It's taken a few thoughtful days to put into print just exactly what my thoughts are after the the Grand Final weekend at Diamond Sports Park last weekend. First of all, hearty congratulations to the Glenelg Baseball Club on their achievement in winning their first flag in many years.
I am not going into too many details, except to say that our defence in the first game was abysmal, and our batting in the second game was the worst for the season. Not too many Grand Finals have been won with these credentials. However, I must say that those performances were not typical of the season, and our boys must be congratulated on the year, and the way they fought to the bitter end in the finals, with no thought of throwing in the towel at any stage, Josh Tols pitched in the first game, but was poorly let down by the defence, and threw a few unaccustomed walks, and let big Harro finish off. , We at least had the satisfaction of scoring four at the finish off Greg Mosel and Matt Williams. Hits : Ben Lodge 2, Wilson Lee, Gary Owens, Dan Turner 1. Lost 4-6.
Game two was going to be the equaliser - not to be. All our hits went straight to their fielders and their import pitcher was strutting his stuff on the mound, looking like a Capps Medalist, as he was entitled to be.
It was one nil their way, when a bombshell exploded in the fifth. A recently retired umpire who had come back for the finals, inexplicably threw out our second baseman, and in the ensuing pandemonium, the Bays made the most of their good fortune and piled on three quick runs. Just about game over wouldn't you say. We couldn't Believe it. Poor old Jacko toiled manfully, despite being warned by the Plate umpire before he had even thrown a pitch, and again at the start of the second dig. Wha!! Not a home run in all two games, but it was amusing when another of the Bay imports (this time a Yank via East Torrens and not a New Zealander or a Queenslander or a New South Welshman) hit one to the fence only to be caught by Gary, and started to sashay his way down the line, only to have to divert to the dugout. Gold. Jacko went the nine - a credit to him, and the two lonely hits were Vinnie Fayard and Dylan Child. Lost 0-6.
It was an absolute pleasure to be along side these guys all season, and if you could have been privileged enough to spend a bit of time with them in the couple of hectic days after the finals, you would realise just what a great group of mainly local lads who have grown up together in baseball they are. Their bond is strong. They are all hurting, which puts them in good stead for next season
Tim and I say thanks for the moments this year - on and off the diamond. Great memories .
12th & 13th March
DIVISION ONE V Port Adelaide. Game 1 of three. WON 6-1
It wasn't until the fourth inning that we put a man on base, with both pitchers being on top. But when Dylan got to first, we really started to fire, and a Gary triple scored him, and then a Dan hit scored Gary. Willy lobbed one over the fence to make it three in the one dig. At 3-1 in the seventh, and with two Port runners on, Benny took a blinder of a catch over the right field fence to snuff out the inning. But with Josh keeping the Maggie bats quiet, we powered on, with Willy lacing one to the fence for a stand-up double, to score after a Dylan hit. Josh had a spell after eight, and Willy knocked them over in the last, but not before Weiny hit a home run to silence the rowdy mob of Port people who had set up camp behind home plate, and were giving their unwanted opinions all day. That, and the win, put a smile on everyone's faces. Hits : Wilson Lee (HR), Dylan Child 2, Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens, Dan Turner, Troy Weinert (HR) 1.
DIVISION ONE V Port Adelaide. Game 2 of three. Lost 2-6
Once again, both pitchers were doing the job for their teams. Jacko was on top, but some puzzling calls filled up the bases, and the home side scored, only to see Willy tying things up with a huge lift over the fence, and then take the lead with a Gary homer in the same dig, being the sixth. A two run home run got them back in front, and they hung on to record the win. Hits : Troy Weinert 2, Wilson Lee (HR), Dylan Child, Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens (HR) 1. This of course made it even stevens,, with a Grand Final spot on the line. The large crowd in attendance was in for a treat.
DIVISION ONE V Port Adelaide. Game 3 of three. WON 9-6
Hell of a game this - a real nailbiter. Willy was in charge on the hill, but we conceded the first run of the game, but weren't behind for long, as a Benny hit down the line scored a run, then an Abby bleeder got another and a Dylan double scored a couple more, all in the same innings. Port then put the pitcher to left field, the left fielder came out of the game without an at bat (hammy we were told), and we waited for an eternity while conferences took place. Anyway, we got going, only to see Port's import score a Grand Slam home run to put them in front by one. Willy came out after five, and young Jordy came in , and sac bunted beautifully after Benny and Dan had got on, and then Troy N hit to score two for us to regain the lead. Willy then scored us one more, and after some mass confusion in the infield, we got ourselves an insurance run in the last. Jordy held his nerve, and shut them down in the last. Hits : Ben Lodge 3, Dylan Child, Gary Owens 2, Craig Abbott, Troy Nicholson 1. So it's off to the big dance against Glenelg at Diamond Sports Park, on Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon if required. GO NATS !
DIVISION THREE V Glenelg. GRAND FINAL WON 14-7
What a result ! Down 1-7 at one stage, many were prepared to give up. But not the boys in Green and Gold sitting in the first base dugout. In a remarkable effort, using all their years of experience, they dragged themselves off the floor and won in a canter, scoring 13 to zip. An absolute credit to all concerned, to record back to back premierships. Celebrations went right off as you could imagine. The hitters were : Darren Annear 4, Jesse Toepher 3, Dale Child, Phil Hauschausen, Shane Allen 2, Todd Height, Nick Kuhn, Vic Benveltzen 1.
Hope to see plenty at West Beach next weekend.
