U12s get second loss of season. Playing against a tough durbanville team with mainly 2nd year players we did really well to be in the lead by the 3 inning 6-5.
Mention must go out to our hitters for grinding it out against a top pitcher to get the lead after 3 innings. But as junior baseball goes one inning can change the fate of the game. And that’s what happened. One inning 4 runs and time is up. We battled we’ll in the heat to try and fight back.
But it was too late. Well done boys. Enjoy the short break and see you at our annual camp out on Sunday.
U10….. Awesome performance by the boys today. Some fundamentals still need to be refined but we will get there. Well done to Leo hitting a 3 run homerun, Zeake for some magical plays in the diamond, Troy with his backhand pick ups at first, Chad for being the wall at 3rd and Ronaldo for nice cover plays in the outfield. One play at a time, one game at a time. Final score VOB 25 Durbanvillr 19.👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
The squad was considerably smaller than previous weeks…with 13 players. The great trek to Durbanville meant a really early start to the day but everybody was in high spirits.
We hit 1st and with some great discipline batting, managed to load the bases with no outs, but somehow only managed to score 1 run This left the coaches a bit worried due to a dismal team performance at training the evening before. This was to be the last of the worries though as the kids found their “groove” with Rio managing a fantastic 1st frame from the mound and keeping Durbanville scoreless. 2nd batting turn was when they remembered how to play “VOB Baseball” & 5 runs were quickly scored. The next 2 frames were pretty much the same with Ghameem showing how the extra hitting with dad has helped by hitting a line drive over the 2nd basemen.
A pitching change with bases loaded & 2 outs, brought the composure we saw from Mikaeel last week, to the mound as helped his team get out the frame with just 1 pitch. 4 changes over 2 frames showed, once again, how hungry these kids are 2 be on the field. Even in their last batting turn and being quite a few runs ahead, they were still disciplined enough not to swing at bad pitches. With this, they managed to score 2 runs while still leaving bases loaded before Jamie, for the 3rd week running, got a hit to rightfield but this time scoring 3 runs.
Our last fielding turn proved to be extremely entertaining. This was finished off by the batter hitting a screamer straight back at Mikaeel on the mound and it clipping his glove to allow Josh November a very smooth barehand pickup to make the final out of the game.
The coaches are extremely proud of these kids as they continue to get better every week and show so much love for the game. The hard work being put in is really showing.
Wishing you all an amazing festive season and looking forward to what 2019 will bring our U15 team on the field.
We played at our home ground for the first time since the season started. God is great. Glen Joseph got the nod as our pitcher on the day and did a sterling job throwing a shutout. . Apparently not according to self appointed pitching coach Shaun Elliot who wanted to jerk him in the first inning after striking out the first two hitters then throwing two balls. Yep, it’s tough being in the Masters pitching rotation.
The hitting highlites was definitely Mark hitting a massive 3 run homerun clearing the left field fence by quite some distance. The fielding highlites belongs to Nigel who took an absolutely amazing catch in rightfield then throwing out the runner at 3rd.Brekkerag mos. Some of the guys were struggling a bit with the bat, but due to safety reasons I shall not mention any names.
Coach Jimmy once again had a massive headache as he had a tough time selecting a team from 20 odd players. Yes we’re struggling with the numbers.
All and all a good game all round with lots of laughter and good baseball. And the guava juice was flowing after the game as per usual. Final score was VOB 8-0 Silvertree.
Young teams usually have one problem – being consistent. And the Macaws showed against Thistle that they are very much a young team still and will need to learn how to play at their level and not at their opponents level.
Thistle came out firing, scoring 2 unanswered runs in the first inning against a Macaw side who probably took this win for granted. VOB only got their first hit in the third inning and were being frustrated by Keegan “Gazza” Watson, the thistle starter.
Derick Bayliss was on the hill for VOB and settled down after the first inning to keep thistle quiet until the fifth inning when they scored another 2 runs to lead 4-1 only for the Macaws to score 2 of their own in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 4-3 game. After sitting Thistle down in the 6th inning VOB tied the game at 4-4. Thistle immediately scored one in the 7th to lead 5-4.
With one out in the 7th Marvin Mahoney was brought in to pinch hit for Damian Perkins and lined one into centre field to score 2 runs to put the Macaws ahead 6-5. Michael Scritten then replaced Bayliss and kept thistle scoreless over the next two inning to get the save.
Macaws win 6-5 and continue on their short streak, albeit by grinding this one out.
Two wins over the weekend has VOB putting some distance between the bottom teams and themselves in the race for top 6 spots for when the league splits in January to top 6 and bottom 7.
In a shortened game the kids managed to squeeze in 9 runs even though we could have amassed so much more. But due to the amount of inexperienced players we had to stop the running game which we are very good at. And play it base by base on our hits.
We had great all around play by our boys from Nur having a great catching game to Jaedon throwing a complete game in 35 pitches and picking off a player on one,to Caleb chasing down a base runner trying to go from 2nd to third. Then Talun coming in to catch for his first time and doing a great job.
But I must say that the play of the day came from Alex Boyle hitting a double over the center fielders head and then also taking a catch in right field. Well done boys
Macaws visited Mavericks in Milnerton on Saturday with the intention of continuing the upward curve. And it did not take long for VOB to show they were serious by scoring 5 runs in their first inning via a 3-run bomb from Derick Bayliss and a 2-run shot from Lance Gordon.
