1’s WIN 6-2
The firsts were looking to bounce back after being stampeded by the Rams and wanted vengeance against the Mariners after losing tight contests last year. The boys went hard in the first with back to back hits for Nic Unland and Billy Findlay before Chance Hicks drove in a run. Mitch Wilhite followed up and the Braves were up by 2.
Simon Fitzmaurice was on the bump for the Braves and the boys threw the ball around in the first giving up 2.
From there the Braves hit the Port import off the hill and Fitzy went a total of 7 innings of 0 earned runs! Ports relievers were solid but the Braves tacked on some more with Lachlan Fuda and Geoff Holland adding RBI’s. Chance Hicks closed the door in a 2 inning save.
Besides the wobbly first the defence was solid with Nic and Fuda tracking down everything and Geoff making the plays at SS.
Onto the mid-weeker this Thursday at Port hoping to take a 2-0 series lead.
2’s WIN 15-7 By Gamechanger
Malvern 2's snagged a late lead and defeated Port 15-7 on Sunday. The game was tied at seven with Malvern 2's batting in the top of the fifth when Jonte DeZwart doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.
Port scored four runs in the second inning, but Malvern 2's still managed to pull out the victory.
Malvern 2's captured the lead in the second inning. Eddie Gibbs singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.
Port knotted the game up at seven in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Port scored on a stolen base.
Malvern 2's put up five runs in the sixth inning. Malvern 2's' offense in the inning came from singles by Hubert Lau and Taylor Field, a groundout by Matt May, and a fielder's choice by Jack Hangar.
Gibbs earned the win for Malvern 2's. He went six innings, allowing seven runs on six hits and striking out eight.
Field went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Malvern 2's in hits. Malvern 2's tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Chris Godfrey led the way with four.
3’s WIN 4-9
Carlo Spadazzi had the start for the Braves and threw until his arm fell off! The boys hit well and played good baseball with their fearless leader Steve away for the weekend. Sorry not too many details here. REMEMBER EARLY GAME NEXT WEEKEND
4’s LOSS 15-2. A perfect baseball day at Wadsworth saw the Braves take on Werribee. It was a record turnout for the 4’s, with a line up of 11 players and special guest Umpire, Vice Presidente Rick Romanin leading a touching Armistice Day silence. Josh pitched the bulk of the game, followed by Oscar and Brendan, with James ‘Spider Crab’ Markovic behind the plate. It was a big hitting occasion with balls flying everywhere, doubles to Simon, Brendan and a triple to Josh, so Malvern were batting well in the first 2 innings, making 4 & 7 runs in whilst holding the Giants scoreless. The mood matched the Malvern Canteen’s resplendent display of traditional game favourites and baked treats (including the all time Minnesota slice, mmmmmm, Minnesota slice). However, a 3 run and then 12 run effort in the 4 by Werribee got the Giants over the line as they pushed home for the win. Should be a good return game at Werribee next week. (EDITORS NOTE: The 4’s have saved President Othen a shout. So close, so close….)
U16 LOSS 3-4
Sunday’s game against Geelong was a heartbreaker for Malvern as they lost the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, falling to a tough Geelong side, 4-3.
Geelong’s canteen was a hit with their egg bacon rolls and friendly service. Their coffee was a tad pricey for some but that could be the taste of defeat souring our post game recap!
Ryan O started the game for Malvern, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs over 4 innings. Jack R led the team in hits with 2. Lachie D and Liam M both had clutch hits in the game.
Fielding was up and down with Malvern making 4 official errors but also having great play from Hudson P in CF and stellar work behind the dish from Kimi N.
Lachlan H, AKA Hammer, is settling in quite nicely ( like he did on the fly ball he caught that may have hit a satellite in space) as one of Coach Simo’s starting nine.
