The Geelong 2nds finished the year with a 4-3 win over Melbourne, which was pleasing given that we've lost several close games this year. Blake Witham pitched 5 innings of quality work, and Dan Anson finished off, restricting Melbourne to 4 scattered hits. James Renouf was good behind the plate, throwing out a runner and Adam Jirik had a terrific game in the field, as did Harper Rickard.
Dan also had 2 hits and an RBI and hit the ball hard all day. Chris Durston, Harper Rickard, Will Brennan, Adam Jirk and James Renouf all had singles. Adam and James both had RBI's in important game situations. I also need to mention 14 year old Will Cavanagh, who had terrific at bats all day and was really stiff not to pick up his first hit in the 2nds when he laced one straight at Rightfield.
As I've said a number of times, while it is nice to win, the focus of this season was not about winning games, but rather exposing young guys to a higher level of baseball and hopefully preparing them to be Firsts players. Thanks to Blake Witham, Chris Durston and Cameron Gibbons for supporting this agenda. Thanks also to Jarrod Fraim, who was a big help to the young guys when he played with us. I also want to thank Anna Narasaki for scoring all year for us.
Good luck to those teams in the finals. Go Baycats!
The baycats 3rds travelled to Melbourne for our last game of the home and away season.
I wont get carried away like I usually do this week as it was a bit of a dead rubber game.
started on the hill for us this week and again was solid with 2 ks and only 2 hits over 2 innings.
Cameron forbes next up with 1 inning 1 k and no hits
Following forba was
with 1 inning with 2 ks and only 1 hit Finishing up was none other than
throwing the 5th and final inning with 2ks and 3 hits.Again our stand out this week with the bat was
going 3 singles with 4 rbis.
We finished up the day mercy ruling Melbourne 16-3 after 5 innings in what was a good day to work on our plate appearances, our intensity and making sure our bats are red hot coming into finals, but most importantly having fun.
Im super proud of the way the group Ive had this season has carried them selves throughout these trying times this year, the way this groups come together and bonded over such a short season and the way they've gone about their games week in week out really reflects where we sit on the ladder.
With only dropping 2 games for the season we've finished in 2nd place as we look to have a home final on Sunday vs upwey which is an absolutely fantastic result for the boys.
Our hits as follows
Cameron forbes 3 singles 4 rbis
Jarrod fraim 2 singles 1 rbi
James lappin 1 single 2rbis
all with straight singlesSpecial mention to
with 3 walks and to top it off I dragged him mid game to share the workload, sorry fitzy
Not to mention the entire line-up with quality at bats picking alot of walks and being patient when need be.
Make sure you get down Sunday at home and support us taking on upwey in our first final.
Div 3 ladies played their final game of the season playing host to Newport, going down 8-12, in one of our best and tightest games of the season.
Hannah started for us on the hill throwing 1 innings with 2 K’s. unfortunately we made a few errors in the field making her job a little harder than it should of been and we gave up 7 in the first innings. Jen Mason came in the the remaining 3 innings and was solid on the hill, steadying the ship with 2 K’s Michelle working hard behind the plate. As in all games, we continued to learn, finding ourselves against a run down between 1 and 2 base. Our first one for the year, and although we didn’t get the out, the runner didn’t advance to the next base either.
2 Flyballs, one to Jen Mason and the other to Ella, taking a great hard hit fly out at 3rd base.
Our bats came back to life this week after falling a little silent last week. Sarah having a huge day, 1 triple (and sent home on an error was an unofficial in the park) and a double (2 rbi) Hannah 2 singles, Jen Renouf 1 single 2 rbi, Molly 1 hit 1 rbi, and singles to Bri, and Magda. Our 3rd innings our best for the season earning 7 runs, and after shutting Newport out in the 4th, putting us with striking distance for our first win. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but we gave it our all, and we can’t do better than that. Girls, it has been an absolute pleasure to play with you each week, supporting each other and enjoying this wonderful game as a baycat. Many thanks to Brenton who has done a fantastic job, leading and teaching us each week as well as having a laugh with us, and I am sure we have given him more grey hair! Thanks also to Hen and Andrew who were always willing to offer advice and encouragement. Tan thanks for scoring for us each week, we couldn’t have done it without you. That’s a wrap!!
Sunday was the final game of the regular season for U16 State, we played Doncaster and came away with a 15-4 win. It was a solid team game overall, we solid in defence and aggressive on the bases.
Cooper Tipping had the start going 2 innings, Bradyn Barker threw 2 innings in relief before Harper Rickard closed the game out. They combined for 8 strike outs and scattered 4 hits.
Our bats were switched on scoring in every innings. Harper lead the way with 3 hits, Will Cavanagh and Tyson Sherry got 2 hits each with Cooper Tipping, Darcy Stack and Tanner Stack getting 1 hit each.
We now look towards next week where it is likely we take on top of the ladder Malvern in the Semi Final.
The baycats 3rds this week hosted tied 2nd place Essendon at home on Saturday for a change.
Cooper Rickard was kind enough to bless us with his presence on the hill this week and my word was the kid on fire. Cooper has in a big way turned a corner this season with his control on the hill, its very visible his been working hard on his craft, and that his time under Bruce wood in the 2nds has done him wonders, to also have Cameron forbes standing at first base in his ear all day long is a blessing for any of our young pitchers.
Essendon started strong notching up two runs in the first inning whilst our young fella warmed into things, we managed to get back a single run in the first. Our second innings rolled around after Coop managed to hold them scoreless at the top of the 2nd, whilst Cooper looked in control we then managed to fight back in the 2nd inning to tie things up at 2 a piece.
Cooper then went on to throw like a man possessed, pounding strikes into young maxtons glove all day long.
Cooper finished up after the 5th innings with 7 ks and only 3 hits, credit given where credit due the kid threw a hell of a game. James lappin then came on at the top of the 6th and continued to keep essendon at bay not allowing a run scored. Things remained locked at 2 runs a piece untill the bottom of the 6th and of course this is where the magic began for the boys.
Bottom of the 6th and things were looking like a bit of a stale mate as such, something had to budge.
then came up with a terrific bunt down the first base line to push forba to 3rd, with 1 out and forba on 3rd up walks young Jackson Viney , full count Jacko puts one deep centre left for a very long single and scores forba, an absolute crucial at bat for Jacko to give us the lead and you couldn't wipe the smile from his face either.
This is where the flood gates opened, our boys went on to score another 5 runs before we fished up the innings, hit after hit and quality at bats all round to give us the lead we very much needed.
James lappin again went out and shut down essendon without allowing them to score another run. James also racking up the ks with 5 ks over 2 innings only allowing 1 hit, what more could a coach ask for in the 2 final innings of a game, which in result ended for us in an 8-2 victory to clench 2nd spot as we make a hard push towards finals.
The boys had a point to prove to me this week and more so to their selves after last week's game after just getting away with a win and that they certainly did, I couldn't be more stoked with the way they bounced back and carried themselves over the full 7 innings, they looked lively and were backing each other all day long, nice and loud all day long and showed they were more than capable of fighting for the w when it came to the crunch.
Next week to finish up the regular season we play Melbourne at Melbourne on Sunday as we look for another win before kicking off our finals campaign.
Our hits as follow
Cameron forbes 1 double, 1 single
Brody stokoe 1 double 1rbi
Jackson viney 1 single 1rbi
1 single 1rbi
Cooper Rickard 1 single
The 5ths Blue ended the regular season doing something we hadn’t done all season... a 7 inning extravaganza
We welcomed the better Mason (
) to the squad as we had a few outs due to the long weekend.
