Opening of the Hobart Summer Baseball League 2014/15 season Round 1

A good, appreciative crowd was on hand at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground for the first round of the Hobart Summer Baseball League season for 2014/15.

Big hitting was the order of the day and it began in the first game between the Blue Jays and the Northern White Sox.

The Sox boast a very strong batting line-up on paper and the Blue Jays soon experienced it first hand as the Sox powered to an 11-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth innings. Two home runs by Patrick Miller and a grand slam by Chris Chalker, combined with solid pitching by David He, had the Sox off to a great start.

However, once He left the game in the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Jays began chipping away at the lead, scoring five and three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Unfortunately, while the Jays were scoring runs, so did the Sox and they held on for a comfortable victory, 16-9.

The eagerly awaited replay of last season’s Grand Final between the Eastern Athletics and the Dragons proved to be a thriller as the teams took turns at leading the game. Both teams were missing key players due to off season injuries but the contest between them was no less intense and showed that both teams will still be forces to be reckoned with this season.

The Athletics took an early 3-0 lead but with a home run by first year player, Kay Hong, the Dragons rallied to lead 6-3 going into the bottom of the third. A grand slam home run by Richard Benoit in the bottom of the third saw the Athletics regain the lead but it was short lived as the Dragons scored two in the top of the fourth. Aaron Mann connected for his first home run of the season to tie the game going into the top of the fifth but the Dragons, with another debutant, Jonathan Park hitting a home run, countered with three runs to take an 11-8 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Pitching depth could be an issue for all teams this season and it showed here as a Dragons’ pitching change saw the Athletics pound out seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. The never-say-die Dragons would add two more in the top of the seventh but ultimately fall short to lose 15-13.

A great start to the season!

Thank you to the umpires, scorers, BBQ operators and the appreciative crowd.

David

Match report: Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics 21st October

Box score:


                                 1  2  3  4  5  6   Total Hits
Eastern Athletics        1  0  1  0  1  2    5
Northern White Sox    3  1  0  1  0  1    6

 

The two winners from the opening round clashed in tonight's HSBL game at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground. Unlike Sunday's games involving these two teams, no balls left the park and this game was more a pitchers' duel. Both teams conspired to leave runners on base and thus to avoid any big innings and what runs were scored, were more to do with heads up base-running and the occassional hit which didn't end up in the outfielders' mitt.

After the Athletics scored first, the Sox got what turned out to be a decisive advantage when Matt Cashman drove in two runs with a double. The Sox then loaded the bases with two out and a walk to Matt Drumm scored Cashman to give them a 3-1 advantage. In the subsequent innings, the teams traded runs, their respective causes not helped by some interesting base running and leaving men in scoring positions. 

The Athletics were missing some experienced players but they can never be discounted in any circumstances and when Grant Stump drove in two runs in the top of the sixth innings, they had rallied to tie the game. After a quick out in the bottom of the sixth, Matthew Fox walked, Cashman reached on an error and when Stephen Fry beat out a throw to first, the bases were loaded. Up stepped Chris Chalker to deliver the hit which drove in Fox and the Sox had outlasted last season's premiers. 

Thanks to Michael Hegarty for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David

Match report: Eastern Athletics V Blue Jays 29th October

Innings                1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Total   Hits
Blue Jays            1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1          6
Eastern Athletics  3 2 1 0 0 0 3      9         12

 

The Eastern Athletics made the most of their opportunities to score a decisive 9-1 victory over the Blue Jays this evening. Sully and first year player, Hamish Maitland, pitched well for the Athletics whilst the top of the Athletic's batting line-up created havoc with each of Sully, Richard Benoit and first year player, Manny Katarosis scoring two runs. For the Blue Jays, hits were few and far between with Steve Millington, Michael Hegarty and Peter Hubble the only batters to reach base twice, and most of those were via the walk. Young first year player, Brendan Wenban, made his catching debut for the Blue Jays and did a great job. Thanks to Jason Featherstone for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David

Match report: Northern White Sox V Dragons 30th October

Innings                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total Hits
Dragons                     2 2 3 4 4 0    15 11
Northern White Sox    1 0 2 2 0 x      5 5

