U15’s took on the Bandits at Aranda and won 14-5.
The Eagles took advantage of some rust from the Bandits opening pitcher and catcher in what was their opening game after having the bye in the first round, advancing around the bases from walks, passed balls and wild pitches. Strong hitting from Hamish with two well hit singles was the highlight for the Eagles with the bat, with the team only notching 4 hits in total.
George was solid on the mound for Eagles, pitching 3 strong innings. Uncharacteristic errors and multiple cases of the “dropsies” from his fielders kept the Bandits in the game, before Hamish came on to close it out in the 4th.
Well week 2 and the Eagles played the Indians (a last season Grand Final rematch). The boys all put in a big effort but the result didn’t truly reflect these efforts. The game was played over three innings with the final score being a 13-0 win to the Indians.
As the home team, the Eagles took the field for our first full player pitch game (usually a 5 game machine pitch start). Dominic Hamilton opened the pitching for his first ever match pitching assignment and pitched well. Dustan Evans also stepped up as a debut catcher. The Indians got a couple of hits and walks and due to some over enthusiastic overthrows; the Indians stole a couple of bases, finishing with 6 runs. The Eagles also got hits and 1 walk but ended the innings with runners stranded on 2nd and 3rd. Score 6-0
In the second innings the fielding tightened up and although some stealing continued, the team continued to learn the game craft of Baseball. With Dom reaching his maximum pitch count, we debuted another pitcher – Jai Sonee. The Indians scored another 4 runs and again the Eagles got bat on ball but again left runners on 2nd and 3rd. Score 10-0
The 3rd Innings saw Harry Taylor fill the catching spot for his first time, Jai reach his pitch count, and the debut of our 3rd new pitcher Asher Ballhause. The Indians had 3 runs and runners on 1st and 2nd when Asher claimed his first Strike Out ending their innings. Unfortunately we did not manage to get on base in the 3rd but all players went down swinging. Score 13-0
In the final wash-up, we had 3 first time pitchers and 2 first time catchers. We got 4 hits and 1 walk and all other batters went down swinging. Dom finished with 3 Strike-outs, Jai got 5 strike-outs and Asher finished with 1. All players played in positions they had never played and learnt some more about the game. The boys are improving each week and I am so proud of their effort; well done boys. Jai Sonee picked up player of the Match.
Thanks Mark Ballhause (Coach)
This week saw the Eagles tee-ballers take on the Weston Creek Indians in a local derby that lived up to the pre-match hype. Before the game, the coach of the Indians let us know that they were a player short, and as the Eagles had ten players, Benny agreed to play for the Indians. After the game, Coach Chris thanked Benny and he received a round of applause from his teammates. Benny made sure he let them all know that he’s still an Eagle at heart, no matter where he plays.
During the game, the Eagles played some terrific defence, and the kids did much better at playing their positions rather than all racing towards the ball. Lily and Xavier made some great plays in the field, and the hustle award this week goes to Chase who lived up to his name by chasing the ball all over the park with great enthusiasm.
While everyone hit the ball well, the standouts this week were Iorwerth, Levi, Reuben, Charlotte, and Archie who all had terrific hits in each of their plate appearances. Finally, a special mention for ‘Grand Slam’ Cam, who cleared the bases with each of his three homeruns and took home the ‘best on ground’ award for the day.
It was impressive to see the kids learn to hold their positions in the field, and when Coach Chris asked if there were any questions after the game, not one but three players said that ‘we don’t fight over the ball’. While more statements than questions, it still showed that the kids are listening to their Coach and working hard to improve their game.
Go baby birds!