With a few players playing out of their regular positions we did fairly well to take it to the top side Bombers.
3 unearned runs to them at the top of the first wasn’t the start I’d hoped for but we didn’t give up getting one of our own back in the bottom.
A scoreless 2nd to both teams meant we were still feeling very confident as a team
They scored in the top of the 3rd but we hit back with a run in the 3rd and 4th and were getting a little excited as the bats were clicking at the top of the order.
I worked myself out of a BIG jam in the top of the 5th to keep only one run crossing as they started getting some very lucky hits just seeming to bloop in
We then hit a little stall with the bats at wernt able to capitalise and ourselves had scoreless 5th and 6th innings.
took over proceedings in the 6th and they managed to cross one over the plate
With us not being able to trouble the scoreboard and starting the top of the 7th before the 5min rule came into play, a quick top of the 7th meant we had every chance to score 4 and win the game
Unfortunately we only managed to get one in reply going down 6-4 but I couldn’t be prouder of the guys and gals for giving it a red hot crack
Our season isn’t done with yet though
Finals baseball against Footscray next week (most likely at home due to Footscrays other grades still playing regular season games at home next Sunday)
The firsts lost to the Essendon Bombers 5-0 yesterday. It was a tough game, which we couldn’t get that big hit when we needed it. We always seem to out hit our opponents but never get that big hit with runners in scoring position.
Rudy Jaramillo The hurler allowed seven hits and five runs over eight and two-thirds innings, striking out 15. He was a huge competitor for us, trying to set us up for our last midweek game of the regular season. The workload he’s taken on the last month hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Hayden Peoples has been our next go to guy lately, and will get the start for us on Tuesday night against Fitzroy. Our offence collected eight hits on the day but just missed out on those timely ones.
Josh Davies and Hayden Peoples each collected multiple hits. We also had a huge bunt laid down by Jordan Baumann to get runners in scoring position.
It is a great bunch of guys to play next to, and really look forward to going out with a bang these next three games. Let’s go out and enjoy playing the game we all love!
Baycats U16 travelled to Sandringham this morning to take on the ladder leaders.
Despite an 1-8 loss, the game was played in high standards by both teams and Baycats out hit Sandy although Sandy made better use of some free passes that put pressure on our defense.
Our hitters worked hard against their good pitching, we just didn’t have the runners on base when we got our hits to apply the pressure back on them. Harper Rickard and Harvey Elderfield each had 2 hits and Cooper Tipping had a double
Copper was great as starting pitcher with Harper and Bradyn Barker in relief. Darcy Stack made some nice plays at 3B and Tyson Sherry took a big flyball in RF.
Next week Baycats take on Doncaster at home as they ready themselves for finals the week after.
Bruce Wood 21.2.21
Geelong 2nds lost 9 - 2 to a strong Cheltenham team who played excellent defence. We hit the ball hard on occasions but couldn't find gaps. Jake Elderfield continued to step up to this level, hitting an RBI triple in the 2nd and also scoring on a passed ball. Nick Hau picked up a hit in the last, but apart from that the green scorer's pen was not used much! Will Brennan played well in the catcher's spot and also had quality at bats, hitting balls hard but straight at fielders. James Renouf and Blake Witham also had multiple quality at bats. It was great to see Cooper Tipping play his first game in the 2nds, picking up a walk with a good at bat. Hopefully we can pick up another win before the season finishes.
The U16 State had a fantastic game against Upwey Ferntree Gully this week in what was a very high quality game of baseball. We won it with a walk off 4-3 win.
Our pitchers combined gave up 4 hits. Cooper Tipping started and threw 3 innings for 7 strike outs, Tanner Stack was in relief for 2 innings giving up 2 hits and Bradyn Barker closed out the game for no hits and no runs.
We had 8 stolen bases over the game continuing to challenge the defence with Harper Rickard having his second stolen home for the season.
Upwey played really well and their pitchers were quality and kept our bats at bay with us getting 3 hits. Maxton Sherry lead the way with 2 hits. It was fantastic to see our training being put into practice with Cooper picking a walk to lead off the last innings and Tyson Sherry putting down a bunt to get Cooper from 1st to 3rd. Darcy Stack then came up with our 3rd hit of the game with a shot to left field to walk it off.
It was great to see us dig deep and get the win after being challenged and losing the lead late in the game.
Next week we play top of the ladder Sandringham where we look to square up the ledger against them from our first game loss to start the season way back when.
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The baycats 3rds this week hosted Cheltenham at home on Sunday
Our boys came out hard and scored 12 runs in the first two innings to cheltenhams 0.
2 in the first and 10 in the second.
James Lappin threw an immaculate 3 scoreless innings whilst our boys backed him with our bats and gloves before fatigue hit in the 4th, whilst the baby giraffe was on a no no and had him self 1 out and a few runners on I allowed the young fella to try and fight his way out of the inning with a few runs to play with, James worked hard but ended up losing control and walking a couple over the plate before i allowed Matt sage to try and close out the inning.
Whilst Sagey has been reliable in the past few games this is where things really went downhill unfortunately, Matt started with loaded bases and was unable to locate through his appearance to get the outs required to get out of the inning. Unfortunately not one of his best days as on the hill but we can't always play well.
Ill take part of the hit as I left the yank out there to dry as unfortunately I had players in higher grades (which in its self is fantastic for our juniors to be pushing up) and with players away this weekend I was a little light on in my Bullpen and it left me a little dumbfounded who to go to after Matt.
I was left wondering who now.
and I locked eyes from 2nd base as he gave me a little nod of the head and that was enough for me, on he went, and I wish I'd have gone to him sooner, Jarrod got us out of the inning quickly enough putting the ball over the dish and getting the ball hit into play. (You've opened Pandora's box if I ever need a closer now fraimy )
A big reminder to all of our players as I mentioned prior to the 3rd and 4th inning to keep the foot on the pedal and keep active and motivated, the minute you drop your head and become complacent a game of baseball can turn very quickly! So fingers crossed we've learnt a valuable lesson and in coming games we're able to take control of the situation a little better.
Luckily enough we had some luck in the bottom of the 4th to get young maxy across the plate to put us a run in front to walk away with the win.
Our young gun behind the dish
and our ever reliable centrefielder William Fitzgerald were the stand outs with the bat on the weekend both going 3 hits each and of course I'd never hear the end of it if I didn't name drop Kyle Robinson on his first 3s game going 2 hits with 2 rbis, a fantastic effort.
Sneaking away with a 13-12 win we walk away with what I hope was a hard lesson, and some passion towards proving a point next week when we take on essendon.
Our hits as follow.
Maxton sherry 2 doubles 1 single 1Rbi
3 singles 2Rbis
2 singles 2 Rbis
James lappin with 1 double
with 1 doubleSingles to brody stokoe and
Div 3 ladies played host to the Melton titans on the weekend and went down 17-3.
Ella had the start on the mound followed by Hannah. Both girls working hard to get the opposition swinging. We then welcomed Bri onto the mound for the first time. After finding her feet in her first innings, her second was a huge improvement, going 3 up, 3 down, with 3 fly balls caught by Bri herself, Michelle at 3rd base and the third, a fly foul taken by Anna. Anna solid behind the plate, even after a nasty hit to the hand after a wayward bounce off the plate.
Our bats were not as active as they have been in previous weeks , with only 2 hits for the game.
