DBA Senior Grand Final Reports

Saturday 3rd September 2016

Well what can I say.

We started the day with the C2 Upwey V Chelsea and B2 Dandenong V Cheltenham games as the dew kickers at 11:45am

The C2 Game started with Chelsea scoring 3 runs to set the tone for the day. Upwey responded with 2 in the bottom of the first to gain some momentum. An up and down game, with Chelsea pushing the lead out to 6 – 2 and in the bottom of the 4th, Upwey responded to get the game down to a 6 – 5 game. With 15 mins to go, and Chelsea batting, Upwey managed to shut down the offense and into the bottom of the 5th and requiring to score 2 runs to win the game. Upwey surrended the first 2 outs and where down to their final out. 2 very quick hits and the winning runs were posted to win the game 7 – 6
Congratulations to both the Chelsea and Upwey baseball clubs for a high quality final

The B2 game started with a bang with Cheltenham jumping out to a 5 run lead. Dandenong fought back slowly over the next four innings. Earle Byrne held Cheltenham to no runs, however Dandenong could not get on top of Tatsuya, or Lachie Bourke and finally Patty O’Neal. Dandy threatened in the last, however Cheltenham hung onto the game to take the game out 5 -4
Congratulations to both the Dandenong and Cheltenham baseball clubs for a high quality final.

The C1 game between Berwick and Dingley Blue saw the Dingley club score 5 runs over the first two innings and Berwick contributing the solitary run, however baseball was the deciding factor for the day. Both teams hit the ball and once again it came down the final innings with Dingley holding a 8 to 5 lead. Berwick were not to be outdone, and for the third consecutive game, piled on 4 runs to take the lead and the game 9 – 8.
Congratulations to both the Dingley and Berwick baseball clubs for a high quality final.

The fourth and final game for the day was the B1 clash between Bonbeach and Dandenong. Once again a tight tussle ensured. However a telling 6th innings, where Bonbeach plated 6 runs and a turning point in the game where the young Centre fielder for Dandenong appeared to injure his knee while throwing the ball. From there Bonbeach scored another 4 runs to take and 11 – 7 lead going into the 9th inning. However Dandenong had other thoughts. Dandenong scored 3 runs and the score was 11-10. Joel Stubbs up to bat and a hit to right field saw the fielder throw the ball home in an attempt to stop the runner from 2nd scoring. The Base runner for Dandenong rounded third and on his way home to score, was held up in and while trying to get back to third base, the Bonbeach catcher threw the ball up the line and the tag was made and the final out given. Final score being 11 – 10 to Bonbeach.

In my time with this association I have never seem four grand finals all decided by 1 run, with two wins coming in the last innings and almost at time a game.

Congratulations to the winning teams , and commiserations to all of the teams that came 2nd best.

Sunday 4th September

First of all, Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads in our league.

Day 2 of the DBA finals saw 5 clubs converge on the Dingley Baseball and Softball Club.

11:30AM Dingley Diamond 2 – Berwick Dodgers versus Melbourne University in the DBA Womens comp. Melbourne Uni got a great start to the game and proceeded to take the lead out to 6 runs, However Berwick were not to be denied and worked their way back into the game. Melbourne Uni, then Berwick fought back scoring another 6 runs to take the lead and the game 12 -11.

Our womens competition is growing stronger every year. Congratulations to the Berwick club on taking out the Womens competition this year.

11:30AM Dingley Diamond 1 – Dandenong V Frankston. The game started quickly for the Frankston club scoring 6 runs over the first three innings while Scott Baillie (with his 57 different pitches) kept the Dandenong club scoreless. In what was a close couple of innings, Dandenong clawed one run back to bring the score back to 6 – 1. Frankston slammed the door shut in the top of the 6th adding another run and then Buzz shut down the Dandenong offence to record a Three-peat for the Frankston Club.

Congratulations to the Frankston Tomatoes on the three-peat.

We are now at the Main Game. Will the Angels destroy the 52-year hoodoo or will Grant Irving and his young charges extend? Dandenong opened the scoring with a run in the second. Mark Surtees, being the ever consummate professional kept the Dingley hitters off guard with a variety of pitches in and around the strike zone. The most telling innings of the entire game was the fourth innings where Dandenong plated 7 runs, including a monster home run to Caleb Poole (which hit half way up the tree at right field). Constant hitting all day put more runs across the board. In the bottom of the 5th, Dingley struck back with 2 runs, however Dandenong responded in the 6th and 7th innings plating 3 and 4 runs respectively. Taking the score out to 15 -2. Dingley scored one last run, and with David Clarkson bringing Mark out of the game, the final two outs were left up to Mathew Young, who on 2 pitches induced a game ending double play and the 52 year drought was over.

Congratulations to both clubs on making the Grand Final and especially to the Dandenong club on breaking the 52 year drought.

Geez its been a long time between drinks..

I would like to thank all players/spectators/umpires for all of their work and support of the year. It just shows what a strong league we have.

Until 2017, I’m OUT !

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