Leon Fester and Warren Manshon from Cape Town Baseball Federation in studio to tell us more about their sport and some of the development programs they are busy with.
VOB vs A’s.
After the heat in Stellenbosch the day before, very cool conditions at Batswood field saw A’s take a first inning lead scoring 4 runs.
Hadley throwing for us first got off to a decent start, but apparently had some issues with the Umpire. (like the Umpire gets paid). Never the less, our bat’s were not firing at the beginning as we know it can and A’s put some hits together in just about every inning that kept them ahead of us all the time.
We left bases load on two occasions which could maybe be the difference between a win and a loss. Bradley Weeder hit a massive homerun into the wind which was very impressive.We started hitting better in the last inning and unfortunately came up short.
Adie closed rather impressively having a good closing stint. Maybe with better umpiring we could have won the game, and maybe Glen will one day go to Mosque. What’s the chance. I think we lacked on the having fun side a little and it showed in our game. Lesson is, you win some, you lose some and try having fun either way. Final score 9-7 to A’s.
Saturday 3 November.
Super League: No game, fixtures affected by national commitments.
Second League: VOB 12, Khayelitsha Super Stars 11;
Why we played these opponents for the second time in only our fifth match is an anomaly, but we were happy to reverse the previous result. A boisterous crowd of spectators raised the atmosphere and made the victory that much more fun.
With our regular pitchers unavailable, it was Deirdre (Bernie), to the rescue after more than a decade out of the game. She started the pitching only to find the backstop an easier target than the strike zone. Then redeemed herself when moved to centre field and eventually became an instant celebrity in the final frame when she hit safely and advanced with confidence to score the winning run; converting her earlier vociferous critics on the sidelines to supporters.
Jamie (Bokkie) took to the rubber after the second batter with some temerity yet never lost heart for her first win in the second league. She was well supported by her field in a crucial first innings, noteworthy for a bullet throw from left fielder Jodi (Magnum) to catcher Shaunal (Haggis) who made a brilliant tag for the out at home.
We hammered in six runs in our first batting turn, Sian (Sheena) going deep. That should have been just the start of a landslide, but after that we stuttered away at the plate until Bokkie’s long drive in the penultimate frame cleared the bases allowing her to be ambitiously stranded for the comedy act of the day.
Batman (Farah) and Nightingale (Gadija) were their usual competent selves while JohnFred (Iman) and Manisha (Lollipop) also did their bit to make for a fine win.
Juniors: VOB 0, Lavender Hill 12;
As the second strongest team in the league, we were expected to run the powerful Lavender Hill team close. Instead we threw in the towel from the start, our best players looking out of their depth.
It was left to the lesser lights to show some fight, Lisa twice drawing walks and stealing second, Zahra not backing off and swinging the bat with intent. Nawaar was the only batter to hit safely.
It was another tough day at the park for the VOB reserves succumbing to 17-4 to Van Der Stel in the blistering Stellenbosch heat in 4 1/2 innings.
It was a game where VOB never got going. They had many scoring opportunities that they could not capitalise on getting the lead runner on base in every inning, VOB only managed to accumulate 4 runs mainly via the bats of Matthew Darius (3-3,2R), Jordyn Riffel (2-3,R,RBi), Jaryd Riffel (1-1,2RBi).
Defensively VOB once again struggled as 18U pitcher Kian Africa battled adjust to the umpire’s strike zone. A tough outing for him, but one that offers a valuable lesson as he get more exposure at a senior level. He wasn’t helped by the field though as VOB fielders didn’t take the chances that came their way. Africa was replaced in the 3rd inning by Kevin Mullins who wrapped up the inning. In the 4th inning Mullins battled on the mound. The ever reliable Matthew Darius was then called upon to close out the 4th inning.
VOB have a lot of work to do over the next 2 weeks if they want to get back to winning ways when the league resumes in 2 weeks’ time.
The Macaws made the longest trip of the season down to Stellenbosch to face Van der Stel.
I was keen to see how this young team would respond to last weeks big loss to Bothasig.
Derick “Boy” Baylis got his chance to start and did not disappoint. Boy went 5 innings throwing only 71 pitches allowing 3 runs. Jesse johnson took over for his second ML pitching stint after his successful debut against Tygers two weeks ago. Not enjoying the big hole in the mound Jesse let that affect him and threw way too many balls in his 3.2 inning relief spell, but managed to keep VDS from coming back with some timely K’s. Jesse will have to learn how to handle the different obstacles if he is to be successful at this level as everything will not always be perfect. With two outs in the 9th Jesse was replaced by Zubair Larney who finished off the final hitter of the day with a K, proclaiming “why do pitchers make pitching so hard” LOL.
On the hitting side what was very pleasing was the hard contact that was being made by the majority of the hitters, even if it did not always end in a hit. We also saw 3 homeruns in the game. Lance Gordon snuck one over a shortened right field before the fence was immediately moved further out. Jesse then followed with a long smash over left field for his maiden senior (not just ML) homerun. Not to be outdone, Derick followed his up double by launching one over the lengthened rightfield boundary. Luke squared (November and Budler) also got doubles on the day.
This very young team will learn every single week what they need to do if they are going to be successful in the majors, but they have already shown that they have the ability.
The hard work continues this week in the hope of becoming consistent at this level.
Thanks, as always, to our behind the scenes scorer Judy Beukes for being the one constant scorer at VOB seniors.
The start of a journey.
For me yesterday’s game was a watershed moment for the “the kids”. In every thing that happens in life comes from an action or a trigger. Yesterday it came from (to the naked eye an unlikely source) by chance because he was having a sleep over by a buddy and had to come to training with him… MO Maseko..