With 2 games to go, we will work hard to strive for a W, but as we have every week, we will always have fun learning.
By Bruce Wood 6.2.21
The 2s played an undefeated Upwey FTG on Saturday and had a 5-3 loss. Despite the loss, the game was very competitive. Cooper Rickard again was excellent on the hill and continues to develop as a young pitcher. Blake Witham did a terrific job in relief. We had a couple of defensive lapses where if we'd have taken our chances the result may have been different, however the team never gave up and were right in it to the end. UFTG have scored 62 runs in 7 games this year and to hold them to 5 was a credit to the team.
We left 8 on base over the game and that hurt us a bit too. Jordan Baumann, James Renouf and Jarrod Fraim all had hits, but our quality at bats were good throughout. It was great to see young guys like Adam Jirik and Jake Elderfield battle at the plate. Dan Anson, Will Brennan and Chris Durston all had 2 BB's, which shows their willingness to go deep into counts. I've said it all year - apart from one game our biggest losing margin has been 2 runs so we are right in every game.
By Tim Rankin 6.2.21
The baycats 3rds this week travelled to what it felt like was the Victorian border,
This week we took on upwey at Fern tree gully on Sunday, Travelling down the highway it was dark and gloomy with the odd shower, but the minute we rolled into Fern tree gully it was clear blue skies.
Our first and second innings we didn't manage to plate a run, after chasing a few pitches early, and a few wasted opportunities, we didn't really look to have our bats firing all together until the 3rd.
With Both teams scoring in the 3rd our single rbi by Matt sage to their 3 runs wasnt the start we had have hoped for.
Cameron forbes started for us on the hill again today and went a quick fire 1 innings with 1 k and a rock solid 14 strikes over 16 pitches.
Sharing the workload this week the young yank Matthew Sage came in on the second inning and threw 3 marvellous innings with 33 strikes over 66 pitches, his workload was outstanding again forcing the ball into play and giving our boys every opportunity to go to work.
Our 4th innings at bat is where all the baycats 3rds magic happened, being 2 runs down, the boys decided it was time to turn up the heat scoring 4 runs after sagey managed to hold them scoreless in the 4th, in end gave us the lead that we'd hold onto for the remainder of the day.
Matt sage started the 5th with a walk and a hbp which resulted in a brisk walk out to the middle to thank him for his 3 previous innings. Without hesitation the baby giraffe James Lappin was thrown the ball with none out and 2 runners on, James went straight to work and very quickly shut down any chance upwey had at securing the lead. James lappin was outstanding in his two innings to put the nail in upweys coffin in the 5th and 6th inning, he ended up 14 strikes over 26 pitches and did everything i could have possibly asked from him in a tight game to close our for the win.
Our end result being a 6-4 win.
We had two blokes this week that absolutely stood out a mile from the rest with
Cameron Forbes again notching up 3 hits(two weeks running) forbas absolutely on fire at the moment with the bat in hand,and young Cooper Tipping who was an absolute jet in the field at 3rd base making multiple outs in the last 2 innings taking any hope that upwey had of getting a hit the left side of field.
Whilst im at it ill just a quick shout out to young Maxton Sherry in his 2nd 3rds appearance this season also held his own again this week doing an excellent job behind the dish with all 3 of our pitchers.
These juniors are holding their own and showing me week in week our how much talent they have! Its an honour working with the squad that I have and I'm thoroughly enjoying the banter and fun these kids are having as they're getting more and more comfortable around each other.
Our approach at the plate was all I could possibly ask for from our entire squad, forcing thier pitchers to work harder and throw to our preferred zone, not chasing rubbish and taking opportunities when they were presented, quality at bats from the entire squad.
Our hits as follow
Cameron forbes 3 singles 1rbi
James lappin 1 double
1 single 1 rbi
Matt sage 1 single 1rbi
singles to maxton sherry,
, Cooper tipping, and
Next week we take on Sunshine at Sunshine hopefully in Sunshine on Sunday
By Chris Barker 7.2.21
U16 State took on Newport this week and got the win 13-4.
The score didnt really reflect how tough the game was and Newport were in the game until the last innings.
Tanner Stack had the start throwing 2 innings, Bradyn Barker followed with 2 innings in relief before Cooper Tipping closed out the game. They combined for 7 strike outs and gave up 5 hits.
Our offence was lead by Tyson Sherry with 2 hits 3 RBI’s, Harper Rickard with 2 hits 1 RBI and Harvey Elderfield with 2 hits. Maxton Sherry, Tanner Stack, Bradyn Barker and Nyah O’Brien all had solo hits. Once again we were aggressive on the bases with 8 stolen bases.
By Darren Morrissy 7.2.21
U/16 Metro travel up the highway to take on sunshine.
Came away with 14 - 2 win
Coming off the back of a couple Losses our main focus was our hitting today￼￼￼￼.
With the young Baycats showing some great discipline in the box coming up with great hits.
Two hits to Ella Wilson and Kyle Morrissy.
Singles to Hamish Sutherland,Ben Gardyne, Lucinda Hately and a great double by Johnny Knowels.
To back up the good hitting, Kyle Morrissy started strong on the mound allowing no hits and getting 10 k’s￼ for 2 runs and Logan McConnell came on to the mount a shout out the Eagles in the fifth and last innings only allowing one hit and getting 2 k’s
A big thanks to Mags Wilson for scoring for us today.
By Melissa Duxson 6.2.21
Div 3 women’s play host to Fitzroy and went down 21-7.
Pitchers this week were Ella, Hannah (in her first week back from injury) Kat with her first time appearance on the hill, and Molly. We all battled hard to get strikes over the plate but our opposition was very picky in what they chose to swing at. Michelle did an awesome job at her second week behind the plate.
Hits this week Molly (2), Jen (1), Michelle (1), Hannah (1), Kat (1) but all girls had quality at bats. Thanks to Hen for taking the reins this week and to Andrew for stepping into 1st base coach. And our trusty scorer Tan. Keep working hard girls, we are learning new things each week and we will get that W under our belt!
Baycats Firsts played 2 big games last night and on Saturday against Sunshine and Blackburn, both strong clubs. In both these games our lineup was able to face 4 ABL caliber arms. It was a great opportunity for our hitters to take on the challenge, but unfortunately we came up short both games. As a team we are doing a great job of making solid contact, but falling short by hitting the ole right "at em" balls. Baseball is full of ups and downs. But we have to stay positive and keep getting the barrel on the ball, and keep putting the pressure on the defense. As an offense we are hitting an avg of .301 and a team QAB% of 48.46. Our goal is to be as close to 60% as possible. I am proud of the way our guys are playing and competing on the field together.
This weekend we are back home against Upwey and have a fun night cap game for our two fifths sides. So stick around and lets have a good time at the club.
The 2s had a very competitive game yesterday, eventually losing 5-4 to Blackburn after tying the game up. As I said to the players after the game, we've had a few games like that this year and we need to find a way to win the close ones.
Nevertheless the guys should be proud of their efforts as we fought back from a 4 run deficit early the game. Cooper Rickard and Hayden Peoples shared the pitching duties and threw really well. Our focus has been throwing strikes and they both performed very well in this regard, forcing Blackburn to put the ball in play. We supported well in the field too and it is pleasing to see the improvement in our defence.