Junior League WIN 7-11
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Intermediate WIN 4-12
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Little League – Game 1 Loss 6-2. The Hunter-Braves were on the road to a Double Header at picturesque Upway, beautifully set amongst the foothills of the Dandenongs. Luke B was on the mound, Cooper the reliving pitcher and Zak strapped on the catcher’s gear. Malvern-Ormond’s fielding was pretty tight including ripper catches to Luke B and Wentworth but whilst the batting was a big improvement from last week, the team still got caught with runners left on base too many times without converting. The match highlight was definitely First Base Coach Jason’s desperate diving roll to avoid a blistering foul hit much to the heightened amusement of the crowd.
Game 2 Loss 4-2. Another action packed game, that included a heartfelt minute’s silence to respect the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Callum caught and Donantony pitched the entire 6 innings, striking out batters, catching infield flys and along with Luke B at short stop, sending the ball straight to Zac for many an ‘easy out’ at First base, an infielders’ paradise. The Hunter Braves were again unlucky with the bat and couldn’t quite get the runs on the board, with the sole run coming from Luke R who hit, ran, stole and did anything to get around the diamond to make it home. Caleb took the absolute catch of the day, tearing up the outfield to meet the ball in an impressive athletic effort.
Little League MIDWEEKER Loss 15-10 The post Cup Day rains just cleared in time at Wadsworth to get the game underway against Doncaster. The Hunter Braves’ batting was highly improved this week, with Liv and Zak very unlucky to get caught by some amazing diving Dragons in the field, while Cooper got the hit of the day, a double past centre field. Cooper also did the heavy lifting with the bulk of the pitching, followed by Donantony, Zak and Wentworth with Noah behind the plate. Newcomer Sam came up from Ormond Minors to help the team out in a welcome move through the ranks. Junior Coordinator Extraordinaire GraceMaree and Sarah ‘Sue’ Rahn, broke all previous canteen taking records for a single game at Malvern, although the large crowd of sheltering Little Athletics participants could have played a role in that. As the skies darkened, it became the first game ‘under lights’ for the LL Majors as the high security lighting controls were by-passed. Malvern-Ormond had a slight chance of getting back into the game as things progressed into the bottom of the fourth, but thunder felt like it was rolling right across the Monash Freeway and then lightening flashed, ending the match.
Week 6 wrap
Calcutta night – On Monday night we had an extremely successful Calcutta night. There was lots of atmosphere with a good turn out by all members of the club. Thank you to all the helpers who stepped into the canteen, helped set up, pack up, provide food and more. Congratulations to the winners, Grace with first, Meg & Carlo with second and Fuda in 3rd.
1’s Loss 13-3
With Coach Nick away, Coach Trav was still trying to maintain hiss 100% record but it wasn't to be. The boys did everything the could pre game to change things from normal, they had music playing, some were in the canteen, we were hitting balls through the cage at each other but wasn't effective. What is a big blow out school is not representative of how tight the game was. Going into the 9th the score was 4-3 with Newport bats coming alive scoring 9. The Braves defence was strong through the majority of the game except for two innings that cost dearly. Mitchell Wilhite went 3 for and Chance Hicks threw well in his first start for the Braves. This week we take on Port Melbourne to hopefully pick up our third win.
2’s Loss 5-1
The 2’s came back after a big loss to be a lot more of a challenge for the Rams. Newport exploded out of the gates with 4 runs in the first inning. The story of the series for the Braves was a lack of hitting. Three hits for a game won’t cut it against decent pitching. The boys look to bounce against a winless Mariners team
3's Loss 4-3 By Jason Boulter
After team list pandemonium caused by the unofficial long weekend, the 4s forfeited and those still in town helped make up the numbers in the 3s this week at Newport, a veritable baseball wonderland with an indoor batting cage facility to make any visiting El Presidente go weak at the knees. On field action saw Taylor Field pitching 4.1 innings, allowing 2 runs and the Braves getting 5 hits, Dean 2 and Othen, Dickman and Copping 1 each, with runs to Othen 2, Dean 1. Multiple cemetery foul balls, had Jason scrambling around the headstones and monuments along with playing coach Steve’s intricate hand signals to Ryan in between at bats, were another marvel to behold. The fans wolfed down the famous Newport Dim Sims, the players were treated to a gourmet fruit platter and the Braves had the lead going into the 6th but just couldn’t quite hold the Rams at bay on the day.