5th & 6th March
DIVISION ONE V Kensington Game One Lost 2-3
It was nil all after two, with Josh Tols holding sway, and his opposition number going ok also. A hit over the short right field fence got Kensis' going and they scored in the fourth, wheras our batters were pinpointing their fielders and we couldn't break our duck. All the while, we were treated to a great display of first base play from Dylan Child, who made it look easy. We squandered a few chances to score, leaving Vinnie on third at one stage, and we had to wait until the eighth when, after a Henty walk, Troy Nicho hit, a Willy hit, we scored. Gary then hit a fair dinkum homer over centrefield, but the other mob had a two run buffer by this stage, and we ran out of innings and fell one short. Hits: Wilson Lee, Troy Nicholson 2,Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens (HR), Dan Turner, Troy Weinert 1.
DIVISION ONE V Kensington Game Two Lost 7-8
In the second, a Henty sac fly got us on the board, followed by a Nathan Nicho drive to left field for another, and then Willy hit to make it a three run inning. Tempers flared after a collision at home plate, and the Cardinal coaching staff marched on, trying to assert themselves on the game. They hit a solo home run and pegged us back, going on to score some more in a powerful display to lead 8-3 in the sixth. Our blokes were not finished however, and Troy Nicholson's first ever Division One home run was the spark we needed, with Willy scoring on a Vinnie sac line drive almost to the fence. There was a degree of pandemonium late in the game when Weiny hit the top of the right field home run fence to score two and we were one away. Then the Gods stopped smiling, and Vinnie's huge hit over right field with two on failed by a whisker to stay fair and we again ran out of innings as in Game One, and we were left to lick our wounds and wait on the outcome of the Glenelg/Goodwood game to see if we progressed. Glenelg did the right thing and we stay alive to play Port Adelaide away next week in a best of three series. Hits: Dylan Child 3, Troy Weinert, Nathan Nicholson, Troy Nicholson (HR) 2, Wilson Lee, Vinnie Fayard, Dan Turner 1.
DIVISION TWO V Kensington Lost 0-1
Dreams of consecutive Div Two flags came to a halt, in a game that was decided by the barest of margins. We left far too many runners stranded on base (eleven in fact) and could only get three hits. However, the boys must hold their heads up, as they were far and away the best team all year in this division. Hits : Jed Morgan, Wade Moore and Adam Newbound one each.
DIVISION THREE V GGCD WON 14-1
Another Grand Final awaits next week at home against Glenelg after the boys really put the Dodgers to the sword in a masterful display, A Nick Kuhn cycle (i.e. a single, a double, a triple and a home run) was the obvious standout. Good Luck boys, the whole Club is right behind you big time - Make it two on the trot.
27th & 28th February
DIVISION ONE - Double Header v Kensington @ Don Klaebe Field
Game one - WON 6-0 The first game of the double header kicked off on the immaculately manicured field with our boys smashing them in the bottom of the first, courtesy of hits from Willy, Vinnie, Gary and Dylan. That was a great start to the day - three nil. Josh Tols on the mound was a commanding figure, and was on his way to a nine strikeout and one walk game. Gary was having a fine day, amassing four RBI's from two doubles, and enthralling the crowd with one of the finest running and diving catches that you will ever see out at centrefield. Aggressive base running saw us score a few more,, and with a complete lack of errors in the field, we didn't give them a sniff. Hits : Wilson Lee 3, Gary Owens 2, Vinnie Fayard, Dan Turner, Dylan Child, Troy Weinert 1.
Game two - Lost 6-14 The second game was a complete contrast to the first. Kensy got away and scored two in the first, but we equalled in the bottom half and Gary got his fifth RBI for the day. Then in the third, the Cardinal boys hit two solo home runs to once again take the lead, but we immediately replied with four after some solid hitting by the boys, with a Troy Weinert triple being a highlight. We didn't keep our two run lead for very long, and after we errored at second, Kensington grew another leg, and powered away to record a good win. We have to front them again next week at their cramped home ground in the first week of the finals, and it will be a very interesting encounter. Hits : Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens 2, Ben Lodge, Wilson Lee, Dan Turner, Dylan Child, Troy Weinert, Nathan Nicholson 1. Wison Lee pitched, relieved by Gary Owens and then Ben Lodge and Nathan Nicholson.
DIVISION TWO - First final v Sturt @ Don Klaebe Field.
WON 13-1 ( mercy rule ) This very good outfit was not troubled by a very young, but talented, Sturt side who give the impression that they are on to something, It reminded me of Woodville five or six years ago, when the years of junior development was just starting to shine through.. We got away well with three in the first thanks to a Nathan N triple and a Robin crawl into home plate Just then the hit parade began, and with Jordy slaying them with ease on the mound, we watched as eighteen hits flew off the bats. Jesse T had a moment when he took a catch at shortstop and flicked it behind his back to second for the double play. Dreams of Back to Back flags loom, but stiffer opposition to come. Keep it going boys. Hits : Craig Abbott 4, Nathan Nicholson, Jesse Toepfer 3, Jed Morgan, Nick Kuhn, Adam Newbound 2, Robin Schmich, Wade Moore 1.
DIVISION THREE - First final v Glenelg @ Don Klaebe Field
WON 4-3 Once again, thoughts of Back to Back loom large, but you have to take them one at a time and certainly not get ahead of yourselves. Glenelg proved to be extremely hard to get over and when they got three love up by the seventh, it didn't look too flash. But these guys never give up, and the bats had been dozing for far too long. So we tied it up in the bottom of the seventh, and a Jye hit got us one up going into the last. Benny Murton stitched it up nicely after taking over from Drew Brougham, who had to come off after falling off the mound.