Jesse Johnson started on the hill for VOB and he sat Mavericks down without scoring. A 2-out error by Mavericks followed by a hit by pitch put runners on 1st and 2nd with Jody Burch up. Burch then launched one for another 3-run bomb for VOB and an 8-0 lead after 2 innings. after an uneventful third inning Jesse Johnson opened the fourth inning with his second long ball of the season. A few more hits and the Macaws were up 10-0.
Then Johnson got sloppy on the hill and walked two before unnecessary sloppy baseball allowed Mavericks to score 3 runs to stay in the game at 10-3. Damian Perkins was called in to replace Johnson and immediately shut Mavericks down.
The floodgates opened for Macaws with Johnson hitting his second homerun of the game (a 2-run shot) and Lance Gordon, not to be outdone, hitting his second long ball of the game himself. By the end of the 6th VOB had scored 9 runs and needed 3 outs to finish the game. Two quick outs followed by some unnecessary base runners lead to Mavericks scoring one more run before Perkins struck out the final batter to give VOB a 21-4 victory and continue on their winning ways.
This young side is scoring plenty runs and need to continue working to clean up their overall game if they want to start competing with the top teams, but they are on the right track.
After losing the first 3 game of the season mostly due to defensive lapses MLR team has progressed steadily over the last 2 weeks picking up 3 wins in 3 games. The latest team to succumb to VOB were the Maitland Giants.
The game started with Lee van Wyk on the mound. Lee kept it simple and ended the inning in just 8 pitches while keeping the Giants scoreless. VOB responded scoring 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead. In the 2nd inning, van Wyk tried to do a bit too much and put a few runners on base allowing giants to pull 3 runs back tying the scores. VOB hit back with 4 more runs taking a 7-3 lead into the 3rd.
Giants managed to scrape 3 more runs in the next 2 innings before Jason Ranck came on to shut them out in the final 2 innings. VOB accumulated 6 more runs in their last few inning for a convincing 13-6 win.
Batting: Robin Jones (1-2, HBP, 2R, 3SB), Yusri Pretorius (2-4, SB, 2R), Kevin Mullins (3-4, 3SB, 3RBi, 3B, 3R), Matthew Darius (2-3, HBP, RBi, 2B), Jordyn Riffel (1-1, RBi, R)
With Wednesday evening training being cancelled due to exams, Friday training seemed to be a bit difficult for the u15s. Unfortunately, this ‘difficult’ period carried into the start of the game on Saturday against an unbeaten team. Jamie “but my slippers are navy blue coach” Brookes got his 1st start for the season throwing to Josh “I’m more tired than Jared” Smith who also had his 1st game behind the plate.
Things didn’t go as we would have liked, and Giants managed to get 5 runs in their 1st batting turn. VOB’s batting was no where close to the standard that was set in previous weeks and was back to fielding without bringing in any runs. Josh November came on to replace Jamie in the 2nd inning and once again, did a fantastic job. The teams bats weren’t quite switched on just yet as it seemed they were in the mood to give the coach a few more grey hairs (not cool)…..AND THEN THEY ALL WOKE UP!
The necessary plays were made to keep Giants scoreless and then everybody started swinging the bat so aggressively Mikaeel De Bruyn decided to swing at a pitch the same height as his head to clear the right outfielder. Going in to the top of the 5th at 11-6 up, a quick 3 up, 3 down saw everybody run off the field with a smile. Rio Harrison giving his dad a perfect birthday present by taking a fantastic diving catch at shortstop to end the 4th frame and a good strong throw to make the 3rd out to end the game in the 5th.
Well done to these awesome u15s who are showing more & more character and love for the game as the we get further into the season.
The Kids pull off another last inning win this Saturday against Maitland Giants 11 – 10. Again we hit our way to victory, with the team getting 12 hits and 4 walks combined. This is a good indication of where we want to be with this team by teaching them to hit ahead of teaching them to take walks because sometimes the pitching is not good and they struggle to throw strikes. But our kids are not allowed to let a strike go past them. if it is hittable they will be swinging at it.
Even though the score says it was a hitting game it was not. giants only accumulated 3 hits in total they had amassed 11 walks in the game. Their coach had them bunting runs home and letting their kids steal home as well . Not the right way to be coaching 10 and 11 year olds at all. But none the less The Kids did themselves proud by pulling off a hard-fought win. Bottom of the 4th inning we had Tristan Jeftha drawing a walk and getting the winning run on base. Then up steps Dale Lewis with none down , he perfectly hits the ball to right field getting tristan to thirdbase and himself to second on the over throw. Storm doyle who is 2 for 2 at this stage drives the ball between 1st and 2nd for his 3rd hit and the Game winning RBI .
Another mention must go to Caleb Bell for making a play down the middle with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 down in the 4th inning to end a threat of giants taking the lead, as well as Jaedon Jonathan coming in to relieve Talun on the hill when giants had their big inning. And the plays of the day for me was a diving stop by dante on first base and Nur’s drive to right centre in the second inning. Well done boys!!! things are looking bright.