A game dubbed, by the players, as “the biggest for the season” saw an almost full training squad, grinding on both Wednesday & Friday training sessions to work off the festive season eats… Although still in holiday mode, there had been quite a bit of excitement leading up to this game as A’s have only had 1 loss for the season and are considered to be 1 of the strongest teams in the u15 league. Due to a mishap on A’s “B-field” which was scheduled to host this clash, the game had to be delayed by 30mins. This seemed to have put our kids in a very relaxed mode. So relaxed that in the 1st frame, 1 of them forgot to bat. Unfortunately, the beginning of the game was no different to majority of their games for the season with the kids only waking up in the 3rd & 4th frames and by this time, they were already 6-1 down. A quick pep-talk and some serious motivation from their adoring fans behind 3rd base/home plate and they manged to find the “ON” switch.
WOW…..what a turn around. These kids decided to play VOB baseball…and then some! Taking advantage where ever they could to get runners on and move the runners over that by the time it was side away, the coach was so excited that he didn’t even realize they had gone ahead by 1 run. This meant there were just 3 more outs that had to be made to end the ballgame but it seemed like the excitement got the better of the players and after a few “brain-farts” had found themselves with 2 outs and runners on 2nd & 3rd base but then managed to dig a little deeper and get that last out for the win. If this is what these kids are capable of while still in a very relaxed holiday mode, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store. Good luck to the boys taking part in the District tournament this weekend…go make us proud!
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.
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.
Most of the team looked like they were now used to the 8am start time as they got to the field raring to go.
Again, having a full squad of 15 players, the coaches decided to on the first 9 which showed to be a good choice as Josh November threw enough strikes for the first fielding turn to be over quickly.
Aiden “but I don’t want to leadoff coach” Bullinger getting on base with a walk in the no.1 spot (and then getting on base in every other at bat after that) & Rio “I can’t help that I’m smiling” Harrison getting a hit to get on, and with 1 out, brought up the no.4 hitter, Jared “I’ll be awake in 5mins coach” Riffle, drove a long line drive for an “in the park” Home Run to show his dad he didn’t need to tie his shoelaces in the box, and to score 3 runs. This was 1 of Jared’s 2 long hits for the game and with bases loaded in his 2nd at bat, scored another 3 runs for the team.
From there on, everybody did what they were required to do putting VOB in a 12-1 lead by the end of the 3rd frame. A pitching change brought Rio Harrison on as well as the coaches deciding to make 6 fielding changes to bring on some fresh legs with Lee “I’ll play anywhere” A…. and Joshua “I’m not Shaun” Smith, almost pulling off the play of the game…but then Josh November wasn’t having any of it and with a “superman” play in the infield for the start of a double play and ended the inning.
Still lots of room for improvement but with coach Jessie’s rigorous fitness training, there is no doubt that this team will only get better.
It’s awesome to see that there is a “fight” for positions on the field and how well this team does together.
Thank you to Coach Bevan and Coach Chad and the u15 Crusaders team for making the outing.
A special thank you to Colleen for scoring and to Kevin for umpiring (again). Your efforts are appreciated by both coaches and players.
A very excited u15 side were at the field bright and early on Saturday for their first home game of the season. Still running on a high after the previous week’s, almost flawless performance.
A tough decision had to be made by the coaching staff as it’s never easy when there are 16 players in the squad.
The starting 9 got off to a bit of a “shaky” start conceding a run in the top of the 1st frame. After getting went to bat, easily scoring the max 5 runs.
Unfortunately, the top of the 2nd frame was to be no different than the first and the outs only came after another 2 runs were conceded. Our 2nd turn at bat proved to be a bit more difficult than the 1st as we were not able to score any runs.
It was only in the 3rd frame after a few changes were made that we buckled down on the field and managed to get all the outs without allowing in any runs. With only a 2-run lead, we needed to put a few more runs on the board but this wasn’t to be the case. Bothasig pulled together and shut down VOB’s innings easily, with no runs being scored.
Bothasig then did the unexpected and came back in the last frame to equal the score, which had all our players quite worried. Some disciplined VOB batting and fantastic base running. to capitalize on the very few errors made by Bothasig, saw VOB score 3 more runs before the game was called as we had reached our time limit. VOB 10 – 7 Bothasig
Thanks to Kevin, who selflessly umpired our game despite it being his birthday. Much appreciated!