Under 17 Lost to West Torrens 1-5.
This is the end of the season for this great band of lads, well coached by Michael Doyle in his debut season, The locals, augmented by our Mildura branch, had a very competitive year. It was very pleasing that the side contained two from the Under 16 Australian Championship winning team. Well done to all the assistants, scorers, and drivers. See you next season.
20th & 21st February
DIVISION ONE - defeated Port Adelaide 4-3.
We witnessed a great duel between the diminutive Josh Tols and the hulking Dushan Ruzic, with the final honours going to the Senator's starter, who threw a superb six innings. He was relieved by Jacko, with Willie mopping up in the last. We got on the scoreboard courtesy of a wild throw to third by their catcher, and scored our second with a Dan RBI and then Gary scattered the juniors on the other diamond with a ginormous homer. It was then 3-1, and Port scored after a balk was awarded against Jacko, much to everyones' amazement, and they tied it up in the eighth. Two ejections at this stage did not help their cause, and we got ahead in the last after Nathan Nicholson hit and was advanced by little brother, and eventually made his way home, before Willy locked them out in the last. The double header on Sunday at home against Kensington looms as a thriller, with both sides assured of finals. Hits: Gary Owens (HR) 3, Nathan Nicholson 2, Wilson Lee, Vinnie Fayard, Dan Turner, Troy Weinert, Dylan Child 1.
DIVISION TWO - defeated Port Adelaide 6-1.
Top spot on the ladder was well and truly cemented with this convincing win. We didn't score until the second after Shane Allen put one in the air to enable one to cross the plate, and with Jordy Grose containing their bats and their young fellow doing a good job also, runs were hard to come by. Abby got us our second with a sac fly, and after we performed a great double play, the runs started to flow, with Shane Allen belting a timely triple, and soon it was 6-0. A solo home run got them on the board, but that was their lot, with the big fella closing it down. Finals at home next week. Hits: Nathan Nicholson 2, Nick Kuhn, Robin Schmich, Liam Huppatz, Shane Allen 1.
DIV 3 and DIV 4 both had byes, with the Div 4 boys putting away their uniforms for the winter, but Div 3 are playing finals, and they kick off next Saturday at home. The Div 6 team have the rest of the season off as well, after missing out on finals.
Don Rice League (u19) - lost to Glenelg 2-3.
Just missed out on a finals appearence after going down in a close contest, At the last dig we were three zip down, but a stirring inning almost pinched victory. Hits: Jordy Grose, Liam Mullens, Wade Moore 1. Pitchers, Troy Nicholson, Jesse Toepher,& Liam Mullens.
Of the juniors, only the Under 17's have made finals, and we certainly wish them well. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
13th & 14th February
Tuesday February 9, 2016. DIVISION ONE. Twilight v Adelaide at Don Klaebe Field. WON 6-3
After two completed innings the score was locked away at one all, with the visitors looking as if they had really come to play. Troy Weinert soon changed the complexion of the game by lifting one over the fence, and then Willy did the same with two on. Gary had their measure on the mound, and had a rest after five fine innings, to be relieved by the big fella. This was a must win contest, and we did it in style to cement our final's berth. Hits : Dan Turner, Troy Weinert (HR) 2, Ben Lodge, Wilson Lee (HR), Vinnie Fayard, Nathan Nicholson, Troy Nicholson 1.
Thursday February 11, 2016. DIVISION ONE. Night Game v Glenelg at Diamond Sports Park. WON 9-1
First dig and Gary smacked one to left field, Dan hit, Gary got caught stealing then Henty hit - but no runs. This was a taste of what was to follow however, and after The Bays scored the first of the game from a passed ball, the fun began. We were up against an ex Senator hurler in Greg Mosel, who was replaced after a couple of innings by another ex in Tim Day. Vinnie scored Troy Nicholson from a hard hit to centre and we were away as another run crossed the plate on a walk after we had loaded the bases. We got three more in quick succession from sloppy defence, and Gary scored two when he bounced one off the fence and another passed ball made it nine. They couldn,t get past Willie however, and after we left the bases full in the last, Jacko came on for a throw and went 1-2-3 - boom. Hits : Gary Owens 4, Dan Turner 2,, Ben Lodge, Wilson Lee, Vinnie Fayard, James Henty, Troy Nicholson 1.
Div 1 and Div 2 both had the bye on Sunday 14 Feb. We have a toughie next Sunday - Port at Port. It should be a beauty.
6th & 7th February
To kick off, the Div One side had a really decisive win over Henley & Grange on the Tuesday twilight game 9-6. It wasn't all plain sailing though, as the visitors got up five nil due to some rather inattentive and sloppy efforts in the field, something that must be addressed before the finals. We got going however, with two out and nobody on base with a Gary double, followed by solid hits from the two Nicho's, Henty, Wieny, Vinnie and and a three run bomb by Willlie to make it an eight run inning. Game over at 9-6. Gary looked his usual calm self on the hill, and the hitters were ; James Henty, Vinnie Fayard 2, Troy Wienert, Gary Owens, Wilson Lee (HR), Nathan Nicholson, Troy Nicholson 1,
In the Don Rice League the following night, the boys knocked off a very competent Henley & Grange 3-2, with Jesse Toepher having a chuck and a hit, likewise Troy Nicholson. Jordy Grose threw also, and young Collins had a hit. The very next night the Div Four side got to strut their stuff on the home diamond but lost to West Torrens 2-8. Still, it's great to see the best facility in the State being used and not left to lie idle at the pointy end of the year.
