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Phill Northfield

 

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Div 1-3rds travelled to Sandringham and played out an 8-3 win in the full 7 innings.

Alex had the start and was effectively wild even with lots of traffic on the bases he only allowed 1 run on zero hits!!. Cam gave up 5 hits and 2 runs both unearned after our only error for the day.

Our hitters combined for 15 hits to score our 8 runs but we left just as many stranded on base.

Jake and Cam both had 3 hits with everyone else getting one or two each. Two highlights were Darcy's lead off triple in the 6th and Fitzy's booming somewhere near the cones (cough) double.

Thanks to Rachel for scoring today and to Ben for coming in late when Alex had to go to work.

Stay safe and have a great Christmas.

Catch you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas Ho Ho Ho

Sto Bajarca

 

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Div 3 1‘s had tough outing at Essendon on the weekend going down 10-0.

Jackson Viney started and while there were a few hiccups early and he only gave up 1 in the first and 1 in the second. He battled hard and was able to keep Essendon to 2 runs until the 5th. Jackson has been great for our group and his demeanour and ability to fight is testament to his character. Bradyn Barker was in relief and gave up a scoreless frame in his first innings before a few hits and some untimely defence saw him hand the ball to Dan Anson. Dan threw plenty of strikes but Essendon’s batters found the gaps and kept scoring.

Offensively we struggled as Duane Davenport spun a gem for Essendon. Cooper Laurie led the way for us registering our only hit and Dan Anson was on base multiple times through errors. Hats off to Essendon who out played us. Sometimes ya just have to tip your cap.

Wishing everyone a good break and hope you all have a lovely Christmas and looking forward to our run home.

Deniz Horasan

 

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Sorry for the late post. On Sunday 18 December Division 1, 4s took on Sandringham. Due to numbers we were fortunate to have the Div 3, 2s guys play for us and it worked fantastic. Martin Bouma led the charge with pitching a full game and only giving up 3 runs. Additionally with his bat he delivered 3 hits (2 singles and a double).

The team were solid all day and got us the win 7-3.

Lily Kevelham and Ben Johnson also were solid with the bats both getting two hits and Katrina Edwards a single.

Overall it was a great win just before Christmas and keeps us somewhat in finals contention.

Happy New Year all, looking forward to 2023 and the second half of the season. #gobaycats

David Foster

 

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Match Report Div. 3 Women’s

Vs Werribee 17/12

Now that we are starting to play the second half of the season, we have some idea what we will be up against. However, this can be a trap. The team was so looking forward to this last game before Christmas and there was an air of confidence about in the dugout.

We started with Michelle Searle on the mound and we held them to one run, due mainly to a great double play. There was a runner on third as Michelle gathered the ball and threw to first were Sarah Upton made the out and threw the ball Meg Fahey made a great ply at home. We responded with one run mainly through the double Meg hit and the steal to third that followed. Brooke Sadler also managed a safe hit but we were unable to bring her home.

In the second, both sides were unable to score even though Brooke Robertson was able to get her first real hit for the season (first ever).

In the third Werribee managed 5 runs as we struggle to get the outs required. Now 4 runs down it was important to show some fight, which we did as we scored 5 runs. There was a single to Brooke Sadler and a double to Sarah. With many of our hitters getting walks as they displayed more restraint in the batting box by not chasing poor pitches.

In the final innings we made a pitching change but things did not go to plan. Werribee worked harder in the batting box and scored 4 runs. We now needed 4 runs to win. We were on target with a couple of walks and a safe hit to Brooke Sadler unfortunately one of our hitters hit a line drive to the pitcher and our runner at second was not able to return to the base in time. Resulting in our first draw for the season.

We had our chances in this game as we out hit Werribee, 7 hits to 1. There is still plenty of fine tuning to be done but I am sure we are up to the challenge. So, from all the team we wish everybody at Baycats a safe and enjoyable Christmas and see you all in the New Year.

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Chris Rickard

 

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Baycats U18 travelled to Newport for our last game before the break, and got the win 15-6.

We scored 1 in the 1st inning but then took control of the game in the 2nd with 7 scored. We put on 4 in 3rd and 3 in the 6th.

Newport competed well but we’re undermanned with some injuries which affected them.

Cooper Tipping pitched 3.2inn and Simon Day had his first pitch of the season with a good outing for 2.1inn.

Our hitting was led by Darcy Stack (2h,3rbi), Will Cavanagh (2h,3rbi) and Oliver Yarnell 2h. 1 hit each to Maxton Sherry, Cooper T, Tanner Stack, Harper Rickard.

Tyson Sherry (2rbi) and Logan McConnell (2bb,1rbi) both batted well also.

Thanks to our players for filling in the field for Newport.

Thanks for help today from Chris Barker assist coaching and Rachel Stack scoring at short notice.

The team is looking forward to the back end of the season after the break, currently sitting 3rd in the standings.

Safe holiday break and a merry Christmas

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U14 State had a tough loss to Research LP. We gifted them an early 8 run lead thanks to some uncharacteristic sloppy defence. To our credit we kept fighting back and we were still in it but today wasn't our day eventually going down 11-7

To all of the players and parents, you are awesome. Have a great Christmas and come back refreshed ready to have a crack at the second half of the season.

Stay safe and throw as often as you can.

Merry Christmas

Brenton Laurie

 

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On the weekend the U16 team travelled down to Moorabbin with a 6-4 win in the final game before the big man comes and the new year starts.

The team has been playing some great baseball over the last few weeks and getting the results and having fun together.

Enjoy the break team don’t forget to keep throwing and taking some hits. to the kids that are playing the U16 nationals good luck.

We have the Mets Baseball Charter try outs coming like I expect to see all eligible players there In every age group starting the 21st January please keep an eye out for more details.

PLEASE LIKE Mets baseball charter facebook page to keep up to date with what’s going on.

Bruce Wood

 

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After a couple of weeks when we've been on the wrong side of the ledger, the Baycats 2nds returned to the winners list with a walk off victory in the last over Upwey FTG.

Noah Brennan returned to our side and got the start. Noah threw a good percentage of strikes and restricted the Upwey hitters to 4 hits over 4.1 innings. This was probably Noah's best start for the year in the 2s and it was good to see him get the job done. Jake Elderfield and Jordan Baumann also took a turn on the mound. Jake did a great job getting us out of an innings and Jordan threw strikes in the last.

Offensively, we jumped UFTG early (which has been a pattern for us all year) and the focus was to sustain the pressure.

Will Cavanagh's hitting and base-running was excellent all game. He scored for us 3 times and had 2 stolen bases and an RBI. Jordan Ellis did well behind the plate and also had 4 quality at-bats over the game. Jake Elderfield picked up 2 hits. James Renouf, Jordan Baumann, Bradyn Barker and Jordan Ellis all had singles.

We led 5-1 for the majority of the game, before the experienced UFTG grabbed back the lead, taking a 2 run lead into the bottom of the last. As they proved against Essendon, the young team showed they are never beaten. In the last, James Renouf, got a hit, Bradyn Barker reached on an error, Jake Elderfield smacked a double and Will Cavanagh picked up an RBI single. Jordan Baumann got an RBI ground out to tie the game. Chris Durston and Noah Brennan walked. With loaded bases and 2 out, Jordan Ellis got reward for his good hitting all game, knocking a hard hit ball to centrefield and scoring the winning run.

This was a really good win by the young team; particularly pleasing given the strong opposition.

Thanks Cathy Weldon for scoring and Dursto as always for his help at first base and on the bench.

Phill Northfield

 

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**LONG POST WARNING**

Div1 3rds hosted Upwey in conditions polar opposite to the last time we played and the result was better this time too!

Riley had the start and made quick work of the 1st in 13 pitches. With the bats in our hands we scored 2 to give us the early lead.

A hit, BB and a defensive miscue saw our opposition take the lead back scoring 3. Unfortunately we went 3 up, 3 down and the momentum was turning against us.

Upwey strung together some good at bats but we escaped the top of the 3rd stranding runners in scoring position. A double from Will and a long single from Forba saw us tie it up at 3 all through 3 completed innings and the game now teetering on a knifes edge waiting for something to happen!

Upwey stranded runners again in the 4th. We gave them two quick outs before walks to our 8 and 9 hitters gave us an opportunity. Zanghi was up to the task singling into RF to score 1 and give us the most slender of leads.

A quick 5th innings saw both teams stranding a runner and we had seen off their starter off.

Riley got 2 outs into the 6th before he handed the ball over to Harvey to finish off the innings. With a runner at 1st and the top of their order up CB thew out a would be base runner to kill innings It was our bottom of the order setting the table again with Coops getting another BB and Q with in infield hit to 3rd! Zanghi also had an infield hit to load the bases. With 2 out i was worried we might have missed our opportunity but nope... a Will Fitz single scored 2 to give us a 3 run buffer into the 7th.

An error and a hit saw Upwey bring the tying run to the plate only to be struck out looking to end another exciting 7 innings game.

Thanks to CB for jumping in and helping us out this week. It was really appreciated.

Riley showed composure beyond his years working into and out of trouble all day.

Will Fitz 3 from 4 with 3 RBIs, Zanghi also went 3 from 4 with 1 RBI and Forba 2 from 4 with 2 RBIs were the standouts with the bats!

If anything we need to tidy up our defence a little to make the most of the chances our pitchers get us.

Deniz Horasan

 

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On Saturday the 4s took on Upwey. After our previous encounter, which was not a pretty affair, the team really came to challenge the opposition. Alex 'hock' Hockey did an outstanding job on the mound, keeping us in the game till the last innings, with Hayden Quattrocelli closing out the day and showing that reliability that has helped us during this season.

In the end the final score of 11-5 did not reflect the effort by the team. Leading into the final innings we were up 5-3, but errors in the field really costs us and blew the score out.

A big thanks to Chris Rickard and Brenton Laurie for rolling in to help out the team.

Overall I was really proud of the guys and everyone really gave their all and showed the Baycats fighting spirit.

We travel to Sandringham to finish off 2022, and hopefully can end it with a win. #gobaycats

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Martin Bouma

 

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Apologies for the late report.

Last weekend the 3-2s took on Daniel Dobbie and the third place Chelsea Dophins at home. The game had the potential to not be played due to a traffic incident on the road blocking the traffic from Melbourne. After some discussion between the clubs and BV, Chelsea opted to play with a mix of their 3-1s and 3-2 players that had made it to the field.

I am proud to say that the good guys won 9-5 with 5 innings played. We were the underdog going into the game sitting in 6th place.

Defensively, we played errorless baseball after the 1st inning. Kyle Robinson had some fantastic defensive plays at shortstop; a pick off at second, a catch and tag double play and a running catch in short centerfield.

The game had a higher than average number of walks with wild winds a a tight zone. Martin Bouma had the start going 4 innings. Then Maxton Sherry with a cameo appearance due to injuries, coming onto the mound for the close. In his first pitching appearance in two years got through the inning with 3Ks.

Offensively the team did well tallying up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 1 HPB (had to be me again...). Zach Mjelnek and Tyson Sherry with 2 singles each. Martin Bouma with a triple. Kyle Robinson, Rick Doherty and Ben Loone all with singles. Over the game we had runs scored in 4 of the 5 innings continuing to put pressure on Chelsea. We did the small things; moving runners over, going longer into counts and really maintained the momentum during the game.

Well done team. With the high number of players away from Christmas, unfortunately that will be our (3-2s) last game for 2022, but a great way to finish. Have a safe and happy holiday season! #gobays

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Match Report Vs Port Melbourne

Finally, we had a day with plenty of sun and with some sting in the rays for a change. With Brooke Sadler on the mound, we started well with a walk, a strike out, a 1 to 3 and a nice fly ball taken by Keira Wilson to finish the innings. However, we gave up an error and 3 hits and one being a home run as Port scored 3 runs. In response we scored 1 run with singles to Meg Fahy and Sarah Upton.

In the second Brooke got 2 K’s and Michelle Searle took a nice fly at third to keep them to just one run. In our second innings we responded strongly with 7 runs with only 2 outs. We had 5 safe hits, with doubles to Brooke, Nikki Chapman and singles to Meg, Michelle, Nikki (second at bat for the innings) and Keira.

In the third, Port Melbourne scored 3 runs again, which had us up by only one run. Unfortunately, our response was below par as we were kept scoreless, despite singles to Meg and Michelle.

In the fourth we made a pitching change to prepare for next weeks game. This started well with a strike out. However, combined with a couple of errors and a grand slam they scored 7 runs. In our last, despite a hit to Sarah their fresh pitcher was too strong and we only scored 1 run.

Congratulations has to go to Port Melbourne they were the better team on the day, winning 14 to 9. We now need to work harder when under pressure in the field.

David Foster

 

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Match Report Div. 3 Women’s

Vs Fitzroy 10/12

After last week loss this was a game, we really wanted to win and given the fact Fitzroy were sitting on top, it was imperative we were switched on.

So, with Brooke Sadler starting for us on the mound we were ready to go. Fitzroy started well with a good hit to left field, we defended well with a couple of outs around second base through the work of short stop Nikki Chapman and right fielder Brooke Robinson. The Lions did score a run but Brooke struck out the 3rd which stopped further runs being scored. We responded with 4 runs due mainly to the great start Mags Boros gave us with her lead off hit to centre field and the following extra base hits to Brooke who got a double and Sarah Upton who smashed a triple to left field.

In the second we worked hard to get a shut out with several good plays to Brooke, Nikki, Sarah (at first) and Ella Wilson’s catch at second to close the innings. We started slowly in the bottom of the second but teamed well together to score 4 runs with 2 outs. There were a couple of good doubles to Sarah and Nikki and singles to Meg Fahey and Brooke. These efforts went a long way to setting up our win and the first time we have scored multiple runs from a 2 down situation.

The third saw us under real pressure to hold Fitzroy to 5 runs as they got 3 hits and forced some errors. However, we weren’t going to give this game away easily as we got underway to scoring 3 runs. Firstly, with a bunt achieved by Ella who tried to avoid a wayward pitch. She beat out the throw to first this led to Bec Michael getting a safe hit which the pitcher was unable to make the play. To keep the innings going Meg picked up her second hit and Brooke got her third.

The fourth saw Brooke holding her nerve to get 2 strike outs and Ella making a solid play to first base which saw them score no runs for the innings. Our efforts were not much better in the bottom of this innings as only Brooke Robinson managed to get a safe hit.

So, in the last we started with a 5 run lead and just needed to keep them under this score to win. Things were going well with the first two outs being routine ones but then with a couple of fast runners on the base we fell for the trap of making throws that were just chasing the runners as they scored 2 runs. It was all brought to an end with Nikki taking the catch at shortstop. This gave us an 8 to 11 win.

With one more game before the Christmas break, we need to keep this momentum going to complete a great first half of the season, well done so far everyone, lets get this last one.

Chris Rickard

 

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Baycats U18 played the visiting Melbourne BC team, playing on GBC1 and got the win 12-6.

Melbourne came out strong scoring 2 in the top of 1st from 2Hits and 2BBs, Baycats squared it up in bottom of 1st with 2 runs off 3 hits. Melb kept going and scored 3 in 2nd a 1 in 3rd.

Our 2nd innings was quick, but we got going on the 3rd scoring 7 runs off 5 hits and good base running to give us control in the game.

Will Cavanagh started pitching and was good with 3Inn and relieved by Bradyn Barker 2inn as we halted the Melb runs.

Our bats were good today with hits throughout the lineup. Leading our hits with 2 each was Will Cav (2rbi), Bradyn (1rbi), Tanner Stack (dbl,sgl).

Also with 1 hit each was Maxton Sherry (dbl, 2rbi), Tyson Sherry (2rbi), Darcy Stack, Harvey Elderfield, Ollie Yarnell, Logan McConnell and Simon Day.

Our outfielders had a great day taking several big flyballs from Hamish Sutherland, Ollie Y and Maxton.

Tanner was great behind the dish.

The game was played in great spirits with Melbourne being short on players from the outset, thanks to our players who filled in the outfield to help them out in defense.

Thanks also to Nick Zanghi for umpiring and Cristi Sherry running the canteen for the morning and Julie Rickard for scoring .

Next week we travel to Newport for the last game before Christmas.

Phill Northfield

 

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U14 State travelled to Essendon this morning for our 3rd encounter with the Bombers. With the series tied at 1 each and coming off a tough loss last week we dug deep and showed great character coming away with a convincing win.

Our hitters had excellent at-bats all day challenging the opposition to throw strikes. When they did we put good swings on the ball, with Sid, Toby & Lachlan all hitting big doubles and if not we were happy to take the walk. Our overall base running was great.

Tylah started for us and pieced together his best outing for the season. He threw 3 innings for 3 runs and Sid closed out the game by throwing the last.

Finally, I hope everyone has made it home safely after being caught up in the traffic chaos on the Melbourne Rd today.

Sto Bajarca

Div 3 1’s traveled down the highway to Port Melbourne on the weekend and we had a solid win 17-1. Early in the game it was a tight contest with us scoring 2 in the top of the 3rd and Port Melbourne replied with 1 in the bottom of the 3rd. With a 2-1 lead in going into the 4th we batted through the lineup plating 8 runs.

Noah Brennan had the start for us and had a great day on the bump taking a no no into the 6th. Noah gave up a hit to the lead-off in the top of the 6th then struck out the next 2 and induced a pop up. Noah threw the complete game giving up 1 hit, 1 run, striking out 10 giving up 2 walks. Great to see Noah back throwing well after a couple of weeks off.

Offensively we out hit Port Melbourne 18-1 with everyone in the line up getting a hit. It was our first game for a few weeks due to weather and unavailabilities so it was good to get a win. Jesse Buzza had 3 hits and an RBI. Cade White had 2 hits (inc a triple) and 2 RBI’s, Noah Brennan and Tyson Sherry both had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s with Noah having a double and a sac fly and Tyson putting down a sac bunt. Dan Mason had 2 hits including a double and was very solid at 1B for us. Darcy Stack had 1 hit (1RBI), Harry Sim had 1 hit (double) and Maxton Sherry had 1 hit.

Next week we host Chelsea which I’m sure will be a fun day.

Martin Bouma

  

The Div 3 2s played against Port Melbourne on Saturday. The breeze coming from the bay helped in warmer conditions. The team started the day with hot bats, scoring 4 in the first inning. The game continued in that fashion with the final result 22-1.