U16 Win 13-9
Both teams were missing some key players this week but it was the new kids on the block for Malvern, Lachlan H and Rex B, who shined in their debuts.0 The 'newbies' combined for 3 hits and three runs scored while also playing flawless defense. We hope both kids will be available for us going forward.
However, the big winners on the day were those attending our canteen as they were tempted with the delicious aromas of egg bacon rolls, pancakes and scones as well as a host of other delectable goodies. Sue and Sarah are contemplating getting the Malvern Cafe onto Uber Eats but our Treasurer and Secretary are saying the risk is to great for the club to allow me to ride around the neighbourhood on a scooter delivering canteen delights to the masses. But what do they know?
Back to the game: Ryan O got the win for the Braves, going 4 innings and allowing 2 hits and 2 runs while striking out 8. All the players contributed at the plate as Liam (hit, walk, 2 runs), Ryan (hit, 2 walks, 3 runs), Lachie D (hit, hit by pitch and 2 runs), Kimi (walk, run and a perfect strike to second to catch a runner stealing), James M (2 hits, a walk and 1 run), Oscar B (2 hits and a walk) and Hudson P (2 walks and a run) all ably supported Lachlan and Rex.
After leading by 13-2 through 4 innings, Malvern saw the Pirates never say die attitude in the 5th result in their scoring 7 runs to make the end result a bit closer.
Coach Simo's boys next play away versus the Wildcats from Geelong in a game with potential finals ramifications.
Junior League Win 0-11 & Win 5-6
Game 1 James Squire pitched a complete game for just 48 Pitches! Great job James
Game 2 Ed Rahn and Matthew Johnson did the pitching as the Braves made a late comeback scoring 3 to win it in the last!
Little League Loss 5-4 By Jason Boulter
It was a great morning for baseball with a home game at Ormond’s EE Gunn field against the Blackburn Orioles. Despite a great defensive game in the field and some great pitching from Luke B, Noah & Donantony, the Hunter Braves struggled with their batting this week with the team getting only 2 good hits off the bat. Zak’s mum Jeanine kindly volunteered to umpire the game, with a match highlight of Zak’s Dad, Coach Triff, attempting to argue a technical ruling and then wisely thinking the better of it. Team Manager Stacey, doing anything to avoid scoring, managed to instead to score the gig of running the Ormond canteen. (EDITOR: Smart move Stacey!)
Week 5 Wrap
What a week it was for the braves as our juniors got up and playing for double headers after mid week games. So here we go!
1's Loss 0-8
The boys were looking to bounce back and tie up the series and the bats were not alive in the slightest. The wily Asp was on for the Rams and held off the Braves strike until their import came on. Together they held the Braves to just four hits. The red ink got a massive workout and a big thanks must go to Lyn Stokes who filled in for Fiona scoring this weekend. Thank you Lyn.
Fitzy threw well but the middle infielders were zagging instead of zigging and were out of touch. The boys are looking to break the sweep before the midweekers start.
2's Loss 4-18
With the 2's going into the game still undefeated they pounced early on the newport starter and looked like they might take some on but then the old fumble and throw it around game crept in. Not even the shiny new game tops could stop the barrage of base runners getting on. Eddie Gibbs continues to throw well to contact and has made an impressive start to the year.
