Game Results and Match Reports

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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.

BATS FIRE UP AS GRENFELL STARS AGAIN

Scoring in every inning, we rolled to a six-inning mercy win over Eagles behind the strong relief pitching of Dave Grenfell.

On our homefield, injures (Braydn, Sheldon, Nick C and Anthony) and absences (Morgan) continued to plague us but our travellers – Dave, Will and Jack (for his first run this season) bolstered our ranks.

We started with Jack on the hill and he shook off some rust but shut Eagles down over the first two innings before reaching his pitch threshold and Dave came on in relief. We started strongly as Tonko (hpb), Hayden and Adam (walks) reached base and Nick C’s hit drove in two runs to cap a solid four-run first.

Dave picked up where he left off last time and continued to get the Eagles hitters out. Eagles grabbed one in the third but were kept off the scoreboard in the fourth and fifth digs. Meanwhile, we added two in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth as Will, Hayden, Nick C, Nick T, Dave, Jordan and Jack all had on-base or run scoring at-bats.

Dave shut Eagles out again in the sixth as he finished with four K’s and just one earned run over four and a third innings of quality work and then two walks (Jack and Hayden) two hits (Tonko and Jordy) saw us get the margin out to 15 and the big win was ours. 

WANDERERS: – 4 2 3 2 2 3 – 16

EAGLES: – 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 1

SAFE HITS: – H Carroll (inc. 1 dbl) 3, N Carroll 2; J Tonkin, J Fleri, A Carroll (dbl), N Tregeagle and W Kortekaas 1

B GRADE

B Grade also batted very well and took advantage of some sloppy Eagles fielding to pile up the runs and back Cam’s solid start on the hill as we dominated to win 13-4.

Cam shut Eagles down in the first and good batting from Matt, Higgi, Jacko and Bailey combined with good baserunning to get us four runs in our turn at the dish.

Eagles got on the scoreboard in the second and third but a big second innings from us effectively put the result beyond doubt. We piled on eight runs as Matt, Blake, Cam, Jacko, Dylan, Riley and Higgi all batted well.

Cam remained strong on the hill and finished off his day in style with two K’s and allowing just three earned runs over six innings and whilst we added just one run over the last three digs the win was an excellent compliment to last week’s first win.

WANDERERS: – 4 8 0 1 0 X – 13

EAGLES: – 0 1 1 2 0 0 – 4

SAFE HITS: – B Peterson 3; M Hren (2 dbls), J Malcyha, B Edgar and D Twaddle 2; B Higginbotham and C Edwards 1.

C GRADE

C Grade rounded out a trio of great wins with an excellent 12-4 victory over the previously undefeated Eagles.

Tony Malycha wound back the clock to pitch well for us and we showed great discipline at the plate to work ten works, combining with five hits to keep Eagles on the backfoot.

Eagles scored three in the first as Tony found his range but we supported our pitcher well with five runs on two walks, two hit batters and Ham’s two-rbi hit. The Dog struck out the side in the second dig and we added another four runs on five walks and hits to Logan and Ham.

The match sputtered to a conclusion as we kept our big lead. Eagles scored one run in the third but we added two of our own and another in the last to run out big winners.

WANDERERS: – 5 4 2 1 – 12

EAGLES: – 3 0 1 0 – 4

SAFE HITS: – H Miah 2; P Hammat, D Hayes and L Baldock 1.

JUNIORS

Our U/16’s found the going a bit tougher this week as they went down 10-6 to Hawks.

Our hitting was a bit light on this week with only Declan Baldock, Tatum Crompton and Riley Cox registering a safe hit. We fell behind early and rallied late but just fell short.

Ben Prince and Ryan Evans tried hard on the mound and stemmed the flow of runs after a shaky first dig.

WANDERERS: – 1 0 5 – 6

HAWKS: – 5 3 2 – 10

SAFE HITS: – D Baldock, T Crompton and R Cox 1.

Our U/13’s had an excellent win as they were able to take the field against Eagles. Scoring consistently, we piled on seventeen runs over four innings whilst keeping Eagles to just one run early to guarantee the win.

Benji Hayes, Riley Cox, Riley Halupka and Alex Kane led the way with the bat whilst Declan Baldock pitched well and Charlie showed great promise in his first ever go at pitching.

