Division 1 Firsts defeated Doncaster 10 - 0
The Demons flexed their offensive muscle to deal Doncaster its heaviest loss of the season in picture-perfect conditions at Deep Creek on Sunday.
The visitors were off to a flyer and scored in every innings bar one before wrapping the game up in seven behind another superb start from Andy Mann (five innings) and support in the form of Brent Buffa and Matt Blackmore.
Making a few uncharacteristic errors that hardly helped their cause, Doncaster had opportunities but was unable to build any momentum.
“It was the complete victory and pretty much our best performance for the season,” Melbourne Assistant Coach David Simpson told Baseball Victoria.
“To wrap it up in seven was a good win after some great individual efforts,” he said. “Sam Boone went something like five from five – probably his best game yet for the club. We were outstanding in defence and we were able to bring guys off the bench into the game.”
“Our pitching was very good again. Andy is tireless and he just did what he does,” Simpson said. “Brent and Matty didn’t give them a sniff towards the end.”
Remaining atop its conference standings, Melbourne continues to strengthen its claims to again being a legitimate contender for Summer League post-season.
“We are developing real depth and are probably a more disciplined side than we were last year,” Simpson said. “Guys have to fight for a spot in this side – that’s a healthy sign.”
With Steele Ratcliffe favoured for the start, Doncaster will be away to Melbourne on Tuesday (Surrey Park, 6.00 PM start) before its away game to Sandringham on Sunday, while Melbourne will follow up with a home game against Essendon on Sunday.
MELBOURNE 2 3 2 1 1 0 1 (10) 1 error
DONCASTER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (0) 3 errors
A.Mann 5 inn
B.Buffa 1 inn
M.Blackmore 1 inn
Division 1 Firsts defeated Doncaster 5 - 1 midweek
The Demons gained an early break and were never headed in posting their eighth win of the season at Surrey Park this evening.
While the win strengthens Melbourne’s position at the top of the East Group table, it was a setback for the Dragons – whose two wins and eight losses sees them in eleven placing overall with a tough double to play against Sandringham over the next week.
Division 1 Seconds defeated Doncaster 5 - 1
Division 1 Thirds defeated Doncaster 3 - 2
Division 1 Fourths defeated Doncaster 6 - 4
Division 4 East defeated by Doncaster 15 - 8
Division 4 South drew with Cheltenham 10 - 10
The Demons again travelled to Cheltenham, this time to take on the Rustlers on a warm day as summer fully announced its arrival. As is becoming a season standard, there were wholesale lineup changes and several new faces filled in to make sure we took the park.
We were in the field almost from the outset, copping a 1-2-3 in the first. Enoch Shen took the start for us, and with a gusty win, used the first inning to warm into his game, as Cheltenham got out to a two run lead. The Demons were able to peg one back in the second and blank Cheltenham to make a game 1-2 of it, as Enoch got right on top in at the bottom of the second.
The third saw the Demons get it together and bang on six runs, through solid batting and advancement of the runners, and Ben Murphy going yard with a 3-run big fly out over left centre. It was never cemented as Cheltenham were able to nullify the big inning with seven runs of their own, as we just failed to get that elusive third out through despite plenty of options. Enoch battled hard and could’ve had six outs for the dig, a day of good work on the mound. Throwing that virtual extra inning would end up being highly cost at game’s end.
Eventually the Cheltenham starter was seen off as the fourth yielded three Demons runs and set up a one run lead, on the back of a towering home-run blast by Doug Moore, and Trent Grabham took over in relief to hang up a zero. Despite a runner on third, Melbourne could not extend the lead and took their slim lead into the last. Two quick outs had Cheltenham looking down the barrel albeit they got the base-runner they needed. A small blooper over shortstop gave them scoring position. The chance for the Demons to close out the win then came on a flat drive to left-field, where your scribe unexplicably saw the ball hit the end of the glove, his shoulder and then grass to allow Cheltenham to tie. Shaking off the disappointment, Trent got his man next up and saw us at least prevent the loss and take a 10-10 tie.
One of those games of baseball proving defence can mean everything. This is the second time our team has scored ten runs or more and not taken out the game. A big thanks to our fill-ins and welcome to return whenever they like – Rod, Doug and Shane. St Kilda next week – home at Myrtle for the early game, 1pm.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 F
Melbourne 0 1 6 3 0 0 10
Cheltenham 2 0 7 0 0 1 10
Hits – Doug Moore 2 (1xHR, 1x2B), Ben Murphy 2 (1xHR), Steve Pahos 2, Brett Mackay 2, Rod Moore, Trent Grabham
RBI – Doug Moore 4, Ben Murphy 3, Brett Mackay, Trent Grabham, Rod Moore
Pitching – Enoch Shen (N-R) 3IP, 9 runs; Trent Grabham 3IP, 1 run