Really a tough couple games against reining premiers Goodwood last week we really needed to bounce back and get a couple wins against another quality opposition in Kensington.
After only scoring one run in two games last week we needed to get our bats back up and smashing. With a week of solid hitting sessions the boys really came out to play. Bats were really back where we were needing them to be. With Chris back on the hill we got off to a great start. Bloody great to have him back firing them down for the Tigers.
Pitching overall was great over the weekend and kept e really good hitting side under raps.
A few boys really stood out with the bat this week . Mason Clavell in fine form kept rolling on. Ben keeping, Joe Gluyas and Elliott Ross found some hits. Beau Bishop getting into some good form as long as Gamer is not watching. All hitters had great abs and scored 16 runs over the day.
A couple of great wins on a really big day for the Tigers.
Heading into next week with a home game against west Torrens we are looking real strong.
We took our sideshow up to the affluent grounds of Kensington to take on last year’s premiers
Having rotated Flynn into the Div 1 bridge guy spot we got Oz back in return.
We started the game with two hard hit balls for no luck. This changed as Elliot got one down the line past the third baseman for our first hit followed by a walk to mags allowing Joe to hit a bases clearing double bays up 2 already.
Oz took the hill and despite giving up a lead of single got us back swing the sticks with minimal fuss.
It was ground hog day in the second two hard hit balls for no results then Jacob working the count full hit one over short stop a wild pitch then a swinging bunt by Elliot had the little guy score on the catchers over throw back to back walks and what is basically becoming the norm a hit by pitch to Hayden scoring Elliot
Breathing space 4 nil up.
Having watched Flynn get bases loaded none out the week before Oz decided for reasons only he can explain to try the act himself. Lucky for him he had the same result getting the next three batters out without giving up a run. Great work but still giving the coach a heart palpation in the process.
We came back in and scored another three with walks to Darcy & Oz (who was hitting for himself), Sonny and a sac fly from Jacob.
Oz went out to throw the third with a handy 7 run lead which meant he could relax and throw strikes unfortunately for him one of those strikes was not where he would have liked allowing Blake McMillan to hit a three run home-run.
Not to worry said the Bays bats which then exploded for 7 runs the highlight being Joe Gluyas home-run to left with two on.
Oz finished his work in the fourth and moved to second allowing will to come in and close it out.
Bays win 17 – 3
An awesome effort by all, Elliot with 3 hits and Joe with a double and home-run were the stand outs but the whole team contributed with walks and timely hits of their own.
The pleasing thing for the coaches is we managed to score 9 of our runs with two outs showing great composure when we needed it which should hold us in great stead moving forward.
You don’t get awesome premiership mugs for winning a regular season match against the team who beat us in last year grand final but thumping them 17 – 3 on their home deck with a koala watching is pretty sweet.
Let’s keep pushing
With the final double header round for a while still in effect against Kensington we headed to the leafy eastern suburbs for another 9.30 tip off. With some injuries and withdrawals affecting some of our young lads who have doubled up in recent weeks and a late illness withdraw by the Nighthawk we were scrambling late Saturday for enough replacements to field a team.
Up stepped Stephen Deeble and Lenny Eldridge – the latter legend then stepping into scoring duties – thanks again Lenny, also out of retirement Luke Thompson got the start at first to ensure we had sufficient “fresh” players. So after fielding the fountain of youth team last week we had a squad this week that spanned five decades of date of births with most of the veterans having celebrated their 10 year high school reunions before Darcy Gluyas and Matt Laverty were even born…
Coach Millhouse dealt with the shuffling personnel like a pro and we were off. 3 hits in the first inning gave us three early runs which were very necessary as Kensington swung the bats aggressively throughout the game, working around 7 hits (one that had a tree not been in the way may have landed on the moon) Bender gave up 3 runs over the first three innings to see the game tied after three. Young Laverty was having nothing to do with that scoreline however and proceeded to finish the game with a walk and two singles in his final three at bats to jump start our scoring late.
Four runs in the fifth inning, doubles to Gluyas and Witty the highlights – Ben Dixon showing the youngsters the value of small ball pressure as well, before another three insurance runs were added in the sixth to ice the contest, Dixon with the double to left field before Deebs was caught to end the inning with the left fielder closer to their clubhouse than the field of play.
In the end a good day with the sticks and solid defense got us the W. Its easy to forget how young some of these lads are as they keep producing against bigger bodied opposition, Gluyas again took on the responsibility behind the dish and did admirably.
As Laverty mentioned post game – surely its time for a home game, and right you are mate – West Torrens at Home next Sunday, with the glorious sleep in time of 10am start. Go Bays
We headed back home on a perfect day for a ball game to face finalist ET. Once the coach had cleared his head I finally got a starting 9 in order and flipped the pill to Lachy Eldridge to kick things off.
The Sox lead off got the game rolling with a base knock to center to start proceedings. Gamer didn’t want a piece of this and retired the next 3 hitters. The Big Dawg Deeble turned a lead off double into a single. Kloeds and Lenny Eldridge hit back to back 2 run doubles and we jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one.
Gamer settled into a groove through the next few innings, notching some punch outs and only surrendering 1 more hit.
