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.
Thank you to Bruce Wood for giving me the go ahead to coach the 2nds today.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Singles – Teri Jackson, Lily Kevelham & Keira Wilson
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Hudson Carter (2 Singles)
Jackson Viney (1 Double/ 1 Single)
Bradyn Barker (Single)
Nick Zanghi (Double)
Emerson Rickard (Single)
Hayden Quattrocelli (Single)
Deniz Horasan (Single)
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nyah - 3
Cooper - 2
Martin - 2
Tyson - 1
Kyle - 1
Phil - 1
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.
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.
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
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 18.104.22.168.22
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.
January 30th 2022
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Harvey Elderfield ( 2 Doubles / Single)
Jackson Viney (Double /Single)
Nick Zanghi (2 Singles)
Maxton Sherry (Double / Single)
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Maxton Sherry 1 single 1 rbi
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
Alex James - Triple / Single / 2 RBI
Hudson Carter - 2 x Single / 2 RBI
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
November 27th and 28th 2021 match reports
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 tallied 16 hits on the day. Wood, Zablan, Davies, Peoples, and Jaramillo all had multiple for the game.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Singles – Nyah O’Brien, Lily Kevelham, Emma Hill x2 Michelle Searle, Sarah Upton, Ruby Benne x1
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Baycats U18 opened our season this morning against Newport/Williamstown at home and came away with 10-0 win.
The game wasn’t all one sided, a 7-run 3rd gave us control in the game but otherwise it was a tight game. We scored 2 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd then the 7 run 3rd. We continued to get hits and put runners on in 4th & 5th but couldn’t convert to runs.
Noah Brennan was great as starting pitcher going 3Inn for 1h 6k’s and Jake Elderfield in relief with 2Inn 0h. We threw some BB’s but for a first outing in games for some time our pitching was great. Harper Rickard was great controlling the game behind the dish.
As a team we had 8 hits, Adam Jirik with 2, Hayden Peoples a big bases clearing double to the fence and singles to Jye Robinson, Noah, Lucas Ash, Kyle Wakely and Maxton Sherry.
Outfielders had a tough day battling the wind but Saxon Cooper took a terrific flyball running back and twisting to make the catch. The Nwpt/Willy left fielder had a day to, with 2 nice catches in the gap stealing doubles from Noah and Harper.
Thanks to Jackson Viney for umpiring.
We have the bye next week then travel to Waverley in Rd.3.
Today the Div-3 2nds headed up the highway and took on Footscray we had a late start because of the rain but we finally got it going and Duane Davenport took to the mound we went 3 scoreless innings with some good play in the field then the rain come back and we sat down for a little bit and come back out and they got in 4 runs but we didn’t drop our heads and went back out and loaded the bases but couldn’t get the runs on the board going down 4-0. Great work guys see you all at training Thursday
Baycats 2nds took on Blackburn yesterday in the first game of the 21-22 season and had a 6 all draw. The team in the 2nds would be probably one of the youngest teams that I can recall in the 2s with 4 Under 18 players and an Under 16, plus 3 others who were in their first year out of Juniors.
Cooper Rickard was outstanding for us on the mound, throwing 4 innings with 6 K's, only allowing a couple of scattered hits and no runs. We generated a 4-0 lead in the middle of the game, with a James Renouf triple scoring 3 runs. The experienced Blackburn team bounced back and took a 6 -4 lead late in the game. However some wily pitching from veteran Jarrod Fraim kept Blackburn at bay and we were able to tie the game due to Jye Robinson slapping a 2 RBI single. Fraimy again tied Blackburn up and we had a chance to win in the last when Chris Durston came into the game and hit a single to get on base. We hit the ball hard but straight at fielders and ended up being content with the tie. Other highlights for us included Jake Elderfield's backhand play from 3rd base and the defensive work of Will Brennan behind the plate late in the game. We played error-less baseball which was fantastic for such a young team. Hits as follows: James Renouf 2, Jarrod Fraim, Jordan Baumann, Jye Robinson and Chris Durston all 1 each. We look forward to taking on Waverley next week.
Our Div 3 firsts went up to play Footscray today in the rain and wind. Dan Mason started off on the mound hurling wet soggy balls at Kyle Robinson, both of whom did awesomely!! After three innings Allan Maenpaa took over but we unfortunately hit the mercy rule at the top of the fifth innings, going down 17-1. One run scored by “Q” and one hit to Jordan Sinnamon. Great catches by Harry Sim at 2nd and “Q” in centre field. Looking forward to next week
Baycats 4s took on Blackburn for our season opener. Jackson Viney, started for us on the mound to get the game underway. Blackburn played a defensive approach, waiting for those perfect pitches. We peppered and worked the zone, however they came out with a 5-0 lead after the second innings. Realising we needed a strong response, Hudson Carter and Nick Zanghi got bat on ball and got our offense into action. Additonal hitters, Deniz Horasan, Harvey Elderfield and Lucas Ash got us back into the game 5-3. Hudson Carter was brought onto the mound, which saw our in field work a strong defence to shut out Blackburn in the 3rd Innings. Thanks to doubles from Jackson Viney, Jesse Buzza and a single from Rob Hickey, we tied the game 5-5. Going into the 4th and final innings, we worked the fundamentals to only conceed one run and Jesse Buzza closing on the mound. Thanks to some great hitting (Rob Hickey double) and base running/stealing (Jackson Viney) we got the drawing run that would conclude our first game.
Overall the team stuck it out when the pressure was on. Super proud that everyone got a hit and also Harvey Elderfield debut was a wonderful achievement. Hitters as follows:
Lucas Ash, Rob Hickey, Nick Zanghi, Hudson Carter 2 hits / Harvey Elderfield, Jackson Viney, Jesse Buzza, Deniz Horasan 1 hit.
U16’s took on Malvern yesterday morning and started the season with a 10-9 win.
Cade White gave us a solid start throwing 2 innings striking out 3 and giving up 2 hits. Will Cavanagh was in relief throwing 1.2 innings striking out 4. Nyah O’Brien closed out the game striking out 1. Malvern's offence was strong and took our pitchers deep into counts and took advantage of walks with some timely hits to score their runs.
Offensively we out hit Malvern 7-3, Harvey Elderfield and Will Cavanagh lead the way with 2 hits each and an RBI each. 1 hit each to Cooper Laurie, Tanner Stack and Oli Yarnell. Patrick Johnson and Tanner Stack both had an RBI.