It was great to see everyone making solid contact with the ball, being patient at the plate but aggressive on the bases. Alex Hockey made a guest appearance and stole the show going 4-4, singles, 2 Double and a Triple, with 6 RBI, aided by the running speed of Pat Johnson and Nick Allen. Pat Johnson, 3 hits. Kyle Robinson, Zach Mlejnek and Nick Allen 2 hits. Ben Johnson and Tommy Rome posting singles.

Martin Bouma went the distance over 4 innings. 63 pitches, 11K, 2H, 0 BB, 0 HPB, 0 ER. Making it a very one sided game.

Next week we take on Chelsea at home. Its make or break time for us in the season needing to post up some wins for a finals chance. Lets get after it! Go Baycats!

Phill Northfield

 

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Div 1, 3rds had a one sided win in hot conditions.

Harvey had 4 hits with 3 others with 3.

Our approach at the plate and running the bases was excellent.

#gobaycats

Phill Northfield

 

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In glorious conditions U14 State had a 7-4 loss to a well polished Newport.

We had a bit of a slow start but finished off strongly.

Defensively we were perfect but the Newport bats were too strong for us today.

Playing quality opposition each week will only make us better.

#gobaycats

Chris Rickard

 

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Catch up post on Baycats U18s, I’ve missed a couple of reports so will roll ‘em in together… and try and keep it short!

Going back 4 weeks, we travelled to Waverley for a 9-1 win that wasn’t near as one sided as it sounds.

Tanner Stack had a day on the hill with 5Inn pitched. The game was flying along at 1-1 after 5Inn and we were on pace to play the max. 7 inn.

A big top of 6th from our hitters and we scored 7 to take control of the game. We put on 1 more in the top of 7th.

Bradyn Barker, Darcy Stack and Ollie Yarnell led the hitters with 2 hits each.

3 weeks back we had a rain out with Bon Beach.

2 weeks back we played at home against UFTG/Blackburn and in a up-turvy game we ended in 10-10 draw!

We gave up 5 in the 1st, 1 in 2nd and 3 in 3rd! But we scored 1 in 1st, 2 in 3rd and 7 in 4th to hold 10-9 lead into the 6th.

We gave up 1 more run in the 6th and we got the runners on in our 6th but came up just short. An exciting game despite the big scoring innings both ways.

Harper Rickard led the pitching with 3.1Inn 6k 1 unearned run.

Tanner Stack and Will Cavanagh led the hitters with 3 each.

Thanks to CB and Brett E for covering for me on my weekend away and to Nick Zanghi for umpiring.

This weekend just gone, we travelled to Sandringham to play the ladder leaders on the hot windy day.

The first 3 innings went by quickly with neither team scoring.

In the 4th inning the Royals scored 4 and we put up our fight scoring 2 to stay in the game. A quick scoreless 5th for both teams, we put runners on in the 6th but couldn’t score before Sandy had a big bottom of 6th with 5 runs to finish the game 9-2 victors.

Cooper Tipping had his best outing on the hill with 5.1inn, 5h, 5k’s. Will Cavanagh was in relief.

We didn’t have enough hits on the day despite a close game for all but the last inning.

Will Cav, Cooper, Bradyn Barker, and Harvey Elderfield each had 1 hit.

So… 3 games in 4 weeks and we secured every possible result… 1 win, 1 loss, 1 draw, 1 rain out!!!

This weekend coming we play Melbourne at home as we look to get back into the W column.

David Foster

 

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Div 3 Women’s Match Report 26/11

Baycats Vs Melton

At last no rain and plenty of sunshine but a strong northly wind blowing across the pitching path to the plate.

Magda Boros led off with a great double to set the tone for the rest of the game. In the first we recorded 3 hits a single to Sarah Upton and an in the ground to home run to Brooke Sadler. Along with 4 walks we scored 5 runs as our 10 hitters all had an at bat. Michelle Searle started on the mound and quickly relised she could take advantage of the wind by getting her pitches to slide across the plate from left to right to Meg Fahey who caught really well. The Titan’s did get two singles and scored one run but getting a double play through Sarah at first to Meg at home really shut them down.

In the second innings we scored 4 runs thanks to a grand slam to Brooke as she smashed the ball long to left field. In response Melton’s bottom half of the line up struggled with Michelle’s pitching and fielding as she struck out one batter and then picked off the runner at first, then throw out the 3rd out at first.

In the third we scored 7 runs with singles to Michelle and Brooke and a double to Rebecca Michael. To cap this off Sarah smashed a long hit to centre right to record an in the ground home run and bring in 3 runs. With a pitching change as Brooke come on to relive Michelle, Melton managed to score a run. However, with a line drive catch to Nicole Chapman at short stop and a throw to Michelle at third to complete our second double and their innings seemed doomed. Brooke, settled on the mound and struck out the last batter.

In the last Melton changed their pitcher and our batter’s remained patient in the batting box collecting 6 walks and singles to Meg, Kiera Wilson and Rebecca to score another 7 runs. Unfortunately, we run out of time to start the bottom of the 4th.

Giving us a 16 to 2 win. So back on the bus with players eager to get take away after a fine win in the wind.

Lewis Weldon

 

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Yesterday our 1st took on last years premiers upway.

We got a jump on our opponents scoring in the first but due to some errors, we found ourselves down 6-1 after the 2nd.

We counted by scoring 3 in the 3rd and even took the lead in the 5th scoring 4 to make it 8-6!!!!

Upway answered scoring 3 to retake the lead 8-9.

We did damage in the 7th to score 3 to retake the lead again 11-9.

The game ended with a score line of 11-10 to the good guys.

Jye Robinson lead the way with 4 hits.

James wood and Will Brennan had 3 each.

As a group, this was our best offence game totalling a season high of 20 hits.

Phill Northfield

 

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The 3rds went down 3-1 in top of the table clash with Upwey.

Riley was outstanding with the start and threw 4 innings with 70% strikes for a stingy 3 runs showing great composure in trying conditions. Cam was excellent in two innings of relief.

We had our opportunities to score but ran ourselves out of the 6th innings where 5 back to back hits only scored us 1 run. We also out hit Upwey 12 to 7!!

Tip of the cap to their guy who threw a complete game for 105 pitches and did a really good job of holding runners, changing his looks and mixing in a good slide step to stifle our running game.

In pretty average conditions (the field and the weather) neither team committed an error and we completed 7 innings in 1h 50min.

I have no doubt the next time we play will be another high quality game.

Lewis Weldon  

5/11 @ Mulgrave. 2-4 loss

We got off to a quick start with a 2 run bomb from Tyler Luther-Wilson.

Mulgrave bats woke up scoring a run in the 4th, 5th and took the lead in the 6th.

Our best bats on the day were Tanner Stack and Tyler Luther-Wilson both with 2 hits.

Bruce Wood

 

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On November 5 the 2nds went down to Mulgrave 10-8. Defensively we struggled, with a few free passes and also a lack of support in the field. Noah Brennan, Alex James and Jake Elderfield all toiled hard on the mound. Offensively, Cooper Tipping was our highlight, with another 3 hits. Several players picked up single hits, but we probably didn't make the adjustments required in the batters box.

Last week the 2nds had probably their best win for the year, with a last innings victory over Essendon. We scored in 3 out of the first 4 innings, before Essendon scored a 4 spot and a 2 spot to lead 6-3. The team then scored 4 in the last to win the game. There were multiple highlights for us, but young Jordan Ellis was terrific with 2 hits and a solid game behind the plate. Dion Kirchner also picked up a couple of hits, as did Nick Hau, including a triple in the last to start the ball rolling for us. At the end of the game, Lucas Ash had a terrific at bat to score 2 runs, with 2 out, including the eventual game winner.

Alex James was excellent on the mound for 5 quality innings. He was relieved by Cooper Tipping, and then in the last by Jake Elderfield, whose work at the end of the games has been outstanding all season. Jake retired all 3 hitters he faced, leaving us with an excellent one run victory.

Thanks as always to Dursto for his support on the bench and to Cathy Weldon for scoring.

18Craig Durston, Jason Peoples and 16 others

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13/11 @ Essendon 4-5 loss

Hayden Peoples got the nod for his first start in the 1s for the year.

Hayden navigated traffic the first 2 inning but Essendon timed him up in the 3rd scoring 3.

Essendon scored again in the 6th to go up 4-0.

We got on the board in the 7th with an rbi single to Chris Hockey. We then tied it up in the 8th but went down 4-5 on a walk off.

We again out hit our opponents 8-7.

Jye Robinson again had 3 QABs with Tyler Luther-Wilson, James Wood and Chris Hockey each with 2

Sto Bajarca

 

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Div 3 1’s hosted Footscray on the weekend and we had a solid win 18-5. We took advantage of some errant fielding early plating 10 in the 1st.

Jackson Viney had a great day on the bump taking a shutout into the 5th before Footscray scored 4 on the back of a few free passes and a couple of hits. Jackson went 5 innings striking out 10 and giving up 2 hits and 4 runs. Bradyn Barker made his first appearance on the hill for the summer after his rehab. He went 2 innings giving up 1 hit, striking out one and giving up 1 run.

Offensively we out hit Footscray 15-3 with Lachlan Stott, Bradyn Barker and Dan Mason (including 2 doubles) leading the way with 3 hits each. Dan Mason was unlucky to not end up with 4 or possibly 5 hits as he squared up the ball all day and Footscray outfielders made some great plays on his 2 hard hit ball outs. Jackson Viney had 2 hits and Maxton Sherry rounded it out with one hit. RBI’s went to Dan Mason (4), Jackson Viney (2), Bradyn Barker (1), Cade White (1), Lachlan Stott (1), Maxton Sherry (1).

A couple of thankyou’s from the day go to Brenton Laurie for filling in and making the game a lot of fun, all those who manned the canteen without any notice (Brenton during the Div 3 2’s, Whitey and Jason who looked to do most of the Div 3 1’s game and I’m sure some others I’ve missed). Without people in the canteen helping out it would have been a hard day without being able to buy any food or drinks. Also a shout out to Rusty and Belly for umpiring again and I can’t forget Dan Mason for donating a slab to us…..

Next week we have a tough road trip back at Mornington who beat up on us in the first round who are sitting in 3rd above us on the ladder.

Phill Northfield

 

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Baycat Div1 - 3rds played Essendon and had an extensive win. Running away 23-0. Yes, that reads 23-0.

Noah had the start, the middle relief and the close as he rounded out a complete game on 88 pitches. He struck out 11, walked 2 and gave up 2 hits.

William had 5 hits, Adam 2h 1bb, Noah 3h 1bb, JJesse 3h (inc HR) 1bb, Brody 1h 2bb, Cameron 3h, 2bb, Phill 2h, Darcy 1h 1hpb, Harvey 1h(HR) 1hpb, Hayden 2h 1bb.

All of the players who have come through the 3rds have applied themselves well. It has been great to see players move seamlessly between the teams and taking the opportunities as they arise.

#gobaycats

Phill Northfield

 

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U14 State V Research... ill try and keep it short but there are a lot of highlights!

We made the trek to Research our longest road trip for the season and played in glorious conditions. Coming away with a 15-1 win.

Reuben was our starting pitcher and threw a blinder. A complete game, 6 innings for 71 pitches, 5 strikeouts(K's), 0 walks(BB's) & 4 hits(H) for 1 earnt run!

After giving ourselves "opportunities" to get out and not always taking them over the last few weeks, this week we played ERRORLESS defense. In fact there were only 3 errors in the game!

Our bats were HOT, we amassed 14 hits and took 13 free passes.

This weeks multiple hit getters were, Beau 3H, Tylah 2H, Brandon 2H, Sid 2H

Well done on a well rounded team effort.

#gobaycats

Deniz Horasan

 

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The 4s took on Essendon at Essendon yesterday. Hayden Quatrocelli took the mound for us and gave a confident building effort. After 3 innings we had Tyson Sherry relieve and continued developing his skills. Hamish Sutherland closed off the day but unfortunately, the day belonged to Essendon. Final score was 21-4, but everyone tried over the two hours.

The hitters for the day were Darcy Stack (2 hits / single and a double), Jake Warren (1 hit / single) and Hamish Sutherland 1 hit / double).

Hopefully, we can bounce back against Upwey next week. #gobaycats

Martin Bouma

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The 3rd 2nds took on Footscray at home in humid conditions. The team had an upbeat attitude coming into the day which translated on the field. We come away with a well earned win 8-3 in 5 innings.

Footscray's pitcher was more consistant around the zone than we have seen in previous weeks. The team took advantage, having a great day with the bat. We scored in nearly every inning. Two hits were recorded by Pat Johnson (double and single), Kyle Robinson and Martin Bouma with 2 singles each. Ben Johnson, Ben Loone and Zach Mlejnek each with singles.

Fielding. The team worked hard to keep Footscray from scoring. To our teams credit I had a few people in different positions today. New players Ben Loone and Zach Mlejnek both made great defencive plays. Ben with a running catch in right field. Zach making two plays at third base. There was also some situations that resulted in learning opportunities for team as we develop. Martin Bouma threw a complete game, throwing 5 innings in 101 pitches. 5h, 7k, 1bb and 1hpb for the stat line.

Thankyou Lily for stepping off the plane into a baseball uniform! Thank you Ben Johnson and others that come down and opened up the ground and canteen. The team appreciated the cold drinks in the warm conditions!

Next week we head back to Mornington. Last time it was a very high scoring game. Lets keep this momentum!

 

Round 6 2022.2023

 

 

Phill Northfield

 

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Div 1, 3rds had a well rounded win (11-4) with everyone, bench players included having an impact on the result.

Jackson started again for us this week and while he didn't have his best stuff he bared down and gave us 5 solid innings. What is even more pleasing is that he was efficient he threw less and 80 pitches and he did not walking a batter until the 5th.

The game was tied at 4 all going into the 6th. We plated 2 in the 6th and another 7 in the 7th to put the game beyond reach for the Rebels as i rolled Cam out for 2 innings of relief.

Maxton, who had a solid day behind the plate was just as solid when he stepped up to it with 4 QAB. His aggressive baserunning was on point, scoring 3 of his 4 times on base!

Nick played solid defense at the hot corner and executed well at the plate too.

Cooper in his first game with us had 2 hit and 2 rbi's and also played solid defense.

I could go on but I wont...

Nick 1bb 1rbi, Adam 2h 1bb, Will 1h, Jackson 1h (double), Maxton 4bb, Cam 1h 1bb, Jesse 2h, Nick 1h 1bb 1rbi, Cooper 2h 2rbi, Hayden 1h 1rbi, Tyson 1bb.

#gobaycats

Sto Bajarca

 

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Div 3 1’s took on top of the ladder Sandringham on the weekend, unfortunately we took an 8-3 loss as Sandringham out hit us 18-8. The score line doesn’t reflect the quality of the game, Baycats took a 2-1 lead in the 4th, Sandringham re-took the lead 3-2 in the 6th and extended their lead 4-2 in the 7th. Baycats replied with one run in the bottom of the 7th where the score line remained 4-3 until the top of the 9th where Sandringham rallied with 5 hits and plating 4 runs which we couldn’t peg back.

Chris Hockey had the start for us throwing 7 quality innings giving up 1 earned run striking out 3 while throwing nearly 65% strikes. Riley Peoples was in relief and threw 2 innings scattering 6 hits and not conceding an earned run throwing 60% strikes. It was a tough day for both pitchers on the mound throwing plenty of strikes but Sandringham managed to find nearly all the gaps and found ways to extend innings. Unfortunately we made 5 errors over the course of the game most being in pivotal points in the game and Sandringham took advantage of them scoring 7 unearned runs.

Offensively Chris Hockey and Riley Peoples lead the way for us both having 2 hits. Cade White, Bradyn Barker and Harry Sim had one hit each. Harry Sim also had an RBI.

A big shout out to a few people who stepped up for us due to some late changes due illnesses and unavailabilities. David White filled in for us for a couple of innings before Kyle Robinson could re-enter the game and play another 7 innings (after catching and pitching in the earlier game). Patrick Johnson also hung around and played the last 3 innings after playing U16’s and Div 3 2’s earlier in the day.

Also a big shout out to Rusty and Alan Bell for umpiring both the Div 3 1’s and 2’s.

Kyle Robinson

 

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The Div 3-2’s took on Sandringham this weekend, after forfeiting the week prior due to some unavailabilities.

On a glorious day for baseball at home, Martin Bouma took the mound feeling good and started off well, allowing only 1 run with 5 strikeouts in the first 2 innings. We put on 3 runs in the first and it was looking to be a good contested game of baseball.

Unfortunately, that’s where it ended for us, some costly errors and hits to the gaps by Sandringham started to pile up and we just couldn’t find a way back.

First gamer Zack looked good and was unlucky to not record a hit against the Royals defence.

Bouma threw a mammoth amount of pitches in his 4 innings and was solid throughout the day.

Kyle Robinson finished off the day with 1 strikeout and on 23 pitches allowing 4 runs.

Sandringham were just too strong and we finished the day with a 16-3 loss.

One thing I think we should take from this game is we took it to them with some quality batting, only recording 2 strikeouts for the day as we put the ball in play.

Go Baycats, we’ll get them next time

Chris Rickard

 

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After missing last week with a wash out, Baycats U18s played a terrific game at home this morning to win 5-2 against Malvern.

The game was played in high standards with good pitching throughout the game from both teams.

Malvern scored 1 in top of 1st from a hit and BB, the innings ended on a caught stealing with throw over by Harper Rickard catching to Bradyn Barker at SS. Baycats equaled up with 1 run in bottom of 1st from lead off single by Tanner Stack who stole 2nd. Good hitting from Will Cavanagh, Harper and HPB to Maxton Sherry and Tanner had scored the run.

The 2nd dig went quickly for both teams without runs scored. Malvern scored 1 in top 3rd. Baycats had good at bats thru the 3rd and 4th inning but couldn’t muster a run.

Baycats shut out Malvern in top 4th and 5th, then with really good At Bats in bottom 5th (& last) inning, scoring 4 runs from HPB and BB, 2 fielders choices and 2 doubles from Will C and Harper R.

Tanner Stack started pitching and was great, 4inn 4h 2k 3bb 2r and relived by Will Cavanagh 2inn 1h 2k 2bb 0r.

Hitting was led by Harper 2h sgl/dbl 2rbi, Will Cav 1h (dbl) 2rbi, Tanner 1h, Ollie Yarnell 1rbi in a big at bat against the new relieving pitcher scoring our game tying run in the 5th.

