John's Match Reports 2018/19

GRAND FINAL - 23rd March

DIVISION SEVEN  -  Grand Final     v     East Torrens @ Don Klaebe Field 23.03.19     WON 6-4
On an immaculately prepared diamond, this tight-knit group of Senators proved that they are the best team in this competition for season 2018/19.  Having been on top of the ladder all season, they were determined to stop the Redsox claiming a fourth title in a row in this grade.  And so, in front of a very good support group, we got away to an ideal start and were soon three up, with the battery of Marso to China looking the goods, and the boys in the field backing them up beautifully.  We got one more and then found ourselves in a bit of a pickle after they equalled at four all, and it was time to put the Tassie recruit (Cam) behind the plate, and have Sully replace Marso on the mound.  Hats off to Marso and China - they did a superb job.  As they had been doing all year, the bats swung into action again, and we were able to sneak in a couple of well constructed runs for the victory.   Hits  :  Cuz, China 3, Rev 2, Marso and Sully 1.

PRELIM FINAL - Saturday 16th March

Wow, the boys really turned it on in their final to get to the Granny.  They took on the guys from way down south and gave them a bit of a thrashing 19-1.  So, the scene is set for Saturday 22.03.19, when all roads will lead to Don Klaebe Field, Drummond Avenue, Findon.  A few from interstate and plenty from their loyal band of mates and fellow Senators will be on hand to see the first pitch at noon.  Who will pitch?  Sully went the distance last weekend in a superb display, so he got them there, and might give someone else a go - there are a lot of good arms in this side.  Last week the batters came into their own, following on from their terrific season, and Nick McCormack again made it look easy by having three hits including his now customary home run (this time a grand slam), Scott Currie also had three, Flash,Behr, Sully and China chimed in with two each, and Marso, Couz, Rev and Dornie each got one.

Good luck to the team - godanats!!

FINALS - Saturday 9th March

DIVISION TWO      Away v Southern Districts     Lost 0-2     9.03.19

After finishing sixth in the regular season, we had to take on the minor premiers in the first of the finals.  The result proved that we were not too far off the pace, as we fought really hard, and at no stage of the game did the Hawks show any superiority.  Nathan Nicholson pitched superbly in a fine display, going the distance, but we were let down by a lack of hitting and not taking advantage of the walks we were served up.  We also didn't convert our chances, leaving runners s

Wow, the boys really turned it on in their final to get to the Granny.  They took on the guys from way down south and gave them a bit of a thrashing 19-1.  So, the scene is set for Saturday 22.03.19, when all roads will lead to Don Klaebe Field, Drummond Avenue, Findon.  A few from interstate and plenty from their loyal band of mates and fellow Senators will be on hand to see the first pitch at noon.  Who will pitch?  Sully went the distance last weekend in a superb display, so he got them there, and might give someone else a go - there are a lot of good arms in this side.  Last week the batters came into their own, following on from their terrific season, and Nick McCormack again made it look easy by having three hits including his now customary home run (this time a grand slam), Scott Currie also had three, Flash,Behr, Sully and China chimed in with two each, and Marso, Couz, Rev and Dornie each got one.

Good luck to the team - godanats!!

tranded on third on a couple of occasions, and having Troy Nicholson called out at home plate.  All in all, it was a strong effort to run the top side so close, and the boys gave it their best, but were left lamenting.  Hits  :  Tom Dineen 2, Troy Nicholson, Rhys Owen, Vic Bentvelzen 1.  So, the boys have a bit of time off and a chance to regroup and reflect on the season, and more importantly, the season ahead.  We don't need another year like the one just gone, and there are steps in place to make sure that things are on the up. 

Meanwhile, the DIVISION SEVEN boys are just motoring along nicely, winning their first final 17-2 over Henley, and are in a commanding position to go further.  Marso did the bulk of the work from the mound and he was ably backed up by the defense, and the boys just kept hitting as they have done all season.  Couz likes to hit the ball real hard,with a particular liking for the high ones and got three, Behr backed him up with a couple, as did Nick who's tally included an in the park home run (the last ninety feet was a bit of a struggle), Marso got one, and so did Sully, Scottie Curry and China.  Another finals game on the home diamond next week - keep going guys.

Round 20 2nd & 3rd March

DIVISION ONE     v     West Torrens at DSP     3.03.19     Lost 7-10

Last game of the season for these boys.  We have had a hell of a year with not a great deal of success, but the guys (including Coaches) deserve enormous credit for the way they hung in.  The game got started with Theo belting a triple off the first pitch, but we could not bring him home and left him out there.  Torrens got their hitting into gear, knocking in five in the second and then there was no scoring from either side for a while.  Theo hit another double which rattled the top of the fence, and was left stranded on third for the second time.  There was trouble brewing in the bottom of the sixth when a close-ish, foul ball was deemed fair and the Eagles took full advantage of the situation and scored two, much to the disappointment of all on our side, and the ejection of one Coach and one spectator.  Torrens brought on their relievers and in the eighth - Todd hit, Theo walked, and Gary knocked in a run, and then Liam's triple piled on three more.  Jordy sat down after a pretty good outing in the circumstances and left the pitching to the Nicholson brothers, who did a good job.  So we come to the last, and Gary's last at bat before he wings away to see his family in America.  Set up perfectly, so he puts one over for another three runs, and we rue the two run gift earlier, and go down by three.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche, Gary Owens (HR) 2, Troy Nicholson, Liam Huppatz, Nathan Nicholson, Todd Dunstall.  This was Theo's last outing for us, and it has been a pleasure to have had him around the Club - and we wish him well.
DIVISION TWO     v      West Torrens at DSP     3.03.19     Lost 2-10
We needed this win to consolidate a finals spot, as there is to be a catch-up game played on Tuesday evening to finalise the outcome. Also in contention, is an unresolved protest from earlier in the season.   Confused ?  me too.  Torrens struck early and scored two from a walk and an error, and with their pitcher on top they kept us at bay until the fourth, when Nat walked, stole, advanced on Jackson's hit and scored on his brother's sac fly, and Rhys's hit evened up the score.  Their three run homer didn't help our cause, and the Coach was making multiple changes, but we couldn't close the gap.  Strangely, the game was called with six minutes still on the clock, not that it would have made any difference.  Hits  :  Rhys Owen 2, Jackson Sawton, James Chu, Joel Benham 1.  Now it's a bit of a nervous wait to see if they will advance to the playoffs.
DIVISION SEVEN  will have to wait till next weekend to play their first final, because all final games in that Grade were pushed back a week due to the extreme heat.  Best of luck guys.

