12’s pack their bags and hit the road.. 9-6

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

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U12 beat down Bothasig in the heat

This week the u12s got to play yet another game in the blistering heat. This time though we were much better prepared and it showed from the start of the game.

Starting pitcher Jaedon Jonathan did a sterling job and set the tone but sitting down 9 of 11 batters he faced ( 63 pitches 3 innings , 4 K’s 2 BB’s No hits and 1 run scored ) Storm Doyle came on and shut them down for 2 innings ( 28 pitches , 2 Ks 1 BB) Caleb Bell came on in the last and closed it down for the home team by striking out 3 of the batters he faced ( 14 pitches , 3 K’s).

Mention must go to Nur Scello for his hard work behind the plate (catcher) and for catching the whole game in the heat and throwing a runner out at second base from his knees. On this day our defense was amazing with the infield making all the plays that came to them. Talun with 2 assists and one catch, storm with 3 assists and one catch, Fayaad filling in at second with one assist while Riley and Dante splitting time at 1st base handling all the balls that was thrown at them! on the batting side I was even more proud of our players as the battled in the box against 2 hard throwing pitchers by scoring 2 runs in the first inning then 5 runs in the 3rd inning .

When Bothasig brought their second pitcher on it and he was throwing harder than the first pitcher we knew it was going to be tough. But we battled again and got on base quite a bit against him .

Jaedon Jonathan 2 for 3 ( 2 singles , 1 BB and 2 stolen bases) Talun Davies 1 for 2 ( Double and 2 walks 1 Stolen base) Caleb Bell 0 for 0 ( 3 BB and 4 Stolen bases) Nicolas 0 for 0 ( 1 BB 1 HPB 2 Stolen bases ).

Special thanks must go to Thomas ( Father of Nicolas) who helped me as our first base coach while our assistant Coach Jean was on Concert Duty this weekend. More special thanks to all the parents that donated for our team braai that happened after the game , hopefully we can have another one next home game and have more kids down as they had a great time. Thank you to Stanton ( Jaedon’s dad ) and Brandon (Dales dad) for braaing and feeding the kids.

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