Round 4 - Essendon 6, RLPBC 5
Kyle Bedford once again took the ball and pitched 5 solid innings for us. Essendon managed to get key hits at the right time while we helped them out a couple of times with some unresearch type baseball. Continuing the trend of the tough pitching we have been facing, it took us until the 5th to get a runner on base and in a fantastic inning we pushed 4 across the plate thanks to Liam Bedford and Ryan Mitchell who drove in two each.With the game on the line with two out down by a run, Sam Moon drove a triple to the fence to score Ben Maverick Ferguson who was running for Josh Bridewho reached on a 2 out single.
After we tied the game in the top of the inning, we gave up a run with two out to let the draw slip through our fingers.
After an extremely tough start to the season we will be looking for some continuity, 4 weeks in, we have played with 4 different line ups. In what was a fantastic week for the club, 4 of 5 wins - well done to all teams on their performances, thanks to John Bond for stepping up and umpiring.
Round 4 - RLPBC 6 - Essendon 4.
Four weeks in and we were challenged by an essendon team greatly improved from last year.
There starter challenged us up and it took us a while to make an adjustment where we gave them 4 early runs due to mental mistakes before Ian Cross put on a clinic in the final six frames barely giving up a baserunner and striking out the last hitter on back to back to back fastballs. His still got it!!
Our defense was shuffled and we got the outs as needed but did make it harder on oursleves.
Gotta cut our mental errors down on both sides of the ball guys. But we will take the 6 4 win.
Were on our winning streak now and we go get forest hill this week for the 3rd straight win.
Round 4 - RLPBC 11 - Forest Hill 5.
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Round 4 - RLPBC 14 - Forest Hill 11.
This is getting monotonous, but another great game by Thilina on the mound. Not bad batting by our Token either.
Jason Batty absolutely murdered one over left field to hit the batting cage on the full - and with the fence in - DINGER!!! scoring 2. And again same great plays from Jason on 3rd.
Good work by Micky coming onto the mound for the last dig to give Tim Tam a break. Some nice athletic work at Short Stop from the Big Cat too.
Kids Beer (Kyle Batty) had another great game behind the dish, and being solid as our lead off this week.
X-man (Clinton) continues to get hits for us, with 2 doubles and a single this week, and being solid at first base.
Good work from Tegs (Tegan) again this week wearing another one - mixing it up this week taking one on the leg. From memory that's 3 games in a row. Also a couple of catches at 2nd base too.
Big Gay Alex - best game I've seen you play in years. Very good work with being tough enough not to swing when asked not too. Good running too!!
What was pleasing with this game was the way everyone looked for and actioned the calls we put down. Runner stole when directed to and the batters didn't swing - this continually put runners in scoring positions.
Also everyone was very disciplined in the box, which allowed us to have 3 batters walked across the plate in one dig.
We fielded very well in the infield but have some work to do in our outfield.
Let's get to training Wednesday and get some more practice under our belts.
Great work team - lovin ya work!!!
Round 4 - RLPBC 12 - Forest Hill 0.
Wow, what a day for the 5ths. Our 12-10 win against Forrest Hill on their home turf would have to rate as one of my most satisfying games I have been involved in.
I'm very proud of the boys and all of you were able to make an impact on the game that had a direct bearing on the win.
With 2 wins from 2 games we are off to a great start.
Match highlights include,
Danger starting and pitching strong for 4 digs.
Zac and Clack taking game changing fly balls.
Tom Taylor failing to tag up on a fly ball (what size hat for the NABA Tom)
Robbo turning back the clock at 3rd base.
Tits tripping over his own feet twice in a row (and then complaining that he was too old at 26)
A seven run dig with no outs.
Seeing the look on their pitchers face as the bottom half of Hamish's Mizuno bat missed his head by half an inch.
And the biggest highlight by far watch watching our closer Mitch (Balfor) McCulloch defend our 2 run lead with with 1st and 2nd occupied to finish with a ground ball, K then K
Our club would like to formally thank Greensborough RSL for their generous donation of a defribrillator machine. Research Lower Plenty Baseball Club applied for the grant last year. Pictured below, taken at the presentation last year, is left to right: Banyule City Council Cr Stephen Briffa, Banyule Mayor Craig Langdon, RSL Greensborough Club President, Mr Lee Webb, JP and our very own Phillip Pingree representing Research Lower Plenty. The debribrillator is located on the left of the canteen wall our clubrooms. We hope we don't need to use it, but thanks to the Greensborough RSL it is there if we ever do.