Round 19 23rd & 24th February

DIVISION ONE     Twilight at Don Klaebe Field 19.02.19 v Port     Lost 0-6

Port kicked off, getting one in the first, but, with Gary going well on the mound, they did not score again until the fourth inning.  Our bats were working nicely, although we were not getting any rewards.  Troy took over from Gary after five, and after the inevitable banter between teams, the game meandered to its finish, and our boys should be proud of the fact that they showed a lot of commitment, and did not give the game up at any stage.  Hits  :  Shane Allen and Liam Huppatz 2, and one each to Theo Lakmeche, Nathan Nicholson and Todd Dunstall.

DIVISION ONE     At Don Klaebe Field 24.02,19 v West Torrens    Game One     Lost 8-10
Round 30, and we see the Eagles for the first time this season.  Almost picked them off too, as they got a touch of the sweats towards the end.  We went to an early lead, 3-1 after two, with Shane and Gary getting runners home, but then we let ourselves down bigtime giving up seven runs in the third, when we let two pop-ups drop and threw away an easy out at first.  The boys were not done however, and began to claw back, having loaded bases in the last with two out.  Torrens were nervous, but we muffed the chance  Hits  :  Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Liam Huppatz 2, Theo Lakmeche, Troy Nicholson, Todd Dunstall, Nathan Nicholson 1.  Nathan pitched well, not his fault that poor inning.
DIVISION ONE     At Don Klaebe Field 24.02.19 v West Torrens     Game Two     Lost 8-15
Scored two early when Troy scored Theo and Huppo got Shane home, but we had a meltdown again and let them get eight in one dig.  Troy was going ok on the hill, and when the bats came good we managed five runs in the fourth.  Two great outfield catches, Shane Allen and Gary Owens, were highlights, as was the home run off Theo's bat (again).  We then got to within one run, but the Eagles' boys brought it home.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche (HR), Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Troy Nicholson, Liam Huppatz, Wade Moore 2, Nathan Nicholson 1.
DIVISION TWO     At Don Klaebe Field 24.02.19 v West Torrens     Lost 3-4
Started well, got two, but Torrens replied with three in the second and one in the third.  After a Rhys double, we got one back and could have taken the victory when, again, we had bases loaded in the last and failed to complete the deal.  Andrew Chesterton and Vic Benveltzen were the pitchers and Jackson Sowton got two hits, and Troy Nicholson, Rhys Owen and Jarrod Marsland picked up one each.
DIV FOUR  -  last game for the season for these guys, in what has been a tough year.  No joy today either.
DIV SIX  -  Finished the season on a high, having a win at home 13-11.  Aaron Petros got two hits, as did Derek Milne, Ryan Boers, Jesse Whinnen and Tim Fawcett, whilst Rachel Boers, Keith Mortimer and Casey Moore had one.
DIV SEVEN  -  Finished in style, knocking off Kensington 15-6 and ending up minor premiers.  Looking good fellows.  Hits  :  Flash, Cuz, Watto 2, Behr, Marso, Nick, Dornie and Knuckles 1. Go you good things.
No junior games were played because of the Baseball SA heat policy.
WOMAN'S LEAGUE  -  This is the bad luck story of the season.  Fourth on the ladder last Monday, dropped to fifth on the Friday without playing a game, winning on Friday night and missing finals, despite having more points than the fourth placegetter.  Oh well, life is not easy.  Percentages came into it apparently. Were a definite medal chance.  The girls gave it their best shot, and had a marvelous first season, and are as keen as mustard to kick on next year.  They accounted for Kensington this week to the tune of 12-1, with Darna Veen pitching and collecting three hits in a matchwinning performance, Carly Moore had two hits and one each to Louise Bartle, Kenzi St.George, Shannon Hall, Catie Berry, Meg Boers, Sammy Berry and Kerryn Fry.

Round 18 16th & 17th February

DIVISION ONE     Twilight 12.02.19 at Don Klaebe Field v Henley & Grange.  Lost 0-17

Not much to say here. Two two run homers off the same bat in the first and third put us behind the eight-ball, but the unacceptable giving up of ten runs in the last (fifth) was horrendous at Div One level.  We threw four pitchers at them, namely Troy, Liam, Shane and Gary, all to no avail.  Hits  :  Shane Allen 2, Troy Nicholson, Nathan Nicholson 1.

DIVISION ONE     Game one of double Header v Goodwood at Don Klaebe Field 17.02.19  Lost 5-10

Game began with Jordy mainly keeping a lid on things, but we were slipping behind until Theo unleashed a mighty bomb with bases loaded to make it a one run ball game.  The Indians responded with a two run homer to keep the lead, and continued to hit and our bats went to sleep.  Jordy was relieved by the ever toiling Vic and we notched up another loss.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche (GSHR), Wade Moore, Liam Huppatz 1.