Nyah O’Brien was great at 1B and (unluckily) had 2 HPB both were big at bats at key times. Brayden B was really good at SS running the defense.

Our highlight of the game was collectively our Outfielders. Hamish Sutherland caught a big curling flyball in the 1st inning, Logan McConnell took nice catch in RF in 4th dig.

Will Cav stole the show with a diving screamer in shallow C/RF to halt a Malvern innings and then Tyson Sherry stepped up with a running catch going back towards the warning track in RF, then doubling off the runner at 1B to end the game.

The game was played in good spirits in great conditions.

Sorry for the long post, it was worth it in a great game!

Thanks to Will Brennan for umpiring a really good game and Jason Peoples for running the canteen.

Phill Northfield

 

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Baycats U14 State returned to the winners list with a dominate performance over an undermanned Essendon (who beat us last week!) in a solid 15-9 win.

Tylah started for us and was fantastic, throwing 3 innings. He gave his defense opportunities to make outs. We took most of them this week! He also struck out 8 and only allowed 1 earnt run.

Theo was in relief also throwing lots of strikes and giving the field opportunities to get outs. He struck out 2 and allowed 2 earnt runs.

We took full advantage of Essendons inability to throw strikes as they issued us 18 free passes. With some timely hitting all but 6 of those free passes scored!!

Saya had a nice hit up the middle. Reuban smoked a double to RF. Tylah had an infield single and Ash had to two singles to the outfield.

There are some really talented young players coming through the #baycatscharter. Do yourself a favour and come down one Sunday morning, you wont be disappointed.

Finally a BIG thank you to Essendon who supplied the umpire today after our club appointed umpire didn't show up!

 

ROUND 5 2022.2023

 

Lewis Weldon

 

29/10 @ home vs essendon. 3-0 loss

Essendon got off to a quick start taking a 1-0 lead second pitch of the game.

They scored again in the 4th and the 9th.

We did out hit essendon 10 hits to 6. Essendon made play after play to keep us shut down.

Dan McGrath got the start and went 7 innings, giving up 2 earnt and 14 strikouts.

QAB leaders for the day where Jye Robinson with 4 including 2 singles, 1 double and a triple. Jordan Baumann had 3 singles and Harper Rickard had 2.

Sto Bajarca

We hosted Essendon on the weekend and came away with a good win 10-0.

We capitalised on our opportunities, only

collecting 8 hits over the game with some quality at bats from Cade White and Bradyn Barker who had great team at bats for us. Alex James had a hot stick with 3 hits including 2 triples and 6 RBI’s. Kyle Robinson had 1 hit and 1 RBI. Bradyn Barker, Maxton Sherry and Cade White all had singles. Dan Mason was electric with his single in the 4th which continued our innings where we scored 3. Maxton Sherry had 2 stolen bases, Tyson Sherry and Bradyn Barker had 1 stolen base each.

Alex James had a day out, he had the start for us and got the win going 5 innings, striking out 12 giving up 1 hit. Cooper Laurie closed out the game spinning 2 innings striking out 4 not conceding a hit or a run.

Next week we take on top of the table Sandringham which will no doubt be a tough game.

Bruce Wood

 

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Geelong 2nds had their 3rd win on the trot with an excellent 6-3 result over Essendon. Fair to say the quality of the starting pitching for both teams would not be seen that often in the 2s, with Luke Abels throwing for Essendon and Hayden Peoples for Geelong. Hayden was outstanding, recording 11 K's over 5 innings of work. He allowed 4 scattered hits and only walked 2. Noah Brennan pitched a couple of hitters and then Jake Elderfield pitched the last, coming into a jam and recording a couple of K's in an excellent cameo appearance. Geelong played error-less baseball in support of our pitchers.

I've said it each week, but our focus continues to be on having quality at bats and then getting our running game going. Jarrod Durston picked up 2 hits and his base-running scored us at least a couple of runs, where his aggression made something from nothing. Chris Durston picked up a hit and so did Noah Brennan, on a day when they were hard to come by. Importantly, all our players went deep into counts and put the ball in play at some critical times. Cooper Tipping, James Renouf and Jake Elderfield all had RBI's and Will Cavanagh picked up a couple of walks.

This was an excellent performance from the young team. Thanks as always to Craig Durston for his help and to Anna for scoring.

Phill Northfield

 

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And here are the match reports for the Division 1, 3rds...

Sat 29/10 we hosted Essendon on GBC2. After a shaky 1st innings Jackson Viney settled into his work and threw 5 innings for 5 runs. Essendon were leading 5-2 into the bottom of the 3rd when our offence exploded to put up 9 runs. A combination of free passes and big hits doing the damage. We continued to tack on runs in the remaining innings winning 15-5.

Cam threw the last innings posting 11 of 12 pitches for strikes!

Nicholas 1 hit, Lucas 3 hits(inc double), Brody 1 hit (double), Jackson 2 hits (inc Double), JJesse 1 hit (double), Cam 2 hits(double & HR), Harvey 1 hit, Nick 1 hit

#GOBAYCATS

David Foster

 

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Div. Women’s Match Report 29/10

Round 5 Vs. Alfredton

On one hand it was good to be heading to Ballarat for our 3rd game of the season but the drizzly weather was not giving us much comfort that we would actually play. Fortunately, as per usual we did not see the rain again as we drove past Mt Buninyong. When we arrived with the view of most grounds and carparks, revelling they were very water logged. However, the synthetic ground was waiting for us and it looked in mint condition.

Despite being very cold our girls started well with 7 batters making plate appearances to score one run but could this have been more with some extra luck. With Michelle Searle getting the first hit of the match. We started with Brooke Sadler on the mound and with the fifth pitch going high into left field where Heather Nichol took the catch after following instructions to the letter, with the ball landing straight into her glove for the first out. We finished the dig with a double play and we were on fire.

In the second innings we saw Bec Michael (playing her first ever game after just having trained on Thursday night) get a walk and be the first of our five runs. With outfield hits to Michelle and Brooke Sadler. Alfredton responded with 2 infield hits to score only one run.

In the third even though we got one run, we wasted our at bats with poor choices being made in the batting box. This was reflected somewhat in our fielding as Michelle tried hard on the mound in the windy conditions. Alfredton managed to score 3 runs with a couple of nice hits.

In our last innings we were more focussed as we scored 7 runs with only one out. There were hits to Brooke Sadler, Heather, Nikki and Michelle. In response Alfredton capitalised on our objective to give time on the mound to more pitchers. They did score 6 runs but we stuck to the task to get the 3 outs before they finished with the 7 run rule. Final score 14 to 10.

It was a great result as we saw players putting in place the skills, we worked on at training this week with lots of backing up and talking in the field. It was nice to see Heather and Elle Wilson making there return to the field to give us a full side.

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Phill Northfield

 

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OK, I'm a couple of games behind in my match reports... Here come 2 for U14 State.

Last week (23/10) we played Research at home in what was mostly a high quality game. Both teams pitchers threw plenty of strikes with lots of action in the field and very few walks. We were up 5-3 after 5 completed innings.... the top of the 6th we were off to a flyer with 2 quick outs we were 1 out away from another win. Unfortunately that would have been too simple, a muffed flyball, a couple of walks, a hit and another defensive miss que saw our opposition score 4. To our credit we remained up beat and had some more good at bats but we just weren't able to make any difference to the final score line. The good guys lost 7-5 in 6 innings.

Today (30/10) we played Essendon at Essendon. While the sun was shining the field was very wet and heavy under foot. We lost with a final score of 7-14 but that doesn't truly reflect the game.

Tylah showed great courage after being hit in the calf while pitching in the first innings to complete the innings. Reuben and Jack were both great in relief giving their team opportunities to get outs... we didn't always take the opportunities but we did create them. We had runners on base in all but 1 innings and we halved! our strike outs from the week before. Even though we wouldn't have been able to score enough to win in the last innings, we went down fighting. When the game was called we had bases loaded and only one out.

If we can continue to have quality at bats and take care of the ball in the field, success wont be far away.

#GOBAYCATS

ROUND 4 2022.2023

Lewis Weldon

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Our firsts hosted Malvern on Saturday and came away with a 6-1 win.

Leading the hitting for the day was Jye Robinson, Tyler Luther-Wilson and birthday body James Wood all with 4 QABs each.

Will Brennan also contributed with 3.

Sam Gibbons was great in his first start going 7 innings for 1 earned run and 12 ks

Hayden Peoples closed it out the last 2 innings with 4 ks.

This weekend we look to continue our good form against a strong essendon side at home.

Big weekend for the club coming up with 7 senior teams at home on Saturday. Div 1 1st-4th, div 3 1st, 2nds as well as div 2 womens.

Bruce Wood

 

The 2nds put in a good performance to record a 16-6 result over Malvern. As always, I was proud of the contribution of all the guys, but particularly our younger players, with 5 of our 9 being aged less than 18.

Noah Brennan and Jarrod Durston shared the pitching duties and were well supported in the field overall. Our defence, apart from the first game, has been pretty strong and we will look to continue this trend. Tanner Stack again was a highlight at shortstop and Will Cavanagh, whose work at centrefield has been excellent all year, took another spectacular catch.

Dion Kirchner continued his outstanding year with 4 hits, Tanner Stack had 3, Cooper Tipping had 3, as did James Renouf. Noah Brennan and Will Cavanagh had a couple and single hits to Jarrod Durston and Jordan Ellis. However, our focus is not necessarily on 'hits. All players focused on QABs and our base running was aggressive.

It is good to see the kids enjoy a couple of wins. As I said after the game, sometimes we will struggle, but when they put it together this team can be very competitive.

Phill Northfield

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And here are the match reports for the Division 1, 3rds...

Sat 22/10 we hosted Malvern on GBC3. Alex James had a blinder throwing 5 innings, Striking out 5, walking 1 and didn't give up a hit.

The game was tight through the first 3 innings with neither side being able to score. A lead off walk to Brody in the 4th got us going. A stolen base, a single to Alex, and a walk to Cameron had the bases loaded. While Nick hit into a double play, he scored us our first run and Lucas hit safely to score our second. We were quiet again in the 5th before putting up 10 runs in the bottom of the 6th!

Cam retired the side in order in both the 6th & 7th innings. The good guys winning 12-nil

Nicholas 2 hits, William 1 hit, Brody 1 hit (double), Alex 3 hits (inc HR), Cameron 2 hits, Lucas 2 hits, Hayden 1 hit

Deniz Horasan

 

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On Saturday Division 1, 4s took on Malvern. Things started well for the us with William Fitzgerald taking the mound and deliver 4 innings and really keeping us competitive. This followed with Hamish Sutherland taking the mound and giving us a great 1.5 innings. He also got 2 strike outs and a great single with the bat.

Unfortunately, due to some misunderstanding with summer and winter league rules (by yours truly) and realising you can’t play the clock in Summer. The final score did not reflect the effort and how well we worked in the field and bats. Malvern ended up winning 17-9, however some great hitting from the team especially JJ Buzza who had 3 hits (single, double and home run as well as 2 RBI). Ben Johnson also delivered an infield home run. This followed with single hits from Harvey Eld, Jake Warren, Patrick Johnson, Alex 'hock' Hockey, Darcy Stack and Deniz Horasan.

Overall not the outcome we wanted, but the progress by the team is positive from a coach perspective.

Thank you to Alex Hockey who will be leading the team for next two weeks, while I am holidays.

Sto Bajarca

 

Div 3 1’s were back down on the Mornington Peninsula on the weekend taking on Chelsea. We had a good start scoring early and coming away with a 11-1 win.

As a team we combined for 19 hits with everyone in the lineup getting a hit. Jake Elderfield led the way with 4 hits, Lachlan Stott and Maxton Sherry both had 3 hits, Riley Peoples and Cade White had 2 hits each and Tyson Sherry, Dan Mason, Cooper Laurie and Bradyn Barker having 1 hit each. RBI’s went to Maxton Sherry (2), Lachlan Stott (2), Jake Elderfield (1), Cade White (1), Riley Peoples (1) and Cooper Laurie (1).

Our pitching was fantastic both having quality outings. Jake Elderfield had the start throwing 5 innings striking out 8, giving up 7 hits and 1 walk and 1 unearned run. Jake threw 97 pitches with nearly 70% being strikes. Riley Peoples took the ball in the top of the 6th and threw 4 shutout innings striking out 5, scattering 2 hits and walking 1. Riley threw 57 pitches over his 4 innings with 40 of them being strikes. Big shout out to Maxton too who caught a fantastic game taking control and working great with the Jake and Riley.

As was expected the game was played in great spirits with a lot of laughs from both teams and from the spectators.

Chris Rickard

Baycats u18 played at home this morning to Essendon, the result going the Bombers way 4-9.

Essendon pitched well keeping our bats quiet with only 3 hits. Harvey Elderfield 2h and Will Cavanagh 1 hit. Simon Day and Oliver Yarnell each had 1 RBI.

Cooper Tipping started pitching, got off to a good start with a quick 1st inning, then Ess scored 3 in the 2nd. Will Cavanagh was very good in relief.

Our fielding wasn’t as sharp as it has been in the first 2 games and Essendon’s hitting controlled the game. Outfielders Logan McConnel, Hamish Sutherland and Harvey all took good fly balls.

Thanks to Chris Hockey for umpiring.

Next week we play away to Research/Preston.

Phill Northfield

 

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OK, I'm a couple of games behind in my match reports... Here come 2 for U14 State.

Last week (23/10) we played Research at home in what was mostly a high quality game. Both teams pitchers threw plenty of strikes with lots of action in the field and very few walks. We were up 5-3 after 5 completed innings.... the top of the 6th we were off to a flyer with 2 quick outs we were 1 out away from another win. Unfortunately that would have been too simple, a muffed flyball, a couple of walks, a hit and another defensive miss que saw our opposition score 4. To our credit we remained up beat and had some more good at bats but we just weren't able to make any difference to the final score line. The good guys lost 7-5 in 6 innings.

ROUND 3 2022.2023

Bruce Wood

 

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The 2nds had a win over Blackburn 11-1. Pleasingly, we were able to play to our strengths, with some good defense and excellent base-running (6 stolen bases). We've been focusing on quality at bats all year and our work paid off this week, with all players contributing.

Chris Hockey pitched 4 innings with an excellent strike percentage of approximately 67 percent, only allowing 2 hits. Hayden Peoples then relieved and threw a lazy 6 k's from 2 innings of work. Hayden also had an excellent strike percentage. The pitchers were well supported by James Renouf behind the plate and by our fielders, notably Tanner Stack, who again had a very solid game at shortstop.

Dion Kirchner was our standout hitter with 4 hits and 2 RBI's. Jarrod Durston also had a couple of hits. Jordan Ellis, in his first game in the 2s had a hit, as did Will Cavanagh, Jake Elderfield and Tanner Stack. James Renouf hit a nice home run in the 5th innings. As I said above, our focus is on going deep into counts with quality at bats and all players contributed to the win.

The team is very young and we will no doubt have our ups and downs, but it was good to get a win and we look forward to our next game.

Sto Bajarca

 

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Div 3 1’s took on Port Melbourne on the weekend and came away with a 29-1 win. Shout out to Port Melbourne who played the game in great spirits and continued to have fun as a group making a couple of great plays along the way.

Jackson Viney got the start for us throwing 4 innings giving up 1 hit, 1 earned run and striking out 8. Dan Mason was in relief for his first outing of the year throwing 3 innings giving up 3 hits and striking out 4.our defence was strong which was good to see considering the first couple of weeks we struggled to take care of the baseball.

Offensively our bats came to life combining for 28 hits as a team. Bradyn Barker and Dan Mason lead the way with 5 hits each, Cooper Tipping had 4 hits, Jackson Viney had 3 triples, Lachlan Stott also had 3 hits and was a single off the cycle, 2 hits each went to Riley Peoples and Cooper Laurie. Alex Hockey and Thomas Rome had a hit each. Well done to Thomas Rome getting his first senior hit for Baycats. RBI’s went to Bradyn Barker (2), Lachlan Stott (2), Cooper Tipping (3), Jackson Viney (3), Riley Peoples (4) and Dan Mason (2).

Next weekend we head back around the bay to take on Chelsea which should be another fun game

Martin Bouma

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I'll start with what a game. The Div3 2nds played at home on the synthetic in fantastic baseball conditions. The opposition, Port Melbourne, are a development squad playing from Bendigo. As a good host, from the first inning we took charge and did not relent. Scoring 8 in the first, 9 in the second and 6 in the fourth. With the game ending 23 - 2.

15 hits, 14 walks, 7 steals and 2 (?) hpb sums up the movement on the bases . 3 hits to Rick Doherty (Triple and 2 singles) and Patrick Johnson (3 singles). 2 hits to Harry Sim (In the park HR and double), Martin Bouma and Jen Mason with 2 singles each. Ben Johnson, Kyle Robinson and Nick Allen each with a single.

Martin Bouma had a day on the hill. 4IP, 2ER, 7K, 3H and 3BB for his first season start. Throwing a complete game in 67 pitches. The two runs come from an in the park HR with a slap hit to RF. The fielding behind him was fantastic with no errors attributed to the side. A great running catch from Nick Allen, showing his stuff two weeks in a row.

This week we showed up with the bat and backed ourselves. Great work team! On the road this weekend to challenge Daniel Dobbie and the Chelsea Dolphins.

(Yes, its weird writing in third person )

Phill Northfield

 

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Div1-3rds played Blackburn on diamond 2 and we were in total control, until we weren't!

Alex James had the start and was solid striking out 7 in 3 innings of work. Our bats were HOT with 17 hits, William & Maxton both with 3 and Nicholas, Adam, Brody & Lucas with 2 and Alex, Nick & Hayden with 1 each.

We had out scored the Burners 12 -3 through the first 5 innings and not looking to rub our opponents noses in it we were cruising to the finish line.

*BANG* what's that noise... that would be the preverbal wheels falling off. In the top of the 6th we combined to give up 4 hits, 4 HPB's and walk another 3 allowing them to score 9 and tie up the game.

Maxton led off our half innings with a nice hit into leftfield, he promptly stole second and advanced to 3rd on Lucas' bunt single. Hayden hit a comebacker to the pitcher who barely checked Maxton and threw to 1st the get the out. Maxton read the play perfectly and with a nice swim move avoided the tag and touched home plate.

