Eagles Under 17 Mid-season Wrap (at 9 December 2018)

Ollie (#43) is our left-armed pitcher and he usually opens the game. Ollie has the lowest ERA of the seven players who have stepped on the mound to date. He has been faced by 105 batters and has 21 strikeouts in the bag, with Rohan just in front of him on 23. Ollie was missed when he went away on school camp (school camps are henceforth banned).

Eli (#53) is batting 250 and has 3 RBI. We only had 8 players the week Eli went off on a cruise because Ollie happened to also be away on school camp (all cruises are henceforth banned).

Brad (#24) is leading the team’s RBI with 7 in his tally, and he is playing in his first season of senior baseball on Saturday afternoons. His batting average is higher in 4th Grade than Under 17 at the moment. What does that mean, Brad?

Cam (#3) is one of only 4 players that have been available for every game played to date, so he gets bonus points for reliability. In our second game against the Indians, Cam was the only Eagle player who got a safe hit too.

Antony (#5) will be on the DL for several weeks having managed to tear some growth plate from the elbow of his throwing arm. Antony played in the first three games before his injury, collecting 3 assists and 5 putouts. We hope you heal quickly Antony (all injuries are henceforth banned).

Rohan (#39) has the team’s highest batting average and a combined on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.292. He might keep batting in the four or five hole for a while yet. Rohan is having his first season playing seniors and he pitched the Eagles 4th Grade team to their first win yesterday.

Hamish is the Eagles’ dependable 13 year-old who backs up the Under 17 team when needed. Hamish has played in half of the Under 17 games to date. His spray chart tells the story of solid at bats (all hard ground balls) that would have gone deep into left field for easy stand-up doubles in the Under 15 competition. Sadly, the Under 17 opposition have in fielders that play 1st Grade on Sundays. Stop hitting it to the 1st Grade players Hamish – hit it where they aint!

Jayden (#41) is new to Eagles this season. He took a great catch in left field against Rebels yesterday and thankfully has missed one game only due to injury so far. For the record, Jayden, injuries are banned.

Jaydon (#35) is solidifying his position as second baseman, currently fielding 1.000 with 6 assists and 8 putouts. Hamish is the only other fielder in the line-up with no errors against his name to date. Jaydon has also put on the catching gear for 3.1 innings so far, providing a valuable back-up so coaches can call on an extra relief pitcher (AKA Ryan) when required.

Ryan (#48) leads the team in runs scored and stolen bases, which is why he typically opens the batting. Ryan has done most of the heavy lifting as catcher to date, having caught 20 innings already this season. He is now playing seniors for Eagles on Sundays too. Please don’t get injured, Ryan.

Oscar (#20) is new to Eagles and joined the club in the 4th game of the season. Oscar’s arrival was fortuitously timed to replace the injured Antony. Oscar has the second highest on base percentage in the team after only 5 games, and that has seen him climb up the batting order. He is a strong infielder and catcher too, so is a valued new addition to the Club — thanks for joining Eagles, Oscar.

Steven (Coach) has popped a rib, so apparently he did not read the memo that said injuries are not allowed.

Boomer (Coach) has been AWOL for the last two weeks and we don’t know what his story is.

Ed (Coach) arrived on time yesterday AND he was at the correct field to boot!

Michelle FRASER Under 17 & 4th Grade Scorer, 9 December 2018