Game two of Double header v Goodwood at Don Klaebe Field 17.01,19   Lost 0-7

Nathan and Higgy shared the mound, and Goodwood knocked in three in the first, one in the fifth and three in the last. We didn't.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche, Todd Dunstall, Shane Allen, Liam Huppatz, Nathan Nicholson 1.

DIVISION TWO   v Goodwood at Don Klaebe Field 17.02.19  WON 7-3

Needing to keep winning to consolidate a place in finals, the boys put in a very good performance and backed up their pitcher, Andrew Chesterton, very nicely.  Vic's hit in the first scored a couple, but he was upstaged by Rhys, when his little dribbler up the line got him to third, and eventually home.  We got three more in the second, but the bats dried up for a while, until coming to life again later in the game.  Hits  :  Todd Dunstall, Vic Bentveltzen 2, and one each to Nathan Nicholson, Rhys Owen, Jimmy Chu, Ryan Marsland, Jarrod Marsland Jack Higginbotham and Troy Nicholson.

DIV FOUR recorded a loss, as did DIV SIX 4-8    with hits coming from Ryan Boers and Derek Milne 2, Casey Moore 1, and Jesse Whinnen one Home Run (in the park).

DIV SEVEN  had another good day, this time against Goodwood, knocking them off 10-1. Fine pitching from Scott Currie, backed up by Sully saw them comfortably over the line. A fine line up of hitters complimented the pitching, with hits to Couzner and Marso three each, 

Rev piped in with a couple, and there was one each to Flash, Sully, Nick and Dornie.

U17 The guys have had an interesting week, travelling to Gawler on the Wednesday evening to win 11-8 in a twilight encounter, then playing on the Sunday on our immaculate back diamond for a come from behind draw against the Saints 11-11.  They kept interrupting the Div One game with home runs into the outfield.  Hits  :  Joel Benham - two home runs and a single, Harrison Kiss one home run and a double, two singles to Blake O'Brien and a single to Owen Williams.  Unfortunately, the Under 15's went down.

PEE WEE - These little tackers are certainly getting their share of activity.  A make up game (heat policy) on the Wednesday evening following a Sunday morning game, and then fronting again on the Sunday in a win over Henley & Grange.  You can see them zooming around the diamond from the Clubhouse.

WOMAN'S LEAGUE  -  Lost to Goodwood in a nail biter.  Their usual trick of coming from behind was not in evidence, but it was a good contest, and they are still sitting in the top four with one minor round game to be played.  Darna and Louise pitched to Carly (sounds like a US sitcom) in a fine effort, and the hits came from   :  Rachel Boers, Carly Moore, Shannon Hall 2, Louise Bartle,  Kenzi St.George,  Darna Veen & Kerryn Fry 1.

Round 17 9th & 10th February

DIVISION ONE     v     Kensington     Twilight 5.02.19 at Don Klaebe Field     Lost 1-12

All was going OK until LeBlanc hit homers in successive innings, and then they got five runs with two outs in the fifth.  Fair dinkum, they have a terrific batting line-up of Galotta, Talbot, Gallagher, LeBlanc, Bills etc and we could not produce the hitting power to match that.  We tried three pitchers, namely Gary, Jack and Nathan, but couldn't stop their precision hits up the middle.  Hits  : Tom Dineen and Gary Owens - one each.
DIVISION ONE     v     Sturt     Away 10.02.19     Lost 1-14
A little bit of  "whoa - I've been here before" with this game, as the Sturt boys have a comparable batting list to what we had just encountered.  Jordy had them relatively under control, until he was forced off with a crook ankle, but they let loose in the fourth, scoring six.  We had scored earlier when Theo put one up to score Jacko, but that was all she wrote, and the Saints knocked us off in seven.  Good to see Theo back, almost 100%.  Hits  :  just the two - one each to Theo Lakmeche and Jackson Sowton.
DIVISION TWO     v     Sturt     Away 10.02.19     WON 3-2
A Coach's lot is not a happy one when three players fail to appear before the game, and a frantic re-shuffle results in a forfeit being narrowly avoided.  So, with Nathan Nicholson in terrific form on the mound, the players cleared their heads and played some good baseball, culminating with a Jacko sac fly scoring Higgie in the fourth.  Sturt, much to their delight, immediately got two, and it was game on, and we tied it up in the seventh and got ahead with a Huppo hit.  Higgie took over from Nathan, and had no trouble in closing with style.  Hits  :  Liam Huppatz, Nathan Nicholson, Jackson Sowton, Andrew Chesterton, Troy Nicholson.  Still in the finals race.
DIV FOUR and DIV SIX both had disappointing results, losing.
DIVISION SEVEN  -  Journeyed up to Golden Grove in what was supposed to be a danger game, but proved just what a good combination that they are, coming away 5-2 winners.  Marso went the distance in fine fashion, refreshed from his recent sojourn.  Hits were one each to Cuz (HR), Behr, Sully, Nick, Knuckles, Watto.
U17 and U15  -  The Seventeens had a draw in the mid-week game against Norths, but couldn't get the bikkies from Port at the weekend.  U15's lost also.
PEE WEE  -  had a great, fun filled battle with Adelaide mid-week (a catch-up game), and I believe the score was 29-33 or so. The game on the main diamond was stopped when one of these little champs put one over the fence.  Alice Brown hit a homer as well.  So many kids out having a great time at TBall and Pee Wee - fantastic.
WOMAN'S LEAGUE  -  The girls took on the Bays and fell agonisingly short, going down 8-9.  Our bats really turned it on in the early stages, and with Darna pitching impressively, we went to a good lead.  But then it was their turn, and they proved to be pretty good hitters also.  Terrific game that was enjoyed by the good crowd supporting both sides.  Hits  :  Catie Berry 3, Carley Moore, Darna Veen 2, Louise Bartle, Kenzi StGeorge, Shannon Hall, Kerryn Fry 1.

