The Division 1 boys returned from the bye keen to get back on the winners list.
The Angels scored an early run in what was shaping early as a real pitchers battle, with the Angels import restricting our hitters and our import Anthony having a quality outing.
Angels manufactured a second run in the 6th innings and we were staring down a 2-0 deficit.
Our bats showed signs of life in the bottom of the sixth with three runs to grab the lead, after hits to Sonny Beaumont, Mason Clavell and Tyson Arnold, all scoring, helped by three wild pitches.
Unfortunately the pen couldn't hold off the Angels as they responded twice in the seventh dig, which were the game’s final runs.
We had chances in the last 3 innings to push for a result with runners on but disappointingly could not convert them.
Another glorious summer day greeted the young studs as we took on the angels of Adelaide on our home deck.
Keeping with last week’s starting pitcher Troy again got the pill to start the game. After a lead off blooper he settled into the first easily retiring the next three batters.
Jacob lead off the bottom half of the first reaching on an error moving across on coach Z hit and run ground out. Good heads up baseball saw him take third on a ball in the dirt but that is as far as he got as Mags just got under one to end the inning.
Troy easily went through the second to give us another crack at scoring a run.
With one out Darcy drew a walk stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Kyle walked young Archie stepped to the plate and proceeded to drive one into the centre right alley scoring Darcy and getting Kyle to third. A great way to collect your first division two hit.
That was it as Jacob flew out hard to end the inning.
With some help from Wurfel at third making some nice plays Troy easily got through innings 3 and 4.
We got lucky in the 4th with Darcy leading off with a walk moving to second on Witty's walk and then being super aggressive getting himself caught between second and third on a ball in the dirt. To make emends Darcy decided to head but the ball into the fence from the throw and scored on the ensuing commotion Bays 2 – 0 up.
Troy went out for the 5th and after a leadoff double was quickly erased by coach Z who was making the start behind the dish throwing the runner out trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. This is when the most disappointing thing of the game happened. The next batter squared one up collecting Troy’s hand and sending him to hospital where we learnt later the big guy has a fracture. We wish him a safe and timely recovery.
Hayden stepped in to replace the now out of the game Troy and finished off the inning.
We scored a late run through a walk to coach z and an excellent sac. fly by Wurfel and with Hayden looking sharp we finished the game 3 to zip winners
It was an excellent response from last week. Even though we only got one hit for the game the at bats where all solid and we took the walks when they were there resulting in us being able to execute to get our runs.
Excellent defence by the entire team allowed Troy and Hayden the confidence to throw strikes.
A massive thanks for coach Z for putting on the catchers gear and helping out. We may just have to use you again mate
Onwards and upwards
Finding a way to get 9 bodies on the park with 2 minutes before the plate meeting was our first battle. Gav took the pill and threw well for us. Archie Lovelock had a great game, Alex Witty got a couple of knocks and took some nice catches. Darcy Gluyas threw out a couple of runners behind the dish and on such late notice did a great job.
Youth was on show for the bays, and the young guys all did very well, Bailey Edgar collecting 2 base hits and making some nice plays in the outfield.
Another tough final line, but the guys really stayed strong all game and very proud of what we put out there on the day.
It was a top of the table clash on the road against a high quality opposition. Home hurler Stato got the 1-2-3 innings and through a nice double play Gamer Eldridge was able to trade zeros. With Div 4 rookie D Ziersch taking over dish duties Gamer kept the donuts coming through the first 4 innings.
The home team drew first blood scoring 3 in the bottom of the 5th, we responded straight away with a 3 spot to tie it back up, The Rookie with a 2 run single doing some of the damage.
Both teams traded blows after this, heading into the top of the last the Bay boys scored 3 to get in front by a run, but would surrender a run in the last to split the points. B Dixon making a huge play at shortstop to preserve the draw with the winning run 90 feet away with 2 outs in the last.
A fair run ahead of us into the midseason break will see us back up the hill in a couple of weeks time.
A well fought battle against a team with a genuine understanding of what is going on.
This week’s report is not sponsored by Frank Walker from National Tiles
An away trek to FalconNotHawk Park to play a different Souths team from the one we just played in round five was what the program served up for round six. With numbers as thin as our starting pitcher it was the bare nine who took the field in the absence of Prime Steak (fours) and Van Wilder (injured).