With the bat, we picked up 8 hits to Blackburn's 7. Nick Hau was excellent, with 2 hits including a critical 2 RBI double. Dan Anson also picked up 2 hits, with singles to Will Brennan, Hayden Peoples, Angus McNee and James Renouf. The effort from everyone was pleasing and we were in the game all day. Thanks to Anna for scoring and to all who helped out.
Div 3 women travelled up the highway to play Newport, going down 12-5.
Pitching duties were shared between Ella, Sarah and Lily, who all had to cope with a slippery hill. This week Michelle made her debut behind the plate, making some great blocks and having a lot of fun. Our hits this week Sarah 2 hits, Michelle 2 hits 1 rbi, Kat 1 hit and 2 rbi, Magda and Sara with 1 rbi each.
Our biggest highlight of the game, and the season, was our TRIPLE PLAY in the 1st innings. How did it happen you ask.....A hard hit LD hit back to Sarah was was pitching at the time, then threw to Sara on second base who not only, touched her base to out the 2nd runner who had not tagged up, but also turned to tag out the runner from first who had also not held up. Something we like to call the old bag and tag move!! Well done Sarah and Sara, not many players can claim to be involved in a triple play!!!!
By Chris Barker 31.1.21
U16 State played Preston this week and came away with a 11-9 win.
Preston came out strongly scoring 6 in the first innings. Our bats came to life scoring 7 in the third innings.
Offensively we had 9 hits with 2 hits each to Tyson Sherry and Tanner Stack, Tanner also picked up 3 RBI’s. We were aggressive on the bases challenging the fielders and taking extra bases where possible, we also stole 12 bags.
Darcy Stack, Nyah O’Brien and Maxton Sherry pitched well combining for 5 strike outs and giving up 3 hits.
By Chris Barker 24.1.2021
This week the U16 State took on the undefeated Malvern/Melbourne, it was a great game and we took advantage of our chances late in the game and came away with a 7-5 win. The kids fought hard and despite being behind all game and losing our way a little bit we regrouped and finished strongly.
We had a total of 7 hits. Maxton Sherry had 2 hits and solo hits from Harper Rickard, Cooper Tipping, Darcy Stack, Tanner Stack and Kyle Morrissy.
Darcy Stack got us back to within one late in the game with a 2 out 2 RBI double. Harper tied us up with an RBI triple in the last innings and we then took a 2 run lead on an errant throw.
Our pitchers Cooper, Bradyn and Harper combined for 4 strike outs giving up 7 hits.
Well done to Kyle Morrissy and Saxon Cooper for coming up and holding their own in the State league.
Baycats 2nds got back on the winning list with a solid 7-2 win over Sandringham. Our focus has been on giving opportunities to our young players and it was fantastic to see Cooper Rickard throw a high quality game, throwing 4 complete innings and only giving up a couple of passes and 3 scattered hits. Cooper was very well supported in the field by another junior player in Jake Elderfield, who made several excellent plays from shortstop and also picked up a hit and a couple of walks himself. Nick Hau also played well in the field at 3rd base and collected a hit. Our more seasoned campaigners Jarrod Fraim, Chris Durston, Blake Witham and Cam Gibbons all made solid contributions and set the tone for the younger guys with some quality at bats. We've been competitive in our games this year; just unable to get over the line on a few occasions so it was good to come away with a win.
By Melissa Duxson 23.1.2021
Div 3 Ladies hosted Doncaster yesterday and went down 3-17
Michelle started off for us on the hill followed by myself and Magda - all of us with 1k each. Ella had her first game behind the plate and did a great job!
The great plays of the game included 2 outs @ home plate (both 2-1), fly ball to Sara at 2nd base and Jen with some great fielding and throw in from SS to get the out at 1st (unlucky not to get 2).
Hits for the day (all singles) to Ella (1rbi), Jen (1rbi), Narelle, Magda (1rbi), T and myself. Kat and Sara made great contact both at bats and Phoebe got on base.
We continue to learn and have fun in the process. Keep up the great work girls. Thanks to our ever supportive coaches Brenton and Hen, our trusty scorer Tan and to Russ for umpiring!
Baycats Firsts travelled all the way to Mulgrave to take on the Berwick Wildcats on Saturday. We weren't able to pull through for our first game of 2021, losing 8-4.
Rudy Jaramillo fought really hard to keep us in the game through 6 innings, with only giving up 8 hits and only one of them being a hard hit. He also had a big day at the plate going 3 for 4 with 2 rbi's. Hayden Peoples got the chance to pitch 2 innings giving up 6 hits and striking out 2. Both pitchers were amazing pitching to contact and only walking 1 batter.Offensively we had hits scattered between Tyler Luther-Wilson, Kelii Zablan, Samuel Thomas and Lewis Weldon. A huge congrats to
Hayden Peoples having his first big fly in the Firsts mate, for sure there's going to be more to come!Our thoughts and best wishes to a quick recover goes out to our solid Shortstop Jarryd Wood . He went down in the first inning with a re-injury to his hamstring. We want to let him know, as a club, we are here to support in anyway possible to pick up your spirits to get you mentally and physically ready to get you back on the field. Life's full of ups and downs, but with a strong family and supportive friends we can get through anything all together.
We take on Essendon Baseball club tomorrow night for our first midweek game this season so we can't wait to get back on the field and play ball.
for assisting in the injury that went on in the stands as well.
Club Training is back on this Thursday and we are all back to training together with Position players on GBC1. Pitchers, Catchers and Two ways will be on GBC2.
Lets Go Baycats!
Baycats 2nds had a loss to Berwick 10 - 5. Highlights included James Renouf's continued good form with the stick, picking up 3 hits, and James Lappin's first pitching start in the 2s. James battled away well and will benefit from the experience. It was also great to see Cameron Gibbons return to play at the club. We welcome him back. Good job also by Jarrod Fraim, who provided valuable experience at first base and had 3 quality at bats. Harper Rickard also hit well, with 3 hard hit balls from his at bats. We out hit Berwick 7 - 5 but we couldn't string them together until the last innings. As always, the game provided some opportunities for learning for our younger guys, which well be a continued focus for us.
By Tim Rankin 17th January 2021
The baycats 3rds this week hosted berwick at home for the first game of the year. The sun was out, met by a nice breeze. The geelong motorcycle stunt krew were in fine form up in the top car park carrying on
The boys were amped up ready to take on the remainder of the season. Cameron Forbes started on the hill for us today hurling heaters down towards Tim Dickson Forba kept the berwick boys at bay absolutely killing it as per usual. Forba threw 42 pitches over 3 innings for only 1 hit. Totalling a tally of 31 strikes with 3 ks.
After forba had finished his 3 innings it was time to pass the ball off to sagey. Sagey rolled up to the hill very casual and very relaxed, today I saw a different pitcher than I usually see in Matthew Sage. He was composed, didnt try and blow past anyone, he hit his spots and put the ball over the dish whilst buckling a few knees, too his credit he played one of the best games I've seen him play in a while.
Matt went 2 innings for 2 hits with 3 ks totalling 24 stikes over 41 pitches. Now we'll touch on our day at the plate. First off the rank we'll touch on Cooper Rickard, Cooper today come out like a man possessed, absolutely locked and loaded at the dish, hammering anything his bat made contact with. Cooper smacked him self 2 singles with 1 rbi and when I say smacked he absolutely clobbered them, some of the hardest pieces of contact I've seen him make. Young Nick Hau also notched up 2 singles with 1 rbi Matt sage scoring a single and a double with 2 rbis And Jake Elderfield notching up a single with 2 rbis for him self as well. There were quality at bats all day long by our entire line up, not swinging and earning walks whilst forcing berwicks pitcher to work harder, taking counts deep when we needed to, lighting up the ball situationally all day long whilst scoring consistently.
