2018/19 Junior League Season Wrap

Featuring three new-to-baseball players and only one returning U15’s player, and despite being hit hard by injuries, the young Eagles team had a successful season of Junior League baseball, finishing in 3rd place and culminating in three Eagles’ players being selected in the ACT Junior League squad for Nationals.

Here is a short summary of the season for each player on the team:

Aran

Playing up this season from U13’s, Aran found his feet early and proved to be a reliable 3rd Baseman, making his throws on the longer base paths with accuracy. A reliable bat in the bottom of the line-up, Aran adjusted well to the additional throwing pace, notching up a respectable batting average and stealing 9 bases, scoring 7 runs and recording 3 RBI. We have no doubt that the additional playing time in U15’s will benefit Aran greatly next season.

Connor

Our lefty center fielder had a mixed season at the plate, managing to hit the team’s only Home Run and only Triple for the season while maintaining an unhealthy strikeout ratio – the sign of a true power hitter. Connor stole 10 bases, scored 10 runs and recorded 11 RBI. Connor made his pitching debut this season, notching up two strike-outs. With some work on his control during winter, we are confident that next season Connor will prove to be a nasty south-paw on the mound and feared power-hitter in the box.

George

George began the season as the team’s starter, moving into the closer role as the season progressed. George proved to be an effective fastball pitcher, leading the team with 36 strike-outs for the season. George’s batting performance was mixed, with a respectable batting average offset by a high strike-out ratio. Once he was on-base, George surprised with his speed, stealing 18 bases, scoring 19 runs and recording 8 RBI throughout the season. We look forward to having George back on the mound next summer, continuing his development as a premium pitcher.

Hamish

The team leader in ERA, assists, put-outs, RBI’s, batting average, runs scored and stolen bases, Hamish had a season to remember. The only returning U15 player led from the front, proving to be the team’s most effective pitcher, mixing in his curve-ball with great effect, recording 28 strike-outs for the season. He terrorised pitchers and catchers on the base-paths, stealing 36 bases, scoring 25 runs and recording 17 RBI. His tremendous season was rewarded with selection in the ACT JL squad for Nationals.

Harry

In a season shortened through injury, Harry proved to be a fantastic 1st Baseman and very effective lead-off. Batting with a high average including a double, Harry stole 10 bases, recorded 6 RBI and scored 16 runs, using his speed to great effect, even bunting on occasion. His glove work at 1st improved over the season, recording an impressive 33 put-outs whilst maintaining a very healthy fielding average. Harry’s solid performance was rewarded with selection in the ACT JL squad for Nationals.

Jack

Jack was new to baseball this season, and proved to be a real team player. Learning quickly, Jack managed to record his first ever hit in the week before his season was cut short by injury. Despite being out for over half the season, Jack continued to come to the games to cheer the team on from the dug-out and provide the coaches with some questionable jokes for their mound visits. We look forward to seeing a healthy Jack back on the field next season so that he can continue to develop his skills and love of the game.

Jake

Returning from a year away from baseball, Jake began the year at pivot, but team injuries saw him move into the catcher role, a role he was unaccustomed to but in which he excelled, recording 21 put-outs whilst maintaining a healthy fielding average. Jake was ever reliable in the top half of the batting order, with a high batting average, stealing 22 bases, scoring 21 runs and recording 10 RBI. We look forward to seeing what Jake can accomplish next summer now that he has a season under his belt after his return to the game.

Julian

Julian started the season in the lead-off spot and at catcher, proving to be a very solid baseballer in both. Julian recorded 34 put-outs whilst leading the team in fielding average. His batting in the lead-off spot was fantastic, batting with the team’s second highest batting average, stealing 16 bases, recording 4 RBI and scoring 14 runs. Unfortunately, Julian’s season was cut short through injury and we can only imagine what stats he could have racked up had he been able to participate for the whole season. Julian’s solid performances prior to his injury were rewarded with selection in the ACT JL squad for Nationals.

Liam

A late call-up from U13’s to assist the team due to the increasing number of injuries, Liam proved to be a valuable contributor, with a respectable batting average, notching up 2 hits, stealing 2 bases and scoring 7 runs. A quiet achiever, Liam’s solid performance in the outfield was rewarded with a move to 2nd base in the late stages of the season, where he proved to be just as effective. We have no doubt that the additional playing time in U15’s will benefit Liam greatly next season.

