With clear skies, all age groups were able to play.
Monday night Tony Thompson held the first of two catching clinic for Little League and Junior League players. Looks like all learnt a lot and had fun. Next clinic is on Monday
Another fun weekend for the kids! Their core skills are improving every week.
Windsor River Cats
The River Cats showed off their much-improved fielding this week defeating the Carina Sluggers 26-12. The emphasis on fielding drills during our weekly practice is beginning to pay off, evidenced by holding the Sluggers to two scoreless innings of the five played on Saturday.
The River Cats also continued their strong hitting including multiple extra-base hits and a line-drive smash up the middle by Sonny that managed to knock coach Rob off his feet.
Player of the week Jacob.
Windsor Royals Cubs
Cubs beat Avengers 26-18
A great game played by the team on a scorching day. The boys really picked up their fielding this week, and made some impressive outs. Special thanks to Steve Thirgood, Mark Blaney, Shaun Duffy and Chris Bates who helped out while coach Nathan was overseas.
Little League Rams Red
The kids got away with a win against Pine Hills Lightning, Chase had great game taking away the game ball with a hit and making a double play at second base.
Hudson played a great game behind the dish and I think he might be one to look out for in years to come as well as Minu who had a great in the outfield, a double and did a great job of closing the game.
Little League Rams Blue
Royals Blue @ Lightning Black
What a fantastic game our team had. Very well played and lots of effort put in by our Little League Rams Blue.
The team is starting to get a feel for their positions and the kids that are new this year are really starting to understand the game. Very proud of you all.
Ashton had a great pitching game, Cooper fantastic at catcher, Cash had done well at his first time of pitching (well done Buddy!!!) and lots of great fielding. Well done team!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for being a great group of kids!!!
Little League Bandits Red
We had the home field advantage, no canteen duty commitments, dry weather, a Windsor senior player umpiring (thanks a heap Quinlan) and I was even able to negotiate prior to first pitch a 4-run limit per inning versus the usual 6-run limit and the opposition coach also mentioned he was keen to pitch his second and third-string pitchers at us, the result was still a touched-up loss 19-8 to Padres White.
BUT, I must admit, there were periods of real, genuine, baseball played.
The run-limit and weaker opposition pitching allowed us to play a full six innings in just over two hours and I was able to pitch four of our boys for complete innings, so gutsy efforts by Ellis, Mitchell, Spencer and Max.
The boys scored 8 runs as mentioned and this enabled three complete cycles through our full batting line-up of 11 players on the day, with the first three batters having four trips to the plate.
Dom blasted a great double to right field and caught a towering fly ball in centre, Tim almost made the catch of the year running full speed to his left and Oli and Noah certainly earned their sweating rights behind the dish, both catching for an hour each.
The three stooges of Charlie, Watson and Bertie contributed, and all got on base a combined total of five times.
I am after small improvements and seeing them every week, so apart from a few lapses in concentration like fielders not quite knowing what base to throw to before the ball is hit to them, we are progressing well.
Hit ‘em where they ain’t!!!
Little League Bandits Blue
Windsor Royals Little League Blue defeated Rapids in the first game of Saturday’s double header 8-3 thanks to a strong start from Will, who went three innings and allowed just one run on one hit and struck out six. Max closed things out with two strong innings, his first outing of more than one inning.
Carson doubled in the fourth to drive home a run and Parker led the Royals at the plate, going two for three. The Royals looked good in the field with solid plays by Parker at shortstop and Remi and Axel holding things down behind the plate.
In game two, Will continued his big day by driving in five on three hits to lead the boys to a 22-4 victory. Will drove in runs on a single in the first, a triple in the second, and a single in the third.
The Royals notched 12 runs in the third inning thanks to solid hitting including doubles by Max, Deakin, and Parker .
Parker got the start on the bump and went two innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out five.
All told, the Royals racked up 20 hits with Will, Tim, Lewis Foster, Axel, Max, Jake, Parker, and Remi all collected multiple hits. On the bases, Axel led the way with two of the team’s 7 stolen bases.
Throughout the day, the boys showed great effort, sportsmanship and support for their teammates. It was a fun morning for both players and spectators.
The Royals take on Carina this Saturday at Windsor in the first half of a double header, then head over to Hendra for a game against All Stars. Go Royals!
Double header weekend against Beenleigh.
Game 1 the team did well, even with Aymeric away this weekend. Callum pitch well with the shutout win 18-0.
Game 2 started well with a 9-3 put out for the first out but then found it hard to get the next 2 outs, giving up 5 runs. The team stayed in the game and came back with Jordan sacrificing in the last to score the RBI and tie up the game. Unfortunately we couldn’t the last run in, leaving a runner at second.
Big thanks to David Wallace for umpiring the game in hot condition, and his first behind the plate. Great job Dave.
