A1 vs Mornington 5-11 Loss
Matt Blackmore Reports
The Rustlers travelled down the Nepean HWY to face a determined Mornington as both teams knew this was a must win game to stay in the the top 4. With conditions not ideal once again for Baseball we started off strong plating a run in the first before giving a couple back in the bottom half of the frame.
Jack Enciondo battled hard as he always does but unfortunately just didn’t have his stuff. Some lack lustre fielding with a few hits in between had us chasing a considerable lead through 5 innings. To our credit the boys battled back to make the game interesting with consecutive hits including a nice 2rbi knock from Luke Ashen.
Max Barrett threw his heart out once again with plenty of intensity to finish the game but the margin was to great and the game was called for light.We as a ones team is lacking an identity and a strong belief in one another. It worries me that as men we don’t prepare as one should and bring an enjoyment and positive attitude to what is the greatest game in the world…..
A2 vs Mornington 9-9 Draw
The Magoos couldn’t get the better of a gallant Mornington on a miserable, cold, windy and weather shortened game.
After being shut out in order in the top of the first and then giving up a 5 spot in the bottom of same, the 2’s really were a bit slow getting out of the gate. While the compromised warm up and delayed start as a result of the weather goes a long way to explain some of the sluggishness, the opposition managed to get themselves up under the same conditions, which means it is no excuse.
Chelt managed to wake themselves up for the top of the 2nd innings string together some quality at bats. Getting it all started was an 8 pitch walk to Jack Ogilvie, which set the tone and highlighted (or course) by a bases clearing double from My Favorite Player™ which drove it home. Batting right through the order & plating 9 runs for our trouble, put us back in a commanding position.
Credit to The Pirates, they hit right back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning and then another 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to tie up the game shortly before time ran out.
Jack Ogilvie wasn’t at his usual best on the hill, but certainly didn’t deserve to give up 9 runs worth. A whole bunch of weakly hit ground balls didn’t result in outs which means our defensive intensity needs to be taken up a notch.
So we couldn’t keep our winning streak alive, but now we’ll just call it an unbeaten streak from here on.
C1 vs Sandringham 7-8 Loss
Brad Heenan Reports
Turned out to be a great day for baseball at a nice ground at Sandringham. With a few missing an a few new faces in the side was always going to be closer than the last time we met with a 15-0 scoreline.
Pat Oneill came back into the side an immediately took the ball for the start, thought he threw quite well with him disagreeing with some of the plate umpires calls didnt help that the umpire sent the catcher out to tell him that he was sorry he missed that one ;).
DJ did his normal stuff couple of base hits couple of runs scored an a bit of a scuffle along the way. For me coaching third base an seeing DJ an there short stop almost in blows was pretty funny i thought, these 2 grown men were trying to push each other off the base an had to be seperated.
Batting side was ok but not the best good games with the stick for DJ, Daz and Ruby who came into the side from the C2 and did a great job playing second base all day an coming up with a rbi single when we needed it.
And Leigh Heinricks Wow even at number 9 you couldnt produce!!
Next week we are away at Mornington with the C1 very much needing a win.
C2 vs Dandenong Forfeit Loss
Under 12 vs Mornington 10-6 Win
Under 14 vs Mornington 21-5 Win
Under 18 vs Frankston 7-2 Win
Darren Hiddlestone Reports
This week 3rd place Cheltenham hosted ladder leaders Frankston. With rain threatening the guys needed to jump out of the blocks and with Shelby Roberts getting the start the tomatoes were on the back foot from the get go. Brad Earle replaced Shelby and continued pounding the strike zone reducing our opponents to only 3 hits. Offensively we had 7 hits, with skipper Tom O leading with 3 (double and 2 singles), Brad with a double, Shelby with 2 singles, and Cade with his first hit for the good guys.
With a couple of weeks off we will come back refreshed for the business end of the season. Thanks to Brad and Josh from the U16s for helping out and Michelle for scoring.