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 Oct 8, 2014

Round 1 Newsletter

 

Melbourne Baseball Club - MCC Baseball Section

 

Batchat First Newsletter for 2014/15

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,

A new season and there are a few new faces around the club, as well as some returning players and a host of juniors coming into senor grades for the first time. Dan Betreen comes over as club coaching coordinator and Stephen Black as pitching coach, a number of new players including Mitch Ayres, Nathan Aron and Steel Ratcliffe so make sure you welcome them.

Off the field, works continue on the main diamond and planning for our new batting cages, while the web site, online shop and finally a competition management system all have been given a new look - why not download the free Team App to get fixtures and results on your mobile device.

On the field, the firsts won their opening game of the season in a pitcher dominated affair against Doncaster 3-1, some small ball and clutch hits were the difference. The seconds went down in a close one, the thirds game ended in a low scoring draw and the fourths were the only other winner in a tight one 4-3. Both Women's teams won to start their season positively.

This Sunday 12th of October is our first home game for the 1sts and 2nds and beforehand there is a Supporters Luncheon so come down and enjoy lunch before the game. Another date to save in your Calendar is Saturday the 22nd of November for our Trivia night at the Clubrooms.

Match Reports

1st Nine Round 1 v Doncaster won 3-1

The weather was superb and the Doncaster ground staff had their field looking fantastic as Luke Westphal of the Dragons and Andy Mann for the Demons were dealing on the mound early in the division one season opener. There was a miserly one run scored as both teams scattered the hits before the seventh inning.  

Scott Moore for Melbourne batting in the one spot, hit a convincing double in the third but Westphal was too strong in his debut for the Dragons and struck out the next two. Blackmore also got on but the lefty Westphal was in control and struck out two batters in a row to end the innings. Andy Mann was dealing in the bottom of the third and sat the batters down in order to give his side another chance to bat. 

Shiels came to bat with two out and two runners on base after catcher’s interference and an infield hit from Blackmore in the fourth. He hit the ball hard in the air but straight to McDonald at left field to end the top of the fourth. Westphal again used great pitching to get out of a jam. 

Doncaster then sparked with the bat when Nicholas lined up the middle. O’Malley also hit hard but was caught on the fence by Limburg. Reeves shot a long double into the left corner (that was just short of a home run) to place two runners in scoring position, but that was where they stayed as Andy Mann replied by getting out of a jam himself. 

Andrew Chesterton took the hill for Doncaster in the top of the fifth and faced the top of the order. Ratcliff playing his first game against his old club also relieved for Melbourne in the bottom of the dig. Adam Burton singled for the Demons as both teams got runners on but the new pitchers kept them where they were, Doncaster were still leading 1-0 after 5. 

Good outfielding from Lethborg and McDonald sent Melbourne back to their dugout in the middle of the sixth to try and figure out a way to score after the pitching changes. Doncaster went down in order as Ratcliffe settled in on the  mound for the Demons. Into the seventh with the score unchanged.   

Limburg singled in the top of the seventh, then Moore walked after 1st base was left vacant via a Shiels sacrifice bunt (that was close to being called safe). Kent then doubled to right field, in what turned out to be the play of the day, to score both runs and take the lead for the first time in the game. The score stayed that way as the Dragons went into bat, still in it but losing 2-1. 

Callum Lethborg took the  mound for Doncaster when Melbourne increased their lead in the top of the seventh as Blackmore led off with a solo homer to left. 

Scott Moore at shortstop for Melbourne made a great diving catch to start the 8th. Nicholas (as he had done all day) provided a spark for the Dragons with a hard hit ball to the left corner and the middle of the order coming up. O’Malley got on with an error but that is where they stayed as Ratcliffe responded to the pressure and got out of it. 

Lethborg started off the 9th with a strike out but Kent again hit hard to the top of the right field fence.  He got to 3rd on pass balls, but that’s where he stayed. Doncaster back at bat with all the work to do got two clutch hits from Lethborg and Carr, almost taking the game from the Demons. With bases loaded in the bottom of the last Melbourne ended it when they rolled a 4-5-6 double play to get the win. 

Doncaster did well to keep Melbourne scoreless for the better part of this pressured contest. This game was fought out to the end and lost with the tieing run in scoring position. One more Dragon’s hit in the last would have told a very different story. Although the majority of the Demon’s scoring was limited to one innings Kent’s clutch hit showed that stringing hits together, the use of Shiel’s bunt and sacrifice play made all the difference in a tight game. 