Regan

Regan was new to baseball this year, and struggled early to find his feet. To Regan’s credit, he maintained his focus at training and improved his defensive skills markedly over the season, fielding well in both the outfield and infield, culminating in 2 assists and 1 put-out. Regan’s batting also improved over the season, recording 1 stolen base, 2 RBI and scoring 6 runs. We look forward to seeing Regan further improve next summer now that he has played a full season of baseball.

Tobey

Tobey was new to baseball this year, and proved to be a keen and fast learner. Tobey started the season at 2nd base, recording 5 assists and 2 put-outs, before a move to the outfield beckoned to make use of his pace and catching ability. Tobey’s batting improved over the season, and we saw more contact being made as he adjusted to the speed of the game. Whilst a hit evaded him, Tobey contributed on the base paths, stealing 9 bases, recording 3 RBI and scoring 8 runs. We also look forward to seeing Tobey’s further improvement next summer now that he has played a full season of baseball.

And that’s a wrap of our season. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the players, parents/carers, umpires, scorers and club committee for their support throughout the season. It has been a pleasure to coach these young men, and we look forward to seeing them all back next summer for another fantastic season of Eagles baseball!

Regards

Andy, Matt & Adam

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Preliminary Finals 2019

Eagles will be represented this weekend in Junior League (U15’s) and 2nd Grade, so we ask all Eagles to please head out to Narrabundah in numbers to support.

Good luck to both squads. Go Birds!

Saturday March 9th @ 9:00amHomeAway
Narra 2 – Junior LeagueBearsEagles
Sunday March 10th @ 12:30pmHomeAway
Narra 1 – Second GradeBanditsEagles

U15s match report – 22nd Feb 2019

Eagles had a loss against the top of the table Rebels, losing 17-7.

  • Batting: Liam had his 1st hit in u15s
  • Fielding: Jake at 1st base had 4 put outs and Regan at 2nd base had a nice assist
  • Pitching: Connor was starting pitcher and was supported by George & Hamish in relief.

Thank you to Liam & Aran for helping out u15s before going to their u13 game every week. Special mention to Julian & Harry who have both made their u17 debut since Christmas to cover injuries and illness. 

Kylea
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U15’s match report – 16th Feb 2019

Eagles had a 22-8 loss against a strong Indians team but it was a game of so many firsts. With Julian and Jack out for the season with injuries and Jake & Hamish injured in the 1st inning, it was a chance for others to try some new positions:

  • Harry made his u15 debut as catcher. After he got over the shock that he had heard the coach correctly, he did what the team needed and was courageous behind the plate. He grew in confidence and we now have a new catcher in the rotation.
  • Connor made his debut as u15 pitcher.  He looked comfortable on the mound and got his 1st strike out in junior league. Connor showed great potential that the coaches will now work with to add a lefty to the pitching rotation. 
  • Tobey , who is new to Baseball this season, also made his debut as pitcher. Tobey showed good change of pace, had natural movement on the ball and achieved his 1st strikeout. 
  • Regan, also new to Baseball, moved into 2nd base, had 1 assist and had a huge smile on his face.
  • Liam moved to short stop, accepting the challenge of playing his preferred position at this higher level.   
  • Aran continues to develop as a strong 3rd baseman, showing confidence in the batters box against the u15 pitchers before he races back to Narrabundah to play u13s. 
  • Jake was only 1 of 2 players to manage a hit and with excellent base running, had 4 stolen bases in the game. He was brave to continue batting after a nasty thumb injury in the 1st inning as we had no bench players.
  • George was patient in the batters box, with 1 run, 1 stolen base and 1 put out to his name.
  • Hamish made his debut at 1st base, proving to be reliable as always.
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U15’s match report – 6th Feb 2019

Eagles had a rocky start to their mid week game against Bandits but bounced back to win 11-9

  • Batting: Harry 2 from 3, Hamish 2 from 2, Jake 1 from 2
  • Fielding: Tobey with 3 fantastic assists at second base. Harry & Hamish combo resulted in another pick off
  • Pitching: George 3 strikeouts in the 1st inning, Hamish 3 innings no earned runs
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U15’s match report – 2nd Feb 2019

Eagles returned  from the Christmas break with a 12-7 win against the Bears

  • Batting: Hamish went 2 from 3, with 3 stolen bases & 3 RBIs
  • Fielding: Julian as catcher and Harry at 1st base were confident, safe & reliable
  • Pitching: Hamish pitched 3.1 innings, 83 pitches, 6 strikeouts 
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U15’s match report – 22nd Dec 2018

Eagles U15’s let the game slip away in a to-and-fro game against the Indians, going down 11-6.

