Lots of work to be done, BUT.. ML beat down Yankees

It was double header weekend for the major league this weekend, but the Macaws were lucky to have a bye on Saturday while Yankees did not. Yankees surprised by keeping their best for the game against Macaws instead of going for the win against van der Stel. The move backfired as Luwayne du Plessis battled through 5 innings before reaching his pitch limit. On the other the Macaws Michael Scritten did a sterling job going a strong 6.1 innings before handing the ball to Damian Perkins to finish the game.
Yankees kept staying ahead due to VOB again making unnecessary errors and VOB also regularly leaving runners on base.

By the 5th inning Yankees were ahead 5-3 only for the Macaws to storm back and score 7 runs over the final three innings to run out comfortable 10-6 winners.
Best hitters for Macaws were Luke November (1-3, BB, 2 RBI’s), Derick Bayliss (1-2, 3BB’s), Zubair Larney (2-3, 2BB’s), Scritten (1-3, 2B) and Jesse Johnson (2-4, RBI).

At the mid-season break this young Macaw team has done surprisingly well with 7-3 record which could easily have been a 9-1 record had they not thrown away games against beatable opposition. Lots of work to be done, but a decent foundation to work from.

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Masters maul Silvertree 8-0

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.

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Thistle give Macaws a big scare!

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.

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Macaw 12’s breeze past Mavericks

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

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Long balls move Macaws past Mavericks. 21-4

  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.

 

 

 

  

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AND THEN THEY ALL WOKE UP! – 15’s come from behind vs Maitland.

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.

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12’s fight an alternate style of baseball and win 11-10.

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.

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Giants 4 Macaws 19

And unbeaten Giants team, who feature in all CTBF offensive, defensive and pitching categories, were soundly beaten by VOB Macaws on Saturday at Chukker Road.

Giants, riding an unbeaten start to the season, visited Chukker road intent on showing that their newly assembled team will be a force to be reckoned with this season, but they left with many questions unanswered.

Derrick Bayliss started on the hill for Macaws while giants countered with Jayson Ripepi. Giants immediately took a 1-0 lead, but were stunned when the Macaws scored four of their own in the first inning. By the third inning giants had clawed back to 2-5 and then scored 2 in the fourth inning to make it a 4-5 game when Jesse Johnson replaces Bayliss.

Ripepi was replaced by younger brother Kyle and that’s when the floodgates opened and VOB scored 9 runs in bottom of fourth blowing the game apart. Giants brought on lefty Carlo Koks but, smelling blood, the Macaws went for the jugular and scored five more runs in the fifth to end the game by mercy rule 4-19. A great comeback from last weekend’s disappointing results.

Best hitters for Macaws were Michael scritten (3-3,/HBP/BB), Jared JH Haynes (2-3, 2B, 2BB’s), Luke November (2-4, 2B, HBP) and Lance Gordon (1-1, 3 BB’s, SF).

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Crusaders 17 VOB Macaws 18

The first suspended game played at VOB in recent history started at 11h30 this morning. Last weekend crusaders let a 16-11 lead in the 9th inning of the game slip to allow the Macaws to score 5 runs to tie the game before bad light suspended the game. With a string of pinch hit and pinch run changes in the 9th, the Macaws clawed their way back to tie the game and force the extra inning/s a week later due to double headers last weekend.

Michael scritten continues on the mound while Crusaders countered with Ashwyn Kleintjies.

Scritten was in complete control and looked to be sitting crusaders down without scoring when two mishits scored a run before Scritten struck out Jarryd Williams with bases loaded. Macaws came out swinging and the first three hitters tied the game before a misfit to 3B by Liam Willemberg scored the deciding run to give VOB the win to finish off a very satisfying weekend.

This young team will be up and down until they get plenty more ML games under the belts, but they have shown that the future is good at VOB

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18’s Claim the win in a see-saw battle. 6-9

Hitting through the order sees VOB U18 accumulate runs steadily (W 4 – L 0)

After a two week break, with a potentially strong Van der Stel U18 forfeiting, and the SA v France Senior Series bye, VOB U18 faced the pitching depth and top order hitting strength of unbeaten Crusaders U18 this Saturday past. Many of the athletes on both teams have trained and played together on regional teams, and during the P2P series, and know each other’s game well.

Again Luke Budler started well with a strikeout, then walked the next batter. A stolen base, a K and another walk seemed to pose no particular threat, but an infield error on a straightforward ground ball saw Crusaders capitalise and score a run. A third K, after third walk, saw the now bases loaded threat put to bed. Two walks and a Hit By Pitch laid the table for cleanup hitter Jordyn Riffel. The first run came as leadoff Luke November scored on a passed ball, and then Jordyn’s sac fly duly brought in Budler for the second run to give VOB U18 the lead. Seth Beukes followed with a right hand side of the infield ground ball rbi scoring Keegan Hickley. 0 – 3.

“Bud” was quickly through the bottom of the Crusaders order with two K’s. But the strong Crusader’s top order would not go quietly, and two hits, some sloppy fielding and a couple of walks, saw four runs scored in an innings the VOB U18’s would rather forget. The rust of two weeks off, and multisport athletes being available for their first game was showing. Quick to put it behind them, the team bounced back. Alex Japhta won a the battle of a long at bat, doubling to centre and scoring Shakeel Jattiem who had walked. That forced a pitching change. Matthew Blows responded immediately with an rbi single to score Alex. The game was tied at 5 – 5.

A well taken pop fly by Alex Japhta at catcher saw Budler set up to close out the bottom order again. 2 K’s later – job done. VOB U18’s showed good focus as Jordyn did his job as innings lead off and got on with a walk and stole second. Seth advanced him with a hit, and Josh Adonis’ sac fly scored him. Tight fielding and overambitious coaching saw a potential run wasted with an out at third, but the pressure was beginning to tell as Shakeel walked again and worked his way to home on three passed balls. 5 – 7.

Lefty Kian Afrika then replaced Budler on the hill, and worked his way efficiently through the Crusader’s dangerous top order, despite an infield error on a softly hit blooper. 2 runs ahead, VOB U18 then consolidated their lead as Blows got his second hit and advanced on passed balls, and Luke walked. Budler then doubled to score both. 5 – 9.

Kian got ahead with a K in what was likely to be the final frame with time running down. Two walks followed with as he then worked too fine. A double steal saw the ball thrown through third base, with the run scoring. The recovery saw the second runner thrown out at 3rd. Kian then finished the game with a full count pickoff, resulting in a textbook run down. 6 – 9 win.

Coach’s comment – Again we hit the ball hard and saw results.

Batting: Matthew Blows – 2 -2, 2 rbi’s; Luke Budler 1 – 1, 2 rbi’s, 1 bb, 1 HPB; Alex Japhta 1 – 2 (double); Seth Beukes 1 – 3, 1 rbi; Josh Adonis 0 – 1, Sac Fly, 1 rbi; Jordyn Riffel 0 – 2, Sac Fly, 1 rbi

Pitching: Luke Budler (W) 3 innings, 6 K, 2 hits, 6 bb, 5 runs, 2 earned; Kian Afrika (S) 2 innings, 0 hits, 3 bb, 1 runs, 0 earned.

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