WINNERS IN A WALK OFF 13-12

 

 

David Foster

 

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Div 3 Women’s Match Report 15/10

Round 3 Vs Werribee

Arrived a Werribee and just at the Pub we were greeted with a constant queue of traffic coming into Werribee central that reached past where you turn off to President Park. Flooded roads will do that to you every time. Fortunately the ground was in great condition.

We batted first and put 4 runs across due to our positive approach in the batting box as we picked great pitches to hit. In the bottom of the first we started with Brooke Sadler on the mound who threw many strikes that allowed our fielders to make several good outs, which saw Werribee remaining scoreless.

Brooke continued to throw 3 great innings with one safe hit been achieved by Werribee. Brooke threw 43 pitches with 30 being strikes and getting 4 strike outs to give us a great start.

We continued to bat strongly scoring runs in 4 of the 5 innings we batted. Along the way we acquired 19 hits.

In the last innings we changed the team around to give people some opportunities, which only resulted in 3 runs being scored by Werribee.

There were several great plays made by the following players Keira Wilson, Michelle Searle, Magda Boros, Nikki Chapman and Sarah Upton at first.

Our hitting details are as follows, Meg Fahy 4 from 4 with 6RBs, 3 hits to Magda, Brooke S and Keira. Then 2 hits to Michelle and Sarah (inc a triple and 3RBs). With Phoebe Arnott and Nikki (2RBs) getting 1 hit each.

Well done to you all 2 great wins but it’s a long season and this just gets us up and running and there will be hard games coming so enjoy the journey and keep learning. Williamstown here we come. Bye the way the scores 15 to 3

ROUND 2 2022.2023

 

Lewis Weldon

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Our firsts travelled out to Waverley to take on the wildcats on Saturday but went down 2-0.

Dan McGrath was excellent once again tossing 7 innings for 11ks

Stand out in the box was James Wood with 4 quality at bats.

The team had opportunities throughout the game and put up fight in the last inning.

Next weekend we take on Blackburn at home on Sunday

Bruce Wood

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The 2nds were defeated by Waverley 9 - 1 after they jumped us in the first couple of innnings. The 2nd half of the game was good for us. Jake Elderfield threw 2 1/3 innings of excellent relief pitching and Noah Brennan threw 2 innings as well. It was great to have Jarrod Durston back to close the game too.

It was also pleasing to see our young players perform well. Tanner Stack had a strong game. Tanner had a couple of hits, played well at shortstop and also took a screamer in the outfield. Will Cavanagh also hit a nice double early in the game. Jarrod Durston had an RBI double and Chris Hockey had a hit. Hayden Peoples also had 2 high quality at bats with a couple of walks. Thanks to Chris Hockey for slotting in as catcher in this game at short notice.

I said to the guys after the game - we aren't that far away. We need to clean up some of our defensive work and continue to have quality at bats and let the result take care of itself. Next week we have Blackburn at home in what will be another tough game.

 

Martin Bouma

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Evening team,

With the wild weather through the week we traveled to the Berwick Baseball Club to play against Pakenham. Pakenham's ground deemed "very wet". The ground in Berwick was in fantastic shape for a baseball game given the volume of water it had received. The Div 3 2nds receive their second defeat for the season against who is likely the strongest opponent in our draw. Going down 16-7.

Despite the score, the game was much closer than the result. The score 9-7 going into the bottom of the 4th inning. For the second week in a row the team did well in the batters box. Taking advantage of opportunities that presented themselves scoring in each inning. The team only managed 4 hits; 2 singles to Kyle Robinson, 1 double to Martin Bouma and 1 single to the "retired" Brenton Laurie. With a tighter strike zone, we received 7 walks and a HPB (had to be me -.-). The team came across home plate to score 7 times with 12 base runners. Steals to Nick Allan, Rick Doherty, and an injured Philip Sage, who surprised everyone taking third without a challenge.

Kyle Robinson started our pitching effort with a solid 3 inning outing, striking out 2. Patrick Johnson, come in temporary relief but after some command trouble was switched with Martin Bouma in the final frame. Martin coming in striking out 3, but not before giving up an ambush double. Pakenham are known for their solid offense and this time it was no exception racking up 9 hits in the 4 innings played. Nick Allen made two ranged catches in centerfield helping out the pitching staff.

Next week we play Port Melbourne at home. Lets continue to work hard and the wins will come. Go Baycats!

Chris Rickard

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Baycats U18 opened our season with a home game against Sunshine playing on GBC4, getting the win 11-1.

Harvey Elderfield started on the hill, Sunshine’s top order quickly loaded the bases threatening to score before Harvey settled and in struck out the next 3 hitters. Harvey was great throwing 4Inn, 5h 6k 1BB 1r. In relief was Harper Rickard with 2inn, 2h, 1k, 2bb, 0r.

Our hitters were really good, scoring in all but the 5th inn with a big 3rd dig scoring 5 to take control of the game. Tanner Stack, Bradyn Barker and Harper led the hits with 2 each, Tanner & Bradyn also had an RBI each.

Also with 1 hit to each Hamish Sutherland (dbl, 1rbi), Maxton Sherry (2rbi) and Harvey (1rbi).

All players contributed in the game with good at bats and defensively, it was nice to get the win to open the season.

Thanks to Nick Zanghi for umpiring.

Brenton Laurie

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Baycats U16 took to the trip to Waverley for the season opener with 10 new players coming up from last years U14 teams the team started a bit shaky and nervous in the first couple of innings letting Waverley get a 8 run lead but after the second we started to play a lot better baseball platting 5 runs in the final 2 innings and leaving a couple of runners on the bases the final score was 13-5

Phill Northfield

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After an extended hiatus today saw the return of Baycats U14 State travel ball and boy were we all excited!

Tylah, Theo, Toby & Reuben all pitched well throwing plenty of strikes. Ash & Lucas shared todays catching duties.

Everyone on the team contributed to today's win over Sunshine 17-3.

Reuben had a day to remember on top of his pitching (60% Strikes) he had 3 doubles, 4RBI's, 2 stolen bases a walk and scored 3 times!

Our defensive standout today was Sid, who made some great plays at first to help keep their runners off the bases.

It was especially great to see all of the hard work these kids have put in at training be rewarded.

Thanks to Arnie and Tarney for helping set up the field and to Martin for umpiring.

#gobaycats

ROUND 1 2022.2023

David Foster

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Round 1 Div 3 Women’s Port Melbourne V’s Geelong Baycats

Our first game was against Port Melbourne at Port Melbourne a team we had not met before and with 8 players. Once we all found a car park (which was a fair walk from the ground) it was a chance to meet and prepare for the game. For me it was a nervous starting point as it was the first time coaching a team for awhile and one that had limited time to prepare and a team we knew little about. I did not need to worry as our girls were full of excitement and were looking forward to the challenge.

It was a perfect day to play ball and we started well with several good at bats including Brooke Robertson who in her first game ever dragged one down for what is commonly referred to as a swinging bunt (in fact she may have got 3 hits for the day). Heather Nichol hit strongly all day and would have got at least 3 safe hits to the outfield. Brooke Sadler worked hard behind the plate and was very switched on in the batting box right from the start as she got a least 2 hits. Magda Boros was unlucky to get caught in the outfield at her first at bat as the left fielder took a nice catch. We scored 4 runs in the first innings as Michelle Seattle took to the mound to led the defence of this total.

Port started well, to respond with 3 runs and we thought we had really challenge ahead of us. However as Michelle went on to pitch a total of 4 innings, our team found its mojo in the field and we only allowed them to score 1 more run. With Heather doing well at third and Sarah Upton working hard at first base making it hard for Port to get into the game.

We had a quiet second innings scoring only one run but as Meg Fahy, Sarah and Michelle adjusted to the pitching and challenging strike zone (each got at least 2 hits each) we scored 6 runs in each of the last 2 innings. Nikki Chapman managed the outfield confidently and had a number of good at bats.

Sorry I am not being precise with the hits and plays as we did not have a scorer and we are waiting for the computer version to arrive via an email. So in summing up our team bonded well and their were plenty of smiles with a final score of 17 to 4. Job done for the first round at least and we are all looking forward to next week’s game against Fitzroy.

A special mention to our opposition who played the game in the right spirit to make it such a great day for everyone.

Martin Bouma

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Good morning all,

The 3rd 2nds travelled to Mornington on Sunday to play in perfect conditions for round one. The team worked hard and played very well unfortunately coming to a 22-13 loss in what will be the longest third inning of our careers. 28 runs being scored between the two teams in the frame.

Lily Kevelham took the mound to start working hard over 2.1 innings. Harry Sims stepped up in relief in the third inning, but the Pirates bats were hot on the day and we didnt capitalise on some opportunities in the field. Kyle come in to finish the inning off only needing 3 pitches to register the last out. Kat Edwards did a great job behind the dish in what would be a 40 minute 3rd inning in the field.

The team did a fantastic job at the plate scoring in each inning; 2 scoring in the first, 1 in the second and 10 in the third. Harry and Patrick showed us their running game with each of them taking bases with aggressive running. The newlywed and fresh from Bali, Kyle Robinson, stepped off the plane and up to the plate with a double and a single. Martin Bouma followed suit with a double and a single. Kat Edwards, Patrick Johnson and Phill Sage all getting single hits. Phill with a dramatic infield single running out a fly ball dropping between the catcher and pitcher. Collectively the team walked 13 times showing patience with the bat.

The roller coaster of a match showed strengths and weaknesses for us to work on throughout the season. Onward to Pakenham! Go baycats!

Bruce Wood

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Division 1 2nds had their first game of the season at Berwick on the weekend. Again this year we put a very young side out on the field, with 6 of the team 18 years or under. Berwick were pretty strong and ended up winning 7-3. Offensively, Dion Kirchner had good at bats all day and ended up with a couple of hits. Will Cavanagh, Chris Durston and Chris Hockey all had single hits. Chris Hockey started for us on the mound and did a good job over 4 innings, giving up 3 hits and having 2 strike outs. Noah Brennan threw an innings with a couple of K's. We struggled slightly to back up our pitchers with defence, but this should improve with more time on the track. We play Waverley next week and will look to build on our performance.

 

 

 

to Bajarca

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Div 3 1’s were away at Mornington today. We came by road and sea to get there but maybe we need to look at chartering a flight next time .

We took a 21-11 loss however there were a lot of up sight from the game. We rolled out a number of our juniors to pitch and they did fantastic but we struggled in the field which ultimately proved the difference. Riley Peoples had the start and did great keeping the ball down and giving our field a lot of opportunities for outs, Lachlan Stott closed out the second innings before handing the ball to Cooper Laurie who went 2 2/3 innings throwing plenty of strikes and also giving the field plenty of chances for outs. Cade White closed out the game for us giving up 1 hit. I couldn’t be happier with the way the kids threw.

Offensively we rallied in the 4th and 5th innings scoring 11 runs and getting us within 5 in the 5th. Cade White led the way for us with 3 hits and 4 RBI’s, Cooper Laurie had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s, Alex Hockey and Jordan Ellis both had 2 hits and an RBI each and Lachlan Stott had 2 hits.

There were a lot of positives out of the game today with the way the juniors pitched and how we battled in the box and didn’t drop our heads. Whilst we weren’t as clean in the field as we should have been we seemed to cop a lot of bad hops, but that’s baseball though.

Mornington were strong and hit the ball hard all day and took advantage of the opportunities we gave them.

Next Saturday we have the road trip down to Pakenham which will be another tough game.

 

Deniz Horasan

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Div 1 - 4s started our summer campaign with an away outing against Berwick. Thanks to a full winter campaign for most, the lads looked ready and keen to play some ball. The team looked in full control with a comfortable 9-2 victory.

Jackson Viney led the charge for us on the mound with delivering an unbelieve 3 2/3rd dig with 11 strike outs and only 2 runs conceded. He also had 2 hits (single and double) and 1 RBI.

JJ Buzza then came in to close out the game with delivering 1K and helping end a dominant performance. He also helped out nicely with the bat getting 1 hit (single).

Leading with the bat, our lead off Maxton Sherry set the tone with agressive base running, getting 2 hits (double and triple), 2 RBI plus taking two HPB. He was also exceptional behind the mound.

Tyson Sherry also had a great day out with the bat getting 2 hits (2 singles), 1 RBI.

A new addition to the senior squad was Hudson Carr, playing his first senior game for Baycats. He had a great start with a single on his first at-bat and 1 RBI.

Overall everyone enjoyed themselves and looked alert with stealing and base running, which helped when we had scoring opportunities.

Great way to start the season and looking forward to working with everyone. Thanks also to Donna Northfield for scoring for us and Phill Northfield helping out on bases and supporting with coaching tips. #gobaycats

Baycats Baseball Club

Geelong Baycats 1sts couldn't keep up with Melbourne and fell 8-1 on Saturday.

Rudy Jaramillo started the game for Geelong. Jaramillo surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three innings, striking out two and walking zero

Alex James, Sam Reale and Connor Hughes all pitched in relief.

Geelong’s only hits were from Jordan Baumann, Rudy Jaramillo, and Harper Rickard who each collected one hit to lead Geelong.

Christopher Durston

Thank you to Bruce Wood for giving me the go ahead to coach the 2nds today.

Thank you to Jarrod Durston and Craig Durston for assisting me today too.

Short and sharp report today.

We trailed all day, coming under the pump from a pretty good melbourne starter.

We had some great defensive plays.

Daniel Anson and J.D threw their guts out all day.

Jye and J.D both had fantastic games, both collecting multiple hits (J.D 4-4)

Special mention to James Renouf. Struggled in his early at bats but came up clutch hitting a bases clearing triple to give us the lead late in the game, winning 9-5 in the end.

Unfortunately I won't be there next week for the first final. But if you guys play like you did today, no team will come close to beating us.

All the best lads, and fingers crossed I get to play in the big dance with all of you in 2 weeks time.

 

 

Tim Cruise

The baycats div 1 3rds this week hosted Melbourne at home to finish the home and away season.

Firstly before giving the match report, I'd like to thank all of the boys for turning up week in week out and allowing me to coach them over the 14 game season, for being flexible and understanding over the season whilst working through again another year in a pandemic.

It has been an absolute pleasure seeing you all grow as young people and develop as baseballers, I appreciate the hell out of all of you and I look forward to watching you all develop as baseballers over your careers.

Working alongside deniz this year has been amazing, Deniz and I have worked very tightly with the 3s and 4s this season doing what was required each week for the best outcome for the club and for the players development, deniz has kept me sane through the entire season and words can't express how much I appreciate this dude.

Whilst we've had a few scorers here and there throughout the season, Rachel Stack has been our soul scorer for the season doing most weeks in both the 4s and the 3s, she's been a pleasure to work with and both groups appreciate all the time you devote to helping us out! Thankyou so much!

This week debuting in the div 1 3rds was 14 year old Riley Peoples on the bump.

Riley threw a fantastic scoreless 2 quick innings.

In the bottom of the second our offence went to work allowing us to assist Riley by scoring 2 of our own to take the lead.

Deniz Horasan making his debut in the div 1 3s this week delivered a 2rbi single slapped through second base coming up clutch by giving us the lead and I've never seen someone so hyped and shocked at the same time in my entire life

Melbournes offence made adjustments and had some luck go their way in the 3rd where Riley was then relieved by JJ Buzza mid inning.

With 1 out and a couple already accross the plate unfortunately jesse was landed in a tough situation with runners on, Melbourne's bats were on by this stage.

Jesse worked hard and managed to get us out of the inning after 20 odd pitches, unfortunately the damage had been done securing Melbourne 6 runs in the 3rd.

Jake Elderfield started off the 4th and by this stage Melbourne were locked and loaded, Melbourne came out again swinging scoring another 5 runs slapping the ball through gaps and a few lucky bloops into the outfield, jake kept the ball around the strike zone anf there wasn't much more he could do.

Geelong were only able to answer with a single run in the bottom of the 4th with young Hayden Que flying from 2nd to home on a Bradyn Barker rbi single.

Phill Northfield took to the bump in the 5th with a very quick inning throwing 11 pitches to get 3 outs with 0 hits, Phill jokingly was quick to let ranks know he should have brought him in earlier it appears Phill may have been correct.

Geelong again unable to come up with any runs in the bottom of the 5th saw the game end 11-3 Melbourne's way.

Brody Stokoe special mentions for doing a fantastic job behind the dish all day aswell.

Melbourne's first pitcher was in full control the whole day and did a fantastic job to hold Geelong pretty tightly. Whilst we had opportunities Melbourne had control for majority of the day and we were not able to convert runs where needed.

Thankyou again to Donna Northfield for scoring this week also to Sto Bajarca and Phill Northfield for helping us out with a few players this week to be able to field 9.

It has been a tough season for the 3rds this year with the amount of players coming and going throughout the team to assist the club, therefore not allowing the team to really bond firmly, but the big positive is the amount of youth being pushed to play in higher grades and seeing development, it makes it all worth while.

Our hitting stats as follow

Tanner Stack 2 singles

Phill Northfield 2 singles

Deniz Horasan 1 single 2rbis

Bradyn Barker 1 single 1rbi

Chris Barker 1 single

Jake Elderfield 1 single

This is Ranks signing out, thankyou baycats for having me coach again this season it's been a pleasure as always

Goodluck to all teams in finals

Deniz Horasan

Baycats 4s took on Melbourne at home today for a must win game, to lock in finals. This game did not disappoint.

Duane Davenport took the mound once again and delivered a sterling effort, pitching 5 innings, 90 pitches (64 strikes, 26 balls and 5 strike outs).

The first three innings, went toe to toe with Melbourne. It wasnt until the bottom of the 3rd innings when our bats started. Tanner Stack hitting a single through third and Hudson Carter a single through Left field (with also two walks and one hit by pitch) scored us 3 runs.

Melbourne responded back in the top of the 4th with hitting 3 runs to draw the game. The team tried to rally, but a quick succession of hits at opposition fielders left us 3 all, into the 5th and final innings.

Some errors in the field and a couple of hits from Melbourne, saw them add 3 more runs to the tally, which left the score 3-6 rolling into the bottom of the 5th innings.

The team kicked off with a bang, Tanner Stack started us off with a nice single into left field. Will Fitzgerald delivered a hit into right field, after a great at bat. Jesse Buzza also worked a hit into centre field to fill the bases. Hudson Carter then followed up with his second hit for the day through short stop, to get Will Fitzgerald home to bring the score back to 4-6.