Doncaster face Waverley next week whilst Melbourne has their home opener against last season’s grand finalist Blackburn.  

Hits Melbourne 7-Moore 1, Burton 1, Kent 2 (2RBI), Blackmore 2 (1 home run) Limburg 1. Doncaster 6- Nicholas 3, Reeves 1 (double), Lethborg 1, Scott Carr 1.  

In other games Cheltenham beat Waverley 1-0, Williamstown stormed into division 1 with a 9-2 win over Geelong, Upwey accounted for Blackburn 6-8 whilst Preston defeated Newport by 10 runs 15-5. Just in Essendon defeated Sandringham 8-9 after 12 innings. 

Report by Cam Gleeson. #bvsl

 

2nd Nine Round 1 v Doncaster lost 6-3

Was a beautiful Saturday afternoon to open the summer season for the Melbourne Demons ends squad. Although an undermanned team, the players looked to still be competitive against the Doncaster Dragons. Liam Davine hit in the teams first RBI with a groundout to lead 1-0 in the opening frame. The Dragons put some pressure on for the remainder of the game, Liam getting through 2 and 1/3 innings, with 5 hits and 5 runs. 5-1 deficit did not phase Dave Keyhoe, although shaky at the start of the situation Dave relieved well throwing strikes, mixing off speed and only giving up the one run in 2 and 2/3 innings to keep us within reach. Demons pushed at all points in the game, with 9 runners left on base and 10 walks amongst the team, we managed to get desperate in the last at bat and score two more but was not enough.

Demons lost 6-3 with a lack of offence in the times needed and beaten on the day by the Dragons. Well done to Charlie Keyhoe making some great plays and showing some range at SS. Ollie McMahon at right field making a great diving catch to only follow up with another one to double off the confused 2B runner. Rhys De Highden also played his first game at 2B in the 2s and held his own.

Some positives from the game and as long as we move forward the team will aim to compete week in week out.
Hits to Wiggins double and single, D. Keyhoe single. No hits for rest of team despite the 10 walks.

See you at the Home Opener vs Blackburn.

 

Womens Division 2 vs. Moorabbin won 10-4

Looks like this could be our year to shine as we have welcomed a few new handy additions as well as some trusty stalwarts back to the brood and have looked good during our pre-season training sessions. A beautiful day to start the season as the temperature was 26 with a bit of a breeze happening as our bats sang loudly with a great pitching effort and solid defensive stance when it mattered most as we downed the Panthers 10-4 in a well-played game.

We gave up 1 unearned run in the first dig on 1 hit and 1 walk with an error which could have easily been a no run inning but not to be on this occasion. We came back and got 3 of our own on 5 hits to take the lead and never look back. They tacked on one more in the top of the second and we rallied for another 3 on another 3 hits to go up 6-2 after 2 digs. They added another 2 funs in the top of the 3rd to round out their scoring as Eva was just hitting her straps holding them scoreless the rest of the game with some tight defence after a few fumbles early on due to first game jitters. Mel had a good day at 3rd base involved in 8 plays all up whilst Maine was kept busy at short fielding well. Dominique had a good catch in left whilst Alice just missed a 9-3 by a whisker with a great effort. Megan had a good day at 2nd with Meredith coming in and making a couple of good plays there as well. Jess did a good job at 1st base while Kylie had an outstanding day behind the dish. Leah and Jess S. had good days in the field as well. Great job done by all backing each other during the game.

Eva got the start for the Lady D’s and went 5 and 2/3 innings giving up 0 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 2 strike outs, a great day for the veteran getting back to the Demons after a short stint elsewhere. Charmaine came on in relief and worked 1/3 innings giving up 0 earned runs on 0 hits with 1 walk, 0 hpb, and 0 strike outs, a good closing effort.

Summary:

Hits: Jess S. - 3, Dominique & Megan – 2, Jessica W., Charmaine, Mel & Alice – 1

RBIs: Kylie – 3, Jessica S. – 2, Dominique, Charmaine, Megan, Jessica W. & Melanie - 1

Box Score:

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

 

R

H

E

MOORABBIN

1

1

2

0

0

0

-

 

 

4

3

4

MELBOURNE

3

4

2

0

1

-

-

 

 

10

11

5

 

Womens Division 3 vs. Sunshine won 14-6

It was a beautiful day for baseball and along with the sunshine came unbridled enthusiasm from a group of ladies - some of whom are still relatively new to the game. It was a fine exhibition of team work and defensive skill from the Lady M’s, in windy conditions, which saw them secure a solid 14-6 win over Sunshine.