Sunday 7.2.16 Div One v Goodwood - Lost 3-2
We started with a handicap of one run because the best batboy in the ABL had duties in Brisbane and whilst he did a great job up there, he couldn,t get them up, and so the one run difference proved the difference in a controversial final innings. See you in the finals Goldenwood.
I've not much else ,except to say that Div 2 won again 5-3 to retain top spot, Div 3 lost, Div 4 lost and Div 6 had a draw.
No junior results filtered up to me in the so called Sunshine State. I'm not joking, it rained all the time we were there, but it didn't stop two fantastic roof parties and a great weekend, not withstanding the Bite results. Tim had an absolute ball, and I will forever remember the armth he is held in by baseball people from all over the countrry.
30th & 31st January
Summary of Results:
DIVISION ONE - Thursday v Sturt 28.1.16 @ DSP Lost 3-7. Sunday v Northern Districts 31.1.16 @ Don Klaebe Field WON 10-1 Division
DIVISION TWO - Sunday v Northern Districts 31.1.16 @ Don Klaebe Field WON 13-0
DIVISION THREE - Thursday v West Torrens 28.1.16 @ Don Klaebe Field WON19-5. Saturday v Northern Districts 30.1.16 away WON10-0
DIVISION FOUR - Saturday v Northern Districts 30.1.16 away WON 13-9
DIVISION SIX - Saturday v Northern Districts 30.1.16 away WON 18-8
U17 - Sunday v Rams 31.1.16 away WON 8-0
U15 - BYE
U13(1) - Lost to Henley U13(2) - Lost to Sth Districts
U11 - Lost on Wednesday 6-15, but bounced back on Sunday to win 9-5.
DIVISION ONE V Sturt
Sturt really came out firing and had two in the first off Jordy after a biggie from Roeger, but after a couple of walks and a Troy W hit , we equalled, but then the tempo slowed until the Saints got a couple more. Their pitcher was well on top,, but Gary put us back into contention with a bomb that hasn't landed yet. Sensible batting by our opponents, just putting the ball into spots, and they converted to score a win. Two losses in a row, and we could have been sitting pretty, clear on top of the ladder. We just have to keep battling on. Hits : Troy Weinert, Nathan Nicholson 2, Dan Turner, Gary Owens (HR), Troy Nicholson 1.
DIVISION ONE V Northern Districts
A pink haze descended on Don Klaebe Field as we held a fundraiser for Breast Cancer on Ladies Day with pink bases and our players sporting pink caps. A great cause. The Northerners immediately got into the action with a home run in the first, but Jacko was having none of that, and went on to pitch the rest of the nine innings for no more. A masterly performance. Dan thought it was his turn to put one over and brought Vinnie home to start us off. From that point on, it was a steady procession of hits, with all players having a say. The defence was immaculate all day, with all players having a considerable input. A couple of running errors will need some working on, but that is nit-picking. The considerable amount of fans got a good afternoons entertainment, and we halted our slide to keep third spot. Made a few bob for Breast Cancer as well, so we all went home happy. Hits : Dan Turner (HR) 3, James Henty, Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens (HR), Nathan Nicholson, Troy Nicholson, Jed Morgan 2, Troy Weinert 1. A couple of our youngies got into the action late in the game - all good experience.
DIVISION TWO V Northern Districts
The big German, Robin, got the ball rolling with a triple to the centre-field fence which brought Kunna home, and Wade belted Robin home. The hit parade continued, with Mullins, Toepher, Morgan, Kuhn and Schmich all hitting in the one inning, and this theme continued all game, with Robin hitting a triple and two doubles. Big Harro was at his meanest, and did not give them a sniff all day. The last three games from these boys have produced 64 runs for with one against.. Gotta do it when it counts though - against the more well credentialled teams. We have every confidence in them. Hits : Jed Morgan, Nick Kuhn, Robin Schmich 3, Jessie Toepher 2, Adam Newbound, Liam Mullen 1.
UNDER 19s V Goodwood
Had a nice win over Goodwood at Diamond Sport Park with hits by Jesse Toepher, Wade Moore and Rhys Owen. The pitchers were Jessie Toepher, Liam Mullen and Troy Nicholson.
As you can see from the above summary, a pretty good week in all, with some improvement in certain areas required. It's all good. GO NATS! .........................................................................................................................................................................................................