Harvey Elderfield then came up to bat. After a solid at bat, delivered an inspiring hit into right field andwas able to get Jesse Buzza home to get the score 5-6.

This setup the play of the day. Lucas Ash stepped up to the plate and delivered an epic hit into Centre field which went through the outfield and got Hudson Carter and Harvey Elderfield home. The euphoria that took over the team with this winning hit was worth all the effort the guys have given this season to get us into finals.

The game ended 7-6 with the 4s finals bound.

The focus of this year has been to make it into the top 4. I am really proud to have coached this team and appreciate every single player that has played a position throughout our season.

Big thanks also to Tim Rankin and Emerson Rickard, who helped and provide guidance throughout the season. I have learnt a lot this season and working with the 3s was instrumental to this success.

Bring on finals! #gobaycats

Martin Bouma 

The Baycat 3rd 2nds took a long trip to fight against the top of the ladder Bonbeach. There was concern that the game wasnt going to start on time, with 2 of out 8 named players leaving the juniors games in Geelong at 11:30. A shout out to Matt Sage who stepped up to help us out filling in our 9th player.

What a glorious end to a season. The game went to maximum innings and resulted in a Baycats win with a 6-4 upset; with 5 of our runs being scored in the top of the 7th. An even greater upset was Bonbeach are top of the ladder and had only lost 1 game all season. We currently sit in 6th.

Offensively it took us a while to warm up to the side arm action. Three hits (Tarney Spencer, Kyle Robinson, Dylan Thomas) coming in the third frame, scoring our first run on an infield single to shortstop by Dylan Thomas. The bats went quiet again until the 7th after a pitching change, starting off with a hard hit double to the left field alley by Martin Bouma. From there a Matt Sage single, three walks and two hit batters resulted in 5 runs putting us in a 6-3 lead going into the bottom frame.

In the field we played errorless baseball for all 7 innings. Martin Bouma had a strong pitching presence on the mound throwing a complete game, striking out 9, giving up 10 hits with no walks given. There were some gems in the field. Kyle Robinson sending an early message with the throw out on a steal attempt at second base in the first inning (had him by a few meters). Alan Maenpaa taking 2 well tracked fly outs in the 6th. A solid double play turned by Tarney and Dylan up the middle, and several strong infield plays by Nyah Obrien. Credit to Phil Sage for laying out at a hard hit ball in his direction!

For our last game of the season it made the long journey well worth it to come away with the win. Well fought Baycats. See you at presentation.

I would like to thank Wendy Crichton for scoring for the team this season.

P.S Nick Allen is shaving those lovely locks for Worlds Greatest Shave. Please support this fantastic charity event. Good on you Nick!

Chris Rickard

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This morning Baycats U18 had our Semi-final against Sandringham at home, things didn’t go our way in the game finishing 2-14 against us.

Our hitters had a tough day collecting only 4 hits. Harper Rickard 2h, Cooper Tipping 1h 1rbi, Noah Brennan 1h, Jake Elderfield 1rbi.

Cooper Tipping started on the hill 2.2inn 3h 4k 5bb and was relieved by Noah Brennan 1inn 1h 2k 3bb and Adam Jirik 1.1inn 2h 1k.

Both teams scored 1 in the 1st and no runs in the 2nd inning. Sandy took control of the game with a 9 run 3rd which we couldn’t recover from.

Thanks to Donny Stephens and Rusty Brennan for umpiring the game.

Despite the loss today, the team had a terrific season and played some great baseball finishing minor premiers with a 10/1 win/loss record in a very competitive league.

Today saw the finish of junior careers for 7 of our players, some of who have taken the field together since they were 10yo’s and played through the original years of Baycats Charter.

To Adam Jirik, Hayden Peoples, Jake Elderfield, Jye Robinson, Kyle Wakely, Lucas Ash and Noah Brennan, it’s been a great to coach each of you through your junior careers and I wish each of you success and longevity in the future of the game.

And we look forward to Cooper Tipping, Hamish Sutherland, Harper Rickard, and Maxton Sherry returning for a big season next summer.

A huge thank you Julie Rickard for scoring each week and to Cooper Rickard for Assistant Coaching.

Also thanks to Chris Barker and Brett Elderfield for covering for me when I missed a game. Also thanks to Keli’i Zablan for your support on and off the field to the team.

I’ve really enjoyed the season and watching these young men play the game hard each week.

Sto Bajarca

U16 State played finals baseball against Sunshine this morning in idyllic conditions. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the job done and went down 17-1.

Hats off the Sunshine they played a great game and are a solid outfit.

We had a couple due to Covid which meant we ran with 9 for the game. Due to the outs and some other niggling injuries Nyah O’Brien had to catch a complete game and was great. She battled hard and didn’t drop her head during a couple of rough innings.

Tanner Stack had the start and gave his all throwing 4 innings giving up 1 hit, striking out 4. Cade White was in relief throwing 2 innings giving up 4 hits before handing the ball to Harvey Elderfield who threw one innings giving up 2 hits. Unfortunately we didn’t get the rub of the green today and struggled with untimely walks and Sunshine took advantage of the chances we gave them scoring 7 unearned runs. I know sometimes you make your own luck but we just couldn’t take a trick today.

We fought hard in the box but could only come away with 4 hits and leaving 7 runners on base. Tanner Stack, Harvey Elderfield, Bradyn Barker and Will Cavanagh all had one hit each.

It’s a rough way to finish the season and I feel for Cooper Laurie and Patrick Johnson who couldn’t make the game today. The team missed you both and we would have loved to have you guys on the field.

I’d like to thank the kids for the season, they were a great bunch of kids to coach and so willing to learn.

Thanks to the umpires today Jake Sinclair and Nick Zanghi.

I’d like to give a big thankyou to Rachel Stack for scoring for us this year, Damien Carr for being our EO and keeping the kids in check on the bench and Brenton Laurie and David White for helping out game days. Lastly thanks to Brett Elderfield for all your work during the season as Assistant Coach.

Match reports 9th March 2022

 

Baycats Baseball Club

Geelong Baycats 1sts beat Sunshine 7-2 on Tuesday to cement their spot in the finals.

Geelong Baycats pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. Kelii Zablan doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Sam Gibbons was credited with the victory for Geelong Baycats. He allowed six hits and two runs over eight innings, striking out ten and walking zero.

Geelong Baycats collected 14 hits. Zablan, Wood, Luther-Wilson, and Rudy Jaramillo each managed multiple hits for Geelong Baycats. Zablan went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Geelong Baycats in hits.

Match reports 5th and 6th March 2022

 

Deniz Horasan

On Sunday Baycats 4s took on Fitzroy for another close game that came down to the wire. After the 2-0 loss, last week the team really showed exceptional defence work in the field. Duane Davenport took the mound on a very muddy and wet start to the game.

He delivered a fine performance of keeping Fitzroy scoreless till the last innings where we conceded two runs with the only 2nd hit of the game from the opposition.

Tanner Stack (single), Jesse Buzza (single), Emerson Rickard (2 singles) and Hudson Carter (single) delivered with the bats and helped us scoring two runs.

Overall, I was really proud of how the team worked and gave their all. 2-2 final score, was tough pill to swallow, but entering the last week and sitting 4th, we face the undefeated Melbourne at home. No matter the outcome, I am super proud of how we have played and conducted ourselves this season. Big thanks to Molly (working her magic in the canteen), CB (scoring for us) and Donny (umpiring). Fate is in our hands #gobaycats

Martin Bouma

The 3rd 2nds headed to Melton on Sunday to face the North West Titans in a game that more resembled winter baseball. In the second last game of the season it was great to come away with a 12-1 win.

Offensively we continued from last week scoring runs from the first inning. Harry Sim was welcomed back into the team and in the lead off spot going 3 for 3 with a double, two singles and a walk. Martin Bouma hit two doubles early in the game, finishing with 3 RBIs on the day. Cooper Laurie hit two singles adding to the pressure. Not to be outdone after being questioned about being in the 4 slot, Brenton Laurie got a piece of one and hit his first career home run in the last, scoring 3 RBIs in one swing. The team was also patient at the plate earning 5 walks in addition to the 8 total hits. The basepath aggression continued with 4 players totaling 10 stolen bases (Harry and Martin 3 each, Cooper 2, Tarney and Kyle 1 each). It is great to see our players taking advantage of opportunities with three runs also scoring on wild throws/pass balls.

The team did a fantastic job defensively and took the shut out all the way to the 6th inning playing errorless baseball. Harry Sim and Cooper Laurie took advantage of some enthusiastic base running by the Titans which lead to some timely double plays. Harry making an impressive throw from centerfield getting an out at first base. Martin Bouma threw a complete game of 6 innings, with 6Ks, 4 hits and 3bb to only allow one run.

Next week we head to face top place Bonbeach in our final game. Go Baycats!

Baycats Baseball Club

Div 3 1sts took on Melton on Sunday in what felt like a Winter GBA game in a very grey over cast day. With what was our youngest team of the year with 7 of the 9 being under 18.

We had 2x 14yr olds, 3x 15yr olds, 2x 17yr old, a 20yr old and a young 32yr old. Average of 17.6yrs for a senior game. Taking on a very expierenced and quality team that will be playing finals and pushing to win the comp. We were very competitive forcing them to work as we went down 9-5.

Riley Peoples started on the mound and good throwing 2 innings. Harvey Elderfield then continued with the next three only allowing 3 runs. Before Connor Hughes worked the final 3 innings keeping us in the game.

The bats battled early against a solid pitcher who looked to over power some of the younger bats that hadn’t faced that type of pitching as much. The at bats were good though and against the relief pitcher there was some reward for the good approach

Connor Hughes got us off to a good start in the first inning with a home run to a short centre field. Noah Brennan led us with the bat with a single and a home run himself to short centre left..

Cooper Tipping, Tim Dixson and Harvey Elderfield also had single hits on the day.

22You, Jason Peoples, Craig Durston and 19 others

Bruce Wood

 

The 2nds had a strong 10 - 0 win over Fitzroy to continue their unbeaten run since the Christmas break. Jarrod Durston did a great job on the mound, not allowing any runs over 4 innings. Sam Reale finished the job off in the last. As well as the strong display of pitching, we played error-less baseball, highlighted by Jye Robinson's work at right field. Hits: Jordan Baumann, Jarrod Durston, Adam Jirik and Jake Elderfield (3RBI's) all had 2. Single hits to Jye, Sam Reale, Dan Anson and James Renouf. Jye and James both hit triples. We find ourselves equal 4th which is a tremendous effort and a credit to the way the guys have finished off the season.

Baycats Baseball Club

Geelong Baycats 1sts took the lead late in the game in a 6-5 victory over Fitzroy on Sunday.

The game was tied at five with Geelong Baycats 1sts batting in the top of the seventh when Josh Davies singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Despite falling down by five runs in the third inning, Fitzroy tried to fight back and scored five runs in their failed comeback.

Geelong Baycats 1sts got on the board in the first inning when Kelii Zablan singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Fitzroy tied things up at five scoring one run.

Rudy Jaramillo was the winning pitcher for Geelong Baycats 1sts. The ace allowed 12 hits and five runs over seven innings, striking out three and walking one.

Sam Gibbons threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Gibbons recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Geelong Baycats 1sts.

Fitzroy pitcher allowed eight hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out four.

Geelong Baycats 1sts tallied 11 hits on the day. Ryan Darcy, Tyler Luther-Wilson, and Davies all managed multiple hits for Geelong Baycats 1sts.

Davies, Luther-Wilson, and Darcy each collected two hits to lead Geelong Baycats 1sts.

Chris Rickard

This morning Baycats U18 traveled to Malvern for the last H&A game and got the win 5-3.

Thanks to Malvern players and helpers for getting the field ready from the over night rain, also to our players that chipped in too.

The game was low in hits with the heavy field but the players worked hard with good at bats and played the field well.

Cooper Tipping started pitching with a good outing 4inn 2h 1k 4bb and was relieved by Noah Brennan who looked good in his first outing for a few weeks 2inn 2h 4k 2bb.

Our infielders were really good on the wet field making 8 from 8 ground ball outs.

Our hitters also had good day despite only 4 team hits. We stayed aggressive swinging hard and drew 8 bb’s. Hitters with a single each were Cooper T, Jake Elderfield, Adam Jirik and Harper Rickard. Maxton Sherry had an RBI SAC and BB.

We’ll done to our players who locked in a top 2 finish, we’ll watch the results of other games to see who/where we play next weeakend.

Aidan Hill

This week Div 2 Women’s hosted ladder leaders in sunny conditions yet very soft conditions under foot on GBC 1 after Friday nights rain. We went down 25-4.

Newport did well all game hitting the ball and drawing walks when available. Their offensive pressure put up on the back foot allowing 9 runs to be score as a result of errors. Jen & Lilly worked hard all day on the mound despite the score.

After being well held by Newport’s pitcher in the first inning. We managed to plate 1 run in the second. Then went on into the third and a pitching change by Newport to plate 3 runs with the girls drawing some walks combining hits to Teri Jackson, Lily Kevelham & Keira Wilson.

Big thank you to Michelle Searle, Sarah Upton, Ella Wilson & Magda Boros for doubling up and playing two games on the day.

Hits

Singles – Teri Jackson, Lily Kevelham & Keira Wilson

Pitching:

Jen Mason – Inn – 2, Hits – 8, K’s – 1, BB – 7, RS – 14,

Lily Kevelham – Inn – 2, Hits – 7, K’s – 3, BB – 5, HPB – 1, RS – 11

Score

Newport 7 7 4 7

Geelong 0 1 3 -

Big thank you:

- Donny for assisting getting the ground up & in a playable condition.

- Sam Glynn for scoring.

- Noah Brennan for umpiring (2 games)

- Gibbo & Narelle in the canteen.

Sto Bajarca

U16 State hosted top of the table Upwey FG this morning which ended in a 3-3 draw in what was a high class game given the very trying conditions

Our pitchers were great throwing strikes and making Upwey hit. Tanner Stack had the start going 3 innings and striking out 4 giving up 2 hits, Cade White was in relief throwing 2 innings striking out 3 giving up 1 hit and Bradyn Barker closed it out throwing 1 innings, striking out 2 and giving up 2 hits. Cooper Laurie was great behind the dish today throwing out 2 runners in the first innings which shut down their running game. Tyson Sherry caught the last innings also doing a great job.

Our bats where a little bit quiet today but Upwey’s pitchers threw great for them challenging our hitters. Tanner Stack lead the way with 2 hits and 1 RBI with Cade White also getting 1 hit and an RBI.

Thanks again to Brenton for helping out with the ground and in the canteen along with Whitey. Also thanks to Alex James for umpiring.

We await the results of other games to see where we play next week but with the draw we have secured a finals berth.

Bruce Wood    13.2.22

After last week's 4-3 loss to Essendon, Baycats 2nds returned to the winners list with a hard fought 7-6 win over Sandringham. We were ahead 2-0 early then fell back 6-2, so to finish strongly was a credit to the players' determination. Pleasingly, the strong finish was punctuated by a change in approach at the plate. Given the very windy conditions, it was necessary for the players to really focus on line drives in the gaps. Jarrod Durston continued his excellent form with 3 hits (following a couple last week). Will Fitzgerald has been a spark at the top of our line up and continues to improve. He picked up a couple of hits. Dan Anson also collected a hit. However our focus is quality at bats. Will Brennan picked 3 walks and Chris Durston 2 walks. Whilst we want to swing the bat, it was important yesterday to battle at the plate and these guys epitomized that approach. Our pitching has been fantastic of late. Dan Anson again did the job on the mound for us, throwing a high percentage of strikes over 3 innings and Jarrod Durston finished the job. To throw no walks over 5 innings was a credit to these guys and they are a big reason why in the end we were able to get over the line. Special mention to Maxton Sherry who performed well in his first game in the 2nds. Also Will Cavanagh who took a terrific running catch at right field, as did Sam Reale at centre.

I've said it a few times already this year, but it is pleasing to see the young players from the 2nds moving into the 1sts and performing well. Given the changes to the 2nds over the last few weeks, where we really haven't had a consistent team, it is great to see players stepping up and the side maintaining its competitiveness.

Sto Bajarca   13.2.22

U16 state hosted Newport this week and slogged it out for an 8-7 win.

Cade White was on the bump going 1.2 innings, striking out 3, not giving up a hit however had to battle hard and just missed the zone a few times. Harvey Elderfield was in relief throwing 2.1 innings, striking out 1, giving up 4 hits. Bradyn Barker came on and closed out the game throwing 1 innings giving up 3 hits. Tanner Stack, Tyson Sherry and Hudson Carr shared the catching duties and all did extremely well. Newports hitters fought hard and had extended at bats which drove up our pitch counts, they had 7 at bats that were 6 or more pitches including 2 that were 10 pitches long.

In the box we have been working hard on being aggressive and swinging the bats whilst still having team at bats and moving runners over. Yesterday we cut down our strike outs and had a number of infield ground balls to score runners from 3B and we hit behind runners for most of the day. I couldn’t have been happier with the team yesterday on their execution. Oli Yarnall continued his hot streak having a 2 hit day along with Will Cavanagh (one of which was a beautiful running but which lead to a little league style in the parker). Solo hits went to Bradyn Barker, Tanner Stack, Harvey Elderfield and Hudson Carr. RBI’s went to Hudson Carr (2), Bradyn Barker (1), Tanner Stack (1) and Will Cavanagh (1).

Thanks to Brenton Laurie for helping out all morning and to Harry Sim for umpiring.

Deniz Horasan

On Sunday Baycats 4s headed to Sandringham to continue our successful season. This was the first time all 4 teams played away and at the same ground.

Unfortunately, the baseball gods were against us and nothing went to plan. I was proud of the guys who still managed to get 9 hits, which was a big improvement to last week.

Overall the day belonged to Sandringham who won 22-4. Thank you to Emerson Rickard and Nick Zanghi getting on the mound. Also a shout out to Nick Hau who did a solid effort behind the plate for his debut at catching.

We play Sandringham again at home this week and hope to get the win. #gobaycats

Hitters:

2 Hits

Hudson Carter (2 Singles)

Jackson Viney (1 Double/ 1 Single)

1 Hit

Bradyn Barker (Single)

Nick Zanghi (Double)

Emerson Rickard (Single)

Hayden Quattrocelli (Single)

Deniz Horasan (Single)

Baycats Baseball Club

Div 3 1sts got back on the winners list Sunday with a comeback 14-13 WALKOFF win against Chelsea. In a game full of big momentum swings.

