A1 vs Frankston 6-2 Win
Matt Blackmore Reports
In what shaped as a must win game against the top team Frankston. The playing group showed what they are capable of, by playing some really solid baseball from the get go. Jack Enciondo got the start after having a week off the bump and threw he’s heart out for 7.1 innings. He controlled the Frankston hitters until tiring late in the game where they were able to tie the game 2/2. Max Barrett took the ball off Jack and proceeded to end the threat
Frankston’s import pitcher battled well all day leaving the game in the 7th giving our boys a sniff in 8th off the left handed reliever. We took advantage of some great at bats which produced timely hits, and a couple of bases loaded walks resulting in a comfortable 6/2 lead that Max had no trouble in shutting the door for the Rustlers.
A real team effort which pleased the crowd and the coaches with how the boys can apply themselves if they want too. Outstanding efforts to Jack and Max and some really good at bats from Matt McKenna, Enciondo, Firenzi, Stenhouse and Anderton.
Fire up again as we take on Boneo at home in another must win to keep in touch with the 4.
A2 vs Frankston 3-1 Win
In a tight pitcher dominated contest, in pitcher dominating conditions, the Magoos held firm with a 3-1 win over the Tomatoes.
Declan Croker kept the opposition bats quiet in his 92 pitch, 6 inning, complete game performance allowing a solitary (unearned) run in the 4th.
Ably backed up by the infield which not only made all the plays, but also oddly eschewed natural hair colour at every opportunity. With 3 Rangas, an old grey mare (who ain’t what she used to be*) and the peroxided locks of Luke Ashen, the rainbow road golloped up the rare ball in the field Dec actually allowed. No doubt this is just the kind of high minded inside-baseball analysis you came here for.
While we threatened to score in each of the first two innings with multiple runners in scoring position, it wasn’t until the 3rd that we managed to break through on the scoreboard. Two bases loaded walks and a Sac Fly from Stu Holland accounted for our entire output on the day. Strikeouts in key run-producing situations are troubling, but nothing to get worked up about while we’re still picking up W’s.
After the 3rd inning the Frankston reliever shut down our offence entirely and it speaks to the level of desperation that Leigh Heinrichs resorted to getting into the batters box and trying to hit with the bat weight still on his bat. Normally he gets donuts after his at-bats, so I suppose he may as well take one up their with him as well.
C1 vs Boneo 4-2 Win
C2 vs Berwick 8-12 Loss
Under 12 vs Bonbeach 4-12 Loss
Under 14 vs Frankston 4-15 Loss
Ronnie Carothers Reports
Today was always going to a struggle as we lost 4 players to the Mariners this week and giving up 11 walks and 12 wild pitches resulted in a 15-4 lost to Frankston.
A lot of positives came out of the game was Jeremy Hess pitching from a longer distance for the first time and did pretty well!! Kyle Yong, who has been battling a rash came in to shut down the Tomatoes for a while after Jordan Chennell struggle a bit with control, but a valuable experience for the boys and a confidence booster.
Nathan Yong also performed well on the mound for an all around experience of pitching for some of the new players as well as the players moving up from Under 12!
Frankston only produced 6 hits but we opened the door for them with wild throws and walks. I’m sure it will be a different result in our favour in the next meeting.
Kyle Yong was the winner of the Best Player of The Game award.
Ryan Langworthy – single, run scored
Kyle Yong – run scored
Jeremy Hess – run scored
Nathan Yong – run scored
Under 16 vs Frankston Red 3-8 Loss
Max Barrett Reports
The u16’s were again at home this week up against Frankston Red who had proven to be one of the strongest sides in the league, although even with a well undermanned team on our hands we were able to stick with the Tomatoes (yes…Tomatoes) putting up runs on plenty of hits scattered throughout the lineup.
It was never going to be an easy game against the top side with the bare minimum of 7 players, however both Koji and myself were blown away with the performance that the u16’s put up this week. Some timely and patient hitting resulted in an early lead which was then backed up by an always reliable Brad Earle on the mound, unfortunately the Tomatoes got the better of us putting up late runs to snatch the win.
Nevertheless we continue to be impressed by the week to week improvements of every single player. Multiple players in foreign positions such as Blake Dunkley and Cooper Hiddlestone showed that getting down to training on Thursdays will go along way in improving their skills, both making notable contributions in the field.
By showing up to training and getting work in we are seeing results translate onto the field, I hope to see this trend continue and pick up a few more wins along the way! Go Rustlers
Under 18 vs Dandenong Forfeit Loss