23rd & 24th January
Summary of weeks results -
DIVISION ONE - Twilight 19.1.16 Defeated Southern Districts 11-6
DIVISION ONE - Sunday 24.1.16 Lost to East Torrens 5-7
DIVISION TWO - Sunday 24.1.16 Defeated East Torrens 21-4
DIVISION THREE - Saturday 23.1.16 Defeated East Torrens 10-7
DIVISION FOUR - Saturday 23.1.16 Lost to East Torrens 4-5
DIVISION SIX - Saturday 23.1.16 Lost to Sth Districts 8-15
U19 - Wednesday 20.1.16 Twilight Defeated West Torrens 4-3
U17 - Sunday 24.1.16 Defeated Kensington 9-6
U15 - Lost 0-9
U13(1) - Won 20-12
U13(2) - Lost 1-13. U11 play this Thursday evening at home at 6.15 DIV 1 - The fast and furious dash to the southern extremes to be ready for a 6.15 start on a working day was rewarded with a nice win over the Hawks, after Vinnie got us going with a majestic line drive over the centrefield fence. The home side responded quickly, but after a Troy Weinert hit, an Abby hit, a Nathan Nicho bunt and a hit by the younger brother, we equalised and got in front on a Benny hit. Vinnie popped another over in the same spot,and after the Hawks came back our guys got fair dinkum and first Benny, then Dan and Garry all cleared the fence. Vinnie then hit big to score a few more. Gary was happy then to take a seat, and Willy threw an inning, and Tolsy finished off. Hits : Vinnie Fayard 4 (2HR), Ben Lodge (HR), Dan Turner (HR), Gary Owens (HR), Craig Abbott, Troy Nicholson 1.
DIVISION ONE - Every Club seems to have a bogey club that they find hard to overcome. Ours is the Redsox. They looked the goods in the early stages, and we couldn,t get the bats working . Jacko was plugging away, and it took a sac bunt by Weiny and a sac fly by Abby to get our momentum going. We were still behind, and a Vinnie homer closed the gap. Jordy took over on the mound, and we went into the last three down, and in a thrilling finish we just failed to fully close the gap. We owe them, so bring on next season. Hits : Gary Owens, Craig Abbott 2, Dan Turner, Vinnie Fayard (HR), Troy Weinert, James Henty, Jed Morgan 1. Dylan Child went down with an ankle injury, let's hope it's not too bad. , DIV 2 - We started like a house on fire scoring seven in the first after keeping them scoreless. Everybody then started to get into the act, and a highlight was a home run in the park by a puffing and panting Jed Morgan, who could have kept going to stand up on first had he been inclined. We got to twenty up, and as there was no incentive as in the previous week, we cruised to an easy win to keep our seasons hopes intact. The big fella did his bit on the mound, and Nathan Nicholson finished off. Hits : Wade Moore 3, Jed Morgan (HR), Liam Huppatz, Robin Schmich 2, Jesse Toepher ?, Troy Weinert, Vic Bentveltzen, Dayle Child 1.
U19 - The game at Don Klaebe Field on wednesday evening was a thrilling affair in which we snatched a win from the Eagles' claws in the last innings' after the game had been tight all night. Troy Nicholson, Jordy Grose and Liam Mullen all pitched, and hits were recorded by Jordy Grose, Liam Mullen 2, Troy Nicholson, Wade Moore and Joe Papps - the winning hit - 1.
A highlight in the other junior grades was a home run by Cody Tape. He tells me he gets his inspiration from Tim Russell.
16th & 17th January
DIVISION ONE - v GGCD Tuesday Twilight 11.01.16 WIN 7-2.
First dig and Bennie is caught on the left field fence and Dan copped the same treatment down the right side, before Vinnie and Gary bounced two off the fence and we were on our way with one run in the first. Gary was keeping their bats quiet, and after Willie tripled, Newbie walked, and Abbey doubled we got a couple more. Next innings Bennie hit, Dan hit and Vinnie got them home. The experienced duo of Gary and Vinnie then played a little bit of cat and mouse with the opposition defence and scored another before Dylan doubled for one more run. The game quietened down, and Josh Tols and Willie Lee came in to relieve and have a bit of bullpen practice. Hits : Dylan Child 3, Dan Turner, Vinnie Fayard 2, Ben Lodge, Gary Owens, Wilson Lee, Craig Abbott, Troy Nicholson 1. Good to see the boys free of injuries after the Xmas/New Year break - makes a big difference.
DIVISION ONE - v Henley & Grange Sunday 17.01.16 WIN 16-1.
It's very hard to describe our performance other than to say it was the an ultimate destruction of the other mob. A first pitch home run off Jackson Lodge was the token opposition for the day. He was supreme from that point onwards, and the three superb pick-offs at first were a delight to behold. Of course, the first baseman has to catch these, and combined with his five hits, made Nathan Nicholson a star on the day. We dominated in the batting box and the quality at bats just kept coming and coming. Big things were expected of the Rams early in the season, what's happened? Hits : Nathan Nicholson 5, Dan Turner (HR) 4, Dylan Child (HR), Craig Abbott 3, Gary Owens (HR), Wade Moore 2, Vinnie Fayard 1. Jordy Grose pitched the last inning to give Jacko a breather and went 1-2-3.
DIVISION TWO - v Henley & Grange Sunday 17.01.16 WIN 30-0.
Yes folks, you read it here first - thirty to zip. A total embarassment of a game at senior level in which we were the recipient of fourteen walks and six hit by pitches. It's hard to be nice to our opponents in this instance because they were totally lacking in pitching, catching, fielding and
batting skills. Ten in the first, eight in the second, only three in the third, one in the fourth and eight in the fifth, says it all really. Enough
said. Hits : Wade Moore 4, Shane Allen 3, Troy Wienert, James Henty, Vic Benveltzen 2, Jed Morgan, Robin Schmich, Liam Huppatz 1. The wearer of #6 is now Jesse ofer. I don't ever want to have my Sunday spoiled by having to watch such rubbish again.
DIV 3 defeated Henley & Grange 11-6, Div 4 defeated Henley & Grange 9-2 and the gallant Div 6 lost to Adelaide.
Juniors resume next weekend.