WANDERERS: – 5 5 5 2 – 17

EAGLES: – 1 0 5 5 – 11

SAFE HITS: – B Hayes and R Cox 2; R Halupka, O Hayes, C Hawson and A Kane 1

TEAM EFFORT GETS THE JOB DONE

Another solid batting effort backed our pitchers as we got the job done against a spirited Hawks outfit.

We were without Will and Jack back in Adelaide, Sheldon still injured and Nick C in B’s but welcomed back Morgan, Braydn (who has recovered from his finger injury) and loved seeing Matty Hren back in the top grade.

Adam Job snuck his way out from behind the dish to cut a fine figure on the bump as he made a rare start. Hawks started with some energy in the first as a lead-off walk came around to score and with their ace on the hill they were up and about. Our first two struck out but Hayden worked a walk and an excellent eight-pitch at bat by AC ended in a double to level the scores.

Hawks then proceeded to walk the next five in a row as Adam, Dave, Matt, Nick T and Tonko all showed great plate discipline and we piled on five from 2-out!

Adam sat Hawks down in order in the second dig and we scored three more in our turn at-bat as Jordy tripled, Hayden doubled and a couple of Hawks errors set us on our way.

Hawks rallied in the third with a three-run dinger to close the gap that spelt the end of Adam’s stint but we rallied again with four more as Tonko, Morgs, Jordy, Hayden, AC and Adam all had great at-bats.

Tregs took over on the mound and the right-hander kept his good touch going, keeping Hawks off the board in both the fourth and fifth digs as we rolled two double-plays with good defence. Our scoring slowed a bit but we added three more to Hawks three as time was called due to bad light with a solid 15-8 win.

WANDERERS: – 5 3 4 0 1 2 – 15

HAWKS: – 1 0 4 0 0 3 – 8

SAFE HITS: – J Tonkin 2; J Fleri (tpl), H Carroll (dbl), A Carroll (dbl) and M Hren 1

B GRADE

The B Grade bats went to work again as we struggled a bit defensively but batted brilliantly to secure a good win.

Hawks opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning against our started Josh H but we then sent fifteen hitters to the plate (!!!) to smash out ten runs as Nick C (twice), Jacko, Ham, Matty, Tonko all hit safely.

Hawks stayed in touch with four runs as we struggled to find the strike zone but we added another six in the second as Ham and Dylan were hit and Matty, Blake, Nick C and Jacko all batted well.

Hawks rallied well in the third dig with another five runs as walks continued to plague us and although we didn’t score in our go, Blake shut down Hawks in the fourth to secure our 16-13 win against the ladder leaders.

WANDERERS: – 10 6 0 X – 16

HAWKS: – 3 4 5 1 – 13

SAFE HITS: – N Carroll 3; M Hren and J Malycha (1 dbl) 2; B Peterson and H Miah (dbl) 1.

C GRADE

C Grade continued our run of success on the day with a convincing 14-3 win.

Mo was at his combative best and led from the mound working well with his battery mate The Dog. Lewis made a welcome return with a couple of hits and Logan and Jonty also grabbed a couple each.

It was two-runs all after the first inning but we pulled away with four in the second and five in the third as Mo kept Hawks scoreless over those two frames. Three more in the fourth dig gave us an unassailable lead, so much so that Shaggy felt safe enough to have a pitch!!

WANDERERS: – 2 4 5 3 X – 14

HAWKS: – 2 0 0 0 1 – 3

SAFE HITS: – L Roberts and L Baldock 2; T Malycha, B Darley, B Layton, R Russell (dbl) and J Evans 1

JUNIORS

Our U/16’s had their designated week off this week.

The U/13’s match result ended up going to Hawks as a pitch count infraction meant we wouldn’t be able to get the points.

Offensively, we really struggled with the bat and it seemed our kids were mostly paralysed at the plate. They either couldn’t or wouldn’t swing the bat although Breanna, Cooper and Charlie showed the way by having a crack.

Defensively we were led by Ollie Hayes (pitching) and Alex Kane (catching) who kept a lid on the Hawks offense for most of the game and Lucas Currie snagged a brilliant reflex catch at third base as well.

BIG HITS AND ANOTHER SOLID OUTING FROM GRENFELL

An offensive outburst and another quality start were enough to get the points over Saints this week.

A nine-run second inning – highlighted by Anthony Carroll’s first ever regular season home run – and a four-run fourth dig – headlined by Braydn Douglas’ first ever home run – provided the offense as Dave scattered seven hits over five digs to put paid to any Saints resistance on their home ground.

