A1 vs Bonbeach 5-3 Win
Matt Blackmore Reports
Just wanted to apologise for the lack of reporting on last weeks titanic struggle against Boneo, staring down a 6/0 first inning deficit against a side who had obviously come to play, we managed through a fierce determination to level the scores at 11 – 11 before the fading light did us in. Brandon Stenhouse, Jack Enciondo were again the stand outs with cameos from Campitelli, Ashen and Croker.
Bonbeach on Saturday in beautiful sunshine was another test for the ever maturing young side but boy we definitely had our hands full with a determined Blue Jays outfit. Ever reliable Jack Enciondo on the hill with Mac Turley resuming catching duties behind the dish we knew what we were going to get from Jack but we didn’t do ourselves any favours in the batters box. Impatient at bats cost us through out the day and we can only once again get better from this.
The 4th inning saw us rally for 3 runs to give us a 2 run lead on a Mac Turley double to CF but left runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out seemed to flat line the boys for the rest of the game.
Our defence and relief pitching from Max Barrett would hold the Bonbeach hitters and allow us to walk away with an unconvincing victory. A victory we need in our race to our first finals appearance in 3 years. A week off to re group and freshen up for 3 big games before another break will hopefully see us cement a place in the top 4.
A2 vs Bonbeach 11-2 Win
The Maggoos, had their cake and ate it too out at Bonbeach with a commanding 11-2 win.
Jack Ogilvie privided the chocolate filling with a dominating performance on the hill needing just 87 pitches to get through 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits and 2 (unearned) runs.
A big 5 run top of the 2nd added the creamy middle after the bottom of the order worked counts and drew walks, thus setting up the top of the order to whip up 3 consecutive RBI doubles from Blake Holding, Shelby Roberts and My Favourite Player ™.
A 2 RBI double from Jack Ogilvie put the icing on the cake in a game where all 9 hitters picked up either a hit or an RBI.
So If you’ve a sweet tooth the 2s is the place to be, because this win put us on top of the ladder.
C1 vs Dingley 3-3 Draw
Brad Heenan Reports
Was a great day for baseball on Saturday down at Farm Road with the C1’s taking on ladder leaders Dingley.
In a game dominated by pitching, Ash Ridderiford for them throwing the complete game, he did an outstanding job with a great curve ball from a lefty keeping batters uneasy at the plate all day.
On our end Rhys Fairweather took the ball arriving 10 minutes prior to game time and did a great job not warming up fully to restricted them to 2 runs threw 3 digs until he had reached his pitch count.
In comes Adrian (GUS) Fielden to finish the game for the Rustlers showing that age hasn’t got him……. yet, throwing amazingly for the remainder.
On the batting side Chelt only recorded 2 hits for the game Darren Hiddlestone and Po Heenan. We were out hit but still managed a draw.
I think that our great base running and Error-less infield was the key in staying in the game for so long, with the infield turning two double plays.
Adam Leech, he turned up 10 mins after game time and then took 10 mins to get ready. C1 start 2.30!!!
Was a great team effort to hold them to a draw with the chance to win it, but couldn’t come through, am very pleased to be able to get a draw against some very good pitching.
C2 vs Dingley 7-14 Loss
This week brings us back to the top of the fixture to play Dingley at home. A first round washout meant we were unfamiliar with this C2 side. We started with David Johnson on the mound who in the first innings gave up 5 runs to 4 hits and 3 errors. Dingley’s pitcher struggled to find the plate throwing 8 balls and 1 strike to walk our first two batters. After some words from the bench he quickly found form with a strikeout, flyout and groundout to leave us scoreless with two runners stranded.
In the second innings Johno started to fire and although giving up 2 hits, got the 3 outs to shut them out. We again failed to score going 3 up 3 down. We gave up another 2 runs in the third but turned it on with the bats scoring 5 runs from 4 hits including a double from Denise Healy. This put us back in the game being only 7 to 5 down.
Johno said “I’ve got one more in me” and continued to dazzle. He was unhittable in the fourth ending their inning with 3 up 3 down, while we added 1 run. A pitching change at the fifth saw Russell Ashen take the mound. Although he threw straight, Dingley hit him around a bit scoring the maximum 7 runs for the inning. We could only come back with 1 run giving Dingley a 14 to 7 win.
Apart from the late game charge by Dingley we were definitely contenders for a win. We will need to come out scoring earlier though if we’re to win these games. We also need to tighten up on our routine ground ball plays. Thank you to Caroline Allen for coming down and filling in as the ninth.
Hits: Singles to Antony Harrowell, David Johnson, Russell Ashen, 2 singles to Damon Pettit, a double to Denise Healy and a single and a double to Heath Dunkley.
Under 12 vs Pakenham 11-3 Win
Under 14 vs Bonbeach/Chelsea 15-0 Win
Under 16 vs Bonbeach 9-3 Win
This week the u16’s lined up against Bonbeach on another arctic morning. With several players rejoining us after a couple of weeks away with the Mariners we had an abundance of players to mix through the lineup, and to the credit of every player they all played a role in the 9-1 win. From the beginning Josh Ashen was dominant as usual and again backed up by near perfect defence. The bats came alive and took a liking to the lefty on the mound for Bonbeach and plated several runs over the first 2 innings making for an early exit for the southpaw.
Kellan Hill continued his hot hitting, smoking a double to left centre and Blake Holding returned to the lineup with a double too. Although it may not translate into the hit column we continue to hit the ball HARD and on the ground and with these cold and wet mornings these balls are damn hard to field. Koji and I are reinforcing hard contact on the ground and each player has responded well. Another win in the books and the u16 Rustlers keep on rolling!
No game or training this week, so enjoy the time off and come back ready to go against Dandy the following week!
Under 18 vs Frankston 6-15 Loss
This week the U18’s traveled down to Frankston to take on the ladder leaders. For the first time in weeks we were able to field a full team with the support of Darcy and Sean from the U16’s as well as regular fill ins Jake and Josh Tribe.
Offensively we had 5 hits to Frankston’s 6 with Josh Tribe’s double, singles to Shelby Roberts (2) Frazer Hiddlestone (2). Luke Ashen started and threw a lot. (3K’s 4BB’s and 4HPB). Bull pen duties where handled by Frazer Hiddlestone and ever reliable Jake Harrowell. U16 Darcy Messenger did a great job behind the dish, catching the whole game. We made plenty of errors which in the end cost us the win.