9th & 10th January
Nothing to report from the Division One point of view, as we come off the holiday break and find ourselves with a bye, due to the quirkiness of the programming. Anyhow, during the break, we were lucky enough to witness a terrific week of baseball, with our Under 16 and Under 18 State teams taking on two sides from America in the annual Goodwill Series. This made it eighteen years in a row that we have hosted these games, and old friendships were renewed, and new ones were made, in what was a great week both on and off the diamond. A good time had by all.
DIVISION TWO - 10.01.15 Lost to Kensington 0-1.
Hostilities were resumed against last year's runner-up in a heat shortened game that only went six innings due to time restraints. It seemed that the game was just getting into second gear when it was halted. The difference in the game was an error, committed by our guys with a fumble with two outs that resulted in the only run of the ball game. I suppose it happens, but a bit hard to swallow. Jordy Grose went five solid innings, and Troy Harrison gave him a spell when he got to his pitch count limit. Hits : Shane Allen, Nathan Nicholson one each. An unusual fact in this game was that Jordy Grose started on the mound, and in the season opener at Diamond Sports Park in Division One (round 24) he also started. So, in effect, he has started in both games in the same round - a rare feat, only allowable because of the fixture. Confused ?
DIVISON THREE Defeated Kensington 18-0.
Yes - Eighteen zip. The boys put on six in the first, then took the foot off and coasted for the rest of the afternoon.
DIVISON FOUR - Went down to Kensington 8-10.
Home run to Dayle Child in his welcome return after a stint interstate with the Army. A bit of match practice is all he needs.
DIVISON SIX - Lost 10-14.
The boys had to play on the junior diamond because someone (Council?) left the sprinklers on for an extended period. Anyway, the entire field looks a treat, as lush as it has ever been. I wonder how many guys went home and bragged of a home run, but forgot to mention the short boundaries.
The Under 19's resume on Wednesday evening at home against West Torrens at 6.15, and all juniors kick off again on the 24th.
19th & 20th December
Twilight game v East Torrens 15.12.15 @ Don Klaebe Field. Draw 3-3.
This was a game that made one side happy - them - and the other side decidedly unhappy - us. A draw is like dancing with your sister, a little bit weird. Our guys got off to a good start, going ahead by two, but we took our eye off the ball, and after a bit of slack defence we fell one in arrears. Dan got us back level and we got out of jail. Harro and Gary shared the pitching, and the hits : Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens, Wilson Lee and Jed Morgan one each.
Twilight game v Adelaide 17.12.15 @ D.S.P. WIN 2-0.
The battery of Jacko to Dylan was superb on the night with the Angels throwing their best man at us. It was nil all after three in a fine duel but we broke the ice when a Dylan double scored Gary, and after Adelaide tried bunting their way to success to no avail, we got another home on an error. Jacko went the distance and proved his fitness, and hits came from Vinnie Fayard, Wilson Lee, Dylan Child and Troy Nicholson one apiece.
Sunday game v West Torrens 20.12.15 @ Don Klaebe Field. WIN 11-7.
The Eagles jumped out swinging and had three on the board in the first off Jordy, and when Josh took over with the bases loaded they stretched the lead by a couple more. Our bats were asleep, but came alive in the fifth when down 1- 7 to the tune of a five run inning, and after Gary homered to unbelievably tie the scores, all hell broke loose among the fans. Then it was Dan who belted a long ball to score three, and Vinnie put the cream on the cake by punishing the Skid Kid's wall with a huge home run. That made it ten to zip in the last four digs, a great sign after a month of low scores. Josh kept plugging away in a fine performance while the Torrens boys kept rotating to try to stem the tide. Hits : Vinnie Fayard (HR), Gary Owens (HR), Dylan Child 3, Dan Turner, Troy Nicholson 2, Ben Lodge 1. Now the boys have a well earned break until Tuesday Jan 12, when they travel to Golden Grove, and hopefully in that time, can mend a few injuries. Incidentally, the work that the ground crew put in made the field look a treat. Finished equal second before the break.
Division Two v West Torrens 20.12.15 @ Don Klaebe Field. Loss 1-5.
We left a few too many stranded on base in the early stages, and were a bit stiff not to score a couple more when Abbey was unluckily caught after a hard hit along the line at third, and the dude fell on to the base for an inning ending double play. Anyway, the first loss for the season - no biggie. Hits : Nathan Nicholson 2, and one each to Jessie Toepher, Craig Abbott, Liam Huppatz, Wade Moore and Phil Hirschausen. The pitcher was Troy Harrison.
Divs 3,4 & 6 had a day off because of the heat, as did the Under 19's. Under 17's won 7-3, and the other junior teams lost, 15's 3-10, 13's 9-20,
and 11's 5-7.
12th & 13th December
DIVISION ONE Twilight v Goodwood 8.12.15 Lost 1-12.
Wow - no one saw this coming. The Goodwood bats attacked from the very outset, and had us on the back foot all evening. Gary had the ball, and was virtually powerless at the hands of the Indians. Jordy took over in the second after they had posted nine runs, and got the game back into some sort of control, making it a 3-1 ballgome from then on. We got our solitary run in the last after Gary doubled and Willy got him home. Poor old Troy Weinert took a nasty whack on his shoulder in the batting box and joined the ever increasing list of injuries, which gave Wade Moore his chance behind the plate. Fair dinkum, there was more bad hops on this diamond than a bunny with a broken leg.
DIVISION ONE v Port Adelaide 13.12.15 Lost 3-4.