Jordan was a late withdrawal due to illness as we took the field against Saints, expecting another challenge after we drew with them last time. Both sides went scoreless in the first inning and then we exploded in the second. Dougy’s double got us started and Nick C, Dave, Tonko, Morgs (triple), Hayden and Anthony (2-run shot), Dougy again and Adam all had good at-bats to pile on nine runs. Dave shut Saints down in order again in the second dig with the help of a slick double play around the infield.

Neither team scored in the third dig and we pushed our lead into double figures in the fourth inning with Dougy’s lead-off jack and good at-bats from Nick C, Adam, Nick T, Dave, Tonko and Morgs.

Saints strung three hits together to get on the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth before Dave got a well-deserved rest. We continued to score over the remaining innings as Adam, Anthony, Morgs and Dougy doubled and Bailey grabbed his first A-Grade hit and although Saints fought it out until the end, the 17-10 score line secured us a solid win.

WANDERERS: – 0 9 0 4 2 1 1 – 17

SAINTS: – 0 0 0 2 1 5 2 – 10

SAFE HITS: – B Douglas 4 (inc. 1 h/r, 2 dbls); J Tonkin, M Ruchel (tpl & dbl), A Carroll (h/r & dbl) and A Job (dbl) 2; H Carroll, B Edgar and D Grenfell 1

B GRADE

B Grade welcomed Dion back and Jesse Frazer from the Riverland into the team but we couldn’t keep our good form going as errors plagued us in the field and poor pitch selection and baserunning meant our offense sputtered and we went down 7-10.

We started brightly with two runs as Blake, Nick C and Dion hit well and as Jacko took the ball we gave this right back to Saints with two errors as they scored three.

We couldn’t score in either the second or third innings (despite Higgi’s double) and Saints extended their lead to 8-2 as we continued to kick the ball around whilst everything they hit seemed to fall in.

Jacko doubled and Bailey walked to lead off the fourth as we looked to stay in the contest but a couple of poor at-bats and some bad base-running spelt the end of the inning after just one run.

Saints added two more runs to get out to ten runs as we errored again. We rallied late with Dion’s lead-off blast, Blake’s hit, Jacko’s third double and Jesse’s third hit for the afternoon but the three runs weren’t enough to close the gap.

WANDERERS: – 2 0 0 1 0 1 3 – 7

SAINTS: – 3 4 1 0 0 2 X – 10

SAFE HITS: – J Malycha (3 dbls) and J Frazer 3; B Peterson, B Higginbotham (1 dbl) and D Tregeagle (1 h/r) 2; N Carroll and H Miah 1.

C GRADE

The C Grade lads kicked off the day very well with a resounding 12-1 win. In his 350th club game, Tony “Wet Dog” Malycha was the star of the show as he pitched four innings for one (unearned) run and went unretired at the plate with two hits and two walks.

We started brightly with three runs in the first two digs as Tony, Jonty, Doug, Mo and Ben all batted well. Saints couldn’t score off Tony as he collected two strikeouts and our field held firm.

Five more runs in the fifth inning secured the points as Mo picked up his third hit and Tony, Jonty, Doug (dbl) and Hayesy all batted well.

WANDERERS: – 3 3 0 1 5 – 12

SAINTS: – 0 0 0 1 0 – 1

SAFE HITS: – M Baldock 3; T Malycha and J Wilson 2; D Hren (dbl) 1

JUNIORS

The U/16’s started well and were in front as time expired but there was mass confusion from all and Hawks batted in the fourth dig to take the lead and we didn’t get to bat. We only had eight players for this match which made things more difficult for the lads.

The Baldock brothers (Declan and Logan) shouldered the pitching duties with Declan doing very well, limiting Hawks to just three runs over three innings. Offensively, Riley, Alex and Bodhi (dbl) had our safe hits with Logan, Declan and Ben all working walks as we scored five runs over our three innings.

WANDERERS: – 5 0 0 – 5

HAWKS: – 2 0 1 – 3

SAFE HITS: – R Cox, A Kane and B Kane (dbl) 1.

It was the U/13’s turn for a bye this week.

MIXED RESULTS FOR MILESTONE MATCHES

This is Round 7 which is a makeup game for the first of the two missed COVID matches.

A GRADE

Nick Carroll took the diamond for his 500th club match as the team looked to get back on the winners list on our home diamond.

We welcomed Morgan back and promoted Jackson but were missing Adam (injury) and Tonko.

