The firsts will finish top and look set to play Cheltenham in the 3 game semi final playoff. They defeated Preston 11-0 in a mercy rule result and have one final game to play against Sandringham next Saturday.
A quiet start with Melbourne going down in order in the bottom of the first - but 3 runs in the second, 4 in the third and 4 in the fifth was enough for a mercy rule 11-0 win in seven innings. For the winners, Scott Moore had 3 hits, a pair of hits for Mathew Kent including a home run, Mitch Ayers and Sam Boone had two, while Matthew Blackmore, Alex Hondo, Kyeongmin Kim and Nathan Aron had one hit apiece. On the hill, Andy Mann was untroubled through 5 innings, throwing 4 K's and only giving up 3 scattered hits, Evan Brisentine and Matthew Blackmore threw an innings only giving up a solitary baseruner each.
The seconds won 11-3 and have qualified 3rd and will play Essendon in the semi final at Boeing reserve.
The thirds won 6-1 and have qualified in second place and will play Doncaster in the semi final at Surrey Park.
The Fourths won 9-1 and have qualified fourth for finals, they will play Doncaster in the semi final. With a few players out including the coach, an impressive pitching effort from Patty Cotter with 9K's and Enoch Shen with 3K's in closing, shutdown the Preston offense. Speedy had an impressive 4 hits, Mick Hill 3, Prom, Willo and Enoch singles was more than enough run support for the runaway win.
Masters 38 had Last game of the regular season and with first place secured we header out to sunny Upwey. We were short a few regulars due to many reasons from work to Sean Edwards' daughter Sashca being born. We still managed through with some help from a mystery player... Defensively Lard was again solid going three innings of work for zero hits (ten batters, one walk and two K's), then Dave Keyhoe stepped up for two innings facing six batters for three K's. 10-0 after fivexcellente and Andy Rose was pestering the loudest so he got to throw the last two and he did pretty well inducing a lot of ground balls; problem was they found gaps. A little friendly fire collision between Lardio and Jason Webster saw Jason off to Hospital with a dislocated shoulder (let's face it - it was never going to be the other way around ;-). Dr Nick at the William Angliss Hospital in Upwey took a few hours and an Xray to diagnose this Captain Obvious situation but lucky Ladrio kept him company, and the Upwey canteen had supplied a bag of frozen peas for them to snack on! With his now dodgy left shoulder matching his dodgy right shoulder, Jason may struggle to come up for finals which is a shame considering this is his return season to baseball.
Offensively we all hit with three hits to Warren and Andy and two to Dave and Lardio. Special thanks to Ian Kent for sub fielding in the last innnings after he had spent the previous 90 minutes 'hydrating' on the sidelines. He ensured to remind Dave Keyhoe how to prepare for each pitch in his dazzling display!
Great season by the team and a lot to be proud of. With a home final v Doncaster next week at Surrey starting 6.30pm we still have work to be done... All going well GF at home the folllowing week. Get on down!