We gave up two runs in the 1st dig on one hit, two walks and a HPB. We came back to score five runs of our own with some good aggressive batting by the middle order, and after a short 2nd inning we were up 6-2. They added another two runs in the third with Jac still getting the job done on the mound, and we answered with 6 runs scored to be up 12-6 going into the last dig.

Jacqui got a great start for the Lady M’s, going 3 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits, with 5 walks and 3 strike-outs. Leah came on in relief and threw two innings, giving up no unearned runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 3 strike-outs, a great effort for her first game with a new team and in a new state.

Betty had a great day at first base, getting 4 outs in total, while Bec and Em were kept busy at short and second base respectively. Meredith was reliable as always behind the plate, showing off her uncanny ability to block almost everything that comes her way. It was great to see Glenno giving her bat a great workout and to have Tori play her first game of senior baseball.

With only one error for the entire game, the girls should be more than proud of their defensive efforts and with some more work on batting and base running, we should be extremely competitive this year.

Summary:

Hits: Meredith & Glenda -2, Jacqui, Betty & Claire - 1

RBIs: Bec – 2, Jacqui, Leah, Glenda, Betty & Emily - 1

Box Score:

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 

 

R

H

E

SUNSHINE

2

0

2

2

0

-

-

 

 

6

4

5

MELBOURNE

5

1

6

2

-

-

-

 

 

14

8

1

 

 

 

 

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Division 1
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Sun 12th Oct 15:30
Surrey Park
Division 1 Reserves
Melbourne
Blackburn
Sun 12th Oct 13:00
Surrey Park
Division 1 Thirds
Blackburn
Melbourne
Sun 12th Oct 15:30
Billabong Reserve
Division 1 Fourths Blackburn Melbourne Sun 12th Oct 13:00 Billabong Reserve
Division 4 East Berwick Melbourne Sun 12th Oct Cyrill Molyneux Reserve
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EE Gunn Reserve
Womens Division 2 Footscray Melbourne Sat 12th Oct 13:00 McIvor Reserve
Womens Division 3 Sandringham Melbourne Sat 12th Oct 13:00 Tulip St Reserve
VSBL U16 State League Cheltenham Melbourne Sun 12th Oct 9:00 Farm Rd Reserve
VSBL U16 Metro League - East Melbourne Cheltenham Sun 12th Oct 9:00 Surrey Park
Junior League - State Melbourne Preston Sun 12th Oct 9:00 Surrey Park
Little League State Newport Melbourne Sun 12th Oct 9:00 Myrtle Park
Little League Metro East Melbourne Springvale Sun 12th Oct 9:00 Springvale

For detailed fixtures and ground locations go to our Team App or the MBC Website. Please check with your coaches and Team managers as venues subject to change.

 

News

MBC Supporters Luncheon

MBC Supports Luncheon is on for the first home game vs. Blackburn Sunday 12th October @ Surrey Park, Lunch from Midday $15 Lunch, Drinks at Bar prices.

Coaching Appointments

The Melbourne Baseball Club is thrilled to announce the additional of two significant coaching appointments. Stephen Black has been appointed Pitching coach and Daniel Betreen appointed Club Coaching Coordinator.

 

Upcoming Events


12/10/2014 MBC Supporters Luncheon
12/10/2014 First Nine Opening home game
22/11/2014 Trivia Night

Senior Results

1st Nine
Opening Day - Round 1 - Sat 4th October
Men's Division 1 Melbourne 3
Doncaster   1
Senior Grades - Round 1
Men's Division 1 Reserves Melbourne 3
Doncaster 6
Men's Division 1 Thirds Doncaster 3
Melbourne 3
Men's Division 1 Fourths Doncaster 3
Melbourne 4
Men's Division 4 East Cheltenham 10
Melbourne 7
Men's Division 4 South Cheltenham 9
Melbourne 1
Women's Division 2 Moorabbin 4
Melbourne 10
Women's Division 3 Sunshine 6
Melbourne 14
Masters A 38+ Research LP  
Melbourne  
Masters B 38+ Melbourne  
Doncaster  
Masters 45+ Newport  
Melbourne  

 

Junior Results

Junior Sunday games start 12th of October

 

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