A1 vs Mornington 8-7 Win
Gorgeous conditions greeted all the Rustler groupies on Saturday for our first home stand of the Winter Season. After a moment of reflection for the members of the Cheltenham extended family in Meg Clarkson, Alan Burdett and Anne Hall who we lost in the off season, the Rustlers sought to honour them and their families in attendance with a win.
Things broke out almost immediately with a hectic first few innings. The chances of me remembering the exact sequences of events are about as likely as me remembering loved ones birthdays or anniversaries, so you will have to settle for a blurry gist of things.
With Max Barrett getting the start on the hill and putting up a zero in the 1st, our offence opened up immediately and answered with a 3 spot in the bottom half on the back of Koji Campitelli and Brandon Stenhouse doubles.
Then it was time for Inning 2: Electric Boogaloo and a sequel which stayed true to formula. Max continued dealing the good stuff, though he did allow a run which eventuated after a 7-3 overthrow, a check swing double (explain that) to RF and then a cue-job dying quail over 3B. The offence again answered with 3 runs, this time with doubles to Mack Turley and Dante Caruso giving us a commanding 6-1 lead.
Innings 3 however was a big momentum shifter as the Threequel turned out to be a hard reboot that scrapped everything we loved about the franchise. With Max a little erratic on the hill and pitching into a jam or two and our outfield not helping matters by hurling in lazer beams that were eating the infield alive and resulting in overthrows. Upon the revelation that Max was dealing with an injury we got him out of there and turned pitching duties over to Jack Enciondo to try and get us out of what had turned into a horror dig. Which he did, but not before 6 runs had crossed the plate and the lead had been squandered.
The good guys did add a run to tie the game up at 7 in the bottom of the dig, but for the life of me I can not remember how this run scored. You’ll have to forgive me, there was a bit happening.
From here the game settled into a groove with both Mornington’s relief pitcher and our own putting up zeros right until the death.
In the bottom of the 9th it was high time for some home team heroics and on cue it was Ben Fierenzi drawing a clutch walk, Chris Anderton singling to RF and then Michael Leslie with a high bouncing chopper which beat the infield and delivered the walk off RBI to send us all home happy.
Huge credit to Jack Enciondo coming into the game cold and pitching 6+Innings of relief and over 100+ pitches for zero runs.
A2 vs Mornington 16-1 Win
The Magoos went off like Mount Vesuvius circa AD 79 en route to a Mercy rule victory after 5 innings.
With a huge 13 run bottom of the first showering runs on The Pirates like molten rock showered on the people of Pompeii the result was never in doubt.
With everyone getting in on the hit band wagon there was only one real stand out and that was Shelby Roberts with his bases clearing triple and the 2RBI double in the 5th that ending the game after barely more than an hour. Not to mention an outfield assist to cut down a runner at 3rd base.
Your Favourite Player™ handled the pitching portion of the proceedings and his performance was…perfunctory.
C1 vs Chelsea 5-12 Loss
C2 vs Chelsea 10-7 Win
Under 18 vs Frankston 4-11 Loss
Darren Hiddlestone Reports
This week the U18 traveled down to a very foggy Frankston where we met a full strength Frankston outfit. We had our full team of 6 players and welcomed Blake Holding and Josh Ashen up from the U16. Thanks guys. We welcomed Lucas for his first game of the season.
We started with Luke Ashen on the mound who did a good job but had trouble finishing off batters. He was replaced with Blake who also did a good job. Catching duties were again shared between Shelby and Michael.
Offensively we were out hit 7 to 5, with Base on Balls 7 to 2 against. We need to work a bit harder on throwing strikes and protecting the plate when in the batters box.
Under 16 vs Mornington 1-4 Loss
Max Barrett Reports
On a beautiful Saturday morning down on Farm Rd the Chelt u16’s matched up against an always solid Mornington team, who did not disappoint. It looked as if this would be a pitching duel until the very end with Bradley Earle and Nick Bertucci both very impressive. However the Mornington lineup had other plans as they erased a 1 run deficit to take the lead 4-1 in the 3rd innings. Which would remain the scoreline until 10:30am.
It is important to maintain a team approach to every game, and this weeks game was no exception. Each player was encouraging and engaged in the game, supporting one another at the plate and in the field. And although we did not come away with a victory there were many positives to take away from this performance.
There is no game this weekend, so enjoy the weekend and be ready for the following week!
Under 14 vs Mornington 19-1 Win
Ron Carothers Reports
Cheltenham Rustlers defeated a depleted Mornington Pirates team by the score of 19-1. The Pirates are in their re-building year with a few new players and a host of players still learning the game.
Dylan Hind got things started in their home half of the first inning by crushing a leadoff double through the cones in right centerfield. He promptly stole third base after Kyle Yong reached first on a walk. Dylan scored on a wild pitched and Kyle scored after new comer, Mason Haimona, drew a walk followed by a Ryan Langworthy double that scored both Kyle and Mason. A seven run first inning avalanche continued right through the game as Cheltenham duplicated the second inning with seven runs and almost the third inning and eventually won 19-1.
The highlight of the game was Nathan Yong’s moon-shot homerun that headed towards Centre Dandenong Road before landing 30 metres over the cones!!!
Nathan’s performance on the day earned him the best player of the game award! Well done Nathan!
Nathan Yong – Player of the Game
Dylan Hind- double, single, 3 runs scored, 1 stolen base
Kyle Yong- double, 2 runs scored, 2 stolen bases
Mason Haimona – single, 2 runs scored, 2 stolen bases
Ryan Langworthy – double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI’S
Tom Yule – single, 1 run scored
Zach Dunkley – double, 3 runs scored, 1 stolen base
Nathan Yong – triple, Home Run, 2 RBI’S, 2 Runs Scored
Jeremy Hess – 1 Run Scored
Nic Volpe – single, 2 Runs scored
Jordan Chennel – double, 1 Run Scored
Under 12 vs Chelsea/Dingely 6-4 Win