 

The Dragons opened their account for the 2014/15 season with a 15-5 pounding of the previously unbeaten Northern White Sox. Heads up base running and timely hitting gave the Dragons an early lead on which they kept on building for the rest of the game. Brendan Adams was pitching very well for the Dragons but at 3-7 after three innings, the White Sox were still in the game. Peter McManus was pitching well for the Sox but indifferent defence was not helping his or his team's cause. Any hope the White Sox had disappered in the top of the fourth as the Dragons pounded out four runs and whilst the Sox responded with two runs of their own, they were never really in the match thereafter. A four run fifth by the Dragons was the icing on the cake with the highlight being a two run home run by Brendan Adams. Adams was ably supported by Jason Featherstone and Rhys Watts who both had two hits but it was a solid team effort by the Dragons. The Sox struggled to get a big innings going but hung in there for as long as they could before the Dragons overwhelmed them. Thanks to Steve Harris for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring. David

Match reports: Round 4, 2 November Dragons V Eastern Athletics; Blue Jays V Northern White Sox

In very wintery conditions, the brave players on four teams took the field to play out round four in the HSBL on Sunday. 

The Dragons were certainly feeling "warm" early as they jumped all over the Eastern Athletics to lead 8-3 after three innings. After neither side scored in the fourth, the Athletics made things interesting in the top of the fifth scoring three runs, highlighted by a home run by Nigel O'Brien. Not to be outdone, the Dragons responded with three of their own, courtesy of a three run home run by skipper, Adam de Cotter. From then on, it was a cakewalk as the Dragons piled on six more runs to run out big winners, 17-6. Shane Davies made a spectacular return getting two hits from four at bats and driving in four runs in the process. Each member of the Dragons got at least one hit, whilst for the Athletics, O'Brien had two hits from two at bats and drove in four runs, Manoli Katsaros continued his good form picking up two hits from three at bats and Richard Benoit continued his great start by getting on base four times, three times via the walk!

In the later game, the Northern White Sox took on the Blue Jays and for the first two innings, it looked like being a pitchers duel between Peter Hubble for the Blue Jays and Matt Cashman for the Northern White Sox. Both sides were getting numerous runners on base but it was the Blue Jays who took better advantage and eventually ran away with the game to win 12-2. First year players, Roly Trustum, Ian Wood and Evan Toms starred for the Jays, each having three hits from three at bats with Trustum adding two runs. Young catcher, Brendan Wenban also did very well, both behind the plate and at bat as he had two hits from four at bats and scored a run. For the White Sox, Dave Humphries and Chris Cooper each got three hits from three at bats and Matt Cashman continued his good form with two hits from two at bats and a walk. Thanks to Peter Hubble and Grant Stump for braving the elements to umpire and to the scorers, Norm Johns and Jared Rush.

Match report: Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics 4th November

Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total
Northern White Sox 7 2 2 1 0 0 12
Eastern Athletics 2 0 0 7 1 0 10

 

The last time these two teams met, it was a thriller and tonight's game was no exception. It didn't look like it early though as the Sox did what they hadn't been able to do in their last two games, make the most of their opportunities with runners on base, and they scored seven runs. Matt Cashman was again to the fore as he drove in two runs with a double. The Athletics countered with two runs of their own but against the pitching of Peter McManus were unable to take advantage of runners on base. McManus continued to dominate over the next two innings as the Sox padded their lead with two runs in each of the second and third innings. When Cashman scored his second run as a result of heads up running, the Sox lead 12-2 going into the bottom half of the fourth innings. Things unravelled for the Sox in the bottom of the fourth when an error allowed the innings to continue and the Athletics obliged by scoring seven runs, Richard Benoit and Steve Lovegrove figuring prominently. All of a sudden, the lead had been cut to 12-9 and when first gamer, Stuart Robins, hit a massive solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, tensions were rising on both sides. The Sox loaded the bases with no-one out in the top of the fifth but great pitching by Sully prevented any runs from scoring and the Athletics were still in the game. In the earlier game, Chris Chalker had driven in the winning run with the bat, here he pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth to lead the Sox to victory. For the victors, Chalker went 3-4, Cashman 3-3 with a walk and two runs scored, Dave Humphries 3-3 with a walk, Matt Drumm 3-4 with two runs scored and David Searle reached base four times, three of them via the walk. For the Athletics, Robins made an auspicious debut, showing good defence in addition to going 2-3 with that home run. Benoit and Lovegrove both went 2-4 with two runs scored, Brenton West went 2-2 with a walk and Manny Katsaris had a busy night reaching base three times, via a single, hit by pitch and a walk. Thanks to Steve Harris for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David