Thanks to Will Brennan for umpiring
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Baycats Div 3 Match Report vs Essendon
We finally got to play our season opener on Saturday evening after much discussion and the weather mellowing. We were allowed to play after the ones on the main diamond which was the best scenario. As the ground was perfect and weather was at its best for day. With Essendon not being able to play at their ground we were able to give an extra number of players a game.
We started strongly with Jen Mason on the mound and with the support of Ella Wilson at short stop who teamed well with Mags Boros at second for the first out. Mags was not finished here no she generated her own double play, the first for this season. We battered through the line up with doubles to Mags and Sarah Upton (aka birthday girl) and a single to Jen. This gave us 5 runs. In the second Jen kept the Bombers scoreless. Our response once again was to bat through the order with hits to Mags, Sarah and Michelle Searle to score 7 runs this time.
After a nervious start on the mound in the 3rd innings, Lucinda Hately settled down to get the final 2 plays to first and keep the Bombers to 3 runs. Even with a few changes to the line-up we went on to score 7 runs in response. With hits to Sharon Wakely, Sarah, Teri Jackson, Lucinda, Mags and Michelle. We were able to hold the Bombers to 1 run in the last to record a 19 to 4 win. For those who played in this team last year you will be aware this is our first win in this Division, a moment to be savoured. Well done everybody this is a great start to our 21-22 season and you all made a contribution to this win. As coaches we are very proud of you all.
Div 1/2 women’s played their season opener after being washed out last week. Travelling up to Footscray in nice sunny conditions.
Unfortunately we went down 15 - 5. Scores don’t reflect the competitiveness throughout the game.
The girls started positively plating 5 runs in the first three innings.
We were unable to stem the consistency of the Footscray hitters. As they were able to string multiple hits and runs together throughout each inning.
Defensively at times we found ourselves making some uncharacteristic errors in field which put us on the back foot. The girls continued to work hard despite the scoreline not falling our way.
Double - Jen Mason.
Singles - Teri Jackson x2, Emma Hill x2, Ella Wilson x 2, Nyah O’Brien x1, Ruby Benne x1
Nyah O’Brien - 3.1 inn, 7 Hits, 4 SO, 4BB
Jen Mason - 1.1 inn, 8 Hits, 1 SO, 3BB
Geelong 03200 - 5
Footscray 21732 - 15
For all the girls it was their first taste of playing 2.5 hour games. We will certainly be better for it moving forward.
Div 4 seniors went down 18-2 against Research today. We struggled for numbers, and are really grateful that Aidan Hill and Brent Hately threw their hats in the ring!
Our two youngsters did awesomely, Hamish Sutherland opened on the mound also getting a hit. Kyle Wakely caught for the whole game, with a parade of 4 different pitchers, and didn’t bat an eyelid!
Aidan Hill and Alan Allan Maenpaa getting across the plate for us.
Thanks for never giving up guys!
The baycats div 1 3rds this week hosted Waverley at home on D1.
The sun was out and the boys were keen to prove a point after last week's not so fantastic start to the season.
Jaydon Murphy made his debut on the bump for Geelong this afternoon, launching from the hip he threw fantastically for 3 innings.
Jaydon racking up 4 ks totalling 39 strikes over 68 pitches and only giving up 1 hit.
Pounding the ball over the plate on most pitches landed Waverley in strife only managing to either swing and miss or hit the ball to our fielders.
Noah Brennan making his 3rds debut also on the hill suprised coach ranks with his blistering speed!
Noah closed out the game throwing two innings racking up 6 ks with 26 strikes over 47 pitches, also only allowing 1 hit! Ripper job kid
Our approach and offence in general today in comparison to last week was a completely different team, we took a much better approach at the plate, waiting on strikes and working the count deep forcing Waverley to throw more pitches, and also taking advantage of fat strikes for quality at bats.
Our base running was also absolutely fire with some of our young guns burning around the basepaths quicker than I can blink.
Our first inning we came out and pumped an entire 10 runs In to give us the desired start we required!
Again in the 3rd we scored another two runs! Whilst we flattened off in the second we soon picked back up in the 3rd managing to keep everyone engaged and upbeat played a huge role!
Im very much looking forward to the rest of the season with the youth I've been blessed with.
Our end score was 12-1 our way only playing 5 innings!
Our stand out with the bat today was young William Fitzgerald, fitzy my rock solid normal lead off hit in the 3 hole and I believe we may have found our new 3 hole hitter for the season as his aggression at the plate and approach was perfect for the role he played today, fitzy went 2/3 with 2 rbis.
Our hitting stats as follow
Will Fitzgerald 2 singles 2 rbis
Will Cavanagh 1 single 2rbis
Brody Stokoe 1 single 2rbis
Jaydon Murphy 1 single 1 rbi
Adam Jirik 1 single
Tanner Stack 1 single
Yesterday Baycats 4s took on Waverley at GBC1. Jackson Viney took the mound to start us off with working two innings and only giving up 3 runs. The young Waverley team pushed for runs early till the bottom of the 2nd when our bats lit up. Hudson Carter hit a double to lead us off followed by a single from Harvey Elderfield. It was the hit of the day to Jackson Viney pulled off a triple to push a 5 run innings.
Hudson Carter took to the mound too shut out Waverley and setup up a dominant final innings for Baycats.
The third innings started off slow with two strike outs by Deniz Horasan and Harvey Elderfield, but with calm and patient approach to our batting we put on a fine display, scoring 12 runs to close out the game and winning 17-4. Really proud of the way everyone played their part especially with some nice tags at home and first base. Back at home again next week, before heading for our first away game.
Lucas Ash (Single and Double)
Connor Hughes (2 Singles)
Hudson Carter (Single and Double)
Matt Sage (Single and Double)
Harvey Elderfield (Single)
Jackson Viney (Triple)
Alex James (Single)
Deniz Horasan (Single)
U16 State were away at Sandringham yesterday we were able to get the chocolates coming away with an 8-4 win.
Cade White had the start throwing 2 2/3 giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. Harvey Elderfield came on in relief and closed out the game for us throwing 2 1/3 giving up 3 hits.
We out hit Sandringham 7-4 and were aggressive on the bases swiping 7 bases and legging out 2 triples. Will Cavanagh led the way offensively with 2 hits (single and triple) and 3 stolen bases. Tanner Stack, Cade White, Harvey Elderfield, Jordan Ellis and Riley Peoples all had a base hit each. Shout out to Jordan Ellis for legging out a triple and Cade White for a double. Special mention to Riley for his ground rule double, missing out on going bridge by what could only have been a couple of feet.
