The young Macaws were back at Chukker Road to host Athlone A’s, their southern suburbs rivals, who have been strong this year so far.
This young team have become resilient and do not get affected if their better players are not available to play. They just move on and the next player tries to take their opportunity.
MIkhaeel “Mickey” de Bruin got the start this week and was opposed by A’s ace Uzair Taliep. Both pitchers struggled with pitch counts in the first inning with Mickey racking up 39 pitches while conceding 5 runs. That one inning was all he saw as Promise Khamula replaced him at the beginning of the second inning. For a second time in two games Promise struggled with his control and was replaced after three hitters by Josh November.
By this stage A’s had a healthy 6-1 lead, but this Macaws team knows that the game is never over unless they quit, which they do not. Steadily chipping away at the A’s lead while November kept A’s scoreless, the Macaws found themselves 7-5 down at the beginning of the last inning when Jaime Brookes replaces November. Jaime mowed down the A’s lineup facing three hitters, striking all out in 10 pitches.
Now it was up to the hitters to do their job! Fortunately the top order was up and A’s were down to their third pitcher by this stage. Leadoff Jermaine Mohamed got on with a walk followed by Josh November with a second walk. Two stolen bases put them in scoring position and Brookes then smashed one to the outfield scoring both and tying the game. Now it was Josh Smith’s turn to be a hero and duly responded scoring Brookes to walk it off in dramatic fashion against a disappointed A’s who saw this one slip away.
Best hitters were Jaime (3-3,BB,2B), Josh November (1-2, 2BB’s), Josh Smith (2-3, BB) and Promise (1-3).
Great character from the Macaws while having two players on the injured list (Nur Scelo and Jared Riffel) and then losing a third during the game to a school appointment (Mickey), but that just gave u12 player Caleb Bell an opportunity to play more than half the game.
The young Macaws were back on the road, this time to Mitchell’s Plain to face westridge yankees. The young Macaws showed their intentions by scoring 4 runs in the first inning with Josh Smith (double) and Lee Adams (triple) leading the charge. Young Mikhaeel de Bruin got the start and, after giving up a leadoff walk, he mowed down the next three to finish the inning quickly. In the second inning the Macaws benefitted from a struggling Yankees pitches and scored 5 more runs from 5 walks and a couple of hits.
Micky continued where he left off and was one out away from another scoreless inning when and fly ball error allowed Yankees to score a run. Instead of being out of the inning Micky was replaced due to reaching his pitch count limit as set before the game. Josh November came on to strike out the third hitter in 3 pitches.
Yankees brought on a lefty young girl who did well initially by keeping the Macaws scoreless for two innings. However in the 5th inning, on two outs, the Macaws found their rhythm and had four hits in a row to score 3 runs, taking their tally to 12 runs.
November easily dispatched of three Yankees hitters to finish the game 12-1 in VOB’s favour.
Lots of lessons for the young Macaws again, but lovely to learn while you are winning.
We started with Glen on the mound and as most of the times, he looked good. The problem is, he’s batting is not looking the same at the moment. I think for this season he’s bat has more kisses that actual hits. Overs played right field again and to all our surprise looked very good. No errors, and didn’t look uncomfortable at all.
Only because not one ball was hit to rightfield. Alghamdurilah. Charlie hit a gorgeous homerun and looked very sharp at shorts top. Yusuf had bases loaded and hit an absolutely fantastic linedrive, about 2 metres short of the fence which would have been his first grandslam.However it did clear the bases and turned out to be a three base hit.
Overs had the same opportunity, but looked no where near. Adam made a welcome comeback in his first game with 2 at bat’s and 2 strike outs. He was the first and the third out in one inning.Welcome back Adam. He even made Glen look good. We could have had a shutout, but Glen dropped a routine flyball as he got a hectic kak out session from the coach. Somma on the field infront of everyone.