Round 16 2nd & 3rd February

DIVISION ONE     -     Away v Adelaide  Twilight 29.01.19     lost 4-9

After having mercied the Angels barely a fortnight earlier, we fronted up with high expectations, but let ourselves down with a less than impressive performance.  We started brightly enough, getting two in the first and one in the second, with Todd, Gary and Troy all combining, and Jackson and Shane getting in on the act also.  After four, it was four all, and Jordy was relieved by Kane Razis, and then Troy Nicholson.  Bur we fell apart in defence, gifting them five in the fifth, and although we managed to get runners on base, couldn't make up the leeway.  Hits  :  Troy Nicholson, Vic Benveltzen 2, Todd Dunstall, Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Jackson Sowton 1.

DIVISION ONE     -     HOME v GGCD     2.02.19     lost 0-8

Once again, we had beaten this team earlier in the season, and had no reason to think that we could not do it again.  But they had other ideas, and their import pitcher did a number on us, going the distance and hitting a home run to boot.  They just kept knocking in runs steadily, and we had no batting power to match them.  Jordy fought manfully, and was relieved by Gary after five.  Hits   :  Wade Moore 2, Todd Dunstall, Shane Allen, Vic Benveltzen.

DIVISION TWO     -     HOME v GGCD     2.02.19     lost 2-12

Before the game, we were sitting third on the ladder, but the young, quick runners from up north paid no attention to that.  They sprinted around the diamond and had four on the board before we took breath.  Troy belted a triple and scored to make us look at least competitive, and we were able to score one more before they took over and buried us.  We either win big, or forget to turn up - frustrating.  Let's hope that this is a small glitch at this time of the season, and that we can put this loss behind us and fire ahead.  Hits  :  Wade Moore and Troy Nicholson one each.

DIV FOUR  -  had a bye

DIV SIX  -  Travelled to Kensington to play the team that we beat sensationally in Keith Mortimore's one thousandth game earlier in the season, but couldn't repeat the dose, and fell short.  Hits  :  Jesse Whinnen and Nick McCormack both hit doubles, and Aaron Petros, Derek Milne and Rachel Boers got singles.

DIV SEVEN  -  Despite missing a couple of heavyweights away on r'n'r, the team got behind the fine pitching of Behr to record a good win over the Bays 6-1.  Hits  :  Nick McCormack 3, and singles to Cuz, China, Knuckles, Watto and Dornie.  Keep it going fellas, looking good at the top.

WOMAN'S LEAGUE  -  With a depleted side missing a few due to a wedding (on a Friday?), this team showed their depth, with all stepping up and putting in a sterling performance.  Louise Bartle stood tall on the mound, and the girls rallied around her to score a terrific, come from behind, win 10-9.  Incidentally, she hit a double to bring in the winning runs.  Hits  :  Megan Boers, Louise Bartle, Carly Moore and Shannon Hall all one each.

Round 15 26th & 27th January

DIVISION ONE     -     Away v Port  Twilight 22.01.19     Lost 0-10

We had a poor night down the Port, having one hit for the game against their ten, which is not too flash.  Theo had an even worse night, copping a sickening blow from the second pitch of the Maggies' first dig, and had to leave the game, which led us to forcibly re-shuffle the defence.  He has had surgery since, and is on the road to recovery thankfully, but will miss about a month.  We were giving their man an easy night on the mound, and he almost pitched the perfect game, giving up his only hit in the last. It was Todd Dunstall.   Nathan Nicholson took three blinding catches on the fence at right field which was the game's only highlight from our perspective.  Eight of their ten runs came when we had two outs.  So in the two games to date against Port, they are twenty-one to zip - hopefully we can make that scoreline look a bit better in our final encounter against them.  

DIVISION ONE     -     Had a bye on Sunday Jan 27.

DIVISION TWO     -     Home v Gawler at Don Klaebe Field  27.01.19        WON 21-0

The game began quietly enough with us holding them in check, and scoring in almost every innings, with big hits off the bats of Liam Huppatz, Wade Moore and an in the park home run from Nathan Nicholson.  But all Hell broke loose in the seventh with the scoring of fourteen runs in a hit fest.  Jackson Sowton also got himself an in the park home run, and the hitting was too numerous to mention.  Game was called early.  All this time, Andrew Chesterton was doing his stuff from the hill in a fine performance.  The boys are consolidating their place near the top of the ladder, so, fingers crossed, they keep it going.  Hits  :  Wade Moore 3, Liam Huppatz, Nathan Nicholson, Troy Nicholson, Rhys Owen, Jackson Sowton 2, Tom Dineen, Todd Dunstall 1.

DIV FOUR  -  Lost 0-14 to the powerful Kensington side.

DIVISION SIX  -  Went out to East Torrens and were defeated 10-19 with Tim Fawcett, Ryan Boers and Derek Milne getting two his each, and Aaron Petros, Jesse Whinnen and Nick McCormack one.

DIVISION SEVEN  -  Had another win, this time at the expense of Gawler 21-11.  Looking good at the top of the table.

JUNIORS returned from their holiday break, with the Under 17's going down to the Redsox 5-18 with Harrison Kiss collecting two hits, and Owen Williams and Jack Higginbotham one each.  The Under 15's lost 2-8 out at Goodwood.

WOMAN'S     -     The ladies were lucky enough to have the long weekend off, and will be gearing up for their next game.