The end result didn’t reflect the tightness of the game, Sandringham were in the hunt the whole game but we stuck it out and made our plays when we had to rolling a double play to end the 4th stranding a couple of runners. Oli Yarnell also took a great catch in left field and Patty Johnson was solid at 1B picking balls outta the dirt for us.
Big thanks to Riley Peoples and Jordan Ellis for making the trek to Sandringham to help us out as we had a few players out this week with injuries and unavailabilities and without them the result would have been a lot different.
Div 3 2nds got a 19 to 8 win over North West Titans yesterday. 15 run first inning setting up a comfortable win. The team had a combined 15 walk with some patient at bats and 9 hits for the day with some timely hitting with runners on.
Martin Bouma was strong on the mound with 3 solid innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits while collecting 5k’s.
Harry sims closed out the final inning with 2k’s.
Lachlan Whiteside 2 hits double and single
Kyle Robinson 2 singles
Dylan Thomas 2 singles
Hayden Quatrocelli a double
Harry Sims a single
Martin Bouma a single
Baycats 2nds had a strong 6-3 win over Waverley in a very pleasing performance featuring some excellent work by our young team. Cooper Rickard was great for us again this week - 5 innings for 4 scattered hits, and Cooper Tipping showed his potential with 2 strong innings, with only 1 hit conceded. These guys were well supported by our defensive work with a couple of double plays turned up the middle by Jordan Baumann, Harper Rickard and Jye Robinson. We also made some crucial outs at important times - notably Will Brennan's throw to 2nd to finish an innings where Waverley threatened. For the 2nd week in a row the guys played error-less baseball which kept us in the game.
The team also swung the bat well. Jordan Baumann had quality at bats and ran the bases well, as did Jake Elderfield. Jarrod Fraim picked up a couple of hits. James Renouf, Harper Rickard, Will Brennan, Jye Robinson and Cooper Rickard all had hits. We also hit some hard balls for outs, which was pleasing. Next week we take on Cheltenham in what is always a tough gig. We will continue to focus on the basics - throwing strikes, quality at bats and running the bases hard.
Baycats Div 3 Match Report Vs Fitzroy
In great weather conditions and at the number one diamond we had mixed fortunes in the first innings against Fitzroy. We got the first out when the ball was hit to Sharon Wakely who made an interesting throw to Courtney Stack (better known as CJ) at first. Lucy Hateley again started on the mound and after 2 runs were scored managed to take a fly and make a good throw to first to shut the innings down. After a series of walks and then hits to Lucy, Mickayla McDonald and Phoebe Arnott (not in a row) we managed to bat through the line-up and score 4 runs.
Starting the 2nd innings with 2 walks and 3 hits we knew we had our hands full as Fitzroy scored 5 runs. Michelle Searle stood up and made 2 K2-3 plays to get the first two outs and then CJ (playing her first game at first base and second game of baseball ever) made an unassisted play at first to close the innings down. Magda Boros started our innings strongly with a great hit to left field followed by hits to Lucy, Mickayla, Sarah Upton and CJ, to enable use to bat through the line-up and score 6 runs.
At the start of the next innings for Fitzroy, Baycats coach, Brett Hateley made a few changes and brought Michelle onto pitch to the ever green Magda and this kept the score to one run as our infield teamed well to get the outs. Once again Magda started our innings strongly with a double this time and our remaining hitters were patient as we batted through the line-up to score 7 runs.
With Michelle on the mound again we achieved our first shut out for the year as she dominated with a strike out and two plays to first. In reply we managed to score 4 runs with hits to Lucy, Sarah and CJ. This gave us a 21 to 8 win and two wins in a row as we head into our bye round next week.
The Geelong 2nds finished the year with a 4-3 win over Melbourne, which was pleasing given that we've lost several close games this year. Blake Witham pitched 5 innings of quality work, and Dan Anson finished off, restricting Melbourne to 4 scattered hits. James Renouf was good behind the plate, throwing out a runner and Adam Jirik had a terrific game in the field, as did Harper Rickard.
Dan also had 2 hits and an RBI and hit the ball hard all day. Chris Durston, Harper Rickard, Will Brennan, Adam Jirk and James Renouf all had singles. Adam and James both had RBI's in important game situations. I also need to mention 14 year old Will Cavanagh, who had terrific at bats all day and was really stiff not to pick up his first hit in the 2nds when he laced one straight at Rightfield.
As I've said a number of times, while it is nice to win, the focus of this season was not about winning games, but rather exposing young guys to a higher level of baseball and hopefully preparing them to be Firsts players. Thanks to Blake Witham, Chris Durston and Cameron Gibbons for supporting this agenda. Thanks also to Jarrod Fraim, who was a big help to the young guys when he played with us. I also want to thank Anna Narasaki for scoring all year for us.
Good luck to those teams in the finals. Go Baycats!
The baycats 3rds travelled to Melbourne for our last game of the home and away season.
I wont get carried away like I usually do this week as it was a bit of a dead rubber game.
started on the hill for us this week and again was solid with 2 ks and only 2 hits over 2 innings.
Cameron forbes next up with 1 inning 1 k and no hits
Following forba was
with 1 inning with 2 ks and only 1 hit Finishing up was none other than
throwing the 5th and final inning with 2ks and 3 hits.Again our stand out this week with the bat was
going 3 singles with 4 rbis.
We finished up the day mercy ruling Melbourne 16-3 after 5 innings in what was a good day to work on our plate appearances, our intensity and making sure our bats are red hot coming into finals, but most importantly having fun.
Im super proud of the way the group Ive had this season has carried them selves throughout these trying times this year, the way this groups come together and bonded over such a short season and the way they've gone about their games week in week out really reflects where we sit on the ladder.
With only dropping 2 games for the season we've finished in 2nd place as we look to have a home final on Sunday vs upwey which is an absolutely fantastic result for the boys.
Our hits as follows
Cameron forbes 3 singles 4 rbis
Jarrod fraim 2 singles 1 rbi
James lappin 1 single 2rbis
all with straight singlesSpecial mention to
with 3 walks and to top it off I dragged him mid game to share the workload, sorry fitzy
Not to mention the entire line-up with quality at bats picking alot of walks and being patient when need be.
Make sure you get down Sunday at home and support us taking on upwey in our first final.
Div 3 ladies played their final game of the season playing host to Newport, going down 8-12, in one of our best and tightest games of the season.
