that shot, by (the man who was lapping up the opportunity to show his elite skills) Matty Blackmore.

Buffa of the Demons snuck one between first base and the fielder that went to the corner for a double in the 6th then advanced on a pass ball. Tom Shields the Melbourne DH then came to bat with two out after two “base on balls” loaded them up. Shields bounced a slow roller to the shortstop, forcing a run across the plate with an error and giving Melbourne the only score of the game.

Andy Mann left the mound after 1 out in the 7th and was replaced by Campbell Wiggins, having given up 0 runs after 5 hits, 5 strike outs, two walks and one HPB on a 98 pitch count, a great performance by the Demons starter.

Hussey exited the hill later in the game after 7 complete innings, 5 strike outs, 5 hits and 1 unearned run on a 90 pitch count. A superb performance in a pressure game. Adam Bright showed great control and pitched a shut-out in the 8th.

The Orioles went into the 9th with their last chance to even it up trailing 1-0. Rogers grounded out and was ejected after an argument about whether the ball came off his foot. Bookluck extended his night with the bat as he walked, then Wiggins gave Betrand a free pass as well. Wiggins exited the mound for Blackmore who put a further stamp on the game when he got the last two outs leaving Blackburn scoreless. Melbourne head into the two remaining games of the series, on the weekend, one up.

After a pressure game of baseball both starting pitchers went deep and kept skilled hitters off balance. The work in the field by both teams was exceptional barring one pressure play. Only one unearned run separated the teams in the end but credit to Melbourne for applying the pressure to make it happen. That said the matches between these two on Saturday and Sunday if required, promise to deliver high pressure and entertaining baseball. Blackburn will be looking to make up for a hard fought and disappointing loss. It could go either way.

Cam Gleeson BV



Melbourne Baseball Club to host 2014 State Little League Championship

Baseball Victoria is pleased to announce that Melbourne Baseball Club will be the host venue for the Baseball Victoria 2014 State Little League Championships. The championships will take place from 11 – 13 April 2014 at Surrey Park, Surrey Drive, Box Hill. Read the Media Release here.

School Sports Victoria Baseball/Tee Ball umpires required - paid roles.

An opportunity exists for part time work as a umpire for School Sports Victoria and the Baseball/Tee Ball programs they facilitate is coming - no accreditation neccessary. See details in news item.

Senior Presentation Night

Senior Presentation Night for Season 2013/14 is on Saturday 15th March 2014 in the Olympic Room at the MCG @ 6.30pm for Pre Dinner Drinks and Canapés folowed by the Presentations and Dinner at 7:00PM. Tickets are $100.00 Per Person for 3 Course Meal & Drinks Package until 11pm, tickets available online.



Upcoming Events

15/03/2014 Senior Presentation Night
16/03/2014 Junior Presentation Night

Senior Results

1st Nine
Round 27 - Saturday 22nd Feb
Men's Division 1 Newport   0
Melbourne   6
Semi Final - Game 1 - Tuesday 25th Feb
Men's Division 1 Blackburn 0
Melbourne 1
Senior Grades - Semi Finals
Men's Division 1 Thirds Blackburn 5
Melbourne 7
Men's Division 4 East Cheltenham FB 8
Melbourne 14
Masters Division 2 East Heathmont 3
Melbourne B 7


Junior Results

Sunday 22nd February               
Junior Grades - Semi Finals
U14 Metro Cheltenham 14
Melbourne 3
U12 Friday Malvern Red 4
Angels 5
U12 Friday Red Sox 5
Dodgers 4




Images from the Under 14 Metro team Semi final vs Cheltenham

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