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DOUGLAS AND GRENFELL SPARK FAMOUS VICTORY

Facing an eight-nil deficit after five innings, Braydn Douglas kick-started the offense and David Grenfell was lights out in relief as A Grade came from way back to secure a stunning 9-8 away win over Eagles.

With the game switched to Newey Field for the Ben Heagerty tribute match, Eagles were at full strength with several players returning to their lineup and a full voice crowd for their special occasion.

They started well with two runs in the first and another in the third dig on the back of six hits. Our bats hit the ball deep but to no avail as the catches were tracked down.

A change of pitcher didn’t slow Eagles’ momentum as they added two in the fourth inning and another three in the fifth to jump out to what appeared to be an unassailable lead. The top of the sixth dig changed the game.

Braydn lit a fire under the offense with a lead-off triple, Morgan whacked a booming home run and when Hayden followed with his first ever home run we had three on the board in the blink of an eye to leap back into the contest.

Dave took over on the mound and proceeded to completely shut down the hot Eagles’ bats in the sixth and seventh. A pivotal eighth dig saw Adam, Nick C, Dave, Nick T, Braydn and Morgan all reach base as we piled on five more runs to take the lead and stun the home crowd into silence.

Dave continued his fine work and although Eagles threatened in the last with the winning run on second Dave held his nerve and collected his fifth strikeout to preserve to best of comeback wins.

WANDERERS: – 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 5 0 – 9

EAGLES: – 2 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 – 8

SAFE HITS: – M Ruchel 2 (inc. 1 h/r); H Carroll (h/r), A Job, N Tregeagle and B Douglas (tpl) 1

B Grade

B Grade went behind early but fought back in the second dig to trail 3-2. We fell behind again but rallied to level the scores at 5-all but Eagles pulled away in the bottom of the fourth as walks and a couple of errors plagued our defence.

We rallied with three runs in the top of the fifth but it wasn’t enough to bridge the gap and we went down 8-11. Bailey Edgar led the way the bat with two safe hits, Blake Peterson doubled and Phil Hammat marked his return after 20 years with a base hit.

Defence was our Achilles heel in this game as we walked ten and made five fielding errors to get off to a rusty start.

WANDERERS: – 0 2 1 2 3 – 8

EAGLES: – 3 0 2 6 X – 11

SAFE HITS: – B Edgar 2; B Peterson (dbl), D Twaddle, J Harris, P Hammat, R Russell 1

C Grade

C Grade began our season with a revamped side and it was great to see youngsters Logan, Bodhi, Josh E and newcomer Connor take the field for the first time. The late withdrawal of an ill Mo changed things up and the youngsters were thrust into the spotlight.

Jonty and Logan pitched well and were not hit hard at all as the softly struck balls from the Eagles bats kept finding grass. The final 3-17 score line didn’t reflect our competitiveness as Ham hit the ball hard, Hayesy turned back the clock to roam centrefield, Connor wasn’t overawed at the plate at all and Shaggy started his season off perfectly with two hits.

Bodhi and Logan picked up their first senior hits and good things are in store for this side as they remained upbeat throughout the match.

WANDERERS: – 0 0 3 1 – 4

EAGLES: – 5 5 3 4 – 17

SAFE HITS: – B Layton 2(inc. 1 dbl); L Baldock, H Miah and B Kane 1.

TREGEAGLE DOMINANT IN BIG WIN

Nick Tregeagle was on song in his A Grade pitching debut, striking out five and scattering just four hits over seven innings of our 16-1 mercy win over Hawks

With Morgan away, Sheldon injured and Braydn a late withdrawal after a footy injury, Tonko took over centrefield duties, Jordan made a welcome return and Jackson Malycha was promoted for his A Grade debut start.

We made a bright beginning with two in the first dig as Jordan reached on an error and Hayden singled him home before coming around to score himself. Tregs gave up a lead-off hit but a slick 6-4-3 double play ended Hawks’ inning.

