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 Mar 6, 2014

End of Season Newsletter


Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section


Batchat Final Newsletter for 2013/14

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 the Final Newsletter for season 2013/14. A terrific year on the field for the club culminated in premierships to the U12 Red Sox, Division 1 Thirds and Division 4 East teams. The U12 Friday night teams have had a mortgage on the premiership in recent years, while the Thirds last won in 2008/09. You have to go back to 1964 for a Premiership outside of our 1sts through 4ths, when the 5ths were last premiers.

The Master B team were unable to win their fourth premiership in a row after going down to Croydon 7-2 in the Grand Final but have had a terrific run in the last few years. The First Nine bowed out of the Division 1 finals after going down to Blackburn 2-1 in their best of three semi final but each year are getting closer to breaking that drought.

We want everyone to come and celebrate the season on Saturday 15th of March in the Olympic room at the MCG, pre dinner drinks start from 6:30PM, presentations and dinner from 7:00PM onwards. Tickets for the night are available online from our web site.

Flyer and Form to download for seating arrangements and manual credit card payment are available here.

The Junior Presentation night is on Sunday 16th of March from 4pm at the Surrey Park Club rooms, with plenty of activities for the kids.

We look to see you at one of the Presentation nights and for everybody to enjoy a well earned break. We will come back stronger next year in every department.

Its a Grand Old Flag.....


Match Reports

1st Nine Semi Final Game 3 v Blackburn lost 5-2

Coming into the game with the series tied both pitchers took up where they left off. They last matched up against each other in the first game of the series on Tuesday night. Andy Mann for Melbourne was showing great control and keeping hitters off balance, whilst John Hussey for Blackburn was hitting spots.

Burton of Melbourne singled in the 1st whilst Blackmore did the same in the 2nd, no runs came of this but the signs were that the hitters on both teams were looking to take control. Kent (the Melbourne catcher) had something to say about that when he caught Rogers stealing to end the 2nd. Blackburn took that in their stride and starting seeing the ball in the 3rd when they strung 4 hits together courtesy of Dicker, Bertrand, Tierney and Berg with an early sac bunt from Maurer. Melbourne’s defence (as usual) minimised the damage and kept the Orioles to 2 runs.

Both team’s defences took control of the game during the middle innings. Blackburn had the edge with a 2 run lead but Melbourne never looked out of it. The Demons made their attitude obvious when Kent homered off the first pitch he saw in the 6th to halve the deficit, Melbourne now trailing 2-1. Both teams added a run in the 7th, courtesy of singles to Rogers, Hunter and Dicker (Blackburn) and Shiels (Melbourne) to keep it tight.

In the 7th Blackburn’s bats fired again with hits to Tierney, Booth and Bookluck. A pitch also hit Rogers, which was enough to plate two runs giving Blackburn the edge at 5-2. The score didn’t change after that. Melbourne singled twice in the remaining innings via Kent to make it 3 for the game and a triple short of the cycle (a real captain’s knock from the veteran). Shiels also singled in the 9th to keep the Demons alight but it wasn’t enough as Blackburn’s pitching proved too good on the day.

Make no mistake this was a fantastic semi final series. Australian local baseball at its best. Either team could have taken it out. Apart from the middle game when Blackburn won 7-0 no one really knew who would take it out until the end. In the 9th when Melbourne were down by 3 runs and 2 out you could still sense that little bit of hope.

Melbourne will go away from the season having risen from Division 2 to be a Division 1 finalist 3 years running. Their expectations this season would have been high as they came into the semi finals as the stronger team. It looks like they have had enough of the bridesmaid role and will be looking to do whatever it takes to nail it next summer. Blackburn meanwhile looks strong and has depth in their pen but was pushed all the way by the Demons.

Cam Gleeson BV


3rd Nine Grand Final v Essendon won 11-10
After finishing on top of the ladder for consecutive seasons the thirds managed to top off an impressive season with an 11-10 victory over Essendon in the grand final in what was a great game by both sides.

With Ryan Davine starting on the hill Melbourne managed a great start, retiring three of the first four hitters to keep Essendon scoreless. The start was then topped off with lead off Jerome Coles hitting an in the park home run off the first pitch he faced to give Melbourne a 1-0 lead and put early pressure on Essendon. Melbourne then let themselves down in the field with a combination hits to Essendon and some untimely fielding errors handing them a 4-1 lead. Not too be outdone Melbourne came out swinging with four hits in a row scoring three runs to bring it back to a 4-4 game heading in to the third. With memories of previous finals failures springing to mind Melbourne retired the next three Essendon hitters and hit back with a run of their own through Sean Rintoul to take a 5-4 lead into the fourth. A quiet inning from both sides kept the scoreline the same after five before Melbourne let new pitcher Brent Davine down in the field to allow Essendon to plate three unearned run to face a 7-5 deficit. Sensing something needed to be done Melbourne rallied and let their bats do the talking scoring six runs off five hits and two Essendon errors to give the side an 11-7 lead and a glimmer of hope coming towards the end of the game. Not to be outdone Essendon hit back with three runs in the sixth which saw Dave Keyhoe summoned from the bullpen to get out of a jam and keep Melbourne in front 11-10. With the nerves showing Melbourne let themselves down and failed to score a run in the bottom of the sixth to leave Essendon with the momentum heading into the seventh. Not to be outdone Dave was great on the hill and retired the next three hitters to give the Melbourne the Division One Thirds premiership with Cooper Gerwing getting the final out at first base.

In a pleasing sign for the future of the club Melbourne had three junior players in the premiership starting lineup in Cooper Gerwing, Charlie Keyhoe and Sean Rintoul as well as several other players under the age of 25 in Albert Suttor, Matt Beyer, Jerome Coles and Tom Arthur. In addition there were a few special moments in the premiership win with a father/son Dave and Charlie Keyhoe and brothers Ryan and Brent Davine getting to play together.