The offence was the story of the day, with 23 hits to the home team it was simply amazing hitting from everyone. Kloeds, Lenny & Shawy collecting 12 hits between them. Quals putting the punctuation mark on the score line with a late innings 3 run homer.
Tristan Stevens tightened the laces on his cleats and threw the final inning in his season debut without too much fuss.
We head into a well earned bye this week and will look to chase down a few more W’s before Christmas gets here.
After a rough start last week to our marathon road trip, the Snakes Alives headed East of the city to take on the league pacesetters on their own (thankfully duck-free) deck. The sun was shining, the nearby pool was chock full of kids getting their first taste of summer and after some nifty orchestral manoeuvres in the not-so-dark we managed to get the vehicles parked despite some punters taking up a “two for one” parking spot offer that had apparently gone viral in the Payneham confines.
The non-extinct flightless bird called “play-ball” and our boys went to work with first use of the correctly SABL stickered and therefore definitely certified bats.
V-dub got the good guys off to a perfect start with a base knock before the Fenomenon smashed a double to set up some ribbie opportunities for the Cave Darter. As the big man settled in to take his licks he unfortunately wore the Wilson 1010 in the back to load the sacks for the Krajinator who deftly singled in our first run for the arvo. Kymbo Slice then battled for an eight-pitch walk to create another circle before Killer banged a sac fly to give us a handy 3-0 lead after a half.
Hollywood Holmes was entrusted with the pill after a week on the set of Home & Away and he blew the cobwebs out, working around a couple of singles to keep the Red Stockings scoreless, thanks in part to a speccy diving catch from Fendog Millionaire at left.
The G-spot led off with a single in the second but that was all she wrote as we went to bottom two still at 3-0. The home team invoked the spirit of “The Shining” by scoring a REDRUN in their half which could have been much worse as Div 1 legend NotGene Simmons scorched one - that luckily did not burn through Fendogs glove as the great man snaffled the grab to end the inning.
The Cave Darter showed he was not a cyborg as mused by many as he actually made an out to lead off the third. As the home team celebrated this incredible occurrence the boys went to work as Krajagoogoo doubled, Slicey oppo singled and Old Oysters singled in consecutive at bats before Steak got tenderized on the dome to keep the score ticking over. G-spot singled again to knock in another and after top three we were 6-1 to the good.
The Red Legs threatened with three consecutive hits to open the bottom three before a V-Dub to Slice to ‘Nator double play had the spectators high-fiving as much as a beach volleyball duo after losing a crucial point. What could have been a big inning finished with minimum damage and a scoreline of 6-2 Snakes.
No more joy for the good guys through six as the home team pressed with the stix to peg the score back to 6-4 as chief Borrito called on the Ninja Slice to relieve what was a great effort by Hollywood, as the kid left the game to complete a New Idea interview on the pine. The Slice coolly completed the last couple of digs with some help from his friends and after adding an insurance run through hits to the battery boys of Slice and Killer, we ran out 7-4 victors.
This was a very solid performance from the Snakes Alives to get us back in the mix for the coveted top two, at a tough place to grab a “W’ against a high quality opposition. The satisfaction of victory was somewhat dampened by not being able to solve the mystery of the post-game Dutch croquette, but rest assured we will be doing more research than Leonard Nimoy to discover whether this phenomenon is fact or mere fiction. The road trip continues next week against the Rangers of Gawler.
The derby is always fun and played in good honour. Tigers were lucky enough the get up this time but could have easily gone the other way. Sanga was outstanding breaking the game open with a timely single to centre and then closing down with the ball
Fenny started and did a good job, I came in as fireman and as I mentioned before Sanga shut down brilliantly
We did leave a lot of runners on and could have fielded a little better but overall we tough it out in a come from behind win, so well done to all
Heath got a good hit and again Sandercock behind the dish played well, our times at bat were good picking up a lot of walks
Undefeated so far please keep up the good work
Coming off a close game last week we where prepared for a another tough battle against the Red Sox And The game didn’t disappoint.
A slow start to our first and second inning and it was over with a blink off a eye 👁 it was time to settle down and playball
Adam lead the way with the biggest hit so far of his season over centre field and Kristin also in the mix keep us in the fight.
3rd inning rally from the Red Sox saw us looking at 9-1 ballgame not ideal. With some clean fielding by the infield raising our spirit we decide to return the favour. Corbin starting us off with a double to left the bats started exploding Singles for Timmy, Kurtis and Steve to get us in scoring position.
Shiro hitting a double bring in a RBI s topping off with a sweet lazy triple from Blake, making the target in reach 8-9
Shiro staying strong once again on the mound until his pitch count catching up with him and a change was a must. Short of pulling a rabbit out the hat Kurtis put the hand up to take the hill ,coming out off a 5 year retirement from baseball he was focused.
A couple off well placed hits by Red Sox we where once again chasing our tails in the last dig . A brave enjoyable battle keeping it interesting to the end just coming up short on the day going down 9-13.
Super happy with the improvements by all and can’t wait to see what is in store for us on the road trip to Gawler next week we are all gelling well and applaud the players that step up every week to help the team! Stay strong a win is around the corner.