The final score ended up being 12-0 after 5 innings finishing the game by mercy rule an absolutely amazing job by both boys on the hill.
Very proud of the lads today they stayed aggressive and upbeat all day long.
We take on Sandringham Sunday at home 3.30 this coming weekend so make sure you get down and support the lads if you have nothing better to do.
Div 1 4ths had walk off win today 12-11 vs Berwick. In what can only be described as a "4ths game" with a bit of everything. 2 hours, 3 innings only, over 20 walks spread between the 2 teams, 12 hits, 2 injuries and walk off walk with no outs.
with 3 walks. (the hits will come) Bring on sandringham
The Div 4 West Baycats Blue ventured up the freeway to take on Footscray... well 8 of us did anyway with
Thankfully Footscray were very understanding and allowed us to shuffle things around and field a sub until he got to the correct ground just in time for his scheduled at-bat Our bats didn’t trouble the scoreboard in the first with them scoring a lone run straight after. But our bats got a little warm in the third with Harry crossing the plate to tie it up, unfortunately a little fumble and a cannon of an arm had Lily tagged out at home in the same play .
They then came back at us with 2 of there own in the 4th But we countered that with a big 4 run 5th with some great hitting and aggressive base running taking a 5-3 lead Unfortunately they got ontop of me in the bottom of the inning and we went down 7-5
Not the result we were looking for but we will bounce back from this
U18’s played Melbourne away on Sunday and went down 12-9. He boys hit really well as a team hitting all the way through the line up with Will More, Brodie Stokoe and Jordan Baumann all with 2 hits and singles to Lucas Ash, Cooper Rickard, Hudson Carter, and Kyle Wakley.
Unfortunately we gave up 11 free bases (BB and HPB) This was the difference.
Hosted to top side Essendon/Doncaster￼ going down 10 - 7. We matched with the bat getting five hits each.
Tyson Sherry pick up a couple of hits and singles to Ella Wilson, Logan McConnell and Bradyn Barker.
Despite the result it was a great game of baseball, Kyle Morrissy started on the mound and was backed up by Brad￼￼￼￼￼yn Barker keeping us in the hunt for the game￼, good to see the crew putting practice into play coming up with some great players in support of the two boys on the hill. ￼Great job behind the dish as well Saxon Cooper.
By Katie Davenport 19.1.21
Women’s Div 2 Hosted the top side Springvale on Saturday afternoon at home going down 21 - 2.
We started off with a few nerves but all were still swinging the bats & getting a few hits.
Unfortunately Springvale were able to get quite a few good hits through, and there were a few errors in the field by us caused by some nerves.
But the girls were still attempting to make the plays. In the end we were still able to get two double plays as well as a fall in attempt at a force out at 3, and still managed to get the out by hammering the ball to the base a few times
We had some great pitching by Nyah O’Brien who started us off, Lily Kevelham took over with Jennifer Mason in as 3rd relief. The girls worked really hard to get the pitches over the plate with 70 strikes between them of 144 Pitches, from 42 total batters faced. Was a definitely a hard day on the Hill. Hits; Singles to; Sarah Haouchar, Emma Hill, Jen Mason, & Bri Telford. And a double to Nyah O’Brien. Walks went to; Sarah Haouchar, Myself & Amy Madigan Cooke.
Really great job girls, it was always going to be a hard game but you should all be proud of how you played.
Back at it on Wednesday night for training to hopefully take out a win this coming week.
By Kelii Zablan - Dec 19th 2020
The Firsts had a big win against the Malvern Braves yesterday with a 14-1 score. We had close to our full lineup and look forward to the second half of the season.
We tallied five runs in the second inning.
Ryan Darcy, James Wood and Rudy Jaramillo all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Offensively we collected 12 hits on the day. Tyler Luther-Wilson, Rudy Jaramillo, Darcy, James Wood, Kelii Zablan, and Samuel Thomas all racked up multi hit games. Also a big day for Josh Davies getting 3 RBI’s.
Sammy Gibbons earned the victory on the hill with a quality start only surrendering one run on two hits over five innings, striking out three. Lachlan Hockey threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen on his last appearance as a BayCat before starting his college career.
We send our best wishes to Jordan Baumann to have a quick recovery after a freak collision at second base. This will only sideline him for a little while, but hopefully he will be good as new with a sweet scar and a cool story to tell.
As a club we want to wish Kobe Greenhalgh Connor Hughes Lachlan Hockey the best of luck on their journey to the states to pursue their college careers. Although you are all going to be far away from home, just remember you have a whole community cheering for you and supporting you in your journey. Good luck and enjoy the experience!
Happy holidays everyone and stay safe!
By Bruce Wood - Dec 19th 2020
Baycats 2nds had another really competitive game against Malvern, eventually going down 7-5 after being tied going into the last. It is pleasing to see the fight the young guys are showing and I've no doubt the wins will come if we continue to play solid baseball and clean up a few areas of our game. Jack Fielden and Dan Anson shared pitching duties. Nick Hau made some excellent defensive plays at 3rd base and Will Brennan was very solid behind the plate.
Offensively we collected 8 hits overall and we hit the ball hard all day, often picking out fielders.
It was pleasing to see Brody Stokoe debut in the 2nds and get a nice hit. He was unlucky not to pick up another hit with his first at bat, smashing a line drive to left field. James Renouf continued his excellent hitting form, hitting 3 balls really hard and picking up a hit and a couple of RBIs. Will Brennan, Angus McNee, Lewis Weldon and Nick Hau all picked up hits. Lachlan Hockey filled in in the field (thanks Lach, as the next player on the bench was the coach!). With his first swing of the year Lach smashed a double that looked as it was going to clear the left field bullpen. Unfortunately, perhaps due to some swirling wind conditions, the ball hit mid way up the fence and Lach ended up with a very very long single. Lach picked up another hit later in the game as well and was one of our better contributors on the day.
Thanks to everyone for their support and enjoy the Christmas break.
By Katie Davenport - Dec 19th 2020
Women’s Div 2 we’re away for our 1st game (but Round 3 for the draw) playing Essendon at Essendon.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to walk away with the win - this time with the final scores being 11-9 (but one run was missed in the scorebook, which would have reflected in a 11-10 loss)
The girls did a great job showing all the hard work at trainings is paying off in how they handle themselves on the field as well as in the batters box, always pushing hard and making plays happen.
Our field did really well with a few fly balls caught and great relays from the outfield.
Great Pitching by Jen Mason who started off a little shakey, but fell into her groove with 1 K, but forced the opposition to put the ball into play where Bri Telford took out a Flyball at 2nd, Lilly took 2 Flys at short, & I got 1 Fly at 3rd.
The girls did well backing her up, as well as getting the job done herself with some quick plays to 1st base.
Anna did a great job behind the dish for the 1st half of the game, and I relieved her for the second half.
Emma came onto the hill and was a little rusty but still walked away with a K under her belt.
We came out strong with the bats scoring runs consistently every innings except the last with majority of our runs scoring from hits (we had 2 walks for the whole game - exceptional batting all round)
Lily Kevelham was on base twice with a single to short, legging it out & beating the throw for her second)
Sarah Haouchar with 3 singles
I made it on base with a single & a triple.
