Jayden was flipped the pill for another start and like the offence started a little sluggish, but worked through almost 7 innings, with some good fielding behind him.
Game was tight with the good guys holding a slender 3-2 lead going into the 8th before unleashing a 10 run innings, the highlight a Beau Bishop RBI double and grand salami in the same innings to take away a 13-2 mercy rule win.
Oz came in and was efficient in shutting down the Dodgers in their last innings.
Riding some good form the boys fronted up to fellow top 6 aspirant Kensington, in a home twilight.
Chris with the start got some good early run support with runs in both the 1st and 2nd innings, turned in another quality outing before handing the ball over to Daisy to finish it off.
The bats were running hot with all hitters having good days, standouts being Mason’s multi hit game, Beau going deep again and Tyson with a game ending homerun over centre field, one of his few solid knocks for the game.
The boys rolled out to Golden Grove Sunday for what was an important game in keeping the hunting pack two games clear.
With usual Div 2 coach L. Thommo having to watch the game from behind the trees for an audible heard at the East Torrens v North game down the road during Div 3, Gamer took the coach mantra.
We being the away team got to swing them first Jacob standing in to take the first pitch. It was clear these Dodgers meant business after striking out Jacob grounding out Aled and Sonny with only a walk to coach Z we were quickly in the field.
We welcomed back Flynn for the start and his first inning resulted in a lucky hit just over first a stolen bag and that runner eventually scoring.
Not to worry said Mags who ran out a hustling double into centre field Rion taking inspiration from the tennis in Melbourne sliced one just over third on the line to have us runners on the corners none out. A sac fly from Adam got us our first run.
Unfortunately a Kyle line drive was snagged by the second baseman to end the threat.
The game feel into a bit of a pitcher’s duel Flynn battling himself came out in the 4 having given up 3 runs 2 unearned and handed the ball to Will who was excellent over the last two frames striking out 4.
We just could not get that big hit Adam has kept up his black cat January by again smashing it to a fielder with a runner on second the lad has lined out to nearly every position and managed to hit Mags as well.
We had a chance to at least tie it in the last with a walk to Kyle a hit to Jacob but we just could not execute when it was needed. Going down 3 – 1
On the hitting front Mags has stayed hot collecting two hits and Z again showed why he is a valuable leader with two of his own but sometimes you just run out of luck.
We may laugh and yell hundred bucks in the kitty but let me tell you getting thrown out of a game costs you more than your money. Because of my stupidity Gamer had to coach Div 2 which is not ideal on top of that I was not available to assist in Div 1. Bender and Matt Jones have to now deal with the league and a hefty fine
Every action you take has a consequence let mine make you realize it is not worth it please let me be the last audible it wastes ever bodies time.
Let’s all refocus and get on the track to prepare for Sturt
Back to our old tricks – the original starting line up got shredded due to late withdrawals from both Anders and NightHawk (Grant Jones) both of whom pulled up hurt after a tough week. Grant was scheduled to play his last game of the season prior to getting some clean up surgery on an old foot injury and he’ll be greatly missed on the field as we close out the season.
With Anders originally slated to play shortstop we bumped super utility Darcy Gluyas from starting pitching duties and old man Handy picked up the pill to start the game. Thommo into first for Jones. The dodgers had a nice young pitcher who started for them who showed some real potential with as lively a fastball as we have seen this year in Division 3. Putting our top of the order on the back foot he cruised through a 1,2,3 inning.
We traded zeros throughout the first four innings before Glenelg scored in the fourth when Handy, walked, advanced to second on a ground out and scored when Thommo executed some heads up baserunning getting into a textbook run down with two out allwing the runner to score from third.
Into the sixth and Gluyas led off with a walk before Wurfel beat out an infield single. After advancing to third with none out Gluyas scored on a sac fly and the good guys were up 2-0. Low scoring games tend to fly by and ultimately we managed to begin the 7th before time expired. Holding a 2 run lead Handy reached the mandated pitch limit and with one out turned it over to Gluyas to close things out. A couple runners reached on a infield single and a hit to right but Gluyas showed his mettle retiring the opposition on a comebacker and a strikeout to finish the game.
A nice battle to prepare us in the run home and hopeful finals participation. Plenty of work still to do but the young lads and a couple of old heads to balance things out are starting to round back into form.
Next week’s game is Saturday at Sturt – hope to see you there.
On a perfect summers day we rolled back with the aim of picking ourselves up from last week.
Gamer Eldridge took the pill for the home team and worked his way through the first unscathed. With The Big Dawg Deeble back in the lead off he wasted no time knocking a lead off single into centre to the ball rolling. Singles to Shaw, Qualmann and Kloeds and a big 2 out knock to Corey Williams saw the home team bat thru the line-up and post a 5 spot in the first.
Quals got the big hit in the 2nd, with a bases loaded double scoring 2 runs, a Kloeds sac fly and it was 8-0. Gamer was dealing on the mound and gave up a few scattered hits in what ended up a complete game shut out. Shawy had a day out going 4 for 5 as we swung the bat well with runners on and looked to be in control from the outset.
