Sandy Winter Royals Win the Pennant
A season full of promise paid off handsomely last Saturday as our Winter team won their Grand Final against Dingley.
In front of a healthy crowd out at Dandenong we started one of our younger brigade of pitchers, Josh Smith. He has been in fine form and was keen to make his mark on this occasion.
Well if you call striking out seven and surrendering just 3 hits for two runs a good day, then Josh certainly had that. A poorly constructed mound did nothing to assist either pitcher but Josh never really felt at ease up there giving up 8 scattered walks. Rob Anthony only had to face one batter in relief as we went the full distance on our juniors’ pitch count.
There were some nice catches in the outfield to Steve Lester and a ripper to Ben Kaplin whilst a smart pitchers cover involving Dave Housden showed some nice class at this level of baseball.
The Royals scored runs in three of their batting digs starting with one in the first which calmed the nerves and took the edge off the ‘hostile’ crowd contribution. Our second dig saw us break the game open with three hits and a walk netting us three further runs. Over the course of the season we have practised great patience in the batting box which has repeatedly given us extra base runners and the added opportunities to advance via steals and the odd pass ball. Responding to coaching directions to bat off one strike we ended up drawing eleven walks for the day of which three scored. When combined with a willingness to follow the signals given the Royals proved a bridge way too far for the opposition on the day and regularly through the season.
The final score of 6 runs to 2 flattered Dingley who were never in the hunt. Thanks to all our supporters and family who made the trip and enjoyed a wonderful day.
The Royals team on the day was Dave Morehouse – our catcher , Josh Smith – pitcher
David Housden , Cae Eason , Scott McLaughlin, Rob Anthony, Marty Smith, Steve Lester, Dave McKinnon, Ben Kaplin, Ruby Smith, Matt Kaplin, John McLoughlin, Steve Smith, Peter Forwood and Andy Holten
Hits: Dave Housden, Josh Smith, Steve Lester, Cae Eason, Dave Morehouse, Marty Smith
Walks: Ben Kaplin (3), Scott McLaughlin (2), Dave McKinnon, Dave Morehouse(2), Rob Anthony, Steve Lester
The team and supportersreturned to our warm clubrooms to celebrate into the early hours after a most rewarding season.
A final thanks for the tireless efforts of Geoff Francis, Andrew Gluth, Paul Housden and Greg Street who allow us to put on such a good show for our visiting clubs.
The team is looking forward to next season with the opportunity open for other players to join us for some fun baseball under the Royals banner.
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