The firsts swept Springvale over their two game series - 10-0 on Sunday and 6-1 Wednesday and have secured top position in the Division 1 Eastern Conference.
On Sunday the Demons faced a danger game against Springvale - who had knocked off Blackburn and Sandringham a couple of times since Xmas. Andy took the mound and was solid through 5 innings - giving up 7 hits but with 5K's and some good defensive work, was able to preserve the shutout with Evan Brisentine mopping up the last 3 innings. Again Springvale mustered 3 hits in the last 3 innings but could not string them together enough to impact the score despite outhitting Melbourne 10-9 overall.
The Melbourne bats were not able to make any inroads until the third innings - despite loading the bases in the first. In the third after the bases were loaded on a walk, infield hit and error - Min muscled a two hit hit over second base to score one, and Alex Hondo cleared the bases on a double over left field which made the score 4-0. Melbourne scored 5 times in a wild seventh innings with a couple walked in and a couple scored on errors. A final run in the eighth innings from a Sam Boone double was enough for a 10-0 mercy rule result.
Min had 4 hits on the day, Sam Boone had 2 including a double, Al Hondo a double and singles to Nathan Aron and Matthew Blackmore.
Sam Boone plows into second base at Springvale on Sunday 31/01
In the mid-week game, Melbourne won comfortably 6-1 to sweep the 2 game series and now holds a 6 game break over second place in the conference with only 3 games to play.
Division 1 Reserves
The seconds had a fairly lackluster loss to Springvale 6-2 in a result that flatterered the visitors after scoring a couple in the last innings.
Division 1 Thirds
The thirds lost 8-3 in a winable game, they need to bounce back this weeekend against Waverley to secure a better finals position with only 2 games to go.
Division 1 Fourths
A tough loss after recovering to tie the game 3-3 in the last innings after trailling all game - only to see Springvale take the lead with their last at bat from one of their few hits on the day.
First versus second match of the round turned into a bit of a fizzer...especially if you were wearing purple. Both teams had a couple missing, but our depth shone through with a commanding 14-0 win over Research. Lardio was once again in charge on the hill throwing four shutout innings giving up only three hits, then the Chairman returned to he mound and drilled the first two batters he faced to show he meant business! Luckily his field looked after him, and we kept them scoreless over the next two innings. No errors on what was a dry and undulating Research ground was an impressive display.
We hit right through the order with everybody getting hits including three hits apiece to Sean, Murray and the Rookie Ben Neave. We have secured a home final and play third placed Doncaster at home next week, and then Upwey B away to finish the regular season.