Emma Hill had a single
Anna Radnay had a walk and a single
Ella Wilson running out a short hit to the pitcher who tried for a double play - but wasn’t able to beat her to the base for the second out.
Cat Laurie got on base with a walk.
Jen Mason with a single & a stand up double - yes I made Jen run
Bri Telford coming out with 2 singles,
And Teri Jackson also with a single.
Huge thanks to Magda Boros for scoring for us today, & Aidan Hill & Brenton Laurie for assisting so far - you have been a huge help in the development of the girls this year so far.As well as Dion Kirchner & David Foster
for the help at trainings!!
Merry Christmas to all, have a happy New Years , stay covid safe & we will see you all in the New Year!!
Well done girls!
By Melissa Duxson - Dec 19th 2020
Ladies Div 3 played Melbourne at home yesterday and went down 18-2, in a game where the score didn’t reflect the quality of the game. Melbourne’s much more experienced (and quicker) pitcher only giving up 1 walk for the game, meant our bats came out to play. Michelle and T had a great day with 2 hits (Michelle caught in an entertaining run down to 2nd base) and singles to Sarah, Narelle, Kat and myself. Quality at bats to Sara, Jen and Tania, making contact with the ball.
Michelle started for us in her debut on the hill and did a fabulous job throwing just over 3 innings, consistently hitting the strike zone. Sarah came in to finish the final 2 innings (also first time on the mound) with 1K and equally showing how comfortable she is on the mound. Kat did an awesome job behind the plate.
In the field, there were many highlights, including a double play from Sara who took a fly ball at 2nd base and then catching an off guard opposition who had not tagged up. Sarah taking 2 fly balls and Michelle also with 2 catches, one fly ball and one very hard hit Line Drive @ short stop. Melbourne had some big hitters keeping Narelle, Jen and Tan very busy, and T did a great job on 3rd base. There may have been a not so pretty play at 1st base where I learnt you can tag the base with with your hand when your feet are no where near the base. Great game ladies with lots of talking in the field and even better banter in the dugout. Thanks to Tan for filling in to allow us to take the field with 9 and to Hannah and Andrew for scoring. Great job Brenton and Hen for all your encouragement and enthusiasm. Lots of laughs and learnings and looking forward to our next game after the break. Merry Christmas
By Sean Hughes - Dec 19th 2020
Div 4 White team vs Essendon Bombers went down 10-4 in a hard fought battle, we were in front going into the fifth inning 4-3 but where unable to hold them off allowing 7 runs over two innings. Good work today everyone and From all of the White & Blue teams Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
By Dylan Thomas - Dec 19th 2020
Div 1 4ths got on the board yesterday with a 13-7 win. After a rough start in the first inning Jake Elderfield came on in relief to clean up then proceeded to dominate on the mound. Throwing 5 innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 10. Jackson Viney came on in the bottom of the 6th to close out the game with a strike out.
Jackson and Kyle Robinson had a double and single each while nick zhangi and Jake Elderfield had 2 singles each. In a great team hitting day.
Enjoy you Christmas everyone and hopefully we can build on the momentum after the break.
By Daniel Dobbie - Dec 19th 2020
I guess it’s about time I do one of these
After a round one I wish to never speak of again and solid win round two, Baycats Blue were looking to head into the break with more wins than losses
But the Essendon Jets had other ideas; capitalising on some good and some lucky hits (maybe a strike zone that wasn’t my friend Katie care to comment)... they got themselves out to a 5-1 lead and things wernt looking good But a 6 run 5th (5 of them coming in with 2outs) saw our grit, determination and never give up attitude take a 7-5 lead late in the day My outfielders Jordan, Harry, and Lily had my back and didn’t miss a beat late under some solid pressure mounting from Essendon (highlight of the day being Harry’s diving catch at centre over the cricket pitch to end an innings)
We held on for a 7-6 win and even though some catches, plays and even at bats didn’t go our way early on, I can’t fault the guys and girls for never giving up and sticking together and coming away with the points
By Chris Barker - Dec 20th 2020
U16 State team took on Waverley and we were ready to go from the outset putting up a 7 spot in the first innings and ended up winning 16-0.
Our pitchers were great throwing a combined no hitter. Cooper Tipping going 3 2/3 with 9 strike outs and Maxton Sherry closing out the game with the striking out the 2 batters he faced.
Our offence was aggressive and we had 13 hits for the game and 5 stolen bases, multiple hits for the game went to Will Cavanagh (3), Maxton Sherry (2), Harper Rickard (2), Harvey Elderfield (2) and Darcy Stack (2). Multiple RBI’s to Harvey Elderfield (2), Bradyn Barker (2) and Cooper Tipping (3).
Have a well deserved break guys and enjoy the festive season.
By Kelii Zablan 12.12.2020
Yesterday our Firsts played Waverley for our first home opener of the 2020/2021 season. Unfortunately we fell short in a 6-2 lost. We had a great start from our very own young gun Lachlan Hockey, throwing 4 scoreless innings of 3 hit baseball. Offensively we started off hot scoring 2 runs in the first inning with hits by Ryan Darcy and James Wood. Rudy Jaramillo had an rbi from a fielders choice and Tyler Luther-Wilson doubled to drive in our second run of the day. We had a tie for quality at bats for the day between Samuel Moon
and Tyler Luther Wilson both with 3 QAB’s.
Big thank you to everyone for showing up for the awards night & our Hawaiian Xmas . Big thank you to BayCats Committee Adam Renouf Leanne Gibbons . Special thanks to the Wood family also everyone in the canteen Matt Simper David White Baumann family. Everything you all do for the club is so appreciated.
We play Malvern baseball club next weekend at home and hope to see everyone there again for a big day of baseball for the club.
By Bruce Wood 12.12.2020
On Saturday our 2nds played Waverley and had a tough 8 -7 loss. We were down 5-0 early and fought back really well to take a 7-5 lead into the last, but we couldn't get the job done in the end.
Hayden Peoples and Blake Witham shared the pitching duties and battled hard against a good Waverley line up. Harper Rickard excellent at CF and our defense for the most part was solid, but we weren't able to take a couple of half chances in the field which would have helped our cause. With such a young team this is to be expected and I have no doubt we will improve in this area over the season.
All players had quality at bats throughout the game and it was really pleasing to see how we fought our way back into the game. James Renouf had 2 hits, including a nice double. Dan Anson had a double and Harper Rickard, Blake Witham, Hayden Peoples and Adam Jirik all singled.
We look forward to facing Malvern next week and hopefully getting back on winning ledger.
Div 1 4ths had a rough day at Waverley going down 15-4. With both teams only having 2 hits each for the game. Lucas Ash and Duane Davenport had a single each.
Noah Brennan was the pick of our pitches going 2.1 innings with 3 strike outs.
Off to Malvern next week to hopefully get off the mark before Christmas. Keep working guys
5ths Blue - By Daniel Dobbie 12.12.2020
On behalf of everyone who played last night I just want to thank everyone who put together the opportunity for us to experience a game under lights
I know it’s a very rare thing to do so we are very grateful
And I hope for those who were in attendance that we put on enough of a show for you guys (I know my bat didn’t )
By Mark Brennan - 13.12.2020
U18’s played a great game against Essendon today. Snatched from the jaws of victory, 4 runs up with 2 out in the last, and Essendon scored 5 to win. While the boys were devastated with the loss they did play well as a team. Alex James threw an absolute pearler with 12K’s in 4 digs with 70% strikes and no runs. Cooper Rickard and Jake Elderfield both hit lead off triples, and Hudson Carter got a nice hit up the middle.