Match report: Blue Jays V Dragons November 6th

Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Total Hits
Dragons 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 7 9
Blue Jays 2 0 0 5 2 3 x 12 8

 

The Blue Jays continued their early season dominance over the Dragons with another come-from-behind victory last Thursday night. The Dragons jumped out to an early lead and behind the pitching of Paul Johns, led 5-2 after three innings. Walks and a pitching change proved decisive as the Blue Jays rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the fourth but when Dan Hughes hit a two run home run in the top of the fifth, scores were tied. Zac Shutt held the Dragons scoreless in the top of the sixth and seventh innings while his team added five runs, a double by Ryan Oakley proving decisive, for the Jays to record a solid victory. David

Match report Northern White Sox V Dragons

The Northern White Sox went to the top of the standings, if only for a day, by defeating the Dragons 7-3. In what was a team effort, the Sox were led by the starting pitching of Chris Chalker and the relief pitching of David He. The Dragons did have numerous men on base but were unable to take advantage of them whilst the Sox chipped away at the Dragons' pitching to lead 7 -1 after four innings. Matt Cashman continued his impressive season thus far with a home run forming part of his 2 from 3 night and David Searle also went 2 from 3 for the Sox. The Dragons rallied with two runs in the fifth but were unable to add any further runs and the Sox ran out comfortable winners. Brendan Adams went 2 from 3 for the Dragons and Dan Hughes drove in two runs. Thanks to Nigel O'Brien for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring. David

Match report: Northern White Sox V Blue Jays November 20th

Innings

1

2

3

4

5

6

Total

Hits

Blue Jays

4

0

1

0

1

2

8

9

Northern White Sox

0

2

1

2

0

2

7

10

 

In a thrilling game at Prince of Wales Bay last night, the Blue Jays took over top spot on the standings from the Northern White Sox with an 8-7 victory. The Sox again proved to be their own worst enemy as the Jays took advantage of their errors and walks but when it came the Sox turn to bat, they left the bases loaded three times during the game. 

The Jays got off to a flyer scoring four runs in the top of the first then their veteran pitcher Peter Hubble escaped a one out, bases loaded jam in the bottom of the innings to preserve the Jays' lead.

A walk to Zac Shutt and a single to Brendan Wenban in the top of the second saw the Jays threatening again but the Sox escaped without any further damage. In the bottom of the second, the Sox got on the board when a single by David Searle drove in Paul McIntyre and Mathew Fox to narrow the margin to two.

When Steve Millington lead off the third with a walk, sole second and was driven in by an Evan Toms' single, the Jays increased their lead and threatened to add more before the Sox got two quick outs to close the innings. Heads up base running by Matt Cashman saw him score the Sox' third run in the bottom of the third then following a 1-2-3 top of the fourth by Sox pitcher, Peter McManus, McIntyre and Fox opened the bottom of the fourth with walks. Up stepped first gamer, Andrew Kennedy who hit a seeing eye double to drive both runners in and the Sox had tied the score at 5-5. The Sox then loaded the bases with one out but Zac Shutt struck out the next two batters to preserve the tie. 

To the top of the fifth and after being hit by a pitch, Steve Harris was then driven in by Evan Toms to allow the Jays to regain the lead. Michael Hegarty pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth and when the Jays added two runs in the top of the sixth, they looked to be on their way to comfortable victory. 

To the bottom of the sixth with McIntyre and Fox again leading off with walks, they would subsequently come round to score on a double by David He. A single to Searle and a walk to Drumm and the Sox had the bases loaded with two out but the cool, calm head of Hegarty prevailed and the Jays held on for an 8-7 victory.

