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.