The boys run the bases well, and fielded well but Essendon never gave up. A loaded bases clearing triple from Essendon with two outs was the difference.
A cruel blow and another hard lesson that it’s never over until the fat lady sings.
Another great game, that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
By Chris Barker 13.12.2020
U16 State played away at Doncaster today and we got the chocolates 7-6. We played well all game being aggressive on the bases and our pitchers got the job done.
Cooper Tipping had the start throwing 3 innings, 68 pitches, striking out 7, giving up 2 hits and 1 run. Harper came on in relief for 2 innings striking out 4 with 0 hits and 0 runs. Nyah OBrien closed it out giving up a few runs but overall pitching well, we had a couple of little league moments in the last innings chasing runners which let Doncaster back in the game but we managed to get the last out and close out the game.
We had 8 hits for the game, Harper Rickard had 2 hits. Harvey Elderfied hit a triple to get us going scoring our first run, Maxton Sherry, Darcy Stack and Harper all hit doubles.
December 5th and 6th 2020
Massive weekend of baseball for the club...
Huge thankyou to everyone who helped make it all happen..
We appreciate everyone’s help ...
Here are the results for the weekend...
Div 2 Womens bye
Div 3 Women’s v Newport down 15-12
U18 State v Berwick down 4-3
U16 State v Sandy down 10-1
U16 Metro v Research up 15-8
5ths Blue v Essendon no results online yet
5ths White v Footscray up 15-3
4ths v Fitzroy down 14-10
3rds v Fitzroy up 10-4
2nds v Fitzroy up 9-4
1sts v Fitzroy up 26-1
Baycats 2nds won against Fitzroy 9-4 on Sunday 6th December.
The 2nds travelled to Fitzroy and had a really solid win against a much more experienced line up.
Jack Fielden was excellent on the hill, followed by solid relief from Hayden Peoples.
Jordan Baumann had 3 hits and 2RBIs in an excellent game. Hayden had 2 hits and 2RBI’s and Will Brennan had a hit and a couple of RBI’s. Angus McNee had 2 hits and singles to Nick Hau and James Renouf.
Our quality at bats were a pleasing feature and we played errorless defence.
It was good to see the young guys come through with a win in a game which was in the balance at one stage.
Dec 6th 2020
Baycats u/16 Metro￼
After a shaky first innings which had Research/Fitzroy hitting in seven, Baycats retaliated ￼hitting 11 in the next 2 innings closed out with some good pitching.
Hamish, Logan with 3 hits each.
Oli, Kyle,Saxon with 2 hits each.
Only 1 error but who counting.
8-15 win with 14 hits
Thanks to Mags for scoring
Dec 6th 2020
Div 1 4ths got off to a rough start today going down 14-10 in a rain affected game. Giving up 8 runs in the 1st inning. With the pitching looking a little rusty after the long lay off.
The bats didn’t look fair as bad with the team having very good at bats. Jake Warren Kyle Robinson collected 2 singles each. Duane Davenport single and triple led the way.
2 juniors Noah Brennan and Maxton Sherry also had hits on senior debut had a double and single respectively.
Thank u to those that helped out in the canteen very much appreciated.
Nov 17 2019
Today the baycats 3rds traveled to Sunshine to take on Sunshine in what would be to date one of our best games for the season As they boys bond further and feel more comfortable around each other week by week.
Trav Duxson started on the hill today and threw a complete game throwing 7 innings for 2 hits, 5 ks and 1 earned run. An absolutely stellar day on the hill for the young fella!
With a quick positive mention of young Brody Stokoe who's getting better and better behind the dish as the weeks go on! It's always good when your pitcher and catcher tie in well together .
With Travis throwing as well as he was the boys soon got up and about and provided us with some good early appearances at the plate.
It was a good day with the stick with most of the boys getting hits, and if they wernt getting hits they were taking walks or making quality appearances.
We were led in offence by Lachlan Stotty going 4 from 4 with 3 doubles and 1 single, not to mention after playing cricket yesterday and making 60 odd, not a bad weekend of sport if I do say so. Our defence today was by far the best I've seen from us all season being led by Adam Jirik at short stop making nearly every play he had an opportunity at! And when your ss is on fire so is everyone else. Sunshine were aggressive all day but just couldn't compete with trav on the hill and our constant offence!
We ended the day with another win 9-2!
Our hits as follow Lachlan stott 3doubles 1 single 3RBIs
William Fitzgerald 2singles 1RBI
Jake Warren 1single 2 RBI
Cooper Rickard 1 single
Travis duxson 1single
Brody Stokoe 1single 1RBI
Next week we take on Melbourne at Melbourne!
Oct 27 2019
U16 Metro came away with another great win today against Port Melbourne/Williamstown, cementing top spot on the ladder.
Nyah O'Brien started on the mound and did a great job over three innings. Isaac O'Brien then came in to relieve to finish off the last 2 innings with 1H, 4K and conceding only 1 run. Saxon Cooper played a great game behind the plate backing up his pitchers for the whole 5 innings.
Baycats headed into the 3rd down 5-0 but were finally able to get bat to ball and score 7 runs for the innings.
On the bat we had Brogan Archdall (1RBI) and Saxon Cooper with singles. Isaac O'Brien was able to bring on the lead in the 3rd with a triple to bring home 3 RBI's.
With a total of 20 stolen bases the U16s played an aggressive game when getting on base to come home with a win, 12-6.
Oct 27 2019
U16 State got back on the winners list this morning with good win over Preston 12-1.
Adam Jirik has the start in the bump and was great with 4inn 5h 6k, 1BB. And in relief was Noah Brennan with his first outing of the season. Harper Rickard was great behind the dish controlling the game.
Our offense was led by Maxton Sherry who was great 4 hits (3dbls), Cooper Tipping 2h, and one hit each to Jake Elderfield, Adam and Noah, with good at bats from Darcy Stack, Lucas Ash & Tanner Stott who all got on base and pressured Preston’s defense.
Thanks again to Michael Nunn for umpiring the game.
Oct 26 2019
For the Div 1 4ths, we went down 6-4 in a weather-affected game. Due to the rain, hail and strong winds at Sandringham we only played through 4 1/2 frames of baseball with two weather pauses. It was a close contest throughout the day with teams switching leads with each inning.
The team put up 7 hits in total, with 2 of our runs coming from single run HRs from James Lappen and Brody Stokoe. Jake Elderfield debuted in the seniors with a strong hit double. Jake Warren, William Fitzgerald, Jacob Stevens and Adam Jirik all with single knocks. Aggressive base running saw a total of 4 stolen bases.
James Lappin started with a good effort on the hill striking out 6 in 3 innings. Martin Bouma come into relieve during what would be the final inning.
Looking forward to seeing Sandringham at home in hopefully better weather conditions.
Oct 20 2019
Women’s Blue unfortunately had their 1st loss today against a strong Sunshine side in Division 3 West.
Melissa “Molly” Duxson started on the mound and had a great day with her second outing pitching from the mound, with a huge improvement with more accuracy yesterday.
Nyah O’Brien took over pitching 2 1/2 innings doing a great job as our youngest player & pitcher, holding the strong hitting side to their lowest scoring innings of the game.
Emma Hill finished the game off, which lead us into our 1st 5 inning game.
Outstanding fielding to both Maddy with an amazing pick up & assist out playing 2nd.