Leading off the third inning down 1 nil, MO drills the first pitch dead center way over the center fielders head that to me would have been an automatic home run and he legged out a triple. This action caused a raucous moment which “the kids” capitilised on and rode the wave with two more doubles( Talun and Jaedon) and a triple by catcher Nur Scello. All three of these hits were drives to right center. This had the supporters on the grandstand going crazy.
The real positive about this game was that we went down twice in the game and each time we fought back and took the lead. This shows the fight that these kids have. We had great pitching in really hot conditions from Jaedon and Talun. Jaedon with 3 innings 4 K’s 5 hits no walks. Talun 2 innings 1 bb and 1 k.
We had great baserunning and really good fielding whilst only making one error. “the kids” are figuring it out and the step from u10 till now is slowly diminishing. Out of my years of coaching I will admit that this process from taking tee ballers to u12 is hard. But we must all remember that it is a process that we need to understand. We cannot miss steps in the process. And we have to trust the process that we are giving to the kids.
And in saying this I believe that we have a great group of u12s coming through (and I am including some of the U10s that we have as well. The future is bright guys. Myself and Coach Jean are excited to be leading this process. But it’s not just us, we have had a great support staff.
I firstly would like to thank the amazing parents we have. You guys have been awesome. On the coaching part we have had instruction from u18 coach and catching expert Andrew Ball as well as senior player Lance Gordon. And parent help in the bench in Stanton and New masters shirt stop Alun. We appreciate it immensely.
Last point but I think it’s the most important one. I know that kids develop better when watching baseball and living it. Yesterday was a lovely example of our kids hanging around after they play and enjoying the day together. Playing in the cages, throwing bull pens, watching the games running around the stadium. Watching. Ire games. Talking to each other about their favorite senior players. They are starting to live the game. And that is where the real development happens. Not at training. But together learning fro. Each other and talking the game.
On that I say thank you to the parents again for allowing the kids to stay at the field after their game. Coach Paul and Coach jean
The U10’s played Van der Stel on Saturday in very hot conditions and won the game 37 – 22.
Both teams from the u12 boys fielded in the u10 game due to shortage of players namely Caleb Bell, Storm Doyle and Mo Maseko. Our batting was on top with the boys getting on bases.
The diamond players did their job in excellent stopping and not allowing VDS to reach bases. Rustum hit a solo homerun in the fifth frame. Storm Doyle hit two homeruns and a double, Caleb Bell enjoyed his batting as last batter hitting 4 homeruns, Mo Maseko hit two homeruns.
It was a well deserved win in the blistering heat.
Van der Stel vs VOB. It was rather hot in STELLENBOSCH and our bat’s started just about the same as the weather. Some early runs on the board and great pitching by Ruaan got us off to a great start.
Michael Kulp showing off by hitting two homeruns in his first two at bat. It only just cleared the fence though. We were going well until the selectors in Kevin Johnson and Janine Johnson pitched up and some of the guys showed some nervous moments. Obviously trying to impress the selectors.
New player Alun had a solid game and looked like he fitted into the setup just fine. We left quite a few runners on base and fell off to sleep a little and they came right back at us.
The game went into an extra inning, and then we decided to show them just where we actually came from. We scored five runs in that inning which was enough for us to win the game. Contributions all round.
We had about 19 players and Coach Jimi looked like he had his hands full with making changes. Most guys got a game though and welcome to Marc Ernstein for making a guess appearance in a uniform from back when PV Botha was still president. Final score 10 – 13 to VOB. Lotsa laughs and lotsa fun. Ready for tomorrow.
Super League: VOB 5, Tantasport 9
After a dismal pre-season, we would have been satisfied to just put a team on the field, but we put in a solid, committed performance. And had it not been for two mistakes (not judgement related) by the relatively inexperienced umpires we might have ended up as victors.
Meghan pitched fairly well to Tracey, who did not look like someone who had hardly caught in a decade. The left side of our field failed to cope with difficult visual condition, the sun being low and bright, but we coped well with balls hit to the right.
Our offense was a bit patchy yet potent at times; failure to string hits together at the end hurt us. Mercedes, Tracey, and Carmenita all came up with key hits, keeping us constantly in the game.
Second League: VOB 2, Khayelitsha Super Stars 11;
6 players at seven on Saturday morning became a possible 10 at one, slipped to 7 at two, finally settled at 9 at ten past two, 7 of then juniors. And we started off playing that way, lethargically and (simple) error-prone.
When we woke up it was too late, though a last-inning rally could had radically reduced the deficit were it not for a base-running mistake. Manisha, Hannah and Zoe each had two hits.
Thanks to Chiamaka, Michelene, Nawaar, and Zahra to come to the game without any pre-season preparation.
The VOB Macaws reserves took on the reserves of the Bothasig Knights at the Chucker Road sports complex.
For VOB it was a bit of déjà vu as they let a commanding lead slip in the second half of the game, like they did the previous week, to hand the opposition the win. VOB opted to forfeit the points to allow Jayde Thorne to play so he could shake off some rust before representing South Africa in the inbound series against the French national team.
VOB started with Naeem Dollie on the mound. He kept Bothasig scoreless in the first inning and while VOB also failed to score. Dollie felt some discomfort in his shoulder and was replaced on the mound by Jayde Thorne at the top of the second. He restricted Bothasig to 2 runs in 3 innings while VOB scored 7 runs to take a 7-2 lead into the top of the 5th inning.
At the top of the 5th the heat got to Thorne as he conceded 3 more runs and left the bases loaded when Matthew Darius came on to relieve him. A series of unforced errors by VOB and some decent hitting by Bothasig saw them accumulate 10 runs in the final 2 innings. VOB was unable to score runs in the last few innings ending the game 7-12 in favour of Bothasig.