3's WIN 9-11 By Rick Romanin (Chairman of selectors.....You'll get it)
Having been pounded mercilessly the prior week by Newport away, it was revenge time against the same team at home. In a genius move at selection table on Thursday night, Jonte de Zwart was selected to get some hits in the fourths in the earlier match (where, incidentally, he got the walk off single) and was also penciled in to open for the thirds. Some further help was provided with the addition of the super speedy Taylor Field in left field. I'll cut straight to it, having started the sixth inning one run down, and with two outs and two on, Jonte won it for us with a walk off two RBI single at the bottom of the sixth. Who gets two walk off's in the same day?! Special mention to Tim Maginn who got four hits including some sort of voodoo hitting when a ball slashed hard down the first base line hit the chalk (not the grass, repeat, the chalk, not the grass) and came so far back into play that it wrong footed the first baseman to his right. I was actually thinking about removing that rock as I marked up the field, lucky I didn't. But seriously, two walk offs in the same day? Never question the selectors.
4's WIN (YES WIN) 9-10 By Jason Boulter
It was the first win for the Fighten’ Fourths at home with a walk off against Newport. On the mound, Tom and Oscar kept the Rams honest and some strong batting got the Braves into the game, including doubles to Brendan & Tom. A mid game field invasion by a rather entitled dog walker & self proclaimed Stonnington ‘rate payer’ threatened to last longer than the 18 inning Dodgers game the night before, but it was Doug ‘The Flash’ Miller who provided the highlights again, including his first hit to first base “in 30 years” that inspired the team to finish strongly.
U16's Win 21-2 By Andy 'Gamechanger' Othen
The U16 State Malvern Braves secured their first win of the season with a dominant 21-2 victory over Upwey. Ryan Othen got the win on the hill for Malvern, pitching 4 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 8. However, the big story for today was Malvern's offense. Malvern ended up with all 9 Braves scoring at least one run, and as a team, finished with 13 hits, 13 walks and a hit by pitch. They got going early, scoring 7 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back.
Thomas Walker led the team in runs (4) and hits (2) while also getting on once via a walk and a hit by pitch (Thomas will do anything to get on base). Liam McDermott (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 SB and 2 BB), Lachlan Duckett (2 hits, 3 runs and 1 BB), Ryan Othen (1 hit, 2 runs, 2 BB and 2 SB) and Jack Romanin (2 hits, 3 runs, 3 SB and 1 BB) consistently made hard contact while Hudson Priamo (1 hit, 2 runs and 3 RBI), Kimi Naim (1 run, 1 SB and 2 BB), James Markovic (3 runs, 1 hit and 2 BB) and Oscar Boulter (2 hits, 1 run, 1 SB and 1 BB) were all stellar both at the plate and in the field.
Coach Simo has certainly made a positive impression on the boys and have them playing hard.
Junior League Win 8-4 By Sean Parton
After opening the season in frustrating fashion with 2 draws & 2 close losses, the Junior League Braves recorded their first W of the season with a comfortable 8-4 victory over Doncaster. James Squire showed command & confidence over 5 innings on the mound and was then followed by Ed Rahn & Ben King who got the job done with little fuss. The Braves were error-free in the field & a focussed approach at the plate saw hits spread throughout the order. Good offensive production came from Matthew Johnston, Nicholas Parton, James Squire & Harry Kostarakis. This was a deserved result & relieves some of the pressure off high-profile coaching duo Johnston & Pole.
Intermediate WIN & WIN 15-5 & 10-2 By Rick
G1 What a game, we had plate discipline (13 walks), big hitting (triples to Max and Charles, a further double to Max and singles galore), and we had one hit by pitch. Of course it was Charles. For such a sweet, quiet boy, he sure does get hit a lot! After missing out several times earlier this year, Angus finally got his big chance to open the pitching in this, the first of the double headers, and he didn't disappoint, pitching back to back one run innings and handing the mound over to Jacob with the team leading 10:2. Jacob in his second ever visit to the hill looked like he'd been pitching his whole life, racking up two strikeouts on his way to closing out the win 15:5
G 2 The second game of the double header was a much closer affair, though the scorecard masked all the underlying drama. We started brightly scoring four at the top of the first with Angus, Jacob, Lauren and Max all getting good hits in. Will then opened the pitching with twin sister Ella catching (how often do you get to say that?), and whilst he threw with real venom, his radar was a little off and he handed the ball to our latest recruit, George, who was playing his first game for us having just returned from a stint living and playing ball in Texas. Having inherited loaded bases with two outs, he did exceptionally well in his debut to give up only two further runs, leaving the scores tied at four all. We managed a single run in the second, but with Doncaster looking to move ahead with the runner on third attempting to steal home, Charles, in his first catching assignment, jumped on the wild pitch and like a ninja and tagged the runner millimetres from the plate. A critical out as it ended the innings and kept the scores level at 5 all. But could we win it before time ran out? The offence did its job with singles to Charles, Max, Will and Angus quickly amassing the maximum 5 runs. That left it for the debutant George to get the three outs to force a result with only 14 minutes left. And he did it with a full minute to spare. Go Braves.