Our stand in from the white team,
backing up Narelle in centerfield, with all our outfielders good hustle & holding runners from scoring with their relays.
But stand out was again Molly with 3 tags in the field playing 3rd base.
We had singles from Molly, Emma, Madeleine Thiel (Maddy), & Emily Galang.
All girls had quality at bats considering where they have started.
A great effort by all that played.
Final Scores 26-9.
I’m excited for the season and in seeing the progress & improvement of both women’s team over the summer.
Oct 20 2019 The Baycats Firsts had a big walk off win on the weekend! Sam Gibbons had a good start for us throwing 5 strong innings before
pitched 4 innings to keep us in the game. We are never out of a game when our pitching staff continues to throw strikes and make quality pitches.
We were able to get runners on the bases, but just missed on opportunities to get them to cross the plate. Chasing 2 runs all the way until the bottom of the 9th we were able to compete and put ourselves in a good situation to win. The 9th inning was met with some quality at bats from Kobe Greenhalgh, James Wood Ryan Darcy Rudy Jaramillo and finally Josh Davies to get the opportunity to pick up the walk off rbi and celebratory mob fest to end the game.
Look forward to getting back on the field for training to get us ready to take on Sandringham Royals this weekend on the road.
Lets Go Baycats!
Oct 20 2019
Baycats Under 18 State had a strong win over Sandringham. Nick Hau pitched 3 quality innings, followed by Jarryd Wood, Travis Duxson and Alex James. Sandringham were restricted to 4 scattered hits as the pitchers did their job, well supported by the field. Baycats turned 3 double plays, which is a fair effort in an Under 18 game.
The guys swung the bat really well. James Lappin had a double and 5 RBIs in an excellent performance. Jordan Baumann had a couple of hits, as did Jarryd Wood. We hit all through the line up, with Will Brennan, Nick Zanghi, Nick Hau, Ethan Tipping, Cooper Rickard and Travis Duxson all picking up hits. Alex James also swung the bat well, picking up a Sac fly and an RBI.
Oct 20 2019
Baycats 2s had a good walk off win against Blackburn, courtesy of a Hayden Peoples hit.
Emerson Rickard had another excellent outing on the hill with 4 innings of work, followed by Hayden . Both guys attached the zone and threw plenty of strikes.
With the bat, Blake Witham had 3 hits and a couple of RBIs. Angus McNee also had 3 hits. Hayden and Harper Rickard both had 2 hits, showing they are more than capable of competing at this level. Lewis Weldon and Steve Baumann both had one.
We were behind coming into the last, but in the end managed to get over the line, due to some terrific baseball from our young guys and a few older campaigners.
38Adam Renouf, Jason Peoples and 36 others
Oct 20 2109
U16 Metro came away with another win today against Preston 15-2.
Edit... finally got the stats done.
Great game by the whole team today. Although we were given quite a few walks we were still able to get 5 hits with singles from Isaac O’Brien, Nyah O’Brien, Logan McConnell, Noah Brennan and Saxon Cooper.
Isaac O’Brien had a great day on the mound with 5Ks and only 1 run given up over 2 innings. At bat he was able to bring in 4 RBIs.
Noah Brennan then relived in the 3rd (after just getting off the plane earlier this morning) and pitched 1 innings with 3 Ks and only 1 run given up.
The team are starting to work well together (despite 2 already out with injuries that will see them out for most of the season) and I think we are going to see some great work from the kids in the Metro team.
21Adam Renouf, Sara Brennan and 19 others
Oct 13 2019
Under 18 state league had a strong win over Waverley 13-9. Our hitters were aggressive and hit well:
Will Brennan had a triple and a double and Jarryd Wood hit 2 home runs. Travis Duxson and Cooper Rickard both hit doubles and single hits to Nick Hau and James Lappin. Jarryd had 5 RBIs and Cooper had 3. We also picked up quite a few walks and ran the bases well.
Cooper, Travis and Nick pitched well and Will was fantastic behind the plate.
Oct 13 2019
Baycats 2nds went down to Blackburn 5-1 on Saturday. However the score doesn't tell the full story and the guys were in front for a fair portion of the game. Emerson Rickard was fantastic on the hill, well supported by his old man behind the dish. Harper Rickard performed very well in his first 2nds game too, picking up a hit and having 4 quality at bats. Matt Sage also picked up a hit, as did Jordan Baumann and Angus McNee. Hayden Peoples was our standout hitter with 2 hits. This was a quality game and given the very young age of the team, the guys should be extremely pleased. As I said after the game, if they continue to play with the same intensity I've no doubt the wins will come.
Oct 13 2019
Under 18 state league had a strong win over Waverley 13-9. Our hitters were aggressive and hit well:
Will Brennan had a triple and a double and Jarryd Wood hit 2 home runs. Travis Duxson and Cooper Rickard both hit doubles and single hits to Nick Hau and James Lappin. Jarryd had 5 RBIs and Cooper had 3. We also picked up quite a few walks and ran the bases well.
Cooper, Travis and Nick pitched well and Will was fantastic behind the plate.
October 6th 2019
Baycats scores from the weekend ....
And don’t forget that our Baycats Charter starts this Wednesday night so if you have nothing on come and support our future Baycats
U16 Metro18-4 up v Port M/Willy
U16 State 13-2 up v Williamstown
U18 Metro 8-4 up v Newport
U18 State 9-1 up v Sunshine
Women’s Blue up 16-10 v White
5ths Forfeit by Bonbeach
4ths 12-6 down v Berwick
3rds 9-8 up v Berwick
2nds 4-3 down v Berwick
1sts down 4-0 v Berwick
Oct 20 2019
U16 State League playing at home, had our first loss this morning, 1-5 to a good pitching effort by Sandringham.
Our bats were quiet with just two hits from Adam Jirik and Lucas Ash.
Thanks to Michael Nunn for umpiring.
Oct 13 2019
Baycats U16 State League had a good win against Waverley this morning 12-6.
Hayden Peoples pitched 4inn from the start and was very good and relieved by Jake Elderfield with his first time on the bump for Baycats.
We scored our runs regularly with 2 in the 1st, 3 in 3rd and 7 in the 4th. Our best hitters were Cooper Tipping 2 (sgl,dbl), Jake 2 sgl’s. We had some really good at bats right thru the line up, Adam Jirik was good with 1h 1bb and at SS, Darcy Stack had 2bb’s for 2 runs.
A really good team effort.
June 24th 2019
Hello Baycats Family,
I hope you are enjoying your winter season.
The Baycats Committee is delighted to let you know our 2019/20 Coaching and Selection Committee.
Selection Committee: Kelii Zablan(Z), Josh Davies, Bruce Wood
Club Coach: Kelii Zablan
Head Coach: Kelii Zablan
Assistant Coach: Leigh Holmes
3rd Base Coach: Phill Northfield
Pitching Coach: Cameron Forbes
Head Coach: Bruce Wood
Assistant Coach: Jason Peoples
Head Coach: Tim Rankin
Head Coach: Dylan Thomas
Head Coach: Katie Davenport
Junior Try Out - Selection Committee: Kelii Zablan, Josh Davies, Rudy Jaramillo
All Junior teams will be submitted to a tryout process.
Junior Coordinator: Bruce Wood
Head Coach: Bruce Wood
Head Coach: Chris Rickard
Head Coach: Kelii Zablan
Additional Charter Coaching and administrative positions will be announced prior to the commencement of the season.
If you want to assist in any of these teams please contact