Round 14 19th & 20th January

DIVISION ONE     At Don Klaebe Field     v     Adelaide      WON 15-5     20.01.19

The Angels started the game looking as if they really meant business getting three in the opener, but fizzled to a spluttering halt, and apart from a home run mid-game, didn't show much.  We soon picked up those runs with a Troy Nicholson two run homer and a two run Jackson Sowton double.  But the hitting was just beginning - Theo's long ball and Vic's single put three more on the board, and Wade put one up to enable Gary to saunter in.  Jordy had done six and picked up the win, paving the way for Nathan Nicholson to clean up.  Jackson had a moment when he got to third with a bunt - helped by a couple of errors - and the boys just kept hitting, with Shane getting a further two RBI's.  Bottom seven and the Ump called the game - mercy rule. All the starters got on the hit parade with the hits being  :  Theo Lakmeche, Wade Moore 3, Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Troy Nicholson (HR) 2, and singles to Vic Benveltzen, Jackson Sowton, Nathan Nicholson,Todd Dunstall.
DIVISION TWO     At Don Klaebe Field     v    Adelaide     WON 11-10     20.01.19
The game began without our Coach, Shane Nicholson, who was carted off to QEH for stitches as the result of a pre game warm-up mishap.  This was enough for the Angels to start well, posting three in the first and four in the second.  We managed five to hang in there, but they got another unearned three and went up 10-5, but failed to score from that point, whereas we were just getting a sniff.  I'm not sure if Wade would have tried to steal home if Coach Nicholson was at third, but it was innovative none the less. Coming down to the wire, Rhys, Tom and Marso all hit to advantage and Wade's homer helped heaps and we were just one behind, with time running out.  So Kane and Todd got on base and Rhys,s slug got us the two runs needed for the win - two weeks in a row.  Coach couldn't smile, but there was a twinkle in his eye.  Hits  :  Rhys Owen 4, Wade Moore (HR) 3, Tom Dineen, Jarrod Marsland, Troy Nicholson 1.
DIV FOUR - lost to Henley.  Gee, it would have been good to win that one.
DIV SIX  -  put up a good start with three up, three down, but the old enemy - errors - came in to play and they couldn't get it done.  Jesse Whinnen got two hits, as did Ryan Boers, and Derek Milne and Keith Mortimore got one each.
DIV SEVEN  -  knocked off last year's premiers to the tune of 12-7.  Marso pitched the entire game, and at one stage we had three Marso's on the field - now that is a throwback to yesteryear.  Any chance of four? Anyhow, it was a good win and leaves the boys sitting on top of the ladder.  Hits  :  Behr, Garry Marsland, Nick McCormack 2, Steve Cuz, Cam, Sully, James and Watto one each.
WOMAN'S LEAGUE  -  Completed a very good win out at Golden Grove 16-8.The girls are going great guns, and must be a big chance to play finals.  Hits  :  Louise Bartle, Kenzi St. George 2, Rachel Boers, Catie Berry, Leah Turner, Darna Veen 1.
Under 17 and Under 15 resume next week.                                                                         

Round 13 12th & 13th January

DIVISION ONE     Twilight v Nth Districts at Don Klaebe Field 8.01.19     WON 6-5

After being behind all game, we pulled the rabbit out of the hat in the last two innings to record the win.  The Red's boys got a couple of homers in the early going, and we found ourselves down 2-5 with only two digs left to make up the difference.  But a Shane Allen double and Troy Nicholson's as well scored three to level the scores going into the last, and Theo's sac fly to bring home new kid Jackson Sowton saw us get over the line.  Jordy and Troy pitched, and the hits were : Troy Nicholson, Todd Dunstall 2, Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Wade Moore, Nathan Nicholson, Vic Benveltzen 1. 
DIVISION ONE     Away v Kensington 13.01.19     WON 4-2
Both pitchers were on top, with Gary's foot holding up, and he appeared to be pitching better than ever.  We took the lead in the third, when Theo got Vic home and Shane hit to score a second.  We held that lead until the sixth, when the Cards equalled on one of our rare errors for the day.  All square, and when Troy hit a biggie to the fence in the eighth to get Gary to third, we thought we were in with a big chance - but, no run. Jordy came on with immediate effect, shutting them down, and we had another crack in the last.  So, with Todd on, Shane Allen hit an extremely timely home run to put us a couple in front, and all we had to do was to hold them in their last, and that we did.  Always good to win out there.  Jordy got his win.  Hits  :  Troy Nicholson 3, Shane Allen (HR) 2, Theo Lakmeche, Gary Owens, Vic Benveltzen 1.  It was beaut to see the koala up in his tree at the field, much to the delight of Theo's girlfriend from France, and Gary's partner and little girl from Germany.
DIVISION TWO     Away v Kensington 13.01.19     WON 19-2
The boys just got better as the game went along, scoring four, one, two, seven and five runs to completely overrun the opposition.  Andrew Chesterton put in a good performance on the mound and was beautifully backed up by his defence.  The bats really worked, and the hits were :  Troy Nicholson 4, Jackson Sowton 3, Kane Razis, Tom Dineen, Jarod Marsland 2, Matt Muegge, Joel Benham 1.
DIV FOUR - Unfortunately suffered a loss 3-16.
DIV SIX fared likewise, going down to GGCD 3-19 with single hits to Derek Milne, Ryan Boers, Jesse Whinnen, Nick McCormack and Craig Mortimore.
DIV SEVEN continue on their winning way getting over Adelaide 15-6.  The draw gets a bit harder from here on,  as there a a few sides going ok, all wanting to knock over the top team.  I get the feeling that our boys are relishing the situation.  Hits in this game  :  Behr, Garry 3, Cam, China, Sully 2, Flash, Cuz, Knuckles and Watto 1.  Behr led his team from the hill in fine fashion.
WOMAN'S LEAGUE  They had another win over strong opponents from the South 13-12, in a game that went right down to the wire, and was very exciting for the good crowd that turned up to watch the game, and to stay for dinner and the band night after, which was held in perfect, balmy conditions.  Louise Bartle got a hit and Kenzi St. George got three.

