John's Match Reports 2018/19

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.  We tried hard to stem the flow and changed pitchers regularly - first Jordy, then Andrew Chesterton, Liam Huppatz and finally Troy Nicholson.  In the latter stages we loaded the bases twice to give the boys a bit of hope, but they stayed out there.  Hits  :  Shane Allen 2, Josh Baker, Troy Nicholson 1.

DIVISION TWO     v     Kensington @ Don Klaebe Field     WON 6-4

Young Jack Higginbotham started and threw a terrific six innings, the only flaw being allowing a two run homer in the fourth.  The boys picked that up two digs later when Travis Joblin's bunt put runners in good position and a Wade triple scored three, and Tom Dineen obliged  and got him home with a sac fly.  The Cards levelled but with good running and hitting, we managed a couple to pull away 6-4 winners.  Hits  :  Wade Moore 2, Andrew Chesterton 1.

DIVISION FOUR didn't have the best of days and lost 0-24 with David Lodge, Joel Benham and Josh Mignone each getting a hit.

DIVISION SIX  -  LOST 6-23 but with Jesse Whinnen starring once again going home run, triple and a single.  What ? no double.  Others to hit were Nick McCormack, James Stradling, Ryan Boers and Casey Moore one each.

DIVISION SEVEN  - Knocked off Port Adelaide 10-3 to keep their unbeaten run alive.  They were missing a few as well, so it was a good win with Knuckles Currie and Sully keeping their bats at bay.  Hits :  Lawrie Moore 3, Tim Fawcett, Nick McCormack (HR & triple) 2, Sully, James Stradling, Blake O'Brien and Shane Lodge 1.

JUNIORS     -     Both U17's and U15's lost 1-15 and 4-15.  PeeWee (u9) starts this Sunday with an 11.00 game away at Gawler.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE     -     Had a 4-9 loss to the experienced Goodwood team.  Loaded the bases a couple of times and looked to be in a good spot when bad light put an end to the game.  One poor inning did the trick and the girls held their own.     Hits  :  Carley Moore 2, Megan Boers,  Darna Veen (who pitched well) 1.

Round 5 - 3rd & 4th November

DIVISION ONE     Away v East Torrens (Game One)     lost 3-12

First pitch of the game plugged Theo in the back, but he got his revenge by crossing the plate on Gary's hit, and Gary scored after some sloppy d.  However, in reply, the Redsox got five in their first, and Nat Nicholson was brought on once again to relieve and stem the flow - two weeks in a row.  We let them keep scoring and they added a further couple in each innings due to an alarming number of basic errors, until Theo scored Todd but got stranded on third.  Troy Nicholson was called upon to close and did well.  Hits  :  Gary Owens 2, Theo Lakmeche, Shane Allen, Troy Nicholson, Nathan Nicholson, Todd Dunstall 1.

Game Two     -     Away v East Torrens     lost 1-5

With Jordy keeping their bats quiet, we seemed to approach this game in a far better frame of mind, and didn't let them get away until the fourth, when they started to see the ball hit the bat and scored four.  We loaded the bases in the sixth, and after Gary was ruled out at the plate, Wade scored on a passed ball.  Joshy Baker showed his talent prior to this by hitting to get on first then stealing second and third - all to no avail - he got left there.  Not bad for a bloke with a crook wrist.  A much better effort considering that a lot of the guys are playing out of position because of the circumstances that we are in at the moment.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche 2, Troy Nicholson, Josh Baker, Jimmy Chu 1.

DIVISION TWO    Away v East Torrens     lost 3-12

Got our first run in the second and the next in the fourth when Andrew Chesterton hit to right-field to score Jarod Marsland, but a poor inning from our boys saw them score heavily in the bottom of the fourth.  Jimmy Chu hit a nice double in the sixth and scored thanks to a passed ball.  Andrew Chesterton made way for Tom Dineen on the mound.  Hits  :  all one each to Matt Meugge, Jimmy Chu, Jarod Marsland, Andrew Chesterton.

DIVISION FOUR had a bye.

DIVISION SIX  had a very good win against Playford City at home 21-6 and amongst many highlights was Jesse Whinnen hitting the cycle - that is a hit to first, a hit to second, a hit to third and a home run. Nick McCormack pitched well, and hit two triples and two doubles and the others that got into the act were Dave Ding three for four with a home run, Derek Milne 3-5, Ryan Boers two doubles and Keith Mortimore 2-3.  Well done all.

