A1 vs Chelsea 9-1 Win
Matt Blackmore Reports
The ones played host to a determined Chelsea at Farm Rd in what was an unknown as both teams hadn’t faced each other in over 20 years.
Max Barrett got the start and was impressive all day throwing a complete game and giving his pitching mate Enciondo a well deserved rest.
In what was a weird day on the field between the officiating personnel and the opposition we didn’t let ourselves get sucked into what was out of our control.
We flew out of the blocks tacking on 6 runs in the first from some timely hitting and walks but did leave the bases loaded to end the inning.
In what has been a similar story through out the year the runs completely dried up on the back of some impatient at bats resulting in a few back to back 123 innings.
A credit to Chelsea who kept the game interesting registering back to back hits and scoring their first run.
Stand out for the day was Max Barrett who is finding some of his vintage form at the right time for us.
I genuinely hope that we all understand how much effort and dedication is required to succeed at what ever level you are playing at and how much you are willing to put back into the club which has become some what of a disappointment in recent years.
A2 vs Chelsea 10-0 Win
The Magoos quest for worlds domination continued unabated with a ho-hum 10-0 drubbing of Chelsea.
Shredding the recent reliance on the big inning to put scores on the board, the 2s instead picked up at least 1 run in each inning without ever really getting out of first gear. Which in its way is a welcome sign that the consistent team hitting approach we’ve been working towards over the last month is paying dividends.
Jack Ogilvie started on the hill, which is a revelation in and of itself, given that he was sucked into a cosmic vortex and missed last week. Jack was dominant though 5 innings riding a shutout right up until the point His Favourite Coach™ cruelly stepped in to block his attempts at a trophy and dragged him from the game for no reason other than pure spite. Josh Ashen came on to close and threw a scoreless top of the 6th.
Offensively Tom Ogilvie popped up to first base on a balk call (which caused havoc for the scorers) and then made his reprieve really count with an RBI double. He also later singled in the game while Josh Ashen likewise picked up 2 hits for his trouble. But the real stand out was the team hitting approach and the deep counts and long battles at the plate that made life for the opposition really difficult.
C1 vs Pakenham 13-2 Win
Brad Heenan Reports
C1 played Pakenham at home on another cold rainy day.
Josh Tribe got the start for Chelt giving up 2 runs via walks in the first, but turned it around throwing the remainder of the game under his pitch count for just those 2 runs.
On the batting side we were very patient in the box, 8 walks for the day an hits to DJ, Gus, Sean D, Matt McK, Daz. And as I am looking at the scorebook now a certain error to Leigh Heindricks has been marked as a hit, am positive he will be relieved.
We won 13-2 an sit a game an a half clear in 3rd, with the easier part of the draw coming up.
C2 vs Pakenham 18-14 Win
Damon Pettit Reports
The C2s had another comfortable win against Pakenham, this time at home. Michael Hill started and pitched the bulk of the game. Despite the field not getting behind him at times he had an excellent day proving he is as proficient on the mound as he is behind the plate. Barbs also came in to relieve. Pakenham’s starting pitcher struggled – walking several batters while their reliever threw some perfect hitting pitches. Great hitting to pretty much everyone.
Under 12 vs Bye
Under 14 vs Pakenham 12-3 Win
Matthew Fielden saved the day for the Rustlers as he filled in for a much depleted line up with 4 players missing in action to help us defeat Mornington by the score of 12-3. Matthew, playing in his first Under 14 game, made the most of his opportunity by firstly getting the call up at 8.30 in the morning for an 8.45 start to win the Best Defensive Player of The Day Award. Without Matthew, we would have forfeited the game and a possible club fined as well!!!
Matthew had the capacity crowd standing and cheering as he raced home to score a run after a walk and a stolen base. Well done Matthew and I hope to see you back playing with us again!!
We didn’t have everything go our way early in the game as the lead seesaw for a couple of innings as Pakenham fought well to tie the score at 2-2 after two innings.
Zac Dunkley doubled and scored in the second to tie the game at 2 all and went ahead on a RBI single from Mason Haimona. Zac Dunkley and Kyle Yong work brilliantly on the mound to hold Pakenham to only one hit for the game. Top hitters for the day were Zac Dunkley and Mason Haimona.
Zac went 2-4 including a single and double and 2 runs scored. The highlight of the day was Mason’s 3-run homer in the closing moments of the game that landed somewhere near the playground near Centre Dandenong Road…well close ☺
Good job today guys to stay in the game all the way to the end!
Under 16 vs Pakenham 4-6 Loss
Max Barrett Reports
This week the u16’s took on Pakenham for the second time this season. The game did not exactly go as we had hoped with the Pumas taking advantage of multiple walks and untimely errors which cost us. The end score was 6-4 as the time ticked down every so slowly to 10:30am and that was game, set, match for Chelt.
We took our walks when we could and put the ball in play like usual, however it was not enough to hold off the Puma bats.
Although we didn’t come away with a win these games are important to build character for players, learning how to lose graciously when not deserving. It was an eye opener for the u16’s as we had been playing very well against some very good teams, however Saturdays game showed that any team can jump you if you let them! Much to the credit of Pakenham, from the first game of the season where we won by mercy rule, to turn around and beat us the second time around is a testimony to the coaches and character of the players.
My boys and girl, take positives out of the game and come prepared for our next game.
Under 18 vs Bonbeach 4-0 Win
Darren Hiddlestone Reports
This week the U18’s ventured to Bonbeach to continue the important battle for 3rd place. The first two innings were controlled by both pitchers with both teams unable to score. Top of the third saw the Rustlers pile on 4 runs to nil and another 5 runs in the 4th innings which unfortunately did not count.
Offensively we out hit Bonbeach 7 hits to 1, with a triple to Shelby and singles to Frazer, Tom O, Luke Ashen(2) Josh Tribe and James Radford up from the U16’s.
Defensively Shelby Roberts pitched the whole game,(3 innings, 40 pitches) shutting down Bonbeach with a commanding outing on the hill. He was well support by all fielders, with my highlight of the day being a run down play – always gets the crowd excited, all 5 of them.
Next week we take on Frankston at home and hopefully we can take some momentum from this win forward.