Thank you very much to plate umpire Grant Stump and base umpire, Jamie McIntyre. Continuing thanks must also go to Jared Rush, who with Norm Johns, come along each week to score our games.....in sometimes less than hospitable weather conditions! Dav

Match Report Eastern Athletics V Dragons

When Brenton West drove in two runs for the Athletics to cap off a seven run first innings, things looked bleak for the Dragons but behind four innings of solid pitching from Brendan Adams, they gradually overhauled the Athletics to win 16-10.

The Dragons began their fightback in the second innings with the consistent Rhys Watts driving in two runs in the top of the innings and the appearance of Brendan Adams on the pitching mound for the bottom of the innings. Adams would pitch four innings of three run ball with nine strikeouts as he overpowered the Athletics' batters. A seven run fifth innings capped off the Dragons' comeback with walks and a two run single by Paul Johns, proving critical. David Bailey was the only batter who had multiple hits for the Athletics though Nigel O'Brien and Brenton West drove in three and two runs respectively.

For the Dragons, it was a team effort with Watts (2 for 2) with 2 walks and 3 rbi's; Harris (3 for 4) with a home run and 6 rbi's and Paul Johns (2 for 4) with 3 rbi's, the prime movers.

Thanks to Dave Coad for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring.

 

Match report: Northern White Sox V Athletics November 26th

A scoreline of 8-0 would indicate the Eastern Athletics had a comprehensive victory over the Northern White Sox but in reality, the good pitching by Sox pitchers, Matt Cashman, David He and David Humphries was let down by some defensive lapses of which the Athletics took advantage. Having said that, the Sox were unable to generate any offence against the great pitching of Sully and Justin Robins and whereas Athletics bats found gaps, Sox bats found only players. The other feature of the Athletics' game was the solid defence highlighted by third baseman, Hamish Maitland. Andrew "Sully" Sullivan scored three runs for the victors and Grant Stump drove in two runs. Thanks to Dave Coad for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David

Match report: Dragons V Blue Jays November 27th

Another thrilling match between these fierce rivals as the Dragons rallied three times to finally edge the Blue Jays 6-5.

The Jays got on the board early with rbi's by Evan Toms and Peter Hubble but in the bottom of the second innings, an rbi to Aaron Jarvis and two to Shane Davies saw the Dragons jump out in front. The Jays had regained the lead after the top of the fifth innings but when Davies greeted Michael Hegarty with opposite field home run in the bottom of the fifth, the Dragons were on their way to reclaiming the lead. The Jays tied things up again in the top of the sixth but after Brendan Adams drove in Chris Harris for the go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, Jimmy Clout closed things out the win for the Dragons. This was Clout's first game in three seasons and whilst he went 0 for 4 with the bat, his pitching in support of Adams was pivotal in the Dragons' victory, Both Adams and Clout recorded 7 strike outs with Adams also going 3 from 4 with the bat, ably supported by Davies who went 2 from 3. For the Jays, Hegarty and Toms went 2 for 4 and Hubble went 2 for 3. Thanks to Steve Lovegrove and Grant Stump for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring. David

Match report: Blue Jays V Eastern Athletics 3rd December

The Blue Jays showed they are the "comeback kings" as they once again overcame an early deficit to win a game, this time over the Athletics, 9-6.

Early on the Jays could not get anything substantial going against the pitching of Hamish Maitland and the outstanding defence of Stuart Robins and Jesse Warburg. David Searle knocked in a couple of runs to give the Athletics an early lead and two more runs in the top of the fourth innings to Maitland and Jason Featherstone had the the Athletics out to a 5-2 lead.

Featherstone and Searle combined to add another run in the top of the sixth but thereafter, the Jays got on top and with a steady stream of base runners, the Jays added seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Athletics loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh but two strike outs to Zac Shutt slammed the door on any hope of a recovery and the Jays held on for a meritorious win.