Anthony took the ball and Eagles scored one in the first inning on a throwing error by us. However, we responded brilliantly against Eagles’ pitcher Taylar Pay scoring five runs as Hayden, Nick and Anthony Carroll all hit safely.

Anthony kept Eagles off the scoreboard in the second and third innings and we added four runs over the same period as Nick T, Jackson and Hayden all hit safely. Unfortunately, in the second innings Nick C was one of our six hit batters and his day ended prematurely with what looked like a serious injury.

Anthony completed his five innings allowing Eagles just two runs and collecting six strikeouts. Jordan and Hayden finished off the pitching duties and Eagles managed a few more runs but could only bring their tally to six.

Meanwhile, we added two more in the fifth dig as Dougy, Blake and AC hit well and a further three in the last inning as Morgz and Dave hit safely.

WANDERERS: – 5 3 1 0 2 0 3 X — 14

EAGLES: – 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 — 6

SAFE HITS: – H Carroll, A Carroll, M Ruchel (inc. 1 dbl) and D Grenfell 2; B Douglas, B Peterson, N Carroll, N Tregeagle and J Malycha (dbl) 1

B GRADE

Brett Higginbotham took the field for his 500th club match was also looking for a win.

For the second week in a row, B grade lost a heartbreaker to Eagles by one run.

We started with Cam Edwards on the mound and two errors gifted Eagles their opening run. We replied with one of our own as Blake led off with a hit and ran the bases well to come around and score.

Both pitchers were on top through to the fourth innings with the score knotted at 2-2. Cam and Josh grabbed safe hits for us over this time. Eagles edged ahead in the top of the fifth with a run but we matched it as Dion and Bailey hit safely. Unfortunately, Dion’s day also ended early with a serious leg injury.

For the second week in a row, Eagles edged ahead from two out in the last innings and this time we couldn’t match it losing the game 4-3

WANDERERS: – 1 0 0 1 1 0 — 3

EAGLES: – 1 0 1 0 1 1 — 4

SAFE HITS: – D Tregeagle 2; B Peterson, B Edgar, C Edwards, H Miah and J Harris 1

C GRADE

Once again, C Grade had a convincing win over a depleted Eagles, winning 13-2.

Mo started on the mound and was in good touch keeping Eagles scoreless for the first four innings. We jumped out with eleven runs over this time as Tony, Josh, Ham, Hayesy, Ben, Lewis, Riley and Logan all collected safe hits.

Mo finished the game strongly on the hill allowing just two runs and we added another couple of runs to finish, with the hitting onslaught highlighted by Hayesy’ s triple and two doubles.

WANDERERS: – 4 1 1 5 2 0 — 13

EAGLES: – 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 2

SAFE HITS: – D Hayes 3 (incl 1 tpl & 2 dbls); T Malycha (1 dbl), J Evans, H Miah, B Layton and L Baldock 2, L Roberts and R Russell (dbl) 1

WANDERERS JUNIORS JUNE 5TH

Our U/7’s and the U/10’s have combined with Hawks in both grades as neither club has enough for stand alone teams. Each grade is now a three-team competition.

So, although our kids in both grades are really enjoying their time running around on a Saturday morning (or on a Friday night!), we desperately need some more young’uns to join up!

If you read this and know of anyone that may be interested, please let us know asap.

U/13’s

Our budding stars took on Hawks, looking to get things going with the bat after their last outing.

We started well in the first inning as Ollie and Declan walked and ran the bases well to both score. Declan started on the mound but his control deserted him early and Hawks scored five.

We added another run in the second dig to back our pitcher and stay in touch as Breanna McMonnies’ shot to rightfield resulted in a run for us. Declan fired up in the bottom of the inning and found his touch as we made three good infield outs to only allow one to Hawks.

We again added another in the third as Riley Cox joined the hit party to drive in a run. Alex Kane had a spell from behind the dish to relieve Declan and he started brilliantly, shutting Hawks down in order, again with good fielding from us.

Trailing by two going into the last dig, we showed good poise at the plate as Darcy, Benji, Will, Alex and Riley all walked and with scores level Charlie banged one to the outfield to drive in the go-ahead run and we led by one.

Benji was working beautifully behind the plate as Alex struck the first hitter out. A hit to Hawks put the tying run at third which they got home as we recorded the second out but Alex and Benji stayed cool to strike out the last hitter and grab two points for us with a 7-all draw.