Highlights with the bat were Aran, who continues to excel stepping up from U13’s, going 2 for 2 with a walk and 3 stolen bases, and Jake who went 2 from 3 with 3 stolen bases.

Some sound in-fielding backed Hamish on the mound, who kept the Eagles in the game with a strong 4 innings pitched in relief, but in the end poor base running and impatience in the batters box cost the team the chance to take the win.

A well deserved Christmas break ahead, and then back to it for our charge to the finals.

Go Eagles!

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U15’s Match Report – 12th Dec 2018

U15’s winning streak extends to three with a 14-9 win over the Indians.

Star of the game was Connor, going 2 from 3 with a walk, a triple and a 2R home run! He was ably supported by George, who went 3 from 4 with 2 singles and a double, 2RBI’s and 2 runs.

Regan continues to show improvement, running down everything in the outfield. Harry was solid at first, combining with Hamish for a nice pick off. Jake played well at short and filled in nicely at catcher. Liam looked comfortable in the infield, drew 3 walks at the plate, stole 2 bases and reached base 4 out of 4 plate appearances. Toby is continuing to improve in the batters box, and had some really good at-bats. Hamish scored 4 runs, stole 7 bases and closed out the game with a solid performance on the mound.

We have a bye this week, before closing out the first half at home against the Indians on the 22nd.

Go Birds!

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Junior League match report 8th Dec 2018

Back to back wins for our Eagles Junior League team.

Eagles took advantage of the Bears last minute pitching change due to injury in warm-up, winning 20-9.

We weren’t going to mention the pitchers this week but George’s control on the mound, pitching to the 2nd place bears, was outstanding. George had heat on his fast balls, perfect selection of pitches and had 10 first pitch strikes in the 2 innings that he pitched.

Hamish had a great game with the bat going 3 for 3 + a walk, 4 runs, 5 stolen bases and 4 rbis.

Mr Consistent, Julian, continues getting on base as our lead off and threw a bullet from the 3rd to get the runner out at 1st .

We welcomed back Harry from injury who executed 2 perfect bunts and was solid at 1st base.

Jake is safe under the high fly balls and continues to the move the runners around the bases.

Connor, Tobey, Regan, Aran & Liam were patient in the batters box against the Bear’s new pitchers, making base, stealing bases and scoring runs.

Thanks to Aran, Liam and their families for coming to u15s before racing back to Narrabundah for 13s.

We take on Indians mid week before our bye next Saturday.

Go Eagles!

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Junior League Match Report, 1st Dec 2018

What a game, with a walk off win for our Eagles Junior League team.

George was dominant on the mound, with 3 strikeouts and 2 pickoffs. He was well supported in the field by Aran at 3rd and Jake at short stop.  Julian’s first time pitching in u15s resulted in 2 strike outs, no earned runs and combined with Hamish for a nice caught stealing at home plate.

Strong hits by Julian, Connor and Jake with the rest of the Eagles rewarded with patience in the batter’s box.

With 14 stolen bases, including Hamish’s steal of home, kept the score line ticking over.

Tobey’s base running continues to improve with a stolen base and he placed plenty of pressure on the fielders. Regan was kept busy in right field chasing down hits and keeping the runners from advancing.

Bandits Tim, Elliot and Ollie combined to take the lead and put pressure back on our young Eagles. It all came down to the bottom of the last inning, needing 2 runs to win. Aran, Liam & Julian stayed calm, made it on base and Jake hit in the winning run to win 11-10.

Thanks to the coaches, parents and players from both sides for an entertaining game of baseball. Shout out to Jack, for coming down to support the team in his camouflaged cast. Special thanks to our umpires and amazing scorer J

Report by: our amazing scorer

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