Melbourne Baseball

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Titans stomp Melbourne Uni in D-Grade

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Titans stomp Melbourne Uni in D-Grade

24/05/2024, Melbourne, Baseball, Melbourne Winter Baseball League, Article # 31782596

Last Saturday North Western Titans travelled to Ross Straw Field to take on Melbourne Uni in the D-grade competition.

The Titans scored consistently across four innings to run out 20-4 winners.

Team manager Daniel Webster praised his team’s ability to hit up and down the lineup while keeping the defence tight.

“We scored six in the first dig, seven in the second, and we kept it to nothing until about the third innings,” Webster said.

He highlighted the performance of catcher Kyle Hodgetts, who he said blocked well and delivered with the bat.

Hodgetts said good communication played an important role.

“I think we played pretty well. The key was communication between me and the pitcher and we’re pretty comfortable together, so whatever I call he throws, and he’s confident I’ll back him up,” Hodgetts said.

He was also happy with his offensive efforts.

“It’s pretty good getting multiple knocks throughout the day. I got three hits for the day today … so it’s pretty good.”

Hodgetts said the club was making a conscious effort to play better baseball and are so far undefeated as a result.

“We’ve been doing pretty well, pretty consistent. I think as a club we’re doing really well. We want to play higher than where we are, so we’re really pushing to put our abilities up and try and go up in years to come,” he said.



http://www.mwbl.com.au/2024/05/match-of-the-round-titans-stomp-melbourne-uni-in-d-grade/
MATCH OF THE ROUND: Saints stung by North Balwyn

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Saints stung by North Balwyn

17/05/2024, Melbourne, Baseball, Melbourne Winter Baseball League, Article # 31773602

Last Sunday North Balwyn Stingers took a commanding 15-1 win over St Kilda in the women’s competition.

The Stingers scored in all but one inning, and didn’t concede a run until the sixth.

North Balwyn’s team manager Rod Jackson was particularly impressed with his team’s hitting, highlighting that they hit well up and down the lineup.

“As we go through the whole list, it’s relentless. Every one of our team can hit every week, and if somebody’s having a poor day, then there’s going to be others that backup and have a great day,” Jackson said.

He also credited his players for their flexibility.

“We’ve got a team that most of the players can play any position. So it’s fun, because you can just give them a chance to play where they want to play,” he said.

Jackson nominated junior Macy Priamo as player of the game for hitting an inside-the-park home run and making an excellent defensive play from centerfield.

“I threw someone out running home from centerfield which is pretty cool,” Priamo said.

She also added she learned from the game that different teams take different approaches to the game, and how to play against them.



http://www.mwbl.com.au/2024/05/match-of-the-round-saints-stung-by-north-balwyn/
MATCH OF THE ROUND: Research Lower Plenty bats have a day out in the U13 Majors

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Research Lower Plenty bats have a day out in the U13 Majors

03/05/2024, Melbourne, Baseball, Melbourne Winter Baseball League, Article # 31756958

It was a glorious morning for junior baseball at Mill Park last Saturday as Research Lower Plenty took a 13-0 win over Doncaster in the under-13 Majors.

Research coach Jojo Azrein paid credit to his team, who hit particularly well despite missing a number of players.

“They went well! We played short, we played with seven, obviously being the long weekend we didn’t have two of our players,” Azrein said.

“But those guys who came in, Ben pitched really well, we batted well I think, all around. Beside the last inning we maxed out every inning with our bats, so we were doing well with the bat today,” he said.

Azrein nominated pitcher Ben Bird, who threw two innings, as player of the match, but highlighted it was a team win overall.

“The whole team played well, I think almost everyone got on base, everyone probably got a run too, so the team played well around,” Azrein said.

As is common across the league, there were plenty of family and friends in attendance to support the juniors, including Ben’s dad Adam, who was scorer for Research.

He highlighted the importance of supporting clubs through volunteering, to make sure the kids have the best experience possible.

“The game would wither without the volunteers, so it’s about giving back to the club, which gives a lot to our kids,” Bird said.



http://www.mwbl.com.au/2024/05/match-of-the-round-research-lower-plenty-bats-have-a-day-out-in-the-u13-majors/