Excellent game of baseball this one. Young Jordy was on the mound doing great stuff keeping their batters to five hits for the afternoon. Unfortunately, a momentary lapse of concentration was all that was needed to let one of their guys pop one over with one on - and that was the difference. Jacko came on to clean up and we were 1-4 down going in to the last, when we decided to give them a real fright by belting in two runs. Just weren't able to get the extra one or two though. You would think that the eleven hits we amassed through the game would have given us a few more runs, but the eleven runners left stranded on base put paid to that. Hits: James Henty 3, Vinnie Fayard,, Dan Turner 2, Adam Newbound, Troy Weinert, Gary Owens, Craig Abbott 1. And so we drop down to equal fourth on the points table, which makes this weeks encounters with East Torrens (home - Tue), Adelaide (DSP - Thur) and West Torrens (home - Sat) vitally important.
DIVISION TWO v Port Adelaide 13.12.15 WON 7-0.
A good steady win, with Nathan Nicholson in control from the mound. However, he did load up the bases a couple of times, but showed the necessary poise to get out of trouble. Jesse Toepher was used in relief, and looked the goods. At one point in the game, a sac fly by Troy Nicholson brought home his brother - now that's brotherly love for you. This team is really looking the goods, with solid batting, excellent defence, and in particular some really aggressive base running Hits ; Craig Abbott, Shane Allen 2, Nathan Nicholson, Robin Schmich, Wade Moore 1.
DIV 3 & 4 - Both had byes, owing to Port Adelaide dropping out of these two competitions.
DIV 6 - very nearly notched up their second win for the season, failing by the narrowest of margins 12-13.
The Under 17's were a bit stiff, going down 4-5 in a good standard game, whilst the Under 15 team lost 3-13, the Under 13's down 13-15 and Vinnie's Under 11's fell to their opponents 3-10.
5th & 6th December
Tuesday Twilight game v East Torrens away. WON 5-2
We rocked up to Payenham in good spirits, only to cop a kick in the guts when Doyley twisted his knee in the warm-up, with what has proved to be a season ending injury. Tough, real tough. He joins a long list of walking wounded at the moment, we just seem to be playing so much baseball. We fought on, and with Gary holding them in check from the mound, ground out a satisfying win. The boys hit well, but managed to put a lot straight to the field, and it was not until we found ourselves one down, that the urgency hit in. We equalled in the fourth with a Troy Nicholson hit, and got our noses in front after a Vinnie hit. Jed doubled, Dan doubled and then it was Willy's turn. Quite comfortable in the end. Hits : Troy Weinert, Vinnie Fayard, Wilson Lee 2, Dan Turner, Troy Nicholson, Jed Morgan 1.
Thursday Night game v West Torrens @ D.S.P. WON 3-1
With three players away on the Bite roster and at least another three or four on the injured list, we limped into this game heavily relying on our depth of back-up players. And they all came through magnificently. The young Jordy Grose took on the pitching challenge in fine fashion, and despite copping a persistent barrage of sledging from the opposition bench, kept going and held his head high for the win. Gary continued to hit hard, and when we got to the lead courtesy of a Henty bleeder, the game was ours. There was a bit of a flare-up earlier on, when the boys took exception to Shane Allen being decked by their catcher after the out was made. Made for an enjoyable evening, and the win made it even better. Hits : Gary Owens 3, Adam Newbound, James Henty, Craig Abbott, Liam Huppatz (first Div 1 start - good one) 1.
Sunday game v Glenelg away. Lost 0-1.
This was our sixth away game in a row with one to go next Tuesday evening at Goodwood. Anyway this game was played in searing heat down at the Bay, and the big fella, Troy Harrison, gave it his all and came off after six of seven with the scores locked at 0-0. Glenelg had loaded the bases on one occasion, but in the main all bats were quiet from both teams. Unfortunately, we walked in a run for them in the last to end our winning run of five games. A particular highlight from the game was the fine running, twisting catch way back from first base by James Henty. Two games so far against the Bays, and a draw and a one run result seems to be a fair indication of where we are at - up there. Hits : Dylan Child 2, Troy Weinert, Vinnie Fayard, Gary Owens 1.
DIV 3 recorded a good 5-4 win against the Bays, while DIV 4 lost 2-11 to them. But the biggie was DIV 6 - First win this year - 13-4 over Gawler. Both Div3 and 4 have a bye next weekend, following Port Adelaide's decision to pull out of these competitions.
Due to the Heat Policy, no junior games were held.
28th & 29th November
Tuesday twilight v Henley & Grange WON 4-0. DIVISION ONE. 24.11.15.
The Rams threw their import to their import in an attempt to knock us off top position, but to no avail. Willy started well, and after a slow start with the bats, Doyley got us going with a double and Benny brought him home. After Vinny popped one over, Tolsey took over from Willy, who had done a great job. It was then Dan's turn to get into the home run act. Hits : Vinnie Fayard (HR) 2, Ben Lodge, Dan Turner (HR), Wilson Lee, Chris Doyle 1.
DIVISION ONE v Southern Districts WON 4-2. 29.11.15.