For the Jays, Zac Shutt went 2 for 2 with his obligatory walk and scored three runs, Roly Trustum went 2 for 2 with two runs batted in, and Troy Crystal also went 2 for 2. For the Athletics, Maitland and Searle went 2 for 4 and Featherstone went 2 for 3. Thanks to Dave Coad for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David 4/12/2014

Match report: Eastern Athletics V Dragons 7th December 2014

The first couple of innings gave no indication of what was to come as pitching by Brendan Adams for the Dragons and Sully for the Athletics kept the scoring to a minimum. Thereafter, it became a procession as the Dragons' bats took over with Adams, Chris Harris, Ben Sward and Shane Davies each recording two hits, Paul Johns hitting a home run and Jason Featherstone proving a nuisance on the base-paths. Adams completed an all-round game by also scoring four runs whereas for the Athletics, in a game they would like to forget, only Jesse Warburg had more than one hit with two. Thanks to Norm Johns for scoring and to Chris Chalker for umpiring.

David 13/12/2014

Match report: Northern White Sox V Blue Jays December 7th

After a scoreless first innings, the Blue Jays threatened with back-to-back one out singles but came up empty as the Sox pitching claimed back-to-back strikeouts. The Sox got on the board in the bottom of the second with rbi's to Dave Humphries and Steven Fry before Jays tied things up in the top of the third when Evan Toms drove in Zac Shutt and Peter Hubble. A home run by Matt Cashman reclaimed the lead for the Sox and from then on, they added runs in each innings to run out comfortable winners, 8-3. For the Sox, Matt Cashman went 3 from 3, Paul McIntyre was on base three times, twice via walks, Chris Chalker scored two runs and Matt Fox went 2 from 3. Josh Byrne led the offence for the Jays, going 2 from 2 plus getting on base after getting hit by a pitch. Thanks to Jared Rush for scoring and to Jason Featherstone for umpiring.

 

David 13/12/2014

 

Match report: Blue Jays V Dragons December 11th

After inflicting pain on the Athletics last Sunday, the Dragons repeated the dose on the Blue Jays with a 17-1 victory. Brendan Adams was again dominant pitching, allowing just one hit over his four innings,and assisted the offence by scoring three runs. Paul Johns connected for two home runs and Rhys Watts for a solo shot as the Dragons reached double figures in runs for the second game in a row. No batter for the Jays had more than one hit whilst for the Dragons, Adams went 3 from 4, Johns 2 from 3, Shane Davies 2 from 4, Phil Swift 2 from 4 and David Searle, 2 from 2. Thanks to Dave Humphries for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring.

David 13/12/2014

HSBL Semi final 2014/15 Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics

In a thrilling game, watched by a good crowd, the Northern White Sox advanced to next Sunday's Grand Final against the Dragons with an 11-10 victory over the Eastern Athletics.

Conditions were very trying with temperatures in the low 30's and things began ominously for the Sox as the Athletics took advantage of some indifferent defence to score five runs in the top of the first innings. For the next three innings, Matt Cashman and his defence kept the Athletics in check as the offence slowly but surely clawed their way back into the game. A four run third innings gave the Sox the lead, the big hit coming via a double by David Searle which scored two runs and when they added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, Steven Fry providing the big hit here to drive in two runs, the Sox lead 9-5. The Athletics were not the reigning premiers for nothing and back they stormed with a five run top of the fifth to reclaim the lead 10-9, Grant Stump driving in two of those runs. With two runners on, the Athletics were threatening even more runs but up stepped Chris Chalker to pitch the Sox out of danger. Bottom of the fifth and when Chalker drove in Patrick Miller, the scores were tied then a double by Dave Humphries drove in pinch runner, Cashman, the lead was back with the Sox. A two out walk to Brenton West gave the Athletics hope but Chalker got the final out to send the Sox to their first Grand Final in a number of years.

For the Sox, Cashman went 2 from 2; Miller 2 from 2; Humphries 2 from 2 and Fry 2 from 2, whilst for the Athletics, Jesse Warburg went 2 from 4,; Steve Lovegrove 2 from 4; Nigel O'Brien 2 from 3 and Hamish Maitland 2 from 3. 

Thanks to all the participants in what were oppresive conditons, to the crowd who cheered each team on, to the scorer, Jared Rush and to the umpires, Peter Hubble (plate), Jason Featherstone (1st) and Michael Hegarty (3rd).

David 23/2/2015