WANDERERS: – 2 1 1 3 – 7

HAWKS: – 5 1 0 1 – 7

SAFE HITS: – R Cox, B McMonnies and C Roden 1

U/16’s

Our U/16’s were back on the diamond after time off and they were looking to keep the momentum going against Hawks.

We started well with the bat as Logan, Alex, Ryan, Ollie and Declan all walked and we were able to score four runs. Bodhi also changed up his usual catching position and took the ball on the hill. Hawks replied with a couple of runs as Ryan threw out a runner from behind the plate to end their innings.

Riley hit well to the outfield but was left stranded as we couldn’t move him around and Hawks added one more in their turn at-bat to edge closer.

We then put a gap on the scoreboard with four more runs in the third (and last) innings as Bodhi hit safely and Declan, Ben, Logan, Alex and Ryan all showed good plate discipline to get walks. With a five-run lead, we showed good skill to get the three outs without Hawks scoring and we came away with an excellent 8-3 win.

WANDERERS: – 4 0 4—8

HAWKS: – 2 1 0—3

SAFE HITS: – R Cox and B Kane 1

Round 8 was unfortunately cancelled to the COVID situation at the time 🙁

WE’RE BACK ON THE DIAMOND

After missing two weeks (and the senior rep game) we were allowed to grace the field again, resuming our season at Round nine.

A GRADE

A fast start and eight strong innings from Anthony saw us take the points in our latest matchup against Saints. We were without Dave, Jordan and Morgan but welcomed back Sheldon and promoted Blake for his first A-Grade start.

AC struck out the side but Saints managed a couple of unearned runs in the first dig without a hit but we responded brilliantly in our turn at-bat. Good at-bats from Tonko, Dougy, Hayden, Anthony, Jobby and Sheldon saw us jump out with six runs to stun Saints.

Dougy is looking to add to his armour collection after doing himself a mischief at the end of the first and this introduced Jacko into the game after his four-hit effort in B’s.

We added another in the second and one more in the fourth as Hayden, AC, Jacko, Adam and Nick C all batted well to stretch our lead out to 8-2. Anthony continued to keep Saints off the scoreboard and finished his excellent day scattering three hits over eight innings with seven K’s.

We added a couple more runs in the eighth and then Nick T closed the match for us in style as we ran out 10-2 winners.

WANDERERS: – 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 X – 10

SAINTS: – 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 2

SAFE HITS: – H Carroll and N Carroll 2; J Tonkin, J Malycha, B Douglas (dbl), A Carroll, N Tregeagle and S Hall (dbl) 1.

B GRADE

The Magoo’s were also missing people with Cam and Jesse out.

Dion took to the hill for us and he used all his skill to pitch an excellent game as once again our fielding was off the boil, time and again giving Saints extra at-bats.

Saints scored one on three errors from us in the first and another in the fourth on two more errors. We were off at the plate also but managed to level the game in the bottom half of the fourth dig as Jacko, Dylan and Bailey hit well.

Saints edged ahead in the fifth with three runs but we rallied with two in the sixth to stay in touch as Sheldon, Dion and Jacko hit well. The top of the last dig saw Saints stretch their lead to two and we went to work to try and pinch it.

Higgi got a one-out hit, we had another out but Dion and Jacko hit booming back-to-back doubles to score two to tie the match in great style and with the winning run at third we almost got there but the match finished in a thrilling 6-all draw.

Interestingly, Saints rolled a double AND a triple play in the field but we kept on coming!

Jacko was brilliant with a four-from-four day at the dish and followed up with two innings on the hill also, whilst Dion was excellent pitching and added two doubles to his days’ work.

WANDERERS: – 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 – 6

SAINTS: – 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 – 6

SAFE HITS: – J Malycha 4 (1 dbl); M Hren (1 dbl) and D Tregeagle (2 dbls) 2; B Higginbotham, S Hall, D Twaddle, B Edgar and R Russell 1

C GRADE

C Grade had a muck around as Saints couldn’t field a team and forfeited to us.

JUNIORS

The U/16’s played a very good game to run out 7-4 winners over Hawks.

Logan Baldock led from the front on the mound and collected five K’s over three innings, keeping Hawks to three runs.

We did most of our damage in the second dig, scoring five runs on five walks and hits to Ryan and Logan. We scored one run either side of that second inning as Bodhi and Alex hit well.

Ryan came on to close and was a man possessed, striking out the first two hitters on seven pitches and could easily have had a three-up, three-down inning, securing the win with a K to finish.