DIVISION SEVEN -  Found the trip up to Northern Districts to their liking and recorded another win in their unbeaten run, this time 15-1. Behr pitched the entire game and Lawrie Moore went 4-4, Steve (the Hulk) Couzner 3, Rev 3, Behr 3, Cam 2, Flash 1, Knuckles Currie 1 & James (Dornie) Stradling 1.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE  -  The girls didn't like leaving the comfortable, familiar Clubrooms at Woodville and came home from the Bay with a 3-6 loss.  Back home this Friday with a Game against Goodwood at 6.15 with meals to follow and entertainment.  After all, it is Friday night.

U17's Had a 6-12 loss and the U15's lost also 0-17.

Round 4 - 27th & 28th October

DIVISION ONE     AWAY V Sth Districts  Game One of Double Header     Lost 2-18

After going down 1-2-3 in the first, we had to endure a fourteen batter innings from the opposition - nine runs.  Then in the second, same again, 1-2-3 but only (?) five runs this time. A huddle and a pep talk, and the bats started to talk with Jack Higginbotham starting us off, followed by Shane Allen and Gary, then Wade and Troy Nicho got into the act and we were looking lots better.  Our start was not helped by Joshy Baker breaking his wrist in the warm-up due to a faulty l-frame and shooting off to hospital - he will be out for a while.  Hits  :  Jack Higginbotham 2, Shane Allan, Gary Owens, Wade Moore, Troy Nicholson 1.

DIVISION ONE     AWAY V Sth Districts Game Two     Lost 4-6

The Hawks scored one in the first, and it was a tight game early with Jordy looking the goods on the mound.  We loaded the bases in the third but couldn't convert, and fell one more behind with a close call at the home plate.  Theo put one over off Brammer in the fifth to score two and tie the game, but, with Jordy off, they got four more in the next two digs which made us four down going into the last, and although we got two, just missed out.  A far better effort.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche (HR) 3, Shane Allen, Gary Owens 1.

DIVISION TWO     AWAY V Sth Districts     Lost 2-10

We started to hit in the early going, but gave up too many runs on errors - twice they loaded the bases because of this, which wasn't really helping our pitcher - Kane Razis - who was toiling manfully.  They brought on a relieving pitcher at the end and the boys got a couple off him.  Hits  :  Wade Moore, Travis Joblin 2,  Matt Muegge, Tom Dineen & Jarod Marsland 1.

DIV Four  -  Went down to a power packed Kensington team 2-6.  Lots of Div Three  boys in their team didn't help our cause.

DIV Six were very stiff going down to Henley 11-12, and DIV Seven just keep on going, this week knocking off Kensington 10-6 with the list of hitters reading like a who's who of the Senators.  Hits  :  Steve (the Hulk) Couzner, Rev, Cam, Knuckles Currie 2, Garry Marsland, Behr, Flash, James (Dornie) Stradling & Noel Watson 1.

 U17 played really well but unfortunately lost 3-4,  whilst the U15's lost 2-10.

WOMEN'S LEAGUE  -  The girls provided the highlight of the week with their inaugural foray into the competition winning 7-6 against last year's premiers,  The good crowd in attendance watched as the Mayor of The City of Charles Sturt threw out the first pitch, and then saw a very competent display of baseball from our girls,  who looked good in defence and with the bat.  Their attitude on the bench was fantastic, and the battery of Veen to Moore was terrific.  Hits  : Carley Moore, Leah Turn 2, Kenzi St. George, Tam Benham 1.


Round 3 - 20th & 21st October


Away v Adelaide     Lost 7-10

Gary, having finished his stint in Germany, made a welcome return albeit a touch jet-lagged.  We made the early going with Shane Allen's triple in the second scoring Kane Razis, and getting home himself on a passed ball.  But then the third dig proved huge for both teams, with Gary and Theo both hitting to load the bases and Nathan Nicholson scoring two, before poor Adelaide defence enabled us to score two more.  Not to be outdone, the Angels' then put up a good hitting innings and put on four themselves.  Jordy was forced to sit it out and Andy Chesterton took over and kept them quiet until they got three more in the fifth.  Joshy Baker got Theo home next dig and a fightback was looming, but we left too many out there, and Kane came on to close.  We needed three to tie in the last, but went down swinging.  Hits  :  Theo Lakmeche 4, Shane Allen 2, Gary Owens, Kane Razis 1.


Away v Adelaide     WON 3-0

After drawing the game last weekend that we should have won, feelings were running high, and when the Coach rocked up you could see the boys' lift.  A classy double play closed out Adelaide's second, and then Troy Nicholson doubled and was brought home by a Razis double. We looked in a bit of strife in the fifth with bases loaded, but a putout at home and then a double play put paid to that. Troy came off the mound after six solid innings, replaced by Tom Dineen who threw well until Jack Higginbotham closed. The icing on the cake was Wade hitting and then stealing second and then third, only to score on Kane's sac fly.  Hits  :  Wade Moore, Kane Razis 2, Troy Nicholson, Nathan Nicholson, Jarod Marsland (yes ! Jarod Marsland) 1.