Round 12 5th & 6th January

DIVISION ONE     Away v Nth Districts     WON 10-0

Gee, it was good to get that winning feeling back again, and in an emphatic manner.  Gary was great on the mound, going into the game with an injured foot, and pitching the entire game - at one stage taking nine pitches to strike out three batters to put the side away.  Nine fresh air shots. The game started off tamely enough, and we got going in the fourth with good hitting from Theo, Shane and Gary, and Jordy chipping in with a couple of hits also.  But the best was yet to come in the latter stages of the game when first Shane Allen, then Wade Moore and finally Gary Owens all put over huge bombs, and these, together with good strong hitting all round, saw us comfortably home.  Hits  :  Gary Owens (HR) 3, Wade Moore (HR), Theo Lakmeche, Shane Allen (HR), Troy Nicholson, Jordy Grose 2, Nathan Nicholson 1.

DIVISION TWO     Away v Nth Districts     Lost 5-10

The boys took a while to shake off the Christmas/New Year blues, and we found ourselves ten down after two, before Vic came in to put the brakes on.  They didn't score after that, and we got into our groove and scored five.  Welcome to Woodville Jackson Sowton, who hit a nice triple in his debut with us, and welcome back to an old favourite in Rhys Owen, who belted in two runs with a biggie.  At this stage, it was discovered that the Red's teenage pitcher had exceeded his pitch count, so watch this space.  Hits  :  Tom Dineen, Vic Bentvelzen, Rhys Owen, Jackson Sowton, Troy Nicholson 1.

DIV FOUR  Had a poor day and lost to the powerful West Torrens side.

DIV SIX  Had another win, this time over Playford City away up Elizabeth way 4-0, with Keith Mortimore defying the calendar and pitching the whole game, ably backed up by his defence.  Hits  :  Derek Milne 3, Rachael Boers 2, Casey Moore, Aaron Petros, Ryan Boers, Jesse Whinnen 1. So, who has bragging rights in the Boers' household ?

DIV SEVEN  Played Goodwood at Goodwood, and came away with a fine win 23-0.  Never challenged at any stage, and with Sully supreme on the hill for the whole game, they really looked like the top of the table team that they are.  Keep it going guys.  Hits  :  Couz 3, Garry Marsland, Sully, Flash, Tim Russell 2, Dornie, Knuckles, Cam and Behr 1. 

22nd December

DIVISION ONE     -     v     Glenelg at Don Klaebe Field 22.12.18     Lost 4-11

Only three matches were played this round - "Showcase Round" - involving last years' finalists.  They were supposed to be played at West Beach, but a programming change saw them all held at Club grounds, to nobodys' disappointment.  We kept them scoreless in five of the nine innings, but couldn't match their hitting power in the other four.  Jordy did his damnest to  keep them in check and came out after five at 2-7 with a hint of a chance still begging.  Gary had to come out of the game after the third, which was a huge blow to our chances, when he came down heavily on his heel attempting a catch.  Both sides made a number of errors in defence, with ours proving costly.  Jordy proved he is no slouch with a bat in his hand, making contact with a nice bunt which eventually scored a run, Jack Higginbotham continues to get bat on ball, and Shane Allen and Troy Nicholson put the ball into play also.  But leaving runners on keeps on being one of our problems.  Hits  :  Shane Allen, Troy Nicholson 2, Theo Lakmeche, Wade Moore, Todd Dunstall 1.

Round 11 15th & 16th December

DIVISION ONE     -   v Port Adelaide at Home - Don Klaebe Field.     Lost 0-11

The Maggies made their intentions perfectly clear from the get-go, with their attack from the batter's box culminating with us catching them out by numbers in the first - seven, eight and nine.  Jordy Grose, who is having a good series in the Super League mid week, threw three solid innings, with the Nicholson brothers sharing the remainder.  But our hitting was the problem, with no-one looking like they were going to take the bull by the horns at any stage.  The Port boys were then able to just keep on building their total, and whilst we were able to put the brakes on them to a degree, they went on to an easy win.  Hits  :  Gary Owens 2, Feng Qiang, Jack Higginbotham, Todd Dunstall 1.

DIVISION TWO     -     v Port Adelaide at Home - Don Klaebe Field.     WON 7-3

Su was on the mound and in command, did three innings and came out giving us a handy 5-1 lead. Andrew Chesterton took over and continued to keep them in check, with everyone doing their bit - a pretty good team effort.  Fast becoming a cult figure, Jimmy Chu provided plenty of entertainment, with his energetic base running and all round good humour.  This team, if they keep a lid on it, are a finals chance.  Hits  :  James Chu 2, Wade Moore, Vic Benveltzen, Andrew Chesterton 1.

DIV'S FOUR, SIX and SEVEN  -  all had losses.  In the Sixes, Nick McCormack had a good one, striking out seven before leaving the mound at four all,  but the boys couldn't keep the momentum going and lost 4-10.  The Sevens lost only for the second time this season, failing by one run 5-6.

JUNIORS  -  the Under 17's chalked up a win in the Thursday evening fixture, when Gawler failed to send a team down, but couldn't beat Southern Districts on Sunday, and the Under 15's lost also.

After a short break over Christmas, Divs One and Two resume on Sunday Jan 6th, Divs Four, Six and Seven on Saturday Jan 5th, U17 and U15 on Jan 27th, U9 On Feb 3rd, and the Women kick off again on Friday Jan 11th.

Round 10 8th & 9th December 

DIVISION ONE     -     Away v Henley & Grange     8.12.18     Lost 2-8

Not a lot to say about this game, as it was decided by two opposition home runs which put five on to their score - enough to score the win.  Same guy hit them both, one in the third, and the second one in the sixth.  Our only claim to fame happened in the fifth, when Shane Allen powered one down the first base line for a stand up triple to bring in two runs, to keep us in the game for a while.  Had a brief moment in the seventh when Gary doubled, but got left on third.  Very disappointing loss, as there appeared to be not much between the two sides.  Hits  :  Shane Allen, Gary Owens, Wade Moore and Troy Nicholson - all singles.  Jordy and Gary shared the pitching duties.