I would have dealt with it slightly differently though. I would have taken him into the bushes and beat the crap out of him. I guess we all different. A lekka game with lekka laughs as always. This is why I still play baseball at the tender age of 49.Because I have team mates like these. Final score VOB 18-1 PIRATES.
The young Macaws were on the road to Grassy Park to take on the unbeaten crusaders team. As expected Crusaders started the game with the same pitcher as every other week so far. The Macaws started with Promise Khamula, only his second pitching stint ever.
Promise was very nervous and struggled to throw strikes but managed to complete the inning exceeding only 2 runs. Against the hard throwing crusaders pitcher the Macaws, even though they struck out to high swings, they did a great job of stretching the pitch count and by the end of the third inning the crusaders pitchers had already thrown 65 pitches. By this stage Promise has been replaced by Mikhaeel de Bruin, who battled hard and only allowed one further run.
At the start of the 4th inning Crusaders were ahead 3-0 when all sorts of drama took place with the Crusaders coach not wanting to follow new rules set by CTBF. After a prolonged stoppage it was decided that the game would continue without changes. Unfortunately for Crusaders their coach’s decision backfired badly as their next pitcher struggled badly. The Macaws then smelt blood and went for the kill scoring 5 runs. Crusaders managed to score two more runs before Josh November was brought on to close the game.
VOB scored 3 more runs in the 5th while November easily handled the Crusaders top order for a killer 8-5 come-from-behind win.
This young VOB team will get better and better as the season goes and it’s great to see young players eager to learn, train and play.
Belville vs VOB. After the Springboks won the World Cup everybody arrived at the field in good spirit. Ooh, besides the few All Black supporters. And it showed in their game as well. First inning we went up by 15 runs as the guys went bos with the bat. Hadley was on pitching duty and was on point. Once again we had a full nine players on the bench and the coach started making changes somma in the first inning. And then I personally think the coach made a mistake in bringing on OVERS AND WEEDER. Weeder had two turns at bat, was struck out and picked off at first. That’s the first pick off we’ve had this season, and I think it may be the only one. Now Mr Overmeyer is another story. He got struck out twice, then was sent to the right field, then looked like he was in a slow motion movie when the ball was hit his way. Balls dropped around him which most under 10’s would catch. Unfortunately we had no more players to replace him so we had to watch this guy bat and field in absolute pain. It just looked mossag. Almost like the All Blacks exit in the World Cup. Bailey made his season debut and looked like he never left. Leading off the hitting and pulled off a bunt, that not even the All Blacks would have picked up. Game was played in good spirit, Overs and Weeder looked a bietjie backwards, but I’m sure they will come back.
VOB hosted Silvertree on a cold Saturday morning. It seemed like Rugby fever took over with 4 players unavailable leaving us with 8 players, but this team now believe when they are told we play to win in every game, no matter what the circumstances.
This week the ball was given to Jaime Brookes for his pitching debut, the third different pitcher in three games. These players are not being surprised anymore when they are played in a position that they may not have before and the belief in doing a job for the team is growing. Jaime, who has a decent fastball but lacked control every now and again, pitched three good innings before he was replaced Mikhaeel “Mickey” de Bruin, who became the fourth pitcher in 3 games.
Mickey immediately got working by pounding the strike zone, which is exactly what the idea is behind the new rule changes in the second half of the game when the hitters start on 2-1 counts. As a first outing, Mickey was only allowed 40 pitches by the coach,’but he make full use and threw 28 of those pitches for strikes. The final pitching change brought Josh “the fireman” to close the game out with a 12 pitch inning.
On the hitting front the starter was also the power hitter. Jaime went 3-4 with a grand slam that easily cleared the fence as well as a triple. The other hitters who did well were Josh November (2-3, 2BB’s), Lee Adams (2-2, 2B, 2BB’s) and Mikhaeel de bruin (1-1, 3 BB’s).
Final score 9-4 in Macaws favour.
These guys and girl are learning nicely each week how the game needs to be played and are enjoying the challenges set for them each week. Even 8 versus 9 is no problem for this team.