The Kambah Eagles u17 team opened up the season against the strong u17 Woden Rebels on Saturday at the North Curtin playing grounds. The Eagles started strong in the first inning with Antony Lee stealing second and third base. Rohan McDonough following this up with a base hit to right field, scoring the first run of the season. In the bottom of the first Rohan took the mound as the Eagles opening day starter. He was unfortunately hurt by a tight strike zone leading to a few walks. Along with timely hitting, the Rebels were able to score several runs to take the lead. The lefty Ollie Hansen came on to get out the jam and stop any further damage. Solid pitching by Ollie again in the 2nd and 3rd was spoiled by tight calls and good hitting by the Rebels. The Eagles were able to strike again in the 3rd when Ryan Oshyer stole second and scored on a hit by Eli hunter. Without being able to plate any more runs the Eagles were too far behind when a storm rolled into Canberra. The game was called in the 3rd inning due to thunder, lightning, and rain.
Regardless of the finish, it was a fun and exciting day of baseball in Canberra for the Eagles. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to the rest of the season. The Eagles 1st grade American imports, who are coaching the u17s, saw heaps of talent from the boys and anticipate a very successful season moving on. A big thanks to Hamish McGuire for being our backup player after pitching for the u15s.
Eagles u15 started the season with a loss but it definitely wasn’t without the positives. Many of the Rebels team were back for their second year at that age group and our guys came up against some quality opposition.
Hamish had a great start on the mound pitching the first two innings and was followed well by George for the last inning. Both pitchers were well supported by Jules and Jake behind the plate.
Toby showed he’s a natural second baseman in his first game of baseball. Both he and Jack made some solid contact with the bat.
Connor showed that he’s making great improvements at the plate. Whilst he didn’t hit any over the fence I’m excited to see his progress this year.
Harry also had a good game at first base along with Aran at right field.
The U11 Eagles played the Bears on Saturday and with a brand new lineup that included five returning players, 1 players coming up in age and five debutants (D) (not just to the club but to the sport) we started the season with a 6-3 victory….well done team.
The eagles opened the 1st innings with the first two batters, Harry Taylor and Finn MacDonald getting on base. Unfortunately the next three batters were not able to bring them home. Due to some excellent team fielding we kept the Bears also to zero. Score 0-0
The 2nd innings was a big one for the Eagles, with all but 2 of our 11 players taking a turn at the plate; resulting in 6 hits, Dominic Hamilton, Xander Brooks (D), Manny Carmody (D) Jai Sonee, Dustan Evans (D) and Harry Taylor (2nd hit) and 5 runs. Dustan’s hit was the biggest of the game from either team, a debut – first time at the plate, Home Run that also brought in two of his team mates. The Bears got a couple of hits and managed to bring one runner home again due to excellent team fielding. Score 5-1
The 3rd innings started like the 2nd, with Noah Hannaford and Asher Ballhause both getting hits and then a double from Dominic Hamilton (2nd hit) bringing in the first runner. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and only 1 out there was hope for another big innings but it finished without the runners advancing. The Bears managed to bring 2 runners home in the 3rd. Score 6-3.
The 4th innings was again a non-scoring innings for both teams but did see hits from Jai Sonee (2nd hit) and Dylan Gibson (D). This was the last scoring innings of the game, however as it was the first game of the season and there was still 10 mins before the end of play; both teams agreed to playing a non-scored 5th with each team getting 5 mins to bat to give everyone as much game time as possible. It was in this inning that Finn Pepar (D) crushed a fly ball down the 3rd base line that would have equaled or bettered Dustan’s ball from the 2nd; but it landed just fowl.
Overall a great first game from all the players and played in a great positive spirit; I was really proud of you all. Here is to a great season ahead.
Fantastic game today for our first match and for some their first ever go at a competitive sport.
We got through out batting order at least 3 times I believe and every player registered at least 1 hit and 1 run. I couldn’t be happier with the batting with many hits coming from the machine but also we got quite a few from the last chance soft toss. Hamish McGregor showed the way with a 2 RBI stand up double late in the game. Gavin Cunnar, Austin Tunningley and Jackson Corcoran were brave behind the plate using the protective catchers gear for it’s intended purpose. Chase Carmody showing that we have a potential future pitcher with some huge throws to 1st base. A great game from all and a perfect way for a coach to spend his first game that also fell on his birthday, coming home with a 9-3 win.