DIVISION TWO     -     Away v H & G     WON 3-1

We began with Su on the mound (youngster from the Bite Academy), and he pitched his sixty pitches in four scoreless innings, before being relieved by Andrew Chesterton.  We scored in the fifth with Joel Benham's sac fly, and in the next Vic hit a double and Tom's bunt scored a run.  A few youngsters got their chances in this game, namely Ash Miller, Harrison Kiss and Joel Benham, so good luck boys in the times ahead.  Hits  :  Troy Nicholson 2, Wade Moore, Tom Dineen, Vic Bentvelzen, Ash Miller, Andrew Chesterton, Joel Benham 1.

DIVISION FOUR     -     Lost narrowly to Adelaide 4-6.

DIVISION SIX     -     Played against a very strong Div Six team in Port Adelaide and held their own, but fell short 5-10.

DIVISION SEVEN     -     Had a relatively easy outing against the Adelaide Angels and won 21-0, with Behr going the distance.

U17 - Lost 8-15 against Sturt, but came back really well after a poor start, and matched them run for run in the latter stages.

U15 -  Only seven players managed to make the journey up to Gawler, but it was certainly worth it for the team and their parents, as they had a great win 10-9.

U9 - These little tackers had a ball against Port, winning 42-41.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE     -     The girls had a big win over Port 16-6 to keep their momentum going.  Hits  :  Louise Bartle 3, Meg Boers, Darna Veen 2, Shannon Hall, Kenzi St.George, Megan Brownbill, Tam Benham 1.  The girls all seemed to have a good time, both on the field and then off the field after the game.

Round 9 - 1st & 2nd December

DIVISION ONE     -     Away v GGCD     2.12.18     WON 3-2

Typical pitchers' game with their guy striking out thirteen of our batters, and Jordy really putting it to them with six innings for no runs, before handing over to Gary, who finished beautifully.  There was no score in the game until the bottom of the eighth, when the dodgers got a couple courtesy of a fly ball with runners on and a slight fumble.  Can't make a mistake when it's tight - they hurt.  But this was just the set up for the Grand Finale.  Top of the ninth -  Theo and Shane both hit to occupy first and second, and then the Man strides to the plate with intent written all over his face.  Gary goes bang! - over the right-field fence for the lead. He wasn't going to let it go, and cleaned them up in the last.  We had a couple of Bite Academy boys from China who helped out, and they hit the ball hard, and were welcomed into our unit.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmenche, Shane Allen, Gary Owens (HR), Jack Higginbotham, Feng Qiang, Vic Bentvelzen, Todd Dunstall.

DIVISION TWO     -     Away v GGCD     2.12.18     WON 6-4

Got off to a good start when Kane Razis hit a double and we got two home.  Nat Nicholson kept them at bay for four innings until he had to leave to keep us all safe, and Feng took over, followed by Andrew Chesterton.  We were in control all game, but the Dodgers kept plugging away and got a few late ones.  Hits  :  Nathan Nicholson, Kane Razis, Feng Qiang (HR), James Chu, Roger Huadancarairang 1.

DIVISION FOUR     -     Got hold of the winning feeling and ran with it to record their first win for the season 7-6 over GGCD.  Haven't any details, but Carly's boyfriend told me she played well.

DIVISION SIX     -     WON 10-9.  Well, this was the game of the week - no - game of the year - no, wait - game of the century in Morty's 1000th game for the Woodville Senators.  A huge crowd turned up expecting an exciting afternoon, and by crikey, they got it. The Mayor was there to present Keith with a plaque for the occasion, and plenty of past legends were in attendance.  So, Keith took the new ball and held them in check until he was relieved.  But then the fun started - bottom of the last with six runs to draw and seven to win.  The bench of past old hands came to the fore, and the likes of Behr, Marso, Flash, Derek all contributed to close the gap.  Arron hit an in the park home run, Shane Lodge crunched one over the third baseman and turned a sure double into a single, and then much to everyone's enjoyment Tim Russell hit one out to the right field fence and got to second whilst holding up his pants with one hand.  Somehow, amongst all this, the winning run came home, and celebrations began.  (Didn't stop early either) A great day, and played in great spirit by all.  Hits  :  Aaron Petros (HR) and singles to Derek Milne, Behr, Flash, Shane Lodge, double to Tim Russell, and a double and single to Garry Marsland.

DIVISION SEVEN     -     Won 8-0 over GGCD. Thanks to them for changing their fixture to play the game at Woodville so we could all enjoy Morty's 1000th. We were in control with Garry Marsland going the journey in a fine performance and hits were  :  Couz 3, Flash, Marso 2, Behr, Sully, Cam, Dornie 1.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE     -     Went to Sturt, and were beaten by only a couple of runs by the ladder leaders.  They will get their revenge this Friday evening at home against Port.  This will be a great night, with meals available, and after the game Gary will crank up his band and will play till late, either on the diamond if the weather permits, or inside if it rains.  All welcome !!

 U17  -  Had a rough game with Ash Miller and Harrison Kiss getting hits.  It's tough with eight.

U15  -  Lost to west Torrens 4-13.  Next week guys.

U9 (Peewee)  Travelled to Southern Districts only to be pipped 25-56.  Mums and Dads will be happy to know that no more marathon trips are on the agenda, as all games to follow are either at home or close by.

