1912 – Jolimonters succumb to Scott’s wiles, MCC defeat East 15-9

Melbourne won its sixth premiership in a row in 1912 by defeating East Melbourne 15-9 in a one off game for the pennant. Scott on the mound for the MCC was in control and the Jolimonters could not touch him, striking out 11. Wally Ingleton went 5 from 6 and Fred Vaughan had four hits and a stolen base in a scrappy affair – a game described as a Curate’s egg – it was good in parts.

 

From the Argus, September 30th 1912:

BASEBALL

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MELBOURNE PREMIERS

MCC for the sixth consecutive season annexed the pennant in the A Grade, while in the last nine years they have only failed on one occasion to secure the honours, being defeated in that game by East Melbourne.

Mr Allan Doone, who was an interested spectator of the play, mentioned that there are several prominent players in the “big leagues” in America who are keen to make a tour of Australia, and he considers that, with proper coaching, Australians would become expert “ball” players.

Saturday’s game was disappointing - as finals frequently are. As one of the onlookers remarked, “It was like a curate’s egg – good in parts.”  There were occasional brilliant flashes of fielding, which helped to nullify some particular bad misses. East Melbourne were the greatest delinquents in this department, notably McAllister at third base, whose fielding was weak, and R. Dean at centre-field, who, after failing to hold a high fly, calmly cantered after a ball, the flight of which he badly misjudged, and allowed Ingleton to score a home run.

In the previous games this season MCC were successful in the first, scoring 3 runs to 0; while the second resulted in a draw – 8 runs each. There is no doubt that Scott’s pitching had a deal to do with MCC’s win. The north wind helped his curves, and he had splendid control throughout the nine innings. Six out of seven batsmen were struck out by him in the fourth and fifth innings, for he was right on top then, and the batsmen simply could not touch him. Altogether 11 Jolimonters succumbed to his wiles. He was not as strong with the bat as usual, but managed a nice three-base hit past right field.

Ingleton (MCC’s captain) was never seen to better advantage with the bat than in his game, his big hitting and place hitting, with men on bases, being perfect. Five hits from six attempts was worthy of the final game. Fred Vaughan followed Ingleton closely in the batting, placing safely on four occasions; he also secured one of the two bases pilfered by MCC runners. Johnson’s play at third base was brilliant. His fielding of hard smashes and his throwing to Henty at first base was magnificent. Victoria’s prospects in future interstate matches, so far as third base is concerned, are much brighter after this exhibition by the MCC fieldsman. Taylor’s catching was distinctly good, and his throwing and batting were also first class. Ransford (who hurt his leg slightly in the early part of the game) made a splendid attempt to catch McAllister in the last innings. He ran about 25 yards, and took the ball almost as it touched the ground, but he fell, and the impact caused him to drop it. He was warmly applauded for his fine try. Ballantyne’s catch from Gooley’s bat, combined with the throw to second base for a double play, was a snappy bit of work. When Ballantyne went to bat in the sixth innings, Taylor was out, and Johnston and G. Henty were on first and second base respectively. Ballantyne was struck out, but the ball went two or three yards from the catcher. The umpire permitted Ballantyne to go to first base instead of calling him out, with the result that he and Johnston scored two runs, which should not have been allowed, as Ransford, the batsman following Ballantyne, was dismissed at first base. G. Henty, at first base played well, notwithstanding that he made a mistake. Harold Henty, though he did fairly, has played many better games.

Laby’s batting was good – three clean hit and four runs from five times at bat but the same cannot be said of his pitching. In the three and a half innings in which he was in the box MCC scored 9 hits and eight runs of him. He was relieved by Horsburgh, who had the curves but lacked pace. He did well, though, considering the poor support received from the field. With the bat he smashed what looked like a line drive, but the fieldsman thought it was a foul hit, and did not attempt to chase the ball till Horsburgh had completed the circuit and registered his first and last home run for the season. Player is to be complemented for his throwing to second base. He kept the speedy MCC runners very quiet. Bell had eleven put outs at first base, but marred this by an error. He could not work in any of the big hits which have so often helped his side. Carlton was useful with the bat and also at short stop. McAllister’s two hits were of no advantage to East Melbourne, as the succeeding batsmen failed to bat him round. Allan made no mistake at deep left-field, where he held Scott’s big hit. Gooley relieved Mansfield at right-field after the latter received a nasty blow on the mouth through misjudging a catch. R. Dean, off the only base hit he made, was too slow in reaching second base on Taylor’s throw to Ingleton. Messrs. Hansen and Archdeacon umpired.

 

Scores:-

Melbourne  ..  ..  ..  ..  ..  0, 1, 4, 3, 3, 3, 0, 0, 1  --  15

East Melbourne  ..  ..  ..  1, 1, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3  --   9