A few games left in the regular season and we have some finals contenders ahead. We look forward to improving over the next month as we build towards the fun stuff.
Another beautiful summer day greeted the Snakes Alives at Angry Anderson Fields as we prepared to take on the City Nine, this time with a bit of a different look in light of injuries and a few boys away on business.
With the GBC flags flying at half-mast as a show of respect for our fallen brother #95, Hollywood took the pill and worked his way through a scoreless first, with help from some nifty glovework from the newly styled Benny Cricket at 2B.
In the bottom of the 2nd Benny Cricket knocked a double to get things rolling and was batted in by the Juchzenmeister, giving the good guys a 1-0 lead. Hollywood continued to do the job on the hill and in the bottom of the third, our boys started to hit the scoreboard with some tasty hitting. Ben-In-Tent-ee popped one into the Deeble Zone before the Bombay Basher tripled. Back to back to back doubles from the Cave Diver, King Slice and Benny Cricket had the party well and truly started before Ghost Faced Killa chipped in with a single to extend our lead to 6-0 after three.
Donuts on both sides of the scoreboard were lodged until the sixth inning when the Tiges added some insurance with hits to the Kombi, the Mumbai Masher, the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Juchzenberg and Sizzling Steak. Pinch hitter Greg! The Stop Sign! Also knocked a single up the guts and the score ticked over to 11-0 for the Tigerish Tigers.
Hollywood finished proceedings off for a complete game shutout before the boys joined Team Milhouse for a few words and some memories of a wonderful bloke who gave us all so much joy over his years as a Tiger. There were great memories, smiles, hugs and of course tears, (not all from downing the awful Bundy Rum that had become Travvy’s trademark Vengabus drink – a time when the beautiful man was in such stellar form.)
Team Milhouse had a big win to put an exclamation point on proceedings, in a day that those who don the black and gold every weekend importantly talked about what always has to more important than simply getting a ‘W” – and that of course is each other. GBC Forever. RIP #95
Not one of the best days of baseball, our pitchers all did well (Harry, Fenny and Samuel tee), a few good hits here and there but nothing to comment on, one of those week when the less I say the better
We will reset and start again putting it behind us and look forward to next week game.
Still buzzing from the Win over Sturt, but heavy hearts after the loss of a GBC brother, our drive to win was at 11 as we faced off against an undermanned Indians side at Goodwood. The first innings saw us come out firing scoring 7 with only 2 outs. Hits were aplenty, with standouts being a leadoff double to Burton and a solid single to Shaw. Major started on the hill for us with an exceptional first batter K2, before his lack of time on the mound this year crept in seeing Goodwood managing to score 2, before they were retired. (GBC 7 – GWD 2)
Inning 2 saw us once again score 7 with the bats lighting up again with Mariko managing 2 singles in the one dig and Major blasting a triple to centre. Capuano, Shaw, Oliver and Pycock all racking up their 2nd hits in as many innings, to help the side to 14. With Major still trying to dial in the strike zone, Goodwood managed to add 4 to the board, before Burton took the hill and shut down the Indian attack. (GBC 14 – GWD 6)
Inning 3 saw a new pitcher take the mound for the Indians. We started rough with Swansson getting bamboozled by a filthy changeup for an opening K2, before we added 4 more runs with Burton falling just short of an in the park Home Run getting called out on a close play at home. Mariko to the mound for us in the third and absolutely destroyed any chance for redemption the Indians had. The Indians went 1,2,3 against the magic of Mariko with a LD4, 6-3, K2-3 to complete the inning. (GBC 18 – GWD 6)
Inning 4 saw another Pitcher take the hill seeing us score 2 more runs through BB’s and HPB’s and only retiring due to some over eager fly ball outs. The Indians went 1,2,3 again with Mariko dominant claiming all 3 outs, K2, 1-3, 1-3, to see us take another impressive Win. (GBC 20 – GWD 6)
Hits – Burton, Pycock, Mariko, Capuano, Shaw, Oliver (2). Major, Bails (1). Swansson (BIG FAT O)
Saturday we played 4th position norths at home on Australia day ,with arm bands to Honour one of our own GBC Family members Travis, we draped our dugout in the flag cranked the tunes and got a vibe happening ,with two mothers and there sons taking the field it was a special day. North got off to a good start plating some early runs, even so Potsy was pitching well to whitey, and we need to get the bats going ,three up three down for the next two digs ,but with some encouragement and wise words from coach Ali and Whitey the team gelled to get into the game the bats came alive chasing 6 runs to pull off a great come from behind win, with a runner on thru a walk ,Timmy blasted a centre right two bagger , then made home on a nice hit from luke ,ali hit over the in field ,Zane collected a hit .and blake added to his tally runs crossed the plate to draw the game 15 all with two out ,runner on third, whitey saw all of it hit a long left field hit for it to be run down and caught, One of the best games we have played ,well done all ,see ya at the Bar