We got off to a solid start putting up 5 runs in the first inning to support Cooper Tipping on the mound. Cooper worked hard in the second inning without a lot of luck and Chelsea showed again that the league has very good level hitters putting up 5 of there own.

Jordan Ellis on senior debut came in the 3rd inning throwing a very competitive inning. Veteran Blake Witham came on to throw the last 3 innings blowing off the rust in the 4th before going 1,2,3 in the 5th and 6th.

We scattered 3 runs between the 2nd and 5th inning leaving us with plenty of work to do in the final inning down by 5.

Key moments of the final inning

1 out 2 on Tim Dickson had a 2run triple over left fields head.

Jordan Ellis then had a hard line drive up the middle to CF scoring 1.

Harry Sim Single down the left hand line scoring 1.

Intentional walk to Tyson Sherry loaded the bases.

Connor Hughes then had a solid ground ball to left field scoring 1

Blake Witham then finished the game with a cracking walk off hit down the left hand line that would of cleared the bases.

Hits 16 for the day were led by

Blake Witham and Jordan Ellis on Debut both going 3 for 4

2 hits for Connor Hughes (single and double) Tim Dickson (single and triple) Tyson Sherry and Cade White (2 singles each)

The at bats were solid all day throughout the line up and was great to see some reward for effort especially for the youngsters who have battled hard all year.

Tim Rankin 13.2.22

The baycats Div 1 3rds this week travelled down the highway to Sandringham in dyre need of a confidence boost and a win on the board.

Alex James started again for us this week on the hill, Alex early struggling for controll but managed to sneak out of the first inning for only 2 runs.

Alex bounced back hard in the 2nd sitting down 3 straight with 3 ks for a quick inning.

To Alexs credit he worked hard in the 2nd and 3rd to recover well keeping sandringham scoreless over both innings and only managed to give up 1 hit for his 3 innings.

Alex has played a vital role on the mound for us over the last few games at times being untouchable.

Duane Davenport coming in as relief in the 4th and working through till the 7th inning only giving up 1 run played a huge role in sandringham being kept to only 3 runs for the day.

Again the veteran being rock solid in relief, whilst not able to pick up as many Ks as his son Charlie in the morning (9) in comparison to dads 1 he did his job for us perfectly

Duane has been a late addition to our team and will play a vital role moving forward for us after losing Jaydon Murphy to a season ending knee injury in the gym, wishing jaydon a speedy recovery after surgery.

This week we played the small ball game perfectly, 3 amazing sac bunts when our bats wernt firing,

1 of which dropped down by Harvey Eld to score Nicholas Zanghi who was sitting on 3rd at the time,

top of the 7th with 1 already out that resulted in us tieing up the game in what would eventually end in a 3 all draw after Duane Davenport shut down sandringham in the bottom of the 7th.

Young birthday boy Tanner Stack unfaltering behind the plate doing an awsome job, looks to cement his place behind the dish after playing SS for most of our season, after relieving Brody Stokoe in the 3rd, Tanner looked absolutely rock solid behind the plate and I have no doubt he will continue to work hard with our pitchers moving forward. Adapt and conquer!

This week again leading the charge with the bat was Cooper Rickard going 2 from 3 after his 3 from 3 last week.

Followed by JJ Buzza rolling in half way through the game after turning up to geelong for our game in sandringham , jesse making his debut with 2 from 2 looking solid!

Whilst we're sitting in 6th place currently this does not reflect how tight some of our games have been, tieing against 2nd on the ladder Essendon last week aswell, and competing hard with Malvern top of the ladder ladder week before and only falling away in the last inning.

We look to make a final sprint towards the top 4 attempting to play finals baseball this year.

Our hits as follow

Cooper Rickard 2 singles 1 rbi

Jesse Buzza 2 singles 1 rbi

Nick Zanghi 1 single

Our approach at the plate over the last 3 weeks has dramatically changed, being aggressive towards strikes when needed and taking quality at bats instead of swinging for the fence, we still need to continue to work on scoring runners on base but we're heading in the right direction.

Our team changing weekly to work around covid and our ability to adapt and progress has been amazing from all of our players, im so proud of how the boys have clicked together throughout the season so far

David Foster

Baycats Div 3 Woman’s Match Report Vs Essendon

This week we were confronted with some of the best facilities going around in this league, so it was nice to get the opportunity to play on their number one ground. We started well with a couple of walks and forced an error but we failed to capitalise on this start and only scored 2 runs. We started strongly with a great play from Sarah Upton at third who picked up a chopper to get the throw across to Jaymee McDonald at first to make a tight out. However a dropped fly from the next hitter changed the flow of the game as our pitcher struggled to hit the strike zone enough as Essendon scored 5 runs. Again we managed to get yet another double play, thanks to Mickayla McDonald who took a fly at left field and this time throwing to Sarah at third to complete the double.

Now we needed to response hard in the second so we could put pressure on the Bombers. With singles to Magda Boros, Sarah, Mickayla and some positive base running we were able to score 7 runs. We made a change on the mound but outs were hard to get as Essendon were able to score 5 runs. Shayla Barnes never gave up on the mound even though things weren’t going her way. She did strike out a batter and made a good throw to Magda at home to get the final out.

In the final innings we managed to score 2 runs to get the lead. This was due to a double from Sarah and singles to Jaymee, Shayla and Ella Wilson, however we missed an opportunity to get further in front with some wasted times at bat and running mistakes. Now we are in front, it was going to be a tight finish however Essendon collected a hit and combined with some good choices in the batting box they managed to get the 2 runs across the plate to record a one run win.

A big thanks to our debutante Astrid Phillip who got a walk, HPB and had to run in some tight plays to get to her go ahead base. A tough start to our great game. Finally thanks to our scorer Jean McDonald.

 

Bruce Wood  20.2.22

Baycats 2nds continued their strong form in the latter half of the season with a hard fought win over Sandringham 7-6. Dan Anson and Jarrod Durston were again the basis of our performance, with strong outings, both throwing 3 innings and keeping us right in the game. Jordan Baumann played good defence for us, making several good plays up the middle.

Offensively, Jordan also led our team with a couple of hits. Jarrod Durston and Will Brennan both hit triples and also picked a couple of walks.

It has been pleasing to see the progress of the team to the extent where we are competitive in all contests and have won several games on the trot now.

Baycats Baseball Club  20.2.22

Div 3 1sts had the tough assignment of the undefeated Springvale away on Sunday. In what was a very high standard game that score board again didn’t tell the story at 11-0. With only the 1 inning really having an impact.

Connor Hughes took to the mound and things looked ominous in the first inning when Springvale big bats had 2 triples and a double in the first 4 hitters. Connor battled really hard though to limit the damage to 2runs. He would end up with 3 innings allowing just the 2 earnt runs off 5 hits with 2ks

Noah brennnan threw a blistering 4th of just 8 pitchers. Things got away from us in the 5th with the expierenced bats punish some slightly weigh wood pitching scoring 6. Matt Sage and Riley Peoples closing out our last 2 innings.

Tyson Sherry had a great game with the bat with2 big doubles to centre and a walk from his 3 AB.we weren’t able to capatalise on the great lead off hitting. With our only other 2 hits scattered between Cade White and a very long single to Matt Sage.

Certainly not a game to drop our heads on against an expierenced undefeated team that would push and beat a lot of teams in the higher grades.

Baycats Div 2 Women's Match Report Vs Essendon 19.2.22

Today we played at Essendon as we were only able to get one team together due a whole range of issues. So our team was a mixture of both teams and even the coach was making his debut at this level so it was going to be a challenge for us all.

There is no way to gloss over this but as hard as we tried, we struggled to get bat on ball as the Essendon pitcher was in complete control. The exception to this was Lily Kevelham who refused to be beaten in the batting box by forcing an error in her first at bat and getting a great hit down the line to left field in her last at bat. Jen Mason’s first at bat supported Lil on the base as Jens final swing allowed us the chance to score our only run. Finally Ruby Benne in the last innings managed to squeeze out an infield safe hit.

As far as our fielding was concerned we allowed a few too many hits to get away from us which cost us dearly but all was not lost there were a few good signs as Michelle Searle worked hard behind the dish and Ella Wilson showed complete confidence in her abilities to catch our only outfield fly. With both Ella and Lil having improved second innings on the mound this highlighted the importance of being better focused when we are fielding and not letting any opportunity go begging.

In the end Essendon were far too good on the day and ran away with a 15 to 1 win.

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Bruce Wood 27.2.22

The Baycats 2nds continued their strong finish to the season with a 19-2 win over Fitzroy. Credit to the Fitzroy players who never dropped their heads and who played the right way.

Special mention to Tanner Stack who never looked overawed in his first game in the 2nds and who showed that he is progressing really nicely as a player.

When a score blows out like this there are always going to be players with multiple hits - Jarrod Durston, Maxton Sherry and Jake Elderfield all had 3. 2 hits to Jye Robinson, Jordan Baumann and Sam Reale. Will Brennan, Dan Anson, James Renouf and Tanner Stack all recorded 1 hit. Our approach at the plate was a highlight, with our players showing good aggression and driving the ball into gaps.

Defensively Dan Anson was excellent again for us, throwing a complete outing. Will Brennan put in a solid performance behind the plate. Jye Robinson took a screamer out at right field and Jake Elderfield made multiple outs from 3rd base, in what was an excellent all round performance from one of our young players.

Martin Bouma 27.2.22

The DIV 3 2nds took to the road and headed to challenge the Nth Coburg Rebels yesterday. The losing streak finally broken when the team found the bats in a big way. Coming home with a 14-1 win.

We started out of the gates with Tyson Sherry leading off with a hit. Tarney Spencer knocked in Tyson with a well struck stand up triple. Martin Bouma continued the early runs with a single, scoring Tarney. In the second inning Tyson hit another single. Tarney struck the ball into the left field corner and with some aggressive base running scored on an in the park home run. Martin Bouma followed up with a triple past center field. With the explosive start the team continued to knock up a total of 14 hits, with Kyle Robinson going 3 from 5. Along with the hits was some very aggressive base running against the 3 Coburg pitchers with the team stealing a total of 10 bases. Coburg made quite a few defencive errors which aided in our run scoring.

Martin Bouma started on the bump and kept the opposition hit-less going into the fourth inning. Through 4 innings he struck out 6, with 1 walk and 1 hit. Nyah Obrien come on in relief, throwing two innings for two hits and two walks. The Rebels only scored 1 run for the day. The defence yesterday was the best it has been since Christmas with only one error attributed to our fielding. Tyson Sherry made a total of 3 center field catches, and Kyle Robinson and Phil Sage made an outstanding double play.

Fantastic work team!

Hits-

Kyle Robinson - 3 singles

Tarney Spencer- HR and 3b

Martin Bouma- 3b and single

Tyson Sherry - 2 singles

Cooper Laurie - 2 singles and a sac fly.

Brenton Laurie - 1 single and a sac fly.

Nyah Obrien - 1 single

Nick Allen - 1 single.

Steals-

Nyah - 3

Cooper - 2

Martin - 2

Tyson - 1

Kyle - 1

Phil - 1

Chris Rickard 27.2.22

This morning Baycats U18 played at home and got the win 10-5 to the traveling Waverley Wildcats.

We were not so good in the early innings as we managed just 1 unearned run in the first 2 innings. Waverley had a big top of 3rd scoring 5 runs on some wayward pitching and a big bases clearing double.

Down 1-5 in bottom 3rd, we got 2 runs back on hits to Harper Rickard & Cooper Tipping and a Sac fly to Noah Brennan.

Baycats shut out Waverley in top 4th then our bats came good in bottom 4th as we scored 7 runs on 5 hits and a double by Noah.

Cooper Tipping started on the mound and had some trouble with location his stats were 2.2In 1h 2k 8bb. Jake Elderfield was in relief throwing 2.1Inn 2h 3k 1bb.

Harper led our hitting with 2hits 2rbi and Noah 1dbl 1Sac 3rbi. Other hitters were Hayden Peoples 1h 1Sac 1rbi, Cooper 1h 1rbi, Jye Robinson 1h 1rbi, Hamish Sutherland 1h 1rbi, Jake 1h, Lucas Ash 1rbi and Maxton Sherry had 2bb’s. Despite the slow start it was good for our hitters to finish the game strong, it was great that everyone contributed offensively.

Next week we travel to Malvern for the last H&A game as we get ready to play finals.

Thanks to Brock Wells for umpiring this morning.

Sto Bajarca 27.2.22

U16 State were away at Waverley this morning. We had an excellent team game and got the win 13-1

Our pitchers were great and threw a combined no hitter. Tanner Stack had the start going two innings and striking out 4, Cade White was in relief also throwing 2 innings and striking out 4. Cooper Laurie had the assignment behind the dish today and did a great job.

Our approach in the box was fantastic today being aggressive and swinging hard. Waverley’s pitcher had a tough start and the umpire expanded the zone (which was fair enough given the struggles) and to our teams credit we took it in our stride and expanded our zone and didn’t wait for the perfect strike to hit.

Oli Yarnall’s bat stayed hot and he picked up another 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Harvey Elderfield had a great day with the stick getting 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Tyson Sherry had a day out getting 2 hits and a booming double to CF that scored 2. Solo hits went to Bradyn Barker, Tanner Stack (double to LF), and Patrick Johnson. RBI’s also went to Bradyn Barker (1) and Patrick Johnson (1).

A big thanks to Jake Elderfield, Brenton Laurie and Damian Carr for coaching last week against Essendon. Unfortunately the we couldn’t get the job done last week going down to Essendon 16-8. We had our chances last week and we were up in the first half of the game but Essendon finished off too strong for us.

Next week we finish off the season at home against the top side Upwey FG.

Sto Bajarca    6.2.22

U16 state hosted Cheltenham this morning and came away with a 9-2 win. This was a classic case of a game of 2 halves with Cheltenham scoring first and taking a 2-2 draw into the bottom of the 4th before we capitalised on some timely hits and a couple of errors.

Tanner Stack had the start for us throwing a pearler going 4 innings, striking out 8 and giving up 1 hit and 1 earned run. Bradyn Barker was in relief in his first outing on the bump after his surgery throwing 2 innings, striking out 4 and not giving up a hit. Id like to give a shout out to Tyson Sherry for a great job behind the dish today.

Our focus offensively during the week has been on being aggressive and getting after pitches. Whilst it’s still a work in progress we were a lot better today only going down looking twice 2 which is an improvement on our last weeks game. Oli Yarnell led the way for us with the bat getting 3 hits, Bradyn had 2 hits and an RBI followed by solo hits to Harvey Elderfield, Tyson Sherry, Cooper Laurie, Cade White, Patty Johnson. Tanner Stack had a couple of unlucky at bats and could have walked away with 2 knocks still battled away and had an RBI on a sac fly.

Thanks to Dan Mason for umpiring us this morning

Deniz Horasan   6.2.22

Baycats 4s took on Essendon at GBC1 yesterday. After a close game against Malvern last week, the team were ready to focus on locking a finals spot.

This top 4 clash did not disappoint. Jackson Viney continued his fine form on the mound with Maxton Sherry working as the brick wall behind the plate. Jackson delivered a fine 5 inning run out with 6 strike outs and 44 strikes. He also provided one of our two hits of the game with a double to left field.

Hudson Carter also worked his always reliable close out pitching delivering one strike and almost winning us the game. An unfortunate drop catch after he worked the zone saw us draw with Essendon.

Another worthy mention this week goes to Emerson Rickard who had a ripper game at 1st base catching some great foul balls and also hitting a double into left field.

The final score of the day was 5 all.

A big thank you to Cristi (manning the canteen), CB for scoring, Cooper base line umpiring and Donny for plate umpiring. This week we head to Sandringham. #gobaycats

Aidan Hill  5.2.225.2.22

This week marks the Div 1/2 women’s final game in the combined Div 1&2 women’s comp. Hosting Doncaster Div 1 in sunny conditions on GBC 2.

Simply put we were out played by a very strong & experienced Doncaster line up going down 23 - 0. Despite the score line the girls worked really hard both in the field and made some solid contact against some of the hardest pitching they have faced to date.

Thank you to the Doncaster girls who stuck around after the game exchanged some tips, advise and encouragement to our girls as we move into the Div 2 stand alone comp. Much appreciated.

Also can I just say a big thank you to all the girls for their efforts not only today but season to date who have stepped up and given it their all in the combined Div 1 & 2. It’s certainly hasn’t been an easy start to the season playing against the best teams in the state as well as the rest of the Div 2 comp. The girls have carried themselves exceptionally well regardless of scores. To compete and take on a steep learning curve of what baseball looks like at the top level.

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January 30th 2022

 

 

 

Bruce Wood

 

Baycats 2nds continued their good form of recent times with a strong 10 - 1 win over Malvern. Dan Anson did a great job of throwing strikes with a strike percentage of over 70 percent. Jarrod Durston followed suit, with his strike percentage also over 70. This has been a focus for us and it contributed to the fact that the Malvern hitters were restricted to 4 scattered hits. Supporting our pitchers, Dan Anson and Jake Elderfield both made some terrific plays in the field. James Renouf and Harper Rickard were both very good behind the plate, again in hot conditions.

We have also been focusing on quality at bats, and we reaped the reward of this - for the 2nd week in a row every player recorded at least one hit, which was fantastic to see. We also ran the bases aggressively, led by Will Fitzgerald, who continues to improve at this level. In terms of offensive highlights, Jye Robinson had 4 RBI's, Jarrod Durston smashed a home run in the first innings, James Renouf had 3 hits including 2 doubles. Dan Anson and Harper Rickard both picked up 2 hits. Sam Reale had 2 walks and a hit. Will Cavanagh and Jake Elderfield also both picked up hits and swung the bat well.

The balance of the team is looking strong and we hope to continue to play quality baseball over the coming weeks.

David Foster

Baycats Womens Div 3 Match Report Vs Melton

Well we found the ground at Melton well wet but the playing surface really benefited from the storm the day before as it was good to play on but the surrounding areas were a trap for the unwary, right Brent (I saw your runners, well muddied).

We again struggled to get a full side (as COVID had 2 of our players in ISO) and we were very grateful for Amy Madigan Cook making a one game return, as we then had 7 players. We were impressed with the attitude taken by the Titans who allowed us to bat with no blanks and provided us with one fielder to help when they batted. This is what sets the game up to be played in great spirits.