After a plate meeting that would have made Eliud Kipchoge happy, Sneans called “play ball” but the Snakes Alives did not comply. One-two-three went the Tiges without troubling the basepaths, sending out Skimbo to piff against the home team Hawks. With one walk the only blemish, this one was tied 0-0 after the first. The game stayed as tight as Clive Palmer’s pants after a business lunch with neither team notching a base hit through three innings as the score remained 0-0.
The F-Dog decided he had seen enough, leading off the top of the 4th with a text book bunt to register the game’s first hit. The Cave Darter drew a walk before the Barefoot Bomber was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with none out. With the Vegas sports book showing odds of 93.8% for a Tiger score, we went fielder’s choice, infield fly and rollout to first to come up completely empty as the frustration reached levels usually reserved for when you are running late for the movies at Marion, you can’t find a park -then when you eventually do some knob has taken up two spaces so you can’t get in.
Anyway, the Slice kept rolling on the hill, the Dub made a sensational backhanded stab and throw to keep things tight and the game remained at 0-0 after four. Top four started with a BB by BB (Beef Borrito) who reached second on a Baracus bunt. Wristy singled to centre to put runners at the corners before the Millionaire knocked in Borrito for the game’s first run. An Unstoppable Pecs Machine sac fly doubled the score and finally we had a 2-0 lead after top five. Uncle Sneb made a catch ‘em throw ‘em out PO9-3 double play to keep the defense rolling, and it was time to bring this puppy home.
Skimbo completed six sensational innings conceding just a solitary hit before the Pecs Machine doubled in two more runs. As a reward, he took the pill to close this one out, doing so in style with three whiffs to put this one in the books as a 4-0 win. In a game that was akin to a visit to the dentist for root canal, we still managed to bag the chocolates thanks to some timely late hitting, A-grade defense and some extremely tasty pitching by the Tiger verpers.
A massive thanks to Greg! The Stop Sign! For benching in case of emergency, and to CalvesOfWah for rolling the pencils.
With a 5-1 record in the books, we’re on to the Eags at home…….
Playing against an inexperienced Eagle lineup, the Tigers proved too strong on this occasion running out easy winners.
Tom "Turkey" Burton and Sam "Jaguar" Dixon shared the pitching duties and both did fine. The former was impressive with his fielding at short, gobbling up anything that came his way.
Whereas the latter displayed his normal cat like reflexes. At no stage did he fall over attempting to field the ball, and while lying down he did not endeavor to throw the runner out.
Best batters on this Saturday afternoon 23rd of November at Anderson Avenue Glenelg included Tim "Swan and Dog" Swansson with a treble of singles.
Justin "Orange-Backed Woodpecker" Oliver chimed in with a couple of RBI knocks, Bailey "Burrowing Owl" Edgar who got a couple of infield hits and stolen bases.
The big hit of the day came from Scotty "Cobra" Bradey with a basket busting drive to left for a stand up double.
The win evened up the season ledger at 3-3, hopefully a positive record awaits in the upcoming weeks.
Attempt to find as many words using the following 9 letters (3 letters or more). MOKYCJFUU
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8-9 words = Good
5-7 words = So-So
4 or less = Take a dictionary to bed for some light reading
We rolled out Mitch again to start and he pitched well ,we didn't support him with some unforced errors and this is a part of our act we need to improve . he threw about 3 innings. He has done a lot of work the past couple of weeks so Marty Beyer and I thought we needed to lighten him off ,so we gave him a little rest . Dicko came in for 1 and a bit and Fenny compliantly closed so all 3 pitches did well to limit the Pirates
We jump out of the blocks again with the bat lead by Johnny Sandercock he is red hot , Marty Beyer again driving one to the fence and Emma also had a good game with the bat, all line up contributed. We did leave plenty runners on but we eventually scored enough to win.
Couldn't be happy with the result as we chased nearly all day the pirates pitcher was very good. Our endeavor to win was excellent, just a real good galvanising win ,so well done to all!
A lot to look forward to this season please keep up the good work