Hannah started for us on the hill throwing 1 innings with 2 K’s. unfortunately we made a few errors in the field making her job a little harder than it should of been and we gave up 7 in the first innings. Jen Mason came in the the remaining 3 innings and was solid on the hill, steadying the ship with 2 K’s Michelle working hard behind the plate. As in all games, we continued to learn, finding ourselves against a run down between 1 and 2 base. Our first one for the year, and although we didn’t get the out, the runner didn’t advance to the next base either.
2 Flyballs, one to Jen Mason and the other to Ella, taking a great hard hit fly out at 3rd base.
Our bats came back to life this week after falling a little silent last week. Sarah having a huge day, 1 triple (and sent home on an error was an unofficial in the park) and a double (2 rbi) Hannah 2 singles, Jen Renouf 1 single 2 rbi, Molly 1 hit 1 rbi, and singles to Bri, and Magda. Our 3rd innings our best for the season earning 7 runs, and after shutting Newport out in the 4th, putting us with striking distance for our first win. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but we gave it our all, and we can’t do better than that. Girls, it has been an absolute pleasure to play with you each week, supporting each other and enjoying this wonderful game as a baycat. Many thanks to Brenton who has done a fantastic job, leading and teaching us each week as well as having a laugh with us, and I am sure we have given him more grey hair! Thanks also to Hen and Andrew who were always willing to offer advice and encouragement. Tan thanks for scoring for us each week, we couldn’t have done it without you. That’s a wrap!!
Sunday was the final game of the regular season for U16 State, we played Doncaster and came away with a 15-4 win. It was a solid team game overall, we solid in defence and aggressive on the bases.
Cooper Tipping had the start going 2 innings, Bradyn Barker threw 2 innings in relief before Harper Rickard closed the game out. They combined for 8 strike outs and scattered 4 hits.
Our bats were switched on scoring in every innings. Harper lead the way with 3 hits, Will Cavanagh and Tyson Sherry got 2 hits each with Cooper Tipping, Darcy Stack and Tanner Stack getting 1 hit each.
We now look towards next week where it is likely we take on top of the ladder Malvern in the Semi Final.
The baycats 3rds this week hosted tied 2nd place Essendon at home on Saturday for a change.
Cooper Rickard was kind enough to bless us with his presence on the hill this week and my word was the kid on fire. Cooper has in a big way turned a corner this season with his control on the hill, its very visible his been working hard on his craft, and that his time under Bruce wood in the 2nds has done him wonders, to also have Cameron forbes standing at first base in his ear all day long is a blessing for any of our young pitchers.
Essendon started strong notching up two runs in the first inning whilst our young fella warmed into things, we managed to get back a single run in the first. Our second innings rolled around after Coop managed to hold them scoreless at the top of the 2nd, whilst Cooper looked in control we then managed to fight back in the 2nd inning to tie things up at 2 a piece.
Cooper then went on to throw like a man possessed, pounding strikes into young maxtons glove all day long.
Cooper finished up after the 5th innings with 7 ks and only 3 hits, credit given where credit due the kid threw a hell of a game. James lappin then came on at the top of the 6th and continued to keep essendon at bay not allowing a run scored. Things remained locked at 2 runs a piece untill the bottom of the 6th and of course this is where the magic began for the boys.
Bottom of the 6th and things were looking like a bit of a stale mate as such, something had to budge.
then came up with a terrific bunt down the first base line to push forba to 3rd, with 1 out and forba on 3rd up walks young Jackson Viney , full count Jacko puts one deep centre left for a very long single and scores forba, an absolute crucial at bat for Jacko to give us the lead and you couldn't wipe the smile from his face either.
This is where the flood gates opened, our boys went on to score another 5 runs before we fished up the innings, hit after hit and quality at bats all round to give us the lead we very much needed.
James lappin again went out and shut down essendon without allowing them to score another run. James also racking up the ks with 5 ks over 2 innings only allowing 1 hit, what more could a coach ask for in the 2 final innings of a game, which in result ended for us in an 8-2 victory to clench 2nd spot as we make a hard push towards finals.
The boys had a point to prove to me this week and more so to their selves after last week's game after just getting away with a win and that they certainly did, I couldn't be more stoked with the way they bounced back and carried themselves over the full 7 innings, they looked lively and were backing each other all day long, nice and loud all day long and showed they were more than capable of fighting for the w when it came to the crunch.
Next week to finish up the regular season we play Melbourne at Melbourne on Sunday as we look for another win before kicking off our finals campaign.
Our hits as follow
Cameron forbes 1 double, 1 single
Brody stokoe 1 double 1rbi
Jackson viney 1 single 1rbi
1 single 1rbi
Cooper Rickard 1 single
The 5ths Blue ended the regular season doing something we hadn’t done all season... a 7 inning extravaganza
We welcomed the better Mason (
) to the squad as we had a few outs due to the long weekend.
With a few players playing out of their regular positions we did fairly well to take it to the top side Bombers.
3 unearned runs to them at the top of the first wasn’t the start I’d hoped for but we didn’t give up getting one of our own back in the bottom.
A scoreless 2nd to both teams meant we were still feeling very confident as a team
They scored in the top of the 3rd but we hit back with a run in the 3rd and 4th and were getting a little excited as the bats were clicking at the top of the order.
I worked myself out of a BIG jam in the top of the 5th to keep only one run crossing as they started getting some very lucky hits just seeming to bloop in
We then hit a little stall with the bats at wernt able to capitalise and ourselves had scoreless 5th and 6th innings.
took over proceedings in the 6th and they managed to cross one over the plate
With us not being able to trouble the scoreboard and starting the top of the 7th before the 5min rule came into play, a quick top of the 7th meant we had every chance to score 4 and win the game
Unfortunately we only managed to get one in reply going down 6-4 but I couldn’t be prouder of the guys and gals for giving it a red hot crack
Our season isn’t done with yet though
Finals baseball against Footscray next week (most likely at home due to Footscrays other grades still playing regular season games at home next Sunday)
The firsts lost to the Essendon Bombers 5-0 yesterday. It was a tough game, which we couldn’t get that big hit when we needed it. We always seem to out hit our opponents but never get that big hit with runners in scoring position.
Rudy Jaramillo The hurler allowed seven hits and five runs over eight and two-thirds innings, striking out 15. He was a huge competitor for us, trying to set us up for our last midweek game of the regular season. The workload he’s taken on the last month hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Hayden Peoples has been our next go to guy lately, and will get the start for us on Tuesday night against Fitzroy. Our offence collected eight hits on the day but just missed out on those timely ones.
Josh Davies and Hayden Peoples each collected multiple hits. We also had a huge bunt laid down by Jordan Baumann to get runners in scoring position.