Jacko was picked to pitch, but had to pull out at the last minute, which meant a re-shuffle of the pitching roster. So many games these days, and only so many pitchers to go around. Anyway, the big bloke, Troy Harrison, took on the task and did a mighty job, going eight. We scored an early one, and it could have been heaps more in the third, with big hits being caught on the fence, and Gary being fired out at third going for a triple. However, we got the break we needed in the sixth, when a couple of Hawks bloopers cost them three, and we breathed a little easier at 4-0. The game tightened up when Southerns got a couple in the eighth, and it was getting a bit close for comfort until Gary came on and calmly got the three outs for the desired result. Hits ; Gary Owens 2, Adam Newbound, Troy Weinert, Vinnie Fayard, James Henty, Nick Kuhn 1. And so we go to East Torrens on Tuesday evening ( 6.15pm), then Diamond Sports Park to play West Torrens at 8.30pm on Thursday Dec 3, and down to the Bay on Sunday to play Glenelg (3.00pm) DIVISION TWO v Southern Districts WON 10-2. 29.11.15.
Great, convincing win consolidating top spot. Liam H hit and got us an early one, and Nick Kuhn's second hit of the day scored another. This was followed by some exceptionally fine, aggressive, base running, which, combined with good hitting, got us way out in front. Vic hit a biggie and made it to third with his legs going quicker than I've ever seen them. That put the icing on the cake, and after we gifted them a couple at the death, we ran out comfortable winners. Hits : Nick Kuhn, Vic Benveltzen, Wade Moore 2, Jed Morgan, Robin Schmitz, Nathan Nicholson, Liam Huppatz 1. Nathan Nicholson put in a terrific performance on the mound, and he was relieved by Nick Kuhn.
DIV 3 lost 4-5 after being ahead most of the game, DIV 4 lost 4-6 and DIV 6 went down 9-17.
Under 19 (Don Rice League) Lost to Sturt 4-9 This was the first loss to the boys, and I don"t think they will be making a habit of it. Hits: Troy Nicholson, Emmanuel Hirschausen, Nathan Collins 1. The pitching was shared between Liam Mullens, Jessie Toepher and Rhys Owen.
The Under 17's went on their merry way with another win over Port Adelaide 5-3. Thanks to the boys and their parents for making the big trip.
Under 15 - Went down in a close one after letting the opposition get way ahead early. Final score 11-12. Good to see the new recruits come down to play. Hope you enjoyed yourselves.
21st & 22nd November
DIVISION ONE V GGCD @ HOME TUE 17/11/15 WIN 4-2.
We pitched three guys - Josh Tols for three to keep his arm going, Willy Lee for two to get a bit of rust out, and Dylan Child for his first pitch in about two years for the remaining two innings. A bit of serious heat right there. Vinnie got us going with a double to bring in two runs, but the bats dried up a bit, and we allowed the plucky Dodgers to crawl back into the game. Vinnie's home run got us out of our torpor for the two run win. Hits : Vinnie Fayard (HR), Gary Owens 2, Ben Lodge, Wilson Lee 1.
DIVISION ONE V Adelaide Away SUN 22/11/15 WIN 4-2
This was a really good contest, spearheaded by the performances of the respective pitchers. Runs were at a premium. Jacko came out on top, pitching eight great innings for the win, with Willy closing out in style. Their import fella did a great job also, but allowed a couple of big hits at the death by Vinnie and Willy to give us a hard fought win. Two great catches at third by Dylan were obvious highlights. Adelaide headed us early, and we were one run behind going in to top nine, before we hit and took the lead. Hits : Vinnie Fayard, Dylan Child, Wilson Lee 2, Adam Newbound, Troy Weinert, Gary Owens 1.
This win leaves us in equal top position on the unofficial ladder (try getting an official one!) with nine wins, three losses and a draw. The boys
now take on the daunting task of six games in the next fourteen days, all of them in away venues. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger they say.
DIVISION TWO V Adelaide Away SUN 22/11/15 WIN 4-3
The Angel looked good to start with, but left three on, before we took over thebatting box and scored four with patient at bats and wayward pitching. But the bats went to sleep,and stayed asleep,and those four were all we got. Enough to keep our undefeated record intact Troy Harrison did a good job on the mound, relieved by Nathan Nicholson, and the hits were : Jed Morgan 2, Damian Wall, Robin Schmich, Craig Abbitt, Nick Kuhn 1.
Continued on their winning way with a 7-4 win over Adelaide. They are now looking hungry for the elusive back to back flags.
DIV FOUR suffered a loss, and DIV SIX went down 3-6.
The Under 17's had a large win over Southern Districts 20-1, and the Under 15's had a draw.
All the other junior teams had losses.
14th & 15th November
Since we last spoke, the Div One side has played four more games, with plenty more to come. We remain on top of the ladder, but the official ladder provided by the administration has us having just played four games, when in fact we have played eleven. They blame the Clubs for lack of dilligence in providing scores, but surely the buck stops with them - please get it right - it is your job. Worst year ever for lack of information.
DIV ONE V Pt Adelaide WIN 5-4
Friday night at Diamond Sport Park in freezing conditions provided a close encounter between the two top sides which finally warmed us up with the inevitable blue and eviction of the Port coach. We shot out to a two run lead, hits aplenty from Vinnie, Gary, Dylan,and another in the second by Troy W. Maggies were not to denied and came back to tie it up at 4-4 after six. Brilliant base running at the death saw Troy Weinert storm home for the win. Hits : Gary Owens, Dan Turner, Dylan Child 2, Troy Weinert, Vinnie Fayard, Wilson Lee 1. Jacko, Troy Harrison, and Gary Owens were superior to their oppostion pitchers on the night. Geez, it was cold.
DIV ONE V Goodwood (Alias Goodwood Dodgers) Lost 6-7.
Terrific game played in the best of spirits between two sides