Round 8 - 24th & 25th November

DIVISION ONE     -     v Sturt @ Don Klaebe Field     25.11.18     Lost 7-12

Well, Theo belted a home run off the second pitch of the first inning last week, but he went one better this week, knocking one over off the first pitch which was the starting point for a fine dig by the Senators, amassing four runs, with Joshy Baker and Todd Dunstall and then Jack Higginbotham all contributing with the bat.  However we gave them back soon enough and the game settled down to a decent arm wrestle.  Young Jack settled down on the hill, and was eventually relieved by Gary with Andrew Chesterton finishing.  Jack was not finished with his contribution though, notching up five constructive hits for the game.  The Sturt big hitters wore us down in the end, and we left too many runs out there, but we certainly gave them a good contest - a far better effort and a win is certainly coming. 

Hits  :  Jack Higginbotham 5, Theo Lakmeche, Josh Baker, Todd Dunstall, Nathan Nicholson 1.

DIVISION TWO     -     v Sturt @ Don Klaebe Field     25.11.18     WON 9-8

Errors by both sides contributed to a lot of the scoring, and our winning walk off run was the result of a throwing error.  We hit well in the middle stages of the game and got to a 7-3 lead before letting them back and levelling at 8-8.  Big Kane and Troy Nicholson toiled away from the mound and both did good jobs, ahead of Todd ambling down the line to score the winning run.  Hits  :  Todd Dunstall, Tom Dineen, Jarrod Marsland & Andrew Chesterton one each.

DIVISION FOUR - Had a much better day than in previous weeks, and with Troy Kortekaas going the distance in the middle, lost narrowly 1-4 to Sturt.

DIVISION SIX  -  Went down to East Torrens 9-17 in Keith Mortimore's 999th game, a game that he came in as relieving pitcher after Craig Reval had done a grand job.  Don't forget Keith's 1000th at home next week (Dec 1st - at 12.30) - it does not happen every day.  Hits  :  Aaron Petros 3, Derek Milne 1.

DIVISION SEVEN  -  Lost their first game for the season, going down 3-6 to Sturt.  Uncharacteristic errors were the main problem, and not being able to back up the fine pitching of Sully, who had twelve strikeouts - mainly batters looking.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE  -  These boisterous ladies were seen to be feeling out the Henley girls early on, only to put the foot down when it counted, and then went powering home in a big way and recorded a convincing win 15-4.  Hits  :  Rachel Boers, Carley Moore, Meg Boers, Kerran Fry 1.  The battery of Veen to Moore is tight as, and the girls' defence in general is top stuff.

U17  -  Harrison Kiss had our only hit in this game which resulted in a 2-19 loss.  It's hard to knock off one of the better teams in the comp with only eight men.

U15  -  Lost 1-16 but a highlight was our shortstop, Toby Kortekaas, taking the catch (one out), stepping on the base (two out), and throwing to first (three out), but didn't get the triple play 'cause there was already one out!

U9 (peewee) - had a bye and couldn't keep their winning streak going, but travel to Southern Districts next week looking for a win. 

Round 7 - 17th & 18th November

DIVISION ONE     -     Away v Glenelg     Lost 2-3

We almost pulled this one off.  A very much improved effort all round, with Jordy going deep into the game and proving to be a handful for the Bays' bats.  But Theo provided the early excitement, putting one over off the second pitch of the game to set them back on their heels.  In the bottom of that dig, Gary took a great catch at centre-field and threw the guy out at first - a class play.  No score for a while until Wade hit to first, stole second and got home on Nat's hit - 2-0.  Glenelg equalled then got one in front and there was four scoreless innings until we came to the last.  Theo got on, so did Shane and Gary got caught on the fence.  Drat.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche (HR) 3, Shane Allen 2, Gary Owens, Wade Moore, Todd Dunstall, Nathan Nicholson 1.

DIVISION TWO     -     Away v Glenelg     Lost 1-7

Jack Higginbotham, in his best outing for the Club this season, left the game in the sixth at 1-1 having thrown only two walks.  The Bays made a few errors, but we were not able to make the most of our chances, leaving runners on base a few times.  Hits  :  Liam Huppatz 2, Wade Moore 1.

DIVISION FOUR     -     Had an unfortunate day and lost heavily.

DIVISION SIX     -     Played West Torrens, and with the wily veteran going the distance on the mound, lost 0-6.

DIVISION SEVEN     -     They just keep on keeping on and go on their winning way.  Garry Marsland pitched the game, and despite leaving a total of eleven runners out there, won 8-3 against Southern Districts.  Hits  :  all single hits to Rev, Cam, Nick McCormack, Flash, Scotty, Sully, James Stradling and Watto.

U17     -     two games played this week, a twilight on Thursday and the usual Sunday game.  They had a terrific barnstorming, come from behind, win against Northern Districts 11-10 on the Thursday with Joel Benham and Barry Eime getting hits and Ash Miller hitting a triple.  Not so lucky in the Sunday game, going down 5-16 to Golden Grove.  That win was the first for a while and showed great perseverance. 

U15     -     Another great win for this team, beating Southern Districts 10-7, and showing that with a bit of guts and determination, results come.

U9     -     The parents had to head up to Gawler to see the kids win 41-20.  Well done to all concerned  -  Doggy and his gang.

WOMAN'S LEAGUE     -     Away v Kensington     WON 9-7.

Comfortably in front all day, the girls let the Cardinals creep a bit closer in the end, but were not troubled, and had a good win.

Round 6 - 10th & 11th November

DIVISION ONE     v     Kensington @ Don Klaebe Field     Lost 2-12

The Cardinals made their intentions known straight away by knocking over a two run bomb in the first, but with hits to Shane Allen and Josh Baker we got one ourselves.  They showed their hitting strength again in the second with another homer, and we had four scoreless innings while they amassed plenty of solid hits to score runs consistently.