We opened up the game up in the second dig with five more runs on just one hit as walks and errors plagued Hawks. Nick found his rhythm and shut Hawks down in order in the second and third innings to maintain our gap.

We scored consistently over the next four innings to bring the mercy rule within reach as Tonko (twice), Dave, Jordan, Hayden, AC, Nick C and Tregs all picked up hits. Meanwhile Tregs was doing his thing on the hill and he was well backed up as our defence collected two more double plays to keep Hawks off the basepaths.

The seventh innings saw Tregs finish superbly, closing out Hawks in order and collecting his fifth K to end the game in fine style.

WANDERERS: – 2 5 1 2 4 1 1 – 16

HAWKS: – 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1

SAFE HITS: – J Tonkin, H Carroll (1 dbl) and N Tregeagle 2; J Fleri, A Carroll, D Grenfell and N Carroll 1

B Grade

B Grade saw Matt Hren return to the diamond and Cam make a strong first outing on the mound but we wasted several offensive chances and another poor defensive game cost us a chance at the points.

We looked to be in good shape early as Matt led off with a hit, Jackson and Blake hit safely and Riley bunted home a run but five runners left on base in the first two innings would come back to bite us.

Cam was working hard on the hill but seven errors in the field gave our opposition many more chances to score. We could only manage one hit, to Dylan, over the last four innings and couldn’t close the deficit and went down 7-2.

WANDERERS: – 1 1 0 0 0 0 – 2

HAWKS: – 3 0 1 0 2 1 – 7

SAFE HITS: – M Hren, J Malycha and D Twaddle 1

C Grade

C Grade picked up their first win of the 2021 season as they led from start to finish with a strong all-round display.

Mo had recovered from his opening day illness and pitched well and Ham led the way with the bat with two safe hits.

In what was a terribly slow game, we showed good plate discipline to receive twelve walks and three hit batters over the three innings played to turn them into fourteen runs and with the defence generally sound behind our pitchers, we ran away with an excellent 14-5 win.

WANDERERS: – 5 4 5 – 14

HAWKS: – 1 2 2 – 5

SAFE HITS: – H Miah 2; L Baldock (dbl) and B Layton 1.

Juniors

Junior Wanderers had their opening day on Saturday with all matches played in warm sunshine.

Our U/7’s and U/10’s mixed in with the other teams and the kids all had fun in the sun. We are still very short of players in these two grades so any new or returning players are most welcome.

The U/13’s played a match against Hawks but Hawks played overage players that resulted in a forfeit from them for us. Still, we welcomed Lucas back to the green and gold and new players Riley (from the Riverland), Breanna and Cooper to the team.

We hit the ball well as Riley C, Alex, Ollie, Lucas, Breanna and Benji all collected safe hits over the course of the five innings played.

The U/16’s started off with a win as they defeated Hawks 8-6. With just four players for this age group several of our U/13’s stepped up for a second game.

Ollie, Ryan and Logan hit safely and Logan and Bodhi did well on the mound to see us off to an excellent beginning.

WANDERERS: – 0 5 3 – 8

HAWKS: – 1 0 5 – 6

SAFE HITS: – O Hayes, R Evans and L Baldock 1.

OFFENSE SPUTTERS IN TIGHT DRAW

Our offense was held to just six runs on ten hits as Saints held us to a 6-all draw. In the first of a trial Saturday game, we were without Dave and Adam whilst Braydn and Sheldon are still injured but we welcomed Will Kortekaas back into our colours as he made the trek from Adelaide.

Anthony started on the hill and some uncharacteristic errors gifted Saints the opening run of the match. Hayden banged a two-out double in our turn at bat but was left stranded on second.

Anthony struck Saints out in order on just ten pitches in the second dig, Jackson collected his first A-Grade safe hit, Tonko was hit and Jordan singled them both home as we took a 2-1 lead. This was short lived however as Saints strung together three hits to level the scores.