We contested well in the first inning, as all our batters swung the bat enthusiastically with singles to Mickayla McDonald and Amy but the stand out was Michelle Searle with a stand up triple as we scored 3 runs. Melton made us work hard but we kept them to 6 runs as Jamie McDonald displayed continuing improvement as she settled into playing at first, with two good assists.

Even though we failed to record a safe hit in the first stages of the second inning, we continued to make some good contact to force several errors, as we batted through the line-up. However Sarah Upton in her second at bat smashed the ball for a stand up double to get 2 RBI’s and increase our tally for the inning to 4 runs. We made a change after Lucy Hateley struggled with a sore arm. We went to Sarah (who trust me does not throw often). However, was it a stroke of genius or a necessity (who cares she did the job) as Sarah struck out the first hitter and soon had a hitter hit one to MicKayla at left field for the second out. However there was more to come as she threw the ball to Amy at second who tagged the runner to get our first double play for the session and in turn keeping the Titans to 2 runs.

In the third we could not find the gaps in the field despite some good contact being made. This meant we did not manage to score. Now, this left us in a difficult situation as we needed to have Melton kept to a scoreless inning. Unfortunately Sarah found her return appearance to the mound was not going to be the one of dreams, despite a good catch by Jamie at first to get the lead off. We allowed them to score 5 runs as Amy was assigned a chance on the mound. From there things improved, as their number 3, hit a line drive to Sarah who was back at third and was left to slid into the base to get our second double for the game. Wow who would have predicted that one but I must say our team is improving in all parts of their game and it is such a great thing to witness.

With the sting taken out of the game, we only managed to hustle one run across the plate in the last. Even though we lost 8 to 14, Coach Hateley and myself feel with a full line-up we could have a reversed result in the finals. Keep it going team.

Chris Rickard

This morning the U18s travelled to Sandringham and despite losing 7-8 it was a high standard game.

We scored in the 1st when Harper Rickard got on base then hits to Cooper Tipping & Jye Robinson. The middle innings bought runs for both teams as Sandy scored 2 in the 2nd, we got 2 in our 3rd and they got 3 in their 3rd inning. Baycats got 4 in top of 4th for a 7-5 lead. Sandy hitters finished well with 3 runs in the 5th off 4 hits then they shut us out in top of 6th despite us putting tying & winning runners on base, we came up just short.

Our pitching duties were with Cooper Tipping (4I, 4h, 3k, 3bb) and Jake Elderfield (1inn, 4h, 1k, 1bb) both worked hard against a good hitting line up.

Our hitting was led by Jye Robinson (1dbl, 1sgl, 2bb), Jake Elderfield (1sgl 2bb), Harper Rickard & Maxton Sherry (sgl, bb), Cooper Tipping & Lucas Ash (sgl).

Thanks to Toya Lipsys for filling in for her first game at short notice.

We’ve got Melbourne at home next Sunday.

January 22nd 2022

 

 

 

David Foster

Baycats Div 3 Match Report Vs Werribee

Well our first game back after the break happened for our side (just) and this was due largely to Bellarine Bears Women’s team who supplied 3 quality players in Meg Fahy, Andrea Huggins and Shayla Barnes. We were really struggling to get a team on the park but Aidan led the charge to encourage the girls to help us out. Werribee turned on the hot weather as the ground looked a treat but that’s Summer Ball for you.

We led off with CJ who got a walk, followed by Lucy Hatetely who hit safely to shortstop. We managed to get 3 more walks and hits to Michelle Searle and Andrea helped us score 5 runs. Werribee responded with 5 runs in their first innings and it looked like a tight game was coming up.

In the second innings our team was out to hit the ball, which is what we have encouraged them to do, unfortunately most of the hits were well timed and went straight to fielders who made good plays as they did not have to rush. We made a change on the mound as the weather was starting to affect some of our players. So Shayle took to the mound and impressed with 2 strike outs and 1 to 3 to keep them to one run.

Being down one run now it was important that we refocused in the batting box and Jayme McDonald did not let us down by getting a walk. In came Sarah Upton who hit a stand up triple to centre field. Andrea came up to bat and drew a walk then singles to CJ and Lucy helped us to score 7 runs. In Werribee’s last at bat they put pressure on us as they scored 4 runs and were in a scoring position when CJ took a great catch at centre field and at no stage was she going to drop the ball or the bag of ice she was using to stem the bruising on her face.

Well done girls a great win, 12 to 10 and again we saw some skills improving when running the bases and the attitude in the batting box. Thanks so much to Jean McDonald who was prepared to fill the gaps in our batting line up but to her relief she was able to do scoring and is doing well for someone who has just learnt how to score.

Bruce Wood

Baycats 2nds had a strong 10 - 5 win over Sunshine. Quality at bats were a feature of the Baycats' performance and all players recorded at least 1 hit, with Jarrod Durston, Chris Durston, Will Cavanagh all getting 2 hits. Will Brennan and Noah Brennan both had 2 RBI's, as did Jarrod Durston. Will Fitzgerald hit the ball hard all day and was a trifle unfortunate to not have more than one hit. Sam Reale continued his good form with a critical triple early in the game.

Noah started for us and did a good job over 3 innings. He is showing lots of promise and is working hard on his areas for improvement. It was great to have Dan Anson back in the team as a utility player. He showed his value by coming in and throwing an excellent innnings, as well as playing multiple positions and recording a hit. Jarrod Durston finished the game off with 3 strong innings.

Defensive highlights included James Renouf throwing out a runner early in the game. James did a terrific job behind the plate in stifling conditions. Whilst playing first base Noah Brennan made an excellent diving play. Will Cavanagh was very good at right field making a terrific throw late in the game. Will is another young player who is showing lots of potential and continues to improve from more exposure at Senior level.

This was a pleasing effort which showed the depth of the club. The team has benefited from the input of some more experienced players and we've still managed to play multiple juniors each week. Thanks to Donna for scoring again.

Deniz Horasan

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On Sunday Baycat 4s took on Sunshine at Sunshine for our first outting in 2022. After a convincing win just before Christmas, we were keen to continue the undefeated season.

With the addition of some first timers to the team (Bradyn Barker, Hamish Sutherland and Riley Peoples) the team did not disappoint. We came out with the bats and starting off with a 3 run innings Nick Zanghi, Matt Sage and Brody Stokoe all got hits.

Hudson Carter continued his fine pitching form with delivering a shut out 3 innings and striking out two batters.

We were in control for the whole day and put the game to bed in the 3rd innings when Bradyn Barker, Matt Sage and Hudson Carter all got hits and added 5 runs to our score.

A wonderful point in the game was bringing on Riley Peoples to the mound and having Dad, Jason Peoples take to the field as well for Riley's first ever senior game. Riley looked completely comfortable on the mound to deliver a solid three innings with 4 strike outs and one run given up.

The final score was 12-1 for our team and a really impressive 15 hits to 3 hits. We head to Malvern this week and hope to continue the momentum.

Also a big shout out to Rachel Stack for scoring again for our team, it is always really appreciated, thank you.

 

 

December 18th and 19th 2021

 

 

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Div 3 1sts and 2nds made the long road trip to Pakenham Saturday. Playing against the top teams in both levels.

The 2nds were right in the game all day with a couple errors later in the game costing the team chance to come away with the win. Eventually going down 9-7

Kyle Robinson had a day out starting on the hill thrown 3 solid innings allowing only 4 hits while collecting 2ks. Led the hitting also going 4-4 with 4 singles and 3rbis.

Jessie Buzza was also in the thick of things throwing the final inning collecting a K. While also having to hits for the day.

Other hitters were

Nick Allan 2 singles

Tarney Spencer and Brenton Laurie with a single each

We enter christmas at 3-3 and sitting 4th on the ladder. Which is a good effort considerthescrambled start to the season in a new division.

Big thanks to Brenton Laurie assisting in arranging and driving the bus. Was a very enjoyable day for everyone involved.

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U16 state took on at Waverley this morning at home and battled hard to get the win 11-8. Waverley played well and took advantage of their free passes and with a couple of timely hits stretched us to the end.

We out hit Waverley 11-3. Will Cavanagh, Tanner Stack, Harvey Elderfield and Bradyn Barker had 2 hits a piece with Nyah O’Brien, Oli Yarnell and Cooper Laurie getting a hit each. Oli Yarnell came through clutch yet again with a 2 out double to CF scoring 2 tying the game up 8-8 in the 3rd. RBIs to Tanner, Harvey and Bradyn in the 4th secured the win.

Cade White had the start and found it difficult going in tough conditions, whilst he was just missing corners Waverley were disciplined at the plate and scored 7. Harvey Elderfield came on and threw the last 3 innings striking out 2, conceding 3 hits and giving up 1 run.

Big thanks to Deniz for umpiring and to Brenton and Whitey for opening the canteen.

Hope everyone has a great break and stays safe.

 

Deniz Horasan

 

On Saturday Baycats 4s took on Sunshine on GBC2 to finish off 2021. The focus of this game was to keep the strong start to our season and remain undefeated.

Matty Sage took the mound for us with Maxton "the beast blocker" Sherry behind the plate to work the Sunshine batters. Matty delivered a great effort with serving up 5 Strike outs and 6 runs over 3 innings.

It was the exceptional batting that has been on show all year that enabled us to control the game. Our first inn

saw 5 runs on the board thanks to a single from Harvey Elderfield and Emmo Rickard / double from Jackson Viney and hit by pitcher to Lucas Ash and Nick Zanghi.

During the second innings Sunshine cam back with the bats and scored 3 runs, but with some nice fielding, we managed to get the two outs, followed by a strike out to end their innings.

Harvey Elderfield followed his second at bat with a double into centre field with the lads adding additional 7 runs thanks to additonal hits from Nick Zanghi (Single) / Maxton Sherry (Double to CF) / Deniz Horasan (Single).

Heading into the 3rd innings scores 12-3, Sunshine made another dash with adding 3 runs, but thanks to some handy pitching from Jackson Viney, we kept them at bay.

It was our final innings that sealed the day thanks to another double from Harvey Elderfield followed by singles from Jackson Viney, Nick Zanghi and Maxton Sherry that added our 8 final runs to hit 20 runs.

Sunshine had the last bat in the top of the 4th adding 2 additional runs, but Jackson Viney finished the day off with the two final strike outs to end the game.

The final score was 20-8 and with a loss to Fitzroy on Sunday, has us sitting top of the Ladder with a plus 53 for and against difference. The first half of the season has been great to watch and coach. I am really proud of the whole team and the way they play week in, week out. Everyone has made an impact and thank you to all the scorers and umpires that have helped us out so far.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and bring on 2022 #gobaycats

Hitters

3 Hits

Harvey Elderfield ( 2 Doubles / Single)

2 Hits

Jackson Viney (Double /Single)

Nick Zanghi (2 Singles)

Maxton Sherry (Double / Single)

1 Hit

 

Bruce Wood

 

Baycats 2nds had a strong win over Sunshine 17-2. We've been threatening for a few weeks and been right in games, so it was good to get the W. Jake Elderfield, Sam Reale and Jarrod Durston all shared pitching duties and really challenged the hitters, throwing lots of strikes. This has been a focus for us and it was really pleasing how the guys all stood up. Our field supported well. Jye Robinson took a great catch at right field, Chris Durston was panther - like filling in …

 

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Div 3 1st took a very young side to play the top team in the division in Pakenham with 5 players 15 or younger.

The youngsters took the mound early with Cooper Laurie starting on the hill with a tight pitch count. As we expected a solid hitting team came out early swinging. Coop stat line over his 2 innings really didn’t do him justice with how well he actually pitched. With just a few of calls and plays not going our way.

Will Cavanagh then took over on the mound throwing 2 innings allowing only 2 hits and collecting 2ks. 20yr old veteran of the team Connor Hughes came in closing out the last 2 innings with only 1 hit allowed and collecting a K.

Shout out to Connor who has shown a really mature head on relatively young shoulders assisting the youngsters with pointers throughout the games on the mound and in the field.

Hitting

William Cavanagh and Lachlan Whiteside had 2 hits each

Connor Hughes with a questionable 1 bounce ground rule double

Single to Rob Hickey, Tyson Sherry, Cade White and Bradyn Barker on senior summer Debut.

We really took it to the top team and held our own well with a few moments that could have gone our way and possibly changed the game. With a few reinforcements after Christmas look forward to another go at them.

Merry Christmas and happy new year to everyone. Stay safe and look forward to having a good crack in the new year.

 

Brent Hateley

 

 

 

So, in the Div 3 Women's game we had a top of the table clash against Sunshine. Unfortunately we went down 14-7 on the day. Sunshine's pitching was far superior to anything we had seen before as was their defense but the girls battled hard with most getting bat on ball. Lucinda Hateley started on the hill and threw the 1st 2 digs with a good, even split of balls to strikes. She gave up 6 runs on 4 hits with 2 K's and 3 walks. Ella Wilson came on to relieve in the 3rd and threw really well but, once again the Sunshine hitters got on top. Ella ended up with 3 K's and 3 walks, giving up 7 runs on 3 hits. Due to restricted pitch counts Lucy came back on in the 4th and made an AWESOME double play catching a fairly quick comebacker and then making the 2nd out at 3rd base. As mentioned earlier the girls gave their best in the box but only managed 3 hits for the day, these going to CJ, Ella, and Lucy. Ella even got to warm up with Allan De San Miguel and he was very impressed with her. So, now we have break for a few weeks where we get to relax and wind down for the year. I would like to wish you all (especially my awesome team) a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year. May the fat man in the red suit be kind to you all, enjoy the time with your loved ones and we will see you all again in the new year as we suit up for the 2nd half of the season.

 

Deniz Horasan

 

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On Saturday Baycats 4s took on Sunshine on GBC2 to finish off 2021. The focus of this game was to keep the strong start to our season and remain undefeated.

Matty Sage took the mound for us with Maxton "the beast blocker" Sherry behind the plate to work the Sunshine batters. Matty delivered a great effort with serving up 5 Strike outs and 6 runs over 3 innings.

It was the exceptional batting that has been on show all year that enabled us to control the game. Our first innings saw 5 runs on the board thanks to a single from Harvey Elderfield and Emmo Rickard / double from Jackson Viney and hit by pitcher to Lucas Ash and Nick Zanghi.

During the second innings Sunshine cam back with the bats and scored 3 runs, but with some nice fielding, we managed to get the two outs, followed by a strike out to end their innings.

Harvey Elderfield followed his second at bat with a double into centre field with the lads adding additional 7 runs thanks to additonal hits from Nick Zanghi (Single) / Maxton Sherry (Double to CF) / Deniz Horasan (Single).

Heading into the 3rd innings scores 12-3, Sunshine made another dash with adding 3 runs, but thanks to some handy pitching from Jackson Viney, we kept them at bay.

It was our final innings that sealed the day thanks to another double from Harvey Elderfield followed by singles from Jackson Viney, Nick Zanghi and Maxton Sherry that added our 8 final runs to hit 20 runs.

Sunshine had the last bat in the top of the 4th adding 2 additional runs, but Jackson Viney finished the day off with the two final strike outs to end the game.

The final score was 20-8 and with a loss to Fitzroy on Sunday, has us sitting top of the Ladder with a plus 53 for and against difference. The first half of the season has been great to watch and coach. I am really proud of the whole team and the way they play week in, week out. Everyone has made an impact and thank you to all the scorers and umpires that have helped us out so far.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and bring on 2022 #gobaycats

Hitters

3 Hits

Harvey Elderfield ( 2 Doubles / Single)

2 Hits

Jackson Viney (Double /Single)

Nick Zanghi (2 Singles)

Maxton Sherry (Double / Single)

1 Hit

Emmo Rickard (Single)

Deniz Horasan (Single)

 

Tim Cruise

 

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This week the baycats div 1 3rds hosted Sunshine at home on our 2nd and final Saturday game of the season

Nature had put on an absolute spread for us this weekend with the sun out and the skies blue.

This week was all about redemption for Alex James as he started on the hill this week,

Boy oh boy did he come out firing!

The tall left handed fireballer hurled down some tastey swinging strikes to young Will Brennan behind the dish.

Alex was up and about with a point to prove

11 pitches over the first inning for 9 strikes left Sunshine wondering what hit them, again in the 2nd throwing 13 pitches with 9 strikes.

Alex went on to throw 3 scoreless innings before the heat and game went deeper.

Amassing 7 ks over 4 innings for only 2 hits, Alex came out and did exactly what he needed to do for the boys.

By the time the 4th inning was done and dusted we were sitting 7- 3 our way.

Whilst we had prior opportunity to put a few more runs on the board, we didn't manage to pull through when required, something that we will continue to work on will be plating runners when in scoring position early in the game and taking more quality at bats to help out the team.

Cooper Tipping taking the hill for us in relief after a message to coach ranks earlier in the morning begging me to let him pitch

Cooper came on and held Sunshine scoreless for the remainder of the game notching up 2 ks and only the one hit, and as he mentioned in the message after telling him I accept bribes, that the bribe would be he'd close out and win the game for me, he came through with the goods.

We finished up taking home the win 12-3

Brody Stokoe and Tanner Stack (the bash brothers) again leading our hits this week with two each and 5rbis between them setting the bar for the other boys to try and get on their level!

Week 2 into Tanner stacks ongoing seasonal birthday seemed to have the same affect it did in berwick.

Happy birthday again Tanner, but round one next year is my actual birthday so you'll have to share your pretend birthday sorry buddy

Our hits as follow

Brody stokoe 2 singles 3rbis

Tanner Stack 1 single 1 double 2 rbis

Will Brennan 1 single 2rbis

Maxton Sherry 1 single 1 rbi

Lucas ash 1 single

Also on top of things wishing Lucas Ash all the best with his recovery! Going under the knife today much love kiddo

Looking forward to seeing All the boys in the new year and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and happy new years, making sure we all stay safe and enjoy our time with our loved ones!

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Deniz Horasan

Yesterday, Baycats 4s took on Upwey-Ferntree Gully for our first away game of the season. After a strong performance against Cheltenham last weekend, we wanted to continue the momentum.

Alex James and Tanner Stack kicked us off on the mound and back of the plate. The 1st innings didn't go quiet to plan with conceeding a run and a quick batting dig.