DIVISION FOUR and DIVISION SIX both had losses, the fours 0-23 and the sixers 2-17 but with some good hitting, with Flash getting three, and one each to Aaron Petros, Craig Mortimore, Carly Moore, Nick McCormack and Ding.

 DIVISION SEVEN  -  What can you say - another game - another win.  This time a 12-3 victory.  This week the hits came from Steve (the Hulk) Couzner 3, Gary Marsland, Cam Britcher, Nick McCormack 2, Rev and James (Dornie) Straddling one each.

JUNIORS  -  Both of our teams in the junior grades were defeated  -  the U17's lost 3-9 and the U15's 4-17.


Round 2 - 13th & 14th October


Away v Goodwood          Lost 1-6

The game began in a very tight fashion, with both pitchers giving nothing away, but Jordy gave up a run in the second to start them on their way.  We were giving their pitcher an easy ride in the middle stages, having very short stays in the batting box, but a Troy Nicholson sac fly scored birthday boy Jesse T in what was a much better innings.  The Indians' defence proved a tough nut to crack, and they continued to score the odd run with consistent hitting.  Jordy put in a good effort for four solid innings, and Kane Razis did his bit, followed by Troy Nicholson.  All is not lost, and all in all, it was a pretty good outing against the reigning premiers.  Hits : Todd Dunstall 2, Theo Lakmeche 1.


Away v Goodwood          Draw 10-10

We welcomed Andrew Chesterton to the Club who, in his debut, threw a creditable four innings and left the mound with the team in a good position.  We batted well and were terrific in defence and had a nice lead going, but we let them back in at the death and they were able to draw the game in the last.  Hits : Vic Benveltzen 3, Kane Razis, Tom Dineen, Jack Higginbotham 2, Wade Moore, Travis Joblin 1.


At Don Klaebe Field v H & G         Lost 8-22

We were able to hold them in check for the first half, but couldn't sustain the pressure.  Hits : Troy Kortekaas, Boden, Benham and Mignone one each.

DIVISION SIX Went up to do battle with Kensington, and came away with a 6-12 loss.

DIVISION SEVEN Just kept going on their winning way and recorded an 8-3 victory over Golden Grove.

U17  -  First up game for the season and lost 1-13

U15  -  Battled the thunder and lightning as well as the opposition and fell to a 3-7 defeat.


Round 1 - 6th & 7th October


V Glenelg at Don Klaebe Field   Lost 3-9

On a bright sunny afternoon, a good crowd turned out to watch the opening round of the season.  We fielded a new look team, having lost quite a few of last year's stalwarts for various reasons, so it is onwards and upwards from here with a youthful side and a good attitude.  We welcome Theo Lakmeche from France -who looked comfortable behind the plate - Joshy Baker after a break, James Chu (new), Jesse Toepher (div 3), Tom Dineen, and a host of juniors eager to establish themselves.  When his commitments in Germany are over, Coach Gary Owens will be a great inclusion.  Jordy Grose (almost a veteran now) took the new ball and threw five solid innings with the Nicholson brothers combining to finish off. Most of the Bay's runs came courtesy of home runs as both sides amassed eleven hits apiece for the game with Wade and Joshy hitting nice doubles.  Jesse to Theo to Wade at first completed an outstanding double play.  Whilst it was disappointing to lose, there are signs of things to come.  Hits : Wade Moore, Shane Allen 2, one each to Todd Dunstall, Theo Lakmeche, Troy Nicholson, Josh Baker, James Chu, Jesse Toepher, Tom Dineen.


V Glenelg at Don Klaebe Field  Lost 1-16

This team bears little resemblance to last year's finals team, as we were forced to stock it with plenty of juniors having a taste of senior ball.  Great experience for them, which will hold them in good stead for the future.  Wade Moore and Harrison Kiss recorded hits, and we used a few pitchers during the game.


Went out to East Torrens and couldn't bring home the bikkies - lost 3-8


Played at home and went down 2-15.  Timmy Fawcett got two hits, and Keith Mortimore, Derek Milne and James Stradling got one each.


The guys started their premiership campaign by soundly beating the Bays 18-3 with Gary Marsland and Sully producing the goods from the mound.  Hits aplenty with Couzner bagging three, Reval, Behr, Flash, Marso the younger and Sully two each, with McCormick and Scotty Currie chiming in with one each.

Juniors kicking off next week.