Intermediate Loss Mid Week 2-8 By Rick
On a cool but sunny Wednesday night, Ethan opened the pitching after missing the last couple, he was a picture of calm resolve on the mound, refusing to be rushed. But Melbourne are a good team and scored 3 and 2 off the first two innings. Meanwhile we found it hard to get anything away, with the only two hits of the night coming in the second, with singles to Macy and Lauren (the sisters of swing!) leading to our only two runs for the game. Lauren pitched the 3rd and 4th innings, giving up 3 and then nil. But that was where it ended. Oh, and Charles was hit by pitch, again.
Little League Loss 15-2 & 12-4 By Jason Boulter
Two tough games for the Hunter Braves against a polished Waverley side, with big pitching efforts from Cooper, Zak, Noah & Caleb along with some nice relieving pitching cameos from Donantony & Wentworth (in his debut outing). Both Ashton & Callum each donned the catcher’s gear for the first time ever & learnt a great deal in their respective games. The Hunter-Braves fought right through and look certain to improve. A big thanks also to the crack team of Dads who took on their first McAlpine field set up of the season with aplomb.
Weekly wrap time
1's Loss 6-2 Newport
This week the boys took on the undefeated Rams. Simon Lingley-Fitzmaurice through 7 quality inning for 1 earned run but unfortunately the bats were not firing for the boys today. Peter Kerr-Chapman picked up some more RBIs and Hubert Lau was the super sub for the day going 2 for in the 1's. The boys will be hoping to bounce back next week.
2's Draw 3-3
There is something very familiar with the score line for this week. Eddie Gibbs did a great job starting on the hill and also made fantastic play from right field to stop the go ahead run for the Rams. Hubert Lau and Scott Ashton both picked up two and Scott drove in 2 RBIs
3's Loss 0-15 & 4's Loss 2-14
Unfortunately depth was a big challenge for the club this weekend with several players having to double up. Michael Kasiaras was the pick of the batters for the 3's getting on base both times. Great to see so many young players willing to play 3 games in a day! Lachie Duckett and Steve Dean competed well on the hill for the boys.
U16's : 5-4
This morning the boys took on the Panthers and were in a see-saw match. The boys could quite find that last gear to get over the top off Moorabbin. Ryan Othen and Liam Mcdermott did the pitching and did a good job to keep the game in reach. Hopefully the bats get going for their match next weekend again Upwey.
Junior League Loss 5-7
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Intermediate match on Wednesday 6:5 win: By Rick Romanin
After Sunday’s walkfest the team got its act together, mainly through the our new Cy Young candidate, James Talbot. In the opening two innings, six went up, and he sent six straight back down. Meanwhile we played some good small ball and worked up a 3:0 lead. It got a bit tougher after that when Melbourne scored 5 at the top of the 3rd to lead by 2. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, our band of eager young rookies listened to team instructions and stole home base three times during the same at bat, restoring a slender one run lead. It got tense at the end when Melb scores another 5 runs and we were down to our last at bat when the clock clicked over to 6:30 and the scores reverted. What a ride!