Anthony continued his strikeouts and we rolled a 6-4-3 double play to keep Saints on two runs through five digs. We couldn’t break the deadlock though and although Will doubled, Tonko, Nick C and Jackson all hit safely we were also stuck on two runs.

Strikeout number eleven saw the end of AC’s excellent day on the bump, scattering just four hits and one earned run through his six innings of work. We then took a three-run lead as Morgs doubled, Jordan, Hayden reached base, AC’s and Will’s sac flies scored runs and Nick C’s hit added another.

Hayden came on in relief in the top of the seventh but ran into immediate trouble. Four walks and a couple of Saints’ hits saw them score four and snatch a one-run lead. It was our turn to benefit from an error as Saints slipped up and we tied the game again in the eighth dig.

Hayden shut Saints down in the ninth but Saints were up to the task in the bottom of the dig as the match remained dead-locked at six each and finished in an exciting draw.

WANDERERS: – 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 – 6

SAINTS: – 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 – 6

SAFE HITS: – H Carroll (inc. 1 dbl), N Carroll and J Malycha 2; M Ruchel (dbl), J Fleri, W Kortekaas (dbl) and J Tonkin 1

B Grade

B Grade played thrilling and high-quality game as we broke open a tight match late to take the points with a 7-1 win.

Looking to open our account for the season, we were led superbly on defence by Blake, Bailey and Jackson and on offense by Matt, Adam and Higgi.

Blake took the ball and although Saints scored early, he looked to be in great rhythm as he struck out the side in the first. Blake scattered just three more hits over the next four innings as his good fastball and sharp breaking ball kept the Saints hitters off balance.

Bailey was working well behind the dish, stopping everything and throwing out two Saints runners to really slow down their running game.

We struggled to get anything going offensively and went scoreless through the first four innings, although Bailey doubled but was then thrown out at the plate trying to tie things up. However, we levelled the match in the bottom of the fifth as Matt, Higgi and Adam all hit safely to knot it up at 1-apiece.

Jackson came on in relief in the sixth but two walks and a hit saw Saints load the bases with none out. In a tight 1-1 ballgame and a tense situation, he remained cool and showed maturity beyond his years to get the required three outs for no score.

We then broke the game open in the bottom of the dig as Jacko led off with a double, Bailey and Blake walked, Dylan and Riley bunted home runs and Matt, Higgi, Adam and Cam all batted well as went sent ten men to the plate and scored six runs.

Jacko then finished in style and shut Saints down in order as we took a wonderful victory in a high-class ballgame.

WANDERERS: – 0 0 0 0 1 6 X – 7

SAINTS: – 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1

SAFE HITS: – M Hren and A Job (inc. 1 dbl) 2; B Higginbotham, C Edwards, J Malycha (dbl) and B Edgar (dbl) 1.

C Grade

C Grade kept their winning momentum going as they too broke away from a persistent Saints unit to record an 8-3 win.

Graeme Witte dusted off the boots and was strong on the mound, giving up just three runs over his four innings of excellent work. Our bats struggled a little bit but led by Ham’s two hits we did enough to take the points.

We fell behind early as Saints grabbed two to our one in the first inning but we hit the front in the third as Ham and Doug combined well.

Saints levelled in the top of the fourth as Graeme tired but we rallied behind our pitcher to score five in the bottom of the inning to jump out to an 8-3 lead. Beau, Josh, Logan, Bodhi, Ham, Conner and Tony all had good at-bats.

Mo relieved Graeme and Saints loaded the bases but with two out we got the last out which meant we couldn’t lose and we batted out time for another very good win.

WANDERERS: – 1 0 2 5 X – 8

SAINTS: – 2 0 0 1 0 – 3

SAFE HITS: – H Miah 2; T Malycha, D Hren, M Baldock, C Darby and B Darley.

Juniors

Our Junior Wanderers did not have a meaningful game as unfortunately Saints do not have enough for an U/13’s team and Hawks forfeited their U/16’s game to us as the couldn’t muster up a team in the earlier timeslot.