Hits: Sean Rintoul 3, Brett Webster 3 (triple), Arran Potter 3 (triple), Jerome Coles 2 (home run), Shaun Hilliard 2 (double), Cooper Gerwing 2, Ben Telford (double, sac fly), James Roy.


Division 4 East Grand Final v St Kilda won 18-8
The drama for the Grand Final was set with Melbourne facing the only team we hadn't beat all season, St. Kilda, losing both previous matches quite convincingly. And the first inning lived up to its billing with St. Kilda going down scoreless after their number 3 batter bowled over our catcher, Chris Andrews, trying to score, only to find the plate umpire calling him out. With Enoch Shen starting us off we defended our ground and scored 2 in the bottom of the first with Chao Shih and Hudson Gerwing touching the plate.

We found ourselves down 6-4 going into the bottom of the third; but responded strongly scoring 13 runs to take command of the game.

From then it was lights out pitching from Trent Grabham and Steve Gerwing. Each only giving up one run.

We tacked on a few more against shell-shocked St. Kilda and Ethan VanderHoff caught the final out of the game for the second consecutive finals game to finish the season in celebratory fashion as Division 4 East Premiers.

Hits: C. Shih: 2-1B & 1-2B; H. Gerwing: 2-1B; J. DeZwart: 2-1B & 1-2B; E. VanderHoff: 1-1B & 1-2B; E. Shen: 1-1B; L. Clayton: 1-1B; C. Andrews: 1-1B & 1-2B; T. Grabham: 1-1B


U12 Central Centre Grand Final Red Sox v Angels - Red Sox won 10-9

In an epic Grand Final encounter, the Melbourne Red Sox just pipped the Melbourne Angels in the final extra inning to win the title. Whilst The Red Sox lead early in the game, they were smashed in the 3rd inning with an Angels 6 run scoring spree. Starting pitcher Lucas Keyhoe was good early but was replaced by James Richardson after the 3rd. With the Red Sox watching their season slip away, an inspiring speech by guest motivator David Simpson, helped the Red Sox even up and then go ahead with 3 runs in the 4th and 5th. But the Angels themselves were not finished, tying the game up in the 5th with 1 run to send the game into an extra innings and near dark conditions.

The Red Sox lead off the 6th with back to back hits to Riley Spagnol and Charlie O’Connell that both scored giving them a 2 run lead. RBI’s from the ever improving Jake Kennedy and Ben Bramich were the defining hits of the game. With closer Finn O’Connell on the mound for the Red Sox, the Angels hit back again with 1 run after a hit from Conor Braszell. With 2 runners in scoring position and only 1 out, a timely double play from young gun James Richardson at second base gave the game to the Red Sox.

Lachlan Rae, Jake Kennedy, Ethan Scalzo, Lucas Keyhoe and Finn O’Connell each had 1 hit for the Red Sox whilst James Richardson, Matthew Dickinson, Charlie O’Connell and Riley Spagnol each had 2. Ben Bramich, Matthew Henderson and Patrick Singh all contributed to a great result.

Congratulations to the Angels team that had a great season and fought the game out the whole way. Angels pitcher Miles Stukenborg was sensational on the mound only giving up 2 runs.

Congrats to the Red Sox team that had to beat 2 Melbourne teams in the finals series after finishing 4th on the ladder. The game was made very special by significant input from the whole team, everyone had an impact on the game and the result.




Mens Division 1 Thirds Premiers

After finishing on top of the ladder for consecutive seasons the thirds managed to top off an impressive season with an 11-10 victory over Essendon in the grand final in what was a great game by both sides. A 6 run, sixth innings with the bat turned the game, the difference was that the Melbourne boys outhit their opponents.

Mens Division 4 East Premiers

The Mens Division 4 East team were successful on the weekend, winning the Grand Final against St Kilda 18-8, against the only team we hadn't defeated all season, losing both previous matches quite convincingly. A big 13 run 3rd inning was the difference.

Melbourne U12 Red Sox Central Centre Premiers

The Melbourne Red Sox win the Under 12 2013/14 Grand Final. In a close game that went to extra innings and near dark at Surrey Park, the Melbourne Red Sox beat the Melbourne Angels 10-9. After leading the game early, the Red Sox gave up the lead after a 6 run inning by the Angels that left them leading 7-2. The Red Sox pegged them back to tie the game in the last inning. In the top of the 6th the Red Sox scored 2 but the Angels came back with 1 and had 2 runners in scoring position when a 4-5 double play ended the game. Congrats to all players on a great game.

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
Semi Final - Game 1 - Tuesday 25th Feb
Men's Division 1 Blackburn   0
Melbourne   1
Semi Final - Game 2 - Saturday 1st Mar
Men's Division 1 Blackburn 7
Melbourne 0
Semi Final - Game 3 - Sunday 2nd Mar
Men's Division 1 Melbourne 2
Blackburn 5
Senior Grades - Semi Finals
Men's Division 1 Thirds Essendon 10
Melbourne 11
Men's Division 4 East St Kilda 8
Melbourne 18
Masters Division 2 East Croydon 7
Melbourne B 2


Junior Results

Friday 28th February               
Junior Grades - Grand Final
U12 Friday Central Centre Red Sox 10
Angels 9




Some images from the Grand Finals last weekend

A Baseball Grand Final is a serious matter!

The Melbourne U12 Red Sox 2013/14 Central Centre Premiers

The captain gives his speech

Melbourne Division 4 East Premiers

Congratulations all round

The captain gives his speech

Melbourne Division 1 Thirds Premiers

More images are available in the Grand Final News items

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