Macaws massacre Battswood

VOB Macaws completed the double header weekend with a resounding 18-0 win over their Chukker road Neighbour’s Battswood.

Macaws handed the ball to Michael Scritten hoping to continue from their big victory over Athlone A’s on Saturday. It was immediately evident that Battswood were in for a very tough day when Scritten went through the first three Battswood hitters in 12 pitches. Then the Macaws offense absolutely climbed into the young Battswood pitchers scoring 8 runs after sending 13 hitters to the plate in their first inning. From there it was downhill for Battswood with Macaws scoring in every inning before the mercy rule came into effect.

Scritten was very tough and finished the day pitching 5 innings, giving up 4 hits, no runs while striking out 7. The VOB defense was also flawless for a change committing no errors.

Every VOB hitter contributed to their huge victory.
Jared Haynes (1-3,BB, K), Zubair Larney (1-2, 2BB’s, triple), Derrick Bayliss (1-2, 2BB’s), Lance Gordon (1-3, BB), Jody Burch (0-0, BB, 2xHBP), Matthew Darius (1-1), Marvin Mahoney (2-3, double, triple, BB), Scritten (1-3, double, BB), Liam Willenberg (2-4) and Jesse Johnson 1-2, double, BB)

A great weekend for the Macaws who finish the first round with a 9-3 record and a spot in the top 6.

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Masters still got their mojo as they beat Pirates 23 – 8

VOB vs Pirates.It was a day of surprises as Wayne Ripepi started at 1st base showing Haliem how its done.Its only a pity that he stopped all the balls with his body. Who needs a glove.Pirates surprised us as they went ahead 8-4 at the end of the second inning.

A few errors made our starting pitcher Earl Pentolfe pull a hamstring from all the stress.Bradley Weeder adding a little to that stress running past a ball in centre field. Kulpy would have died if he had to witness that.

Nigel hitting a homerun was one of the highlites. The only reason however that was a homerun is because he had Yusuf and Tyron infront of him on the bases.With a few other guys on base it would have been a routine double.Ricky was solid with the bat hitting 3-3 while Tyron was also 3-3 pop ups to the catcher.Not he’s best batting display.

Who, ME???

But the highlite surely has to be Yusuf (good hair) Daniels coming on as relief pitcher throwing a no hitter for the next 3 innings.One of those innings was a new club record with only 4 pitches. Well done Yusuf and please feel free to share some of that expensive gel with your team mates for the photos.

All and all a great game full of fun and laughter as always with teamspirit you won’t find anywhere else.

No other way we would want to spend our Saturday afternoons.

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Masters end with a bang in Chukker rd Derby.

So we ended the 2018 season with a bang. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Lansdowne.We piled up about 15 hits in the first inning, scoring 11 runs which forced Lansdowne to make 3 pitching changes. And all of this was still in the first inning. Never seen this before.

Glen Joseph got the nod and pitched like the Glen we know and only gave up 3 runs throughout the entire game.Our 2nd base had an excellent game. Can’t remember his name.

But surely the lowlite has to be Overmeyer being picked off at 1st base with their first baseman hiding the ball in his glove.Not one of his best moments.

Kulpy also finally preforming with the bat. He says he only performs at the bigger games. 🙈.It sure didn’t look like a big game as we smashed Lansdowne in the first inning. I have never seen such a batting performance from a VOB masters team at the beginning of a game.Was epic. Hits all round.

We wish everybody an amazing Christmas and a wonderful new year and please stay safe.
Final score VOB 14-3 Lansdowne.

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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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10’s change management but keep on playing.

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.👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Another good day of baseball for the 15’s. DBV 2 – VOB 16

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.

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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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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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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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