It was in the second innings the team found form. The bats came to life and 5 hitters (Harvey Elderfield single, Alex James triple, Dan Mason single, Hudson Carter single and Deniz Horasan single) delivered a 6 run dig. This was followed by Alex sweeping a quick 1, 2, 3 batter outs and getting us back into the dug out to continue where we left off.

In the top of the third we had an additional 5 hitters (Tanner Stack single, Alex James single, Emmo Rickard single, Hudson Carter single and Hayden Quattrocelli single) scoring 5 runs and setting us up for the 4th and final innings with a 11-1 lead. Alex worked through their batting order and some infield work by the team to give up one run.

In the 4th inning Upwey-Ferntree Gully changed up the pitcher and forced our guys to dig in and focus on our at bats and score 2 runs thanks to some errors in the field and aggressive running. Hudson Carter then came out to close out the game with 2 strike outs and giving up a single run. Score ended 13-3.

Overall it was another great team performance with 90% getting a hit and our pitchers delivering 7 strike outs. Next week we head to Berwick, before finishing 2021 at home against Sunshine. #gobaycats

Hitters

2 Hits

Alex James - Triple / Single / 2 RBI

Hudson Carter - 2 x Single / 2 RBI

1 Hit

Harvey Elderfield - Single / 2 RBI

Tanner Stack - Single / 2 RBI

Emmo Rickard - Single

Dan Mason - Single / 1 RBI

Hayden Quattrocelli - Single

Deniz Horasan - Single

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 Div3 2nds had a really rough day losing 30-2. Credit to everyone though after a nightmare first innings team worked hard and showed good fight. Against a top team with a quality pitcher team had good at bats.

Harry Sims led the hitting. Triple, single and walk.

Singles to Kyle Robinson, Tarney Spencer, Alan Maenpaa

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Div3 1sts. Played another competitive game going down to Springvale 6-1. Hitting was quiet again just lacked a little execution to hit runners in.

Martin Bouma continued his good form on the mound going 4 innings 6hits 4ks 2runs in hits first start in the firsts.

Cade White came on for his first senior relief appearance throwing an impressive 2innings 3hits 2ks 3runs.

Cooper Laurie closed out the 7th inning in also his first senior pitching appearance.

Defence was strong once again with our other 2 youngsters William Cavanagh and Tyson Sherry covering some ground and taking good catches in the outfield.

Hitting

Connor Hughes double and a single

Will Cavanagh, Cooper Laurie single each.

Thank you also to everyone that assisted with the canteen throughout the day

Bruce Wood

The Baycats 2nds had a tough loss to Upwey 8-0. We had 2 hits for the game - one early in the game to Jordan Baumann and one late in the game by James Renouf. Cooper Rickard and Cooper Tipping shared the pitching duties and did a good job against some experienced hitters. Jordan Baumann also came on late in the game and did a good job of throwing strikes. Will Brennan provided a game highlight by taking a great catch at first base.

It has been terrific to see some of the kids from the 2nds coming into the 1sts game over the last couple of weeks when the 1sts have had strong wins. This proves that we are on the right track with our program - we will continue to persist and hopefully some more wins will come our way. Thanks to the Durston clan for their work before the game and setting up the signs and also to Donna Northfield for scoring.

Chris Rickard

Baycats U18 enjoyed a home game this morning versus Malvern in great conditions, Baycats taking the win 9-2.

Jake Elderfield had his first start on the mound this season and was terrific pounding the zone with high strike rate, 4Inn 4h 4k 1bb 1er. Adam Jirik was in relief for his first pitch of the season and was also very good for 3Inn 2h 3k 3bb 1er.

Our hitters had a great day with 14 hits and all players registering at least 1 hit, Hayden Peoples lead the way with 4Sgl’s and 3RBI Jake Elderfield 2h (Dbl,Sgl) 2rbi, Cooper Tipping 2h 1rbi, Harper Rickard 1Dbl 2rbi, Maxton Sherry 1h 1Sac/rbi and single hits to Jye Robinson, Noah Brennan, Lucas Ash and Adam Jirik.

We scored our runs right thru the game with 2 runs in each 1st & 2nd innings, 1 in 4th and 4 in 5th to take hold control of the game. Malvern scored 1 in each 4th & 5th innings.

Our defense was good also as the infielders had a lot of plays and thanks to our players who filled in RF for Malvern who were short a player.

Thanks also to Allan Maenpaa for umpiring and Melissa & Narelle in the canteen.

Brent Hateley

Well, after a cracking start to the season with a couple of wins, the Div 3 Women's trekked down the road to Melton today for what we knew would be a tougher match against North West Black. It was always going to be a hard day at the office being that we only scraped together the bare minimum 9 after raiding the Div 1 girls list, thank God they had the bye. At the end of the day we finished with a 2-9 loss which was not really reflective of the effort of our guys. Jen Mason started on the hill for us and threw a solid 3 innings giving up 5 hits, 5 runs (only 2 were earned), 2 K's and 3 walks. She was ably backed up by Lucinda Hateley who threw the last 2 innings giving up 2 hits, 4 runs, 2 K's and 3 walks (including a 10 pitch 3 out 2nd innings). Michelle Searle was like a wall behind the dish not letting much through. At the plate we acquitted ourselves reasonably well dealing with a sometimes fluid strike zone ( ask Emma, LOL) amassing 8 hits (all singles) to Mags, Lucy, Micky, Shell, Jen, Sarah (2) and Ella. Other highlights of the day were Ella's ripper catch at CF, Ruby's efforts all day at SS and Sarah's play at first whilst lying flat on the ground. Our areas for improvement coming out of today were our throwing to first which result in giving away too many extra bases and our 9 runners left on base. Anyway, we learn from this and do it all again next week. Big thankyous to Aidan Hill for managing the team today so I could score the match, the Div 1 girls (Ella, Jen, Emma and Ruby) for helping us out and Jean ( Mickey and Jaymee's mum) for sitting in the scorers box to learn how it's done. Great job to all involved today.

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November 27th and 28th 2021 match reports

Kelii Zablan

Our Div 1 Firsts made the trek to play the Cheltenham Rustlers on Saturday. We came out swinging to win 10-3!

We got on the board quick in the first inning with Ryan Darcy leading off and getting all the way to second on a great display of base running, and we never looked back.

Hayden Peoples was the winning pitcher allowing two hits and zero runs over four innings, striking out four and walking one. Rudy Jaramillo threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen to finish out the game strong.

We launched two home runs on the day. Kelii Zablan in the first inning and Josh Davies had an oppo bomb in the fourth inning.

We tallied 16 hits on the day. Wood, Zablan, Davies, Peoples, and Jaramillo all had multiple for the game.

Lewis Weldon and Tyler Luther-Wilson both shared catching duties and have been doing a great job behind the dish!

We also want to welcome some first timers who got some guest appearances in the Firsts! Jye Robinson first AB in the ones and beat out and infield ground ball. Jackson Viney earned his first walk in the ones and made a great catch in right field. Jake Elderfield also would’ve had his first rbi with a deep fly ball to right field but Hayden forgot to run. Jordan Baumann did a great job in centerfield and Harper Rickard played a solid second base.

It’s been a great start to the season and very excited with our lineup and what we can do together. It’s been an enjoyable time in the dugout with everyone and how relaxed we all keep each other. It’s great to be back on the field and look forward to our 3 game home stand!

Go Baycats!!!

 

Bruce Wood

Baycats Div 1 2nds had a 10-2 loss to Cheltenham, however the result is not a true account of the game. After 4 innings the game was tied at 2 all and it was really only one inning that cost us a few runs. Other contributing factors included the fact we left 6 runners on and couldn't take some half chances in the field.

Cooper Rickard again did a great job pitching with 4.1 innings, conceding 4 hits. He was relieved by Sam Reale who stepped up and in a gutsy performance did what was asked of him by throwing strikes. Jye Robinson kept up his terrific form in the field by taking a great catch at right field and James Renouf was excellent in the catcher's role.

Offensively, Harper Rickard and Sam Reale both had doubles. James Renouf had 2 hits. Jake Elderfield and Cooper Rickard both had singles. The guys never dropped their heads and we look forward to the next game.

 

Martin Bouma

What a brilliant day for baseball!

Baycat Div 3 2nds team won 9-3 in a well deserved win against Dobbie and the Chelsea Dophins.

The teams bats were alive today with 11 hits total, 7 being doubles. With the assistance of some walks the team headed to an early lead with 2 runs scored in the second inning. We continued the pressure throughout the rest of the game to a great result.

Martin Bouma started on the bump going 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 8 Ks and one walk. Harry Sim come on in the closing role again with 2 hits and 1K. The pair kept Chelsea to 3 unearned runs.

A key moment in the game was an out at home plate after a fantastic throw by Harry from centrefield.

Hits:

Martin Bouma 2 doubles and a single

Tarney Spencer 2 doubles

Harry Sim 2 singles

Kyle Robinson 1 double

Dylan Thomas 1 double

Jordan Sinnamon 1 double

Brent Hately 1 single

Great win team. Go Baycats!

Aidan Hill

This week Div 1/2 Women’s hosted Doncaster B in sunny conditions on GBC 1.

In very a swinging and free running affair we went down 29 - 12.

Doncaster certainly showed their intent early plating 13 runs across the first two inning. Despite the runs scored Lily Kevelham in her first appearance on the mound this year continued to work hard. Finishing with 5 hits, 6 K’s 2 BB’s, 8 ER in her two innings of work. Doncaster pitcher kept us on the back foot only allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in the same period.

Jen Mason started the 3rd in our shortest only allowing 1 hit and 2 runs scored. At this stage we found ourselves down 15 – 2. The girls showed some grit and fight to rally together and produce 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Doncaster plated 7 in the 4th. We went again starting to get on top of the Doncaster reliever and produced another 5 runs. Doncaster went on to plate 7 runs in the last inning.

Plenty of lessons came out of the game to build the girls knowledge and experience. Congratulations to Magda Boros, Michelle Searle and Sarah Upton in making their Div 1/2 debuts this season.

Hits

Singles – Nyah O’Brien, Lily Kevelham, Emma Hill x2 Michelle Searle, Sarah Upton, Ruby Benne x1

Pitching:

Lily Kevelham – Inn – 2, Hits – 5, K’s – 6, BB – 2, HPB – 3, RS – 13, ER - 8

Jen Mason – Inn – 2, Hits – 6, K’s – 1, BB – 5, RS – 12, ER - 9

Emma Hill – Inn – 1/3, Hits – 3, BB – 4, HPB – 1, RS – 4, ER - 4

Score

Doncaster 6 7 2 7 7 - 29

Geelong 1 1 5 5 - - 12

Big thank you:

Pheobe Arnott & Paul Wilson holding down the fort in the canteen. Keeping everyone feed and hydrated.

Peter Moulton for umpiring.

Julie Mason for scoring.

 

Chris Barker

This morning U16 State hosted Research and came back from a 2 run deficit to have a 10-5 win.

Tanner Stack and Will Cavanagh both had 2 hits and an RBI each and Cade White had a hit and 2 RBI’s. Tyson Sherry put down two fantastic bunts which allowed us to score 1 in the first and set up our 5 run 5th innings.

Harvey Elderfield had a great start throwing 3 innings striking out 4 not giving up a hit. Tanner Stack was in relief and battled away to strike one out but didn’t have much luck giving up a couple of runs before Cade White closed it out.

Shout out to Hudson Carr and Cooper Laurie for catching and hustling everywhere which kept the teams energy up.

It was good to see Tyson Sherry back in the line up after missing a few weeks due to injury as well as Bradyn Barker having some at bats from the left side.

Thanks to Nick Zanghi for umpiring and Brenton and Whitey for opening the canteen.

Chris Rickard

This morning U18s travelled to Waverley with great conditions for playing baseball and Baycats took a good win 10-6.

The 1st inning went by quickly for both team. In the 2nd for Geelong, Jye Robinson lead off with a HR over the LF fence. Waverley scored 2 unearned runs in the 2nd.

Baycats scored 7 in the 3rd with some really good team hitting, doubles off the fence to Harper Rickard, Hayden Peoples and Noah Brennan, a single to Lucas Ash and SAC fly from Maxton Sherry. A quiet top of 4th for Baycats but Waverley scored 4 to close the score to 8-6.

In the 5th Jye lead off again… and homered again! Clearing the fence for the 2nd time!! We scored 1 more in the inning from a single to Lucas and another SAC fly from Maxton.

Our pitching was great, Noah had the start going 3.1inn 2h 6k. Cooper Tipping 2.2inn 1h 3k.

A good all round game form the team today, we ran bases well, Jake Elderfield had a day at 3B/SS making some tough plays, Adam Jirik hit the ball hard and Harper was strong as catcher with a caught stealing in the 1st inning.

Next weekend we have Malvern at home.

Dylan Thomas

Div 3 1sts travelled to Chelsea Sunday in what was a logistical nightmare with 3 players pulling out just hours before the game.

The game was again competitive that felt like it had everything. With a young side 4 u16 players with some more expierenced heads in our team. The scoreboard again didn’t really do it justice with a 9-1 loss.

Will Cavanagh had one of the most bizarre plays you will see with an unassisted double play from centrefield at home.

Runner on third tagged up after a fly ball. Running catch taken believed by our team to be third out due to umpire (Dobbie) telling us it was incorrectly. Will sprinted to home plate to tag runner.

Lachlan Whiteside and Jessie Buzza worked hard on the mound after been thrown in with the late outs. Tyson sherry also getting that late call up and performed well in left field.

Hitting

Will Cavanagh led the day with 2 hits.

Rob hickey a ground rule double.

Singles to Tyson Sherry, Cade White, Jesse Buzza and Connor Hughes

Tim Rankin

The baycats div 1 3rds this week hosted Cheltenham at home on an absolute belter of a day !

The sun was out and the boys were up and about after last weeks victory against Waverley.

Jaydon Murphy let fly from the hip starting us of for the day.

Cheltenham eager to get a win on the board came ready to play !

And that showed in the first.

Cheltenham managed to notch up 4 runs whilst jaydon struggled to find the zone early, some lucky little bleeders were also hit into rf shallow that also hurt the baycats early.

We fought hard to get our way out of the first, but when given the opportunity didnt manage to convert any runs to answer the 4.

Jaydon kicked things in the guts in the second, this time round he was back to the side arm specialists best hurling the ball over the plate to get the job done by holding Cheltenham scoreless.

This time round we decided it was time we woke up, some patience shown at the plate and some quality at bats by the boys snagged us a 5 run inning to put us back in the lead !

Again in the 3rd jaydon took the bump, he was locked and loaded, and again managed to hold Cheltenham scoreless which gave us an opportunity to push out further in front scoring another 3 in the bottom of the inning, with Nick Hau pumping one deep along the left field line hugging it by millimetres notching up a 2rbi double

Cheltenham decided in the 4th it was time to reply with a couple of runs of their own bringing the score back to 6-8 geelongs way.

With Cheltenham nipping at the ankles of Geelong, we recognised that we needed to to kick into the next gear, and do it fast.

Brody Stokoe lead off the bottom of the 4th with a walk, swiftly followed up with a lightning quick steal to 2nd.

With none out and a runner on 2nd jaydon and ranks mental pathway connected.

We were on for the bunt, jaydon came to the party and perfectly rolled one up the first base line sacrificing him self and allowing brody to gain 3rd.

Without going to far into detail we went onto score 6 runs putting Cheltenham well behind the 8 ball.

Emerson Rickard took to the mound in the top of the 5th to shut the doors on Cheltenham throwing a scoreless inning.

Sorry emo but your lovely closing innings glory was stolen by Lucas Ash, a shallow fly ball to left field with one out, lucas ash charging in hard taking a sliding catch, to then pop up firing the ball to first base for the last and final out of the day took the spotlight

Lucas ash's defence all day long was errorless, he more than certainly held his own on his 3rds debut.

Our stand out this round was absolutely on fire in all aspects of the game, leading the charge offensively and defensively all day long.

Adam Jirik was on another level this week, his defence at short stop was second to none, he notched up a single and a double with 4 rbis, not to mention 2 walks ! As a coach there is absolutely nothing more you can ask from a player in what jirik put on display on Sunday.

Our hits as follow

Adam jirik 1 double, 1 single , 4rbis 2 walks

Nick hau 1 double 2 rbis

Lucas ash 1 single rbi

Tanner Stack 1 single 1 rbi

Matthew Sage 1 single 1 rbi

Emerson Rickard 1 single

And poor Maxton Sherry 2 walks and 1 hbp never mind fella, hopefully you see some strikes next week.

Big thankyou to Cristi robinson and Brett elderfield for helping out with the canteen!

And also Hayden Peoples with 5 minutes notice line umpiring.

Deniz Horasan

On Sunday Baycats 4s took on Cheltenham at home. Alex James took the mound for us. A little slow start in the first innings, he found his form in the 2nd and 3rd inning only giving up 1 run and striking out 6 batters for the day.

Cheltenham came out strong in the first innings scoring 4 runs, with a quick reply from our bats thanks to a single from Nick Zanghi, Matt Sage, Alex James and Hudson Carter to get us back to 4-3.

In the second innings strong pitching from Alex ensured we got back to hitting and delivered a 7 run innings. Hits from Harvey Elderfield, Nick Zanghi, Matt Sage and some aggressive running gave us a controlling lead of 11-4.

Another strong defensive effort in the field ensured Cheltenham only made one run, especially after a nice double play on Second Base. This followed by additional hits by Harvey Elderfield and Nick Zanghi, setup the 4th and last innings to be an interesting one 12-5.

Hudson Carter took to the mound to close out the game, but Cheltenham held strong and challenged our lads making another 4 runs to setup our bats to finish the game. Thanks to additonal singles from Hudson Carter, Hayden Quattrocelli, Dan Mason and Kyle Wakely gave us 3 final score of 14-9. This sets us up with a tough game at Upwey next week, with us sitting in second place and Upwey in third place. Lets #gobaycats

Hits

Singles

Harvey Elderfield - 2 Hits/ 1 RBI

Nick Zanghi - 3 Hits / 1 RBI

Matt Sage - 2 Hits / 3 RBI

Alex James - 1 Hit

Hudson Carter - 2 Hits / 2 RBI

Haydon Quattrocelli 1 Hit / 2 RBI

Dan Mason - 1 Hit / 1 RBI

Kyle Wakely - 1 Hit / 2 RBI

15Adam Renouf, Chris Rickard and 13 others

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