Intermediate Loss 12:5
Mid week hero James found Waverley a much tougher proposition, and although he threw as well as he did on Wednesday, Waverley were good enough to jump on his strike pitching and they quickly went up 10:0. But the boys and girls regrouped quickly, with Lauren pitching in relief, and with Will’s bat suddenly exploding, the team came alive and got it back to 12:5 before Waverly finally closed it out. A great fight back against a much more experienced and more powerful line up. Encouraging signs and plenty to be proud of. Go Braves.
Little league Midweek 9:3 Win By Jason Boulter
In the first of the Wednesday Night specials, the Hunter Braves put on a workman-like performance on the Number One Diamond at the Blackburn Baseball Club. With Cooper & Noah shared the pitching duties and we saw the welcome debut of Ashton. Malvern-Ormond took the Aldi approach to batting, no thrills but great value, just ticking over the runs like those high pressure checkouts. The Orioles stuck it out, but couldn’t come up with the bags in time on this occasion. Speaking of value, the Blackburn Canteen again turned it on, not only with their sausage in bread $2 special but they also gave away free drink bottles, top shelf!
Little League Win 12-14
Round 3 for the seniors meant Round 1 for the Eastern Athletics Charter. So be prepared for a big post in this weeks weekly wrap!
1's WIN 2-0
The boys in the 1's took the series this weekend against the Springvale. The Braves pounced on the Lions in the first with Geoff Holland and Billy Justin both hitting doubles and scoring two. From there it was a pitchers duel with Lucas Anderson pitching all 9 for Springvale and Simon Lingley-Fitzmaurice throwing 6&2/3s of shut out ball before passing onto Peter Kerr-Chapman the closer! The defence was tight for the boys as for the first time in a LONG time we saved Fiona's red pen! Onto Newport next week.
2's DRAW 3-3
With the chance of the broom coming out for a sweep the 2's boys were surprised when Springvale put their starter for the 1's on the hill. This didn't stop the Malvern boys who were led by Matthew 'Wheels' May and Scott Ashton in the first. Eddie Gibbs and Jonte de Zwart again did a great job but the bats went quiet and the nerves started to settle in. An unearned run here and some base hits there meant the boys stay undefeated but means that they couldn't pull off the perfect start to the year.
3's WIN 2-5 By Jason Boulter
A return game at home against the Springvale Lions was a sure fire crowd pleaser. Some great defensive play led by Steve Dean on the mound combined with some good old fashioned B&B (batting and base running) saw the Braves break through for their first win of the season. Jack Romanin & Ryan Othen ticked off a hat-trick of games for the day while El Presidente Andrew Othen wisely chose the option of scorer for his 3rd game, sending rookies J. Boulter and P.Markovic out as Line Umpires to assist on the field. Dim Sims were the pick of the day at the Canteen.
4's LOSS 16-2
The boys have had a rough start to the year facing off against Williamstown's ferocious Wolves. They have many new players and they are up against a team to beat. The boys played hard and had a few of the U16's doubling up and will be looking forward to new opponents next week. Tom Copping put his hand up to pitch and thew 4.2 innings and Brendan Mitchell did the rest. Don't worry Tommy, we know you're a power hitting DH!
U16's DRAW 5-5
Richard Simpson and the U16 'Sluggers' wanted to bounce back after suffering their first defeat to the Wildcats last week. They welcomed two extra players to the fold with El Presidente Jr and Kimi making their first game for the year. With the boys playing against 'royalty' it seemed like a tight contest. Hopefully next week the boys can go from a loss and a draw to a win next week against Moorabbin.
Junior League Loss 8-4
Details to come???.....?
Intermediate Loss 17-15
Well will a scoreline like this I think it is fair to say that we might have more HR champs than Cy young winners in the future. With the new Intermediate competition starting this weekend it shows that we need to work on our pitching. All good signs though with our three pitchers all being new to the hill it is only onwards and upwards!