It is a great bunch of guys to play next to, and really look forward to going out with a bang these next three games. Let’s go out and enjoy playing the game we all love!
Baycats U16 travelled to Sandringham this morning to take on the ladder leaders.
Despite an 1-8 loss, the game was played in high standards by both teams and Baycats out hit Sandy although Sandy made better use of some free passes that put pressure on our defense.
Our hitters worked hard against their good pitching, we just didn’t have the runners on base when we got our hits to apply the pressure back on them. Harper Rickard and Harvey Elderfield each had 2 hits and Cooper Tipping had a double
Copper was great as starting pitcher with Harper and Bradyn Barker in relief. Darcy Stack made some nice plays at 3B and Tyson Sherry took a big flyball in RF.
Next week Baycats take on Doncaster at home as they ready themselves for finals the week after.
Bruce Wood 21.2.21
Geelong 2nds lost 9 - 2 to a strong Cheltenham team who played excellent defence. We hit the ball hard on occasions but couldn't find gaps. Jake Elderfield continued to step up to this level, hitting an RBI triple in the 2nd and also scoring on a passed ball. Nick Hau picked up a hit in the last, but apart from that the green scorer's pen was not used much! Will Brennan played well in the catcher's spot and also had quality at bats, hitting balls hard but straight at fielders. James Renouf and Blake Witham also had multiple quality at bats. It was great to see Cooper Tipping play his first game in the 2nds, picking up a walk with a good at bat. Hopefully we can pick up another win before the season finishes.
The U16 State had a fantastic game against Upwey Ferntree Gully this week in what was a very high quality game of baseball. We won it with a walk off 4-3 win.
Our pitchers combined gave up 4 hits. Cooper Tipping started and threw 3 innings for 7 strike outs, Tanner Stack was in relief for 2 innings giving up 2 hits and Bradyn Barker closed out the game for no hits and no runs.
We had 8 stolen bases over the game continuing to challenge the defence with Harper Rickard having his second stolen home for the season.
Upwey played really well and their pitchers were quality and kept our bats at bay with us getting 3 hits. Maxton Sherry lead the way with 2 hits. It was fantastic to see our training being put into practice with Cooper picking a walk to lead off the last innings and Tyson Sherry putting down a bunt to get Cooper from 1st to 3rd. Darcy Stack then came up with our 3rd hit of the game with a shot to left field to walk it off.
It was great to see us dig deep and get the win after being challenged and losing the lead late in the game.
Next week we play top of the ladder Sandringham where we look to square up the ledger against them from our first game loss to start the season way back when.
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The baycats 3rds this week hosted Cheltenham at home on Sunday
Our boys came out hard and scored 12 runs in the first two innings to cheltenhams 0.
2 in the first and 10 in the second.
James Lappin threw an immaculate 3 scoreless innings whilst our boys backed him with our bats and gloves before fatigue hit in the 4th, whilst the baby giraffe was on a no no and had him self 1 out and a few runners on I allowed the young fella to try and fight his way out of the inning with a few runs to play with, James worked hard but ended up losing control and walking a couple over the plate before i allowed Matt sage to try and close out the inning.
Whilst Sagey has been reliable in the past few games this is where things really went downhill unfortunately, Matt started with loaded bases and was unable to locate through his appearance to get the outs required to get out of the inning. Unfortunately not one of his best days as on the hill but we can't always play well.
Ill take part of the hit as I left the yank out there to dry as unfortunately I had players in higher grades (which in its self is fantastic for our juniors to be pushing up) and with players away this weekend I was a little light on in my Bullpen and it left me a little dumbfounded who to go to after Matt.
I was left wondering who now.
and I locked eyes from 2nd base as he gave me a little nod of the head and that was enough for me, on he went, and I wish I'd have gone to him sooner, Jarrod got us out of the inning quickly enough putting the ball over the dish and getting the ball hit into play. (You've opened Pandora's box if I ever need a closer now fraimy )
A big reminder to all of our players as I mentioned prior to the 3rd and 4th inning to keep the foot on the pedal and keep active and motivated, the minute you drop your head and become complacent a game of baseball can turn very quickly! So fingers crossed we've learnt a valuable lesson and in coming games we're able to take control of the situation a little better.
Luckily enough we had some luck in the bottom of the 4th to get young maxy across the plate to put us a run in front to walk away with the win.
Our young gun behind the dish
and our ever reliable centrefielder William Fitzgerald were the stand outs with the bat on the weekend both going 3 hits each and of course I'd never hear the end of it if I didn't name drop Kyle Robinson on his first 3s game going 2 hits with 2 rbis, a fantastic effort.
Sneaking away with a 13-12 win we walk away with what I hope was a hard lesson, and some passion towards proving a point next week when we take on essendon.
Our hits as follow.
Maxton sherry 2 doubles 1 single 1Rbi
3 singles 2Rbis
2 singles 2 Rbis
James lappin with 1 double
with 1 doubleSingles to brody stokoe and
Div 3 ladies played host to the Melton titans on the weekend and went down 17-3.
Ella had the start on the mound followed by Hannah. Both girls working hard to get the opposition swinging. We then welcomed Bri onto the mound for the first time. After finding her feet in her first innings, her second was a huge improvement, going 3 up, 3 down, with 3 fly balls caught by Bri herself, Michelle at 3rd base and the third, a fly foul taken by Anna. Anna solid behind the plate, even after a nasty hit to the hand after a wayward bounce off the plate.
Our bats were not as active as they have been in previous weeks , with only 2 hits for the game.
With 2 games to go, we will work hard to strive for a W, but as we have every week, we will always have fun learning.
By Bruce Wood 6.2.21
The 2s played an undefeated Upwey FTG on Saturday and had a 5-3 loss. Despite the loss, the game was very competitive. Cooper Rickard again was excellent on the hill and continues to develop as a young pitcher. Blake Witham did a terrific job in relief. We had a couple of defensive lapses where if we'd have taken our chances the result may have been different, however the team never gave up and were right in it to the end. UFTG have scored 62 runs in 7 games this year and to hold them to 5 was a credit to the team.
We left 8 on base over the game and that hurt us a bit too. Jordan Baumann, James Renouf and Jarrod Fraim all had hits, but our quality at bats were good throughout. It was great to see young guys like Adam Jirik and Jake Elderfield battle at the plate. Dan Anson, Will Brennan and Chris Durston all had 2 BB's, which shows their willingness to go deep into counts. I've said it all year - apart from one game our biggest losing margin has been 2 runs so we are right in every game.