Game 1 Carina V WR Red. Win 8-1
Great job putting the ball in play. 28 plate appearances with only 2 strikeouts. Linden pitched and batted well 4IP 9K 3BB 2H & 3-3 with the bat.
Joey closed out the game with 7 pitches and also went 3-3 with the bat.
Game 2 WR Red V Carina. Loss 0-1
We had 9 base runners and were unable to score a run. We had many opportunities but were unable to put the ball in play with runners in scoring position.
Jackson pitched well 5.1IP 11K 2BB 4H
SL Rams vs Carina Rams.
Not a good day the the field with a loss to Redland Rays, 14-4.
The Windsor Royals Senior League Bandits had a tough day at the office, losing both games of a doubleheader on Saturday.
In the first game, we went down to Pine Hills 8-2. Hitting was the positive to take from the game, with hits from Joel, Dom, Lachie, Dylan, Jacob and 2 from Cam.
The going was tough for Matt on the mound, which combined with a couple of errors, wild pitches, passed balls and mental errors, set the tone for the day. Dom tidied up on the mound in relief but we were unable to recover from the deficit.
MVP points went to Cam, recording multiple hits and scoring our only 2 runs.
In the second game, we went down 7-0 to a strong Padres team. The team was a bit flat after losing game 1 and travelling from Pine Hills to Padres, and it showed at the plate with the team unable to record a hit against some controlled pitching.
We were tidier in the field, with no errors recorded. On the mound, Cam and Joel only conceded 3 hits for the game, however a total of 11 batters were walked which cost us.
MVP points again went to Cam who threw 61 pitches over 2 and 1/3 innings with 2 strikeouts, 8 walks, conceding 1 hit and 6 earned runs.
The team is looking to lift for the upcoming games.
WR Blue ahead with 1 run in 1st until Mudgereeba scored 2 runs in the 6th. Lauchie C hit a homerun to put WR Blue ahead 3-4 in the 7th and relieving pitcher Rory S kept Mudgeereba scoreless in the last 2 inning to give WR Blue the win at the bottom of the 8th.
WR Blue 3R 9H 0E 5Lob – Mudgereeba 2R 4H 1E 6Lob
Player of the week: Rory S pitched 5K in 2.6 innings 0R and batted 2 for 3 with 2b & 3b
With just 8 players this week, the team won by mercy rule, Josh had 2 doubles and Angelo a triple, Seth pitch 4 innings with no runs allowed. Final score 11-1
Royals Blue lost 16 – 1 vs All.Stars
Royals Red v Pine Rivers Rapids
The guys had a win against the Rapids, Ned Menzie hitting the only double of the game, Adam Erickson, Angelo Joseph, Ollie Tsai, Ryan Clifford, Dan Tews and Eli King all hitting safe singles and all Rookies managing to get on base with a little help from fielding errors.
Ollie Tsai pitched a great game with Angelo behind the dish. Adam Erickson made a great defensive stop at shortstop but was unable to get the throw but stopped a single turning into a double.
Windsor Royals Div 3 came away with a hard fought win 8-7 vs Redcliffe Padres.
Ben Craig started on the mound for the Royals and was unlucky with a few balls dropping out of reach of fielders. Slick fielding by BJ Wall and Ryugi Niwa were the highlights on defence.
Everyone contributed with bats leading to a comeback performance. Down 7-5 in the last Angus Evans lead off with a single, stole second and then was moved to third on a single by Tyler MCluskey. Kieran Cooke tripled to centre scoring 2 and Matthew Hallman delivered a walk off single to centre capping off a gritty comeback performance.
Tyler MCCluskey picked up the win from the relief role.
We take on the undefeated Carina Redsox next weekend at home – a rematch of last years epic grand final.
Thanks to Ryan Clifford and Alex White for umpiring . As always thanks to the scorers, fans, committee and ground crew.
In the grand final rematch of last season, Sunday’s game was always going to be a good test to see where we are this year. Cooper Thomson, Josh Marriott and Yuto Kobayashi all performed well on the mound. Only downside was 13 walks handed out to Redcliffe which made things hard for ourselves. In a game where we outhit Redcliffe, we were down 5-2 going into the ninth inning. A great rally and execution saw us with a chance to win the game with the go ahead run stranded on 2nd base. Great effort by all to rally and come back. This game will put us in good stead for the rest of the season. Our top 3 hitters in the lineup – Luke Stone, Nielsen Abreu and Angelo Natale (player of the week) led the way.
Friday night kicked off with our Division 1 team taking on Recliffe Padres in their new all white strip. Steven Swaggerty started well on the hill, but our offence struggled with the bat and hitting only 2 runs in the entire game. Our relievers struggled and Padres scored 10.
Rallying after the loss on Friday night, the boys hit back with the Matt Rox leading the team with with a grand slam to take the lead in the 5th innings. Padres fought back with a couple of late runs but not enough to stop the win. Final score 6-4.