LL Majors Loss 9-16 Travelling to the outer limits of Warrandyte and relegated to a make shift-field on a footy oval behind a booming BMX Carnival day, the inaugural combined team had a tough start in the early innings, but shook off the cobwebs and showed some promising signs for the season ahead. With the bulk of the pitching from Donantony & Caleb and Finnley behind the plate, some very sharp fielding efforts by Livia and Zach and Callum had the crowd on its feet (that and the fact there really wasn’t anywhere to sit). Big hitting newcomer Wentworth looks like being one to watch (particularly when thinking about wear to park your car!) as the Hunter Braves get underway.
1's 4-11 WIN
The boys bounced back from last weeks nail biter and pushed the Lions pitching the whole day. Simon threw 7 great innings for 3 earned runs and then Peter came in for the two inning close and threw 17 straight strikes! Coach Unland went 3 for 4 and scored three. Congrats to Jack Hangar and James Hudson for making their debut in Malvern's 1's both facing a grand total of 6 straight fastballs! We go into Sunday's game against Springvale trying win the first series of the season.
2's 6-10 WIN
After a strong win the 2's came into today aiming to pick up another win and they started off well. Eddie and Jonte did a great job on the hill and were fantastic except for one tough inning where Springvale came back strong. Scott & Matthew showed their experience at the plate and the boys all ran the bases hard. Coach Cutt and the boys will be looking to sweep Springvale next week.
3's 3-5 Loss
The 3's fought hard and had a closer encounter this week against the Lions and are already showing growth this season. Once school holidays are over it will be encouraging to see our junior players work their way through the 3's and get some valuable experience from our senior players.
4's 0-17 Loss
Week Two of the Wolf-a-thon, saw the undermanned fourths on the road to the most scenic field in the competition (Wadsworth Field aside) to face the Williamstown team again. It was another tough game for the fourths, but more optimistic signs emerged with some big hits, an impressive workhorse effort by Peter Marks pitching 147 and the highlight of Doug Miller’s diving almost-a-catch in his return game. Meeting the Wolves again next week with hope of improving the score ledger still further!
It is our pleasure at Malvern Braves Baseball Club to announce the signing of Chance Hicks for the 2018/2019 Summer season. Chance is currently playing in Austria for the Vienna Metrostars, who are in the Austrian playoffs. He is a two way player who went to college at Auburn University Montgomery.
We look forward to having Chance down as a part of the Braves and look forward to having him work with players on and off the field showing off his tremendous baseball knowledge.
When Chance arrives we will lets all members know and we will have a special meet and great at our regular Thursday night dinners. Go Braves!
Mixed bag for the Braves today in round 1. Great to have four teams on the park
1’s 5-6 Loss.
It was a yo-yo game for the one’s against Springvale today. They were up, they were tied, down and all around. Was a fantastic game to start the season with as Springvale came away with the win in the bottom of the 9th. Unearned runs hurt the Braves whilst their pitching was working hard. New player to Malvern Simon started and threw well and was relieved well by Peter and Mitchell. Chappy we one fire with the bat too as was Taylor. The boys look to regroup before facing Springvale next Sunday.
2’s 7-1 Win. With Coach Cutt away the boys welcomed back Christopher & Matthew as well as a new face to the club in Aaron. Eddie and Jonte did a great job on the hill today by throwing strikes and letting the opponents put the ball in play. Jack & Michael both had three hits each. As a team the bases were run hard with 9 stolen bases over 8 innings.
3’s 16-6 Loss. The boys in the thirds came up against a tough and experienced Springvale team. Josh started on the hill even due to a late train from Bendigo and was supported with some runs. He was relieved by Liam and there were more unearned runs that hurt. Good job by the boys who doubled up today.
4’s 30-5 Loss. The fourths played a strong Williamstown team that has many players who have played at high levels. The boys had a horror 4th inning with the Wolves scoring 12. The fours have a great mix of young talent and new players to the club with Ian and Michael playing their first games of baseball! Exciting times so stick with it boys.
Training Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 with $5 carbonara dinner on Thursday.