By Tim Rankin 6.2.21
The baycats 3rds this week travelled to what it felt like was the Victorian border,
This week we took on upwey at Fern tree gully on Sunday, Travelling down the highway it was dark and gloomy with the odd shower, but the minute we rolled into Fern tree gully it was clear blue skies.
Our first and second innings we didn't manage to plate a run, after chasing a few pitches early, and a few wasted opportunities, we didn't really look to have our bats firing all together until the 3rd.
With Both teams scoring in the 3rd our single rbi by Matt sage to their 3 runs wasnt the start we had have hoped for.
Cameron forbes started for us on the hill again today and went a quick fire 1 innings with 1 k and a rock solid 14 strikes over 16 pitches.
Sharing the workload this week the young yank Matthew Sage came in on the second inning and threw 3 marvellous innings with 33 strikes over 66 pitches, his workload was outstanding again forcing the ball into play and giving our boys every opportunity to go to work.
Our 4th innings at bat is where all the baycats 3rds magic happened, being 2 runs down, the boys decided it was time to turn up the heat scoring 4 runs after sagey managed to hold them scoreless in the 4th, in end gave us the lead that we'd hold onto for the remainder of the day.
Matt sage started the 5th with a walk and a hbp which resulted in a brisk walk out to the middle to thank him for his 3 previous innings. Without hesitation the baby giraffe James Lappin was thrown the ball with none out and 2 runners on, James went straight to work and very quickly shut down any chance upwey had at securing the lead. James lappin was outstanding in his two innings to put the nail in upweys coffin in the 5th and 6th inning, he ended up 14 strikes over 26 pitches and did everything i could have possibly asked from him in a tight game to close our for the win.
Our end result being a 6-4 win.
We had two blokes this week that absolutely stood out a mile from the rest with
Cameron Forbes again notching up 3 hits(two weeks running) forbas absolutely on fire at the moment with the bat in hand,and young Cooper Tipping who was an absolute jet in the field at 3rd base making multiple outs in the last 2 innings taking any hope that upwey had of getting a hit the left side of field.
Whilst im at it ill just a quick shout out to young Maxton Sherry in his 2nd 3rds appearance this season also held his own again this week doing an excellent job behind the dish with all 3 of our pitchers.
These juniors are holding their own and showing me week in week our how much talent they have! Its an honour working with the squad that I have and I'm thoroughly enjoying the banter and fun these kids are having as they're getting more and more comfortable around each other.
Our approach at the plate was all I could possibly ask for from our entire squad, forcing thier pitchers to work harder and throw to our preferred zone, not chasing rubbish and taking opportunities when they were presented, quality at bats from the entire squad.
Our hits as follow
Cameron forbes 3 singles 1rbi
James lappin 1 double
1 single 1 rbi
Matt sage 1 single 1rbi
singles to maxton sherry,
, Cooper tipping, and
Next week we take on Sunshine at Sunshine hopefully in Sunshine on Sunday
By Chris Barker 7.2.21
U16 State took on Newport this week and got the win 13-4.
The score didnt really reflect how tough the game was and Newport were in the game until the last innings.
Tanner Stack had the start throwing 2 innings, Bradyn Barker followed with 2 innings in relief before Cooper Tipping closed out the game. They combined for 7 strike outs and gave up 5 hits.
Our offence was lead by Tyson Sherry with 2 hits 3 RBI’s, Harper Rickard with 2 hits 1 RBI and Harvey Elderfield with 2 hits. Maxton Sherry, Tanner Stack, Bradyn Barker and Nyah O’Brien all had solo hits. Once again we were aggressive on the bases with 8 stolen bases.
By Darren Morrissy 7.2.21
U/16 Metro travel up the highway to take on sunshine.
Came away with 14 - 2 win
Coming off the back of a couple Losses our main focus was our hitting today￼￼￼￼.
With the young Baycats showing some great discipline in the box coming up with great hits.
Two hits to Ella Wilson and Kyle Morrissy.
Singles to Hamish Sutherland,Ben Gardyne, Lucinda Hately and a great double by Johnny Knowels.
To back up the good hitting, Kyle Morrissy started strong on the mound allowing no hits and getting 10 k’s￼ for 2 runs and Logan McConnell came on to the mount a shout out the Eagles in the fifth and last innings only allowing one hit and getting 2 k’s
A big thanks to Mags Wilson for scoring for us today.
By Melissa Duxson 6.2.21
Div 3 women’s play host to Fitzroy and went down 21-7.
Pitchers this week were Ella, Hannah (in her first week back from injury) Kat with her first time appearance on the hill, and Molly. We all battled hard to get strikes over the plate but our opposition was very picky in what they chose to swing at. Michelle did an awesome job at her second week behind the plate.
Hits this week Molly (2), Jen (1), Michelle (1), Hannah (1), Kat (1) but all girls had quality at bats. Thanks to Hen for taking the reins this week and to Andrew for stepping into 1st base coach. And our trusty scorer Tan. Keep working hard girls, we are learning new things each week and we will get that W under our belt!
Baycats Firsts played 2 big games last night and on Saturday against Sunshine and Blackburn, both strong clubs. In both these games our lineup was able to face 4 ABL caliber arms. It was a great opportunity for our hitters to take on the challenge, but unfortunately we came up short both games. As a team we are doing a great job of making solid contact, but falling short by hitting the ole right "at em" balls. Baseball is full of ups and downs. But we have to stay positive and keep getting the barrel on the ball, and keep putting the pressure on the defense. As an offense we are hitting an avg of .301 and a team QAB% of 48.46. Our goal is to be as close to 60% as possible. I am proud of the way our guys are playing and competing on the field together.
This weekend we are back home against Upwey and have a fun night cap game for our two fifths sides. So stick around and lets have a good time at the club.
The 2s had a very competitive game yesterday, eventually losing 5-4 to Blackburn after tying the game up. As I said to the players after the game, we've had a few games like that this year and we need to find a way to win the close ones.
Nevertheless the guys should be proud of their efforts as we fought back from a 4 run deficit early the game. Cooper Rickard and Hayden Peoples shared the pitching duties and threw really well. Our focus has been throwing strikes and they both performed very well in this regard, forcing Blackburn to put the ball in play. We supported well in the field too and it is pleasing to see the improvement in our defence.
With the bat, we picked up 8 hits to Blackburn's 7. Nick Hau was excellent, with 2 hits including a critical 2 RBI double. Dan Anson also picked up 2 hits, with singles to Will Brennan, Hayden Peoples, Angus McNee and James Renouf. The effort from everyone was pleasing and we were in the game all day. Thanks to Anna for scoring and to all who helped out.