WANDERERS: – 1 5 1 X – 7

HAWKS: – 0 0 3 1 – 4

SAFE HITS: – R Evans, L Baldock, B Kane and A Kane 1

The U/13’s welcomed new player Xavier Naess to the team and played an excellent match to be comfortable 9-0 winners.

Riley Cox was very good on the mound and pitched into the third innings, recording six K’s before reaching his pitch limit. We scored two in the first and two in the second as Declan, Riley (double), Alex (double) and Darcy all batted well.

Ollie came on in relief of Riley and took a little time to find his rhythm but added four K’s to our pitching strikeout tally to close things out in style. We added five more runs to finish off as we received six straight walks as the young Eagles pitcher was trying very hard in his first go.

WANDERERS: – 2 2 5 X—9

EAGLES: – 0 0 0 0—0

SAFE HITS: – R Cox (dbl), A Kane (dbl) and D Roden 1

ROUGH DAY AGAINST EAGLES

A GRADE

We faced Eagles for the first of two consecutive matchups, this one at Newey Field.

We started well against Luke Gathercole with three runs in the first dig as Tonko, Jordan, Hayden, Anthony and Adam all had productive at-bats. We sent Nick T to the hill but Eagles responded with four runs.

We added one in the fourth as Nick C and Jordan combined well. The fifth inning saw us rattle off five consecutive safe hits but a lead-off strikeout and an out on the bases limited us to just one run and halt our charge.

Unfortunately, our usually solid defence wavered and Eagles added eight runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth sigs to take a stranglehold on the match. We were unable to mount another serious challenge and fell away to a 13-5 loss.

WANDERERS: – 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 – 5

EAGLES: – 4 1 0 4 2 2 0 0 X – 13

SAFE HITS: – A Job 3; H Carroll, A Carroll and N Carroll 2; J Tonkin, J Fleri, D Grenfell and N Tregeagle 1.

B GRADE

The seconds played an excellent match but fell at the last hurdle to go down 3-2.

Blake started on the bump and put in six innings of quality pitching, giving up just two runs whilst striking out five along the way.

We began with one run in the first dig as Blake walked and Nick C hit him home. Eagles couldn’t score over the first two digs as Blake was in good touch. Unfortunately, we couldn’t add to our tally as just Nick C and Jackson managed a hit through to the end of the sixth dig.

Eagles had levelled in the third and went ahead in the fourth and the match was 2-1 their way with one inning to go.

With two out and down to our last chance, Matt doubled, Blake hit him to third and stole second. Nick C’s third hit for the game tied it up as Matt scored but Blake was held at third and our chance to take the lead was lost.

With two out, Eagles then managed to scramble the winner home as our defence faltered and an undeserved loss came our way.

WANDERERS: – 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 2

EAGLES: – 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 – 3

SAFE HITS: – N Carroll 3 (1 dbl); J Malycha 2; M Hren (dbl) and B Peterson 1

C GRADE

C Grade flew the flag for us with a convincing 11-2 win.

We started off very well with four runs in the first dig as Tony, Doug, Hayesy, Ham, Josh and Riley all had good at-bats.

Graeme made another appearance to take the ball and allowed Eagles just one run over the first three innings. We added two more in each of the second and third innings as Hayesy, Ham, Josh, Jonty and Graeme all hit well and extended our lead to seven runs.

Mo replaced Graeme and allowed just one more run over the last two innings and we added three more runs for good measure to finish the excellent win

WANDERERS: – 4 2 2 0 3 — 11

EAGLES: – 0 1 0 0 1 – 2

SAFE HITS: – H Miah 3 (inc. 2 dbls); D Hayes, J Evans and J Wilson 2; R Russell and G Witte (dbl) 1.

JUNIORS

The U/16’s played another good game against Hawks, winning 7-3.

Ryan Evans started on the mound and pitched nearly the whole game limiting Hawks to three runs and collecting four strikeouts.

Our hitting was light on with just Ollie and Tatum recording a safe hit but we collected nine walks in a good display of disciplined hitting.

WANDERERS: – 2 5 0 — 7

HAWKS: – 2 0 1 – 3

SAFE HITS: – O Hayes and T Crompton 1

The U/13’s started well against an under manned Hawks team by scoring five runs to Hawks zero in the first innings. Unfortunately, a Hawks player got injured leaving them with just six players meaning they had to forfeit the match.

The match continued in a scratch match format and Darcy Roden pitched very well for us in his debut on the mound.

Wanderers defeated Hawks in a 9-0 forfeit.