22/04/2017 Eagles V Cardinals (Away)
1st Grade Report - Coach C.Blanch
We finally got out on the field and it wasn't the result we wanted against the cardinals however it was good to get the season started, loosen up the arms and dusts some cob webs off.
Defensively we were scratchy but it was great to see the bats come alive so early on in the season.
Stand out players for the day;
Barney threw a great 6 innings even though some game changing calls went against us.
Special mention for Tim Atherton first home run of the season and Mick ship with 2 clutch hits in a crucial part of the game. Bring on round 2
2nd Grade Report Coach B. Shipp
Well, how good was it to finally step onto a field in a uniform!. Good turnout guys for 2’s in our first game of 2017 in round 4. With Vince, Mitch and Pat away somewhere, enjoying beverages I am sure. We put on a reasonable showing considering our training has been disrupted and no games under our belt.
Welcome to Jordan Comer, glad to have you onboard with us. A nice outing on the hill for you, which shows
promise for us as we get more games. We shall see what else you have to offer over the following games.
Welcome to 2’s Waz, nice to have you join us. Our new batboys did good also.
Pitching from Dom was fair early on, but the good thing, was the fact that you hung in and fought out of some tight spots.
Just need to find your rhythm and be more consistent around the plate, your speed was definitely too much for most of the Cards,
but they were patient and we gave away far too many walks.
Our hitting wasn’t on par with Cards, they put bat on ball more than us, but there was some good contact amongst us and this will improve over coming weeks.
I think we have a good squad and can have some fun and good games this year.
Training each Tues. arvo (4pm onwards) when ground is ok, batting in tunnel Friday arvo. Let’s get amongst it guys
Was really good to see nearly every 2nd grade player hang around and watch a good game in 1’s also.
Next weekend we begin the crazy part of our 2017 draw, with 1st grade and 3rd grade playing Pirates at home whilst 2nd grade have the bye
Then the following week, all teams have the bye, whilst the NSW Country Senior Champs are on at Blacktown. So 2 byes in a row for 2nds but we shall be there to support our other grades and also do some canteen duty next weekend when we may be playing at home (Fred Finch)
3rd Grade Report Coach S. Lewer
Our first game of the season showed that we are in for an interesting and fun season. Game one was a mixture of great baseball and some very clunky hitting. We started well with Graeme and Troy dominating the Cardinal hitters and solid left fielding by Vic that kept the Cards to 2 runs early in the game. Our hitting has a long way to go to our standard of 2016 but enough to get us ahead in the first third of the game. We made a few "rusty, early in the season" errors giving the Cards too many opportunities to score. This lead to us losing the lead which we didn't regain.
We need to improve in our fielding,....which we will, and improve our hitting....which we will. The basics for a great season are there. We want to be a development team for juniors coming into senior baseball and also older players wanting to improve. With our stellar senior players, there is no better place for those who want to learn and improve. Very much looking forward to many great baseball moments and our first win