Div 3 women travelled up the highway to play Newport, going down 12-5.
Pitching duties were shared between Ella, Sarah and Lily, who all had to cope with a slippery hill. This week Michelle made her debut behind the plate, making some great blocks and having a lot of fun. Our hits this week Sarah 2 hits, Michelle 2 hits 1 rbi, Kat 1 hit and 2 rbi, Magda and Sara with 1 rbi each.
Our biggest highlight of the game, and the season, was our TRIPLE PLAY in the 1st innings. How did it happen you ask.....A hard hit LD hit back to Sarah was was pitching at the time, then threw to Sara on second base who not only, touched her base to out the 2nd runner who had not tagged up, but also turned to tag out the runner from first who had also not held up. Something we like to call the old bag and tag move!! Well done Sarah and Sara, not many players can claim to be involved in a triple play!!!!
By Chris Barker 31.1.21
U16 State played Preston this week and came away with a 11-9 win.
Preston came out strongly scoring 6 in the first innings. Our bats came to life scoring 7 in the third innings.
Offensively we had 9 hits with 2 hits each to Tyson Sherry and Tanner Stack, Tanner also picked up 3 RBI’s. We were aggressive on the bases challenging the fielders and taking extra bases where possible, we also stole 12 bags.
Darcy Stack, Nyah O’Brien and Maxton Sherry pitched well combining for 5 strike outs and giving up 3 hits.
By Chris Barker 24.1.2021
This week the U16 State took on the undefeated Malvern/Melbourne, it was a great game and we took advantage of our chances late in the game and came away with a 7-5 win. The kids fought hard and despite being behind all game and losing our way a little bit we regrouped and finished strongly.
We had a total of 7 hits. Maxton Sherry had 2 hits and solo hits from Harper Rickard, Cooper Tipping, Darcy Stack, Tanner Stack and Kyle Morrissy.
Darcy Stack got us back to within one late in the game with a 2 out 2 RBI double. Harper tied us up with an RBI triple in the last innings and we then took a 2 run lead on an errant throw.
Our pitchers Cooper, Bradyn and Harper combined for 4 strike outs giving up 7 hits.
Well done to Kyle Morrissy and Saxon Cooper for coming up and holding their own in the State league.
Baycats 2nds got back on the winning list with a solid 7-2 win over Sandringham. Our focus has been on giving opportunities to our young players and it was fantastic to see Cooper Rickard throw a high quality game, throwing 4 complete innings and only giving up a couple of passes and 3 scattered hits. Cooper was very well supported in the field by another junior player in Jake Elderfield, who made several excellent plays from shortstop and also picked up a hit and a couple of walks himself. Nick Hau also played well in the field at 3rd base and collected a hit. Our more seasoned campaigners Jarrod Fraim, Chris Durston, Blake Witham and Cam Gibbons all made solid contributions and set the tone for the younger guys with some quality at bats. We've been competitive in our games this year; just unable to get over the line on a few occasions so it was good to come away with a win.
By Melissa Duxson 23.1.2021
Div 3 Ladies hosted Doncaster yesterday and went down 3-17
Michelle started off for us on the hill followed by myself and Magda - all of us with 1k each. Ella had her first game behind the plate and did a great job!
The great plays of the game included 2 outs @ home plate (both 2-1), fly ball to Sara at 2nd base and Jen with some great fielding and throw in from SS to get the out at 1st (unlucky not to get 2).
Hits for the day (all singles) to Ella (1rbi), Jen (1rbi), Narelle, Magda (1rbi), T and myself. Kat and Sara made great contact both at bats and Phoebe got on base.
We continue to learn and have fun in the process. Keep up the great work girls. Thanks to our ever supportive coaches Brenton and Hen, our trusty scorer Tan and to Russ for umpiring!
Baycats Firsts travelled all the way to Mulgrave to take on the Berwick Wildcats on Saturday. We weren't able to pull through for our first game of 2021, losing 8-4.
Rudy Jaramillo fought really hard to keep us in the game through 6 innings, with only giving up 8 hits and only one of them being a hard hit. He also had a big day at the plate going 3 for 4 with 2 rbi's. Hayden Peoples got the chance to pitch 2 innings giving up 6 hits and striking out 2. Both pitchers were amazing pitching to contact and only walking 1 batter.Offensively we had hits scattered between Tyler Luther-Wilson, Kelii Zablan, Samuel Thomas and Lewis Weldon. A huge congrats to
Hayden Peoples having his first big fly in the Firsts mate, for sure there's going to be more to come!Our thoughts and best wishes to a quick recover goes out to our solid Shortstop Jarryd Wood . He went down in the first inning with a re-injury to his hamstring. We want to let him know, as a club, we are here to support in anyway possible to pick up your spirits to get you mentally and physically ready to get you back on the field. Life's full of ups and downs, but with a strong family and supportive friends we can get through anything all together.
We take on Essendon Baseball club tomorrow night for our first midweek game this season so we can't wait to get back on the field and play ball.
for assisting in the injury that went on in the stands as well.
Club Training is back on this Thursday and we are all back to training together with Position players on GBC1. Pitchers, Catchers and Two ways will be on GBC2.
Lets Go Baycats!
Baycats 2nds had a loss to Berwick 10 - 5. Highlights included James Renouf's continued good form with the stick, picking up 3 hits, and James Lappin's first pitching start in the 2s. James battled away well and will benefit from the experience. It was also great to see Cameron Gibbons return to play at the club. We welcome him back. Good job also by Jarrod Fraim, who provided valuable experience at first base and had 3 quality at bats. Harper Rickard also hit well, with 3 hard hit balls from his at bats. We out hit Berwick 7 - 5 but we couldn't string them together until the last innings. As always, the game provided some opportunities for learning for our younger guys, which well be a continued focus for us.
By Tim Rankin 17th January 2021
The baycats 3rds this week hosted berwick at home for the first game of the year. The sun was out, met by a nice breeze. The geelong motorcycle stunt krew were in fine form up in the top car park carrying on
The boys were amped up ready to take on the remainder of the season. Cameron Forbes started on the hill for us today hurling heaters down towards Tim Dickson Forba kept the berwick boys at bay absolutely killing it as per usual. Forba threw 42 pitches over 3 innings for only 1 hit. Totalling a tally of 31 strikes with 3 ks.
After forba had finished his 3 innings it was time to pass the ball off to sagey. Sagey rolled up to the hill very casual and very relaxed, today I saw a different pitcher than I usually see in Matthew Sage. He was composed, didnt try and blow past anyone, he hit his spots and put the ball over the dish whilst buckling a few knees, too his credit he played one of the best games I've seen him play in a while.
Matt went 2 innings for 2 hits with 3 ks totalling 24 stikes over 41 pitches. Now we'll touch on our day at the plate. First off the rank we'll touch on Cooper Rickard, Cooper today come out like a man possessed, absolutely locked and loaded at the dish, hammering anything his bat made contact with. Cooper smacked him self 2 singles with 1 rbi and when I say smacked he absolutely clobbered them, some of the hardest pieces of contact I've seen him make. Young Nick Hau also notched up 2 singles with 1 rbi Matt sage scoring a single and a double with 2 rbis And Jake Elderfield notching up a single with 2 rbis for him self as well. There were quality at bats all day long by our entire line up, not swinging and earning walks whilst forcing berwicks pitcher to work harder, taking counts deep when we needed to, lighting up the ball situationally all day long whilst scoring consistently.
The final score ended up being 12-0 after 5 innings finishing the game by mercy rule an absolutely amazing job by both boys on the hill.
Very proud of the lads today they stayed aggressive and upbeat all day long.
We take on Sandringham Sunday at home 3.30 this coming weekend so make sure you get down and support the lads if you have nothing better to do.
Div 1 4ths had walk off win today 12-11 vs Berwick. In what can only be described as a "4ths game" with a bit of everything. 2 hours, 3 innings only, over 20 walks spread between the 2 teams, 12 hits, 2 injuries and walk off walk with no outs.
with 3 walks. (the hits will come) Bring on sandringham
The Div 4 West Baycats Blue ventured up the freeway to take on Footscray... well 8 of us did anyway with
Thankfully Footscray were very understanding and allowed us to shuffle things around and field a sub until he got to the correct ground just in time for his scheduled at-bat Our bats didn’t trouble the scoreboard in the first with them scoring a lone run straight after. But our bats got a little warm in the third with Harry crossing the plate to tie it up, unfortunately a little fumble and a cannon of an arm had Lily tagged out at home in the same play .
They then came back at us with 2 of there own in the 4th But we countered that with a big 4 run 5th with some great hitting and aggressive base running taking a 5-3 lead Unfortunately they got ontop of me in the bottom of the inning and we went down 7-5
Not the result we were looking for but we will bounce back from this
U18’s played Melbourne away on Sunday and went down 12-9. He boys hit really well as a team hitting all the way through the line up with Will More, Brodie Stokoe and Jordan Baumann all with 2 hits and singles to Lucas Ash, Cooper Rickard, Hudson Carter, and Kyle Wakley.
Unfortunately we gave up 11 free bases (BB and HPB) This was the difference.
Hosted to top side Essendon/Doncaster￼ going down 10 - 7. We matched with the bat getting five hits each.
Tyson Sherry pick up a couple of hits and singles to Ella Wilson, Logan McConnell and Bradyn Barker.
Despite the result it was a great game of baseball, Kyle Morrissy started on the mound and was backed up by Brad￼￼￼￼￼yn Barker keeping us in the hunt for the game￼, good to see the crew putting practice into play coming up with some great players in support of the two boys on the hill. ￼Great job behind the dish as well Saxon Cooper.
By Katie Davenport 19.1.21
Women’s Div 2 Hosted the top side Springvale on Saturday afternoon at home going down 21 - 2.
We started off with a few nerves but all were still swinging the bats & getting a few hits.
Unfortunately Springvale were able to get quite a few good hits through, and there were a few errors in the field by us caused by some nerves.
But the girls were still attempting to make the plays. In the end we were still able to get two double plays as well as a fall in attempt at a force out at 3, and still managed to get the out by hammering the ball to the base a few times
We had some great pitching by Nyah O’Brien who started us off, Lily Kevelham took over with Jennifer Mason in as 3rd relief. The girls worked really hard to get the pitches over the plate with 70 strikes between them of 144 Pitches, from 42 total batters faced. Was a definitely a hard day on the Hill. Hits; Singles to; Sarah Haouchar, Emma Hill, Jen Mason, & Bri Telford. And a double to Nyah O’Brien. Walks went to; Sarah Haouchar, Myself & Amy Madigan Cooke.
Really great job girls, it was always going to be a hard game but you should all be proud of how you played.
Back at it on Wednesday night for training to hopefully take out a win this coming week.
By Kelii Zablan - Dec 19th 2020
The Firsts had a big win against the Malvern Braves yesterday with a 14-1 score. We had close to our full lineup and look forward to the second half of the season.
We tallied five runs in the second inning.
Ryan Darcy, James Wood and Rudy Jaramillo all contributed in the big inning with RBIs. Offensively we collected 12 hits on the day. Tyler Luther-Wilson, Rudy Jaramillo, Darcy, James Wood, Kelii Zablan, and Samuel Thomas all racked up multi hit games. Also a big day for Josh Davies getting 3 RBI’s.
Sammy Gibbons earned the victory on the hill with a quality start only surrendering one run on two hits over five innings, striking out three. Lachlan Hockey threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen on his last appearance as a BayCat before starting his college career.
We send our best wishes to Jordan Baumann to have a quick recovery after a freak collision at second base. This will only sideline him for a little while, but hopefully he will be good as new with a sweet scar and a cool story to tell.
As a club we want to wish Kobe Greenhalgh Connor Hughes Lachlan Hockey the best of luck on their journey to the states to pursue their college careers. Although you are all going to be far away from home, just remember you have a whole community cheering for you and supporting you in your journey. Good luck and enjoy the experience!
Happy holidays everyone and stay safe!
By Bruce Wood - Dec 19th 2020
Baycats 2nds had another really competitive game against Malvern, eventually going down 7-5 after being tied going into the last. It is pleasing to see the fight the young guys are showing and I've no doubt the wins will come if we continue to play solid baseball and clean up a few areas of our game. Jack Fielden and Dan Anson shared pitching duties. Nick Hau made some excellent defensive plays at 3rd base and Will Brennan was very solid behind the plate.
Offensively we collected 8 hits overall and we hit the ball hard all day, often picking out fielders.
It was pleasing to see Brody Stokoe debut in the 2nds and get a nice hit. He was unlucky not to pick up another hit with his first at bat, smashing a line drive to left field. James Renouf continued his excellent hitting form, hitting 3 balls really hard and picking up a hi