Vale Dave Schlenker

UMBC recently heard about the passing of Dave Schlenker, one of the club’s most well respected coaches and members. Dave will be farewelled on on Thursday 7th June at Abbey Funerals (238 Settlement Road, Thomastown). Viewing from 2pm with the main service and blessing at 3pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits served following the main service. UMBC sends our condolences for Dave, a man widely loved and respected among the baseball fraternity.

Play of the Week – Round 6

This weeks Play of the Week goes to Nick Bertelli and Jason McDonald in the Firsts. Nick Bertelli caught a fly ball in Centre Field and made a great throw back to first where Jason made the tag to turn it into a double play!
I would have liked to see that!

Congratulations to Nick and Jason. This must have been a stand out play in what I’ve heard was a below average day for the Firsts, losing 18-2.

The final results of the vote was:

  1. Nick and Jasons 8-2 double play in the 1’s (4 votes)
  2. Mick Fullers infield single in the 2’s that lead to 2 runners scoring (Zach Breen and Matt Donoghue) (2 votes)
  3. A double play in the 4’s where Bailsey held on to the ball long enough to make the second out very close (1 vote)
  4. A runner steals home on a PB in the 3’s and Ned does a flip while making the tag (and got cleated!) (0 votes)
Congratulations to all the nominees, keep up the good work!

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 6

This weeks Player of the Week goes to Christian De Petro, for contributing both with the bat and in the field in the 4’s victory against Ringwood. He had 3 hits with 2 RBI’s, as well as scoring twice himself, and initiated a double play.

So congratulations to Christian!

The final results for the nominations were:

  1. Christian (5 votes)
  2. Tom Andronas for his batting in the 3’s (0 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 5

This rounds Player of the Week goes to Noah Bender Bennet for his pitching effort in the 4’s.

He came on while the 4’s were 7 runs down, and shutdown the oppositions offensive completely, as they didn’t score for the remainder of the game!

The 4th’s came back to win 10-7, so it was a great effort by the whole team.

The final nominations and results were:

  1. Noah (5 votes)
  2. Gary Mills, for not giving up an earned run while in relief in the 1’s (2 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Play of the Week – Round 5

This weeks winning Play of the Week was by Rory, who won lollies by betting on Zach to get a hit.

So congratulations to Rory, and I hope he cut Zach into his winnings! Seeing as Zach is batting 7 from 12 (at least by his own counting), it was a pretty safe bet.

The final nominations and results, were:

  • Rory’s Bet (5 votes)
  • 2’s – Millsy fielding a slug-bunt at short range and turning a double (2 votes)
  • Women’s – Vibs making a diving catch and finishing with a commando roll (2 votes)
  • 4’s – Picking a guy off at 1 after he only just made it there on his hit (1 vote)
  • 3’s – Phillipe taking a catch in CF and then throwing to Tom at 3B to make a double play (0 votes)
Submissions and the vote were taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

*PLEASE GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY*

Play of the Week – Round 4

This week marks the first round of the Play of the Week award. This award is for an individual or group (or even the whole team) for making a particularly good play while fielding, or doing something extraordinary while batting. It can be a great catch to some lucky baserunning that forced some errors. It can also be a tragic play, such as Zach’s ‘almost’ home run last week where he fell over between the bases! Anything that changed the pace of the game, or morale, even momentarily.

This week, the nominations were:

  1. Vibeke Pederson for her Grand Slam in the Womens (6 votes)
  2. Karl Whatham for his instinctive “hold the runner” play in the 3’s (1 vote)
  3. The whole Womens team for winning by Mercy Rule (1 vote)
  4. The 4’s for making a double play (0 votes)

So the winner is Vibs for her Grand Slam! Congratulations on winning the first Play of the Week.

Submissions and the vote were taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 4

This rounds Player of the Week goes to Vibeke Pederson for her Grand Slam in the Womens game!

Congratulations to Vibs for this achievement, and doubled with it being on her first Mothers Day, it must have made for a special day for her!

The results of the vote were as follows:

  1. Vibs (10 votes)
  2. Ryan Sauer for his pitching performance in the 1’s (0 votes)
  3. Tom Andronas – for his batting in the 3’s (0 votes)
  4. Lurch for his return to form with the bat in the 4’s (0 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Player of the Week – Round 3

This rounds Player of the Week was Jake Breen, for his outstanding batting performance.

As well as batting 3 from 3, one of these was a 3 run home run!

So congratulations to Jake for winning, and may his performance with the bat continue.

The results were:

  • Jake Breen – for reasons above (10 votes)
  • Deepak Kumar – for pitching a shutout and hitting 2 doubles (7 votes)
  • Zach Breen for his “almost” home run – falling over between 3rd and home (1 vote)
  • Lauren Wong for making some great plays in the womens (0 votes)

The vote was taken on the Facebook group, so if you are interested in being involved, contact James Dann, Sid Paleri or Alan Yang so you can be added to the group.

Important Start Of Season Information

There are only twelve days until our playing season kicks off!!! Given the limited time we have until our
season begins, the committee has decided to proceed with a few events and special training sessions to get
keep things rolling along. So what’s happening? …

  •  Optional Thursday hitting will commence this week, so if you would like to get some extra time in the cages, Steve Lehmann is available on Thursdays between 5.15 and 7.30 pm at the batting cages next to the oval. Let him know if you wish to come. You can speak to him on Wednesday at our regular club training session.
  • Saturday 14th of April at 11.00am will be our first and only training session at Ross Straw Field (our home ground) before the season begins. For those who’ve never stepped onto a proper baseball diamond, this will be the only opportunity to have a look at our facilities before our games begin. It will be a good opportunity to meet new and returning players and may be an ideal opportunity to shake off those cobwebs for those who are unable to attend training on a regular basis. (See map attached). There will be a BBQ afterwards.  NOTE: Coach’s request: wear pants. I am guessing sliding is involved… so not your best jeans.
  • Wednesday 18th of April is a combined pie and team selection night, where the coaches will announce teams, hand out contact numbers, and organise transport to get to games for those who require it. This is a big one. If you want to play this season, please fill out the form in the link provided (in the e‐mail). Also, please attend training on this night.
  • After the 18th of April training session, someone from our uniform supplier will be at training to sell a limited range of merchandise if you need some for the new season.
  • On Sunday the 22nd of April, UMBC will be hosting a Junior Gala Day at Ross Straw Field for U/13 teams from the Diamond Valley and Ringwood District winter competitions. Our club has a commitment with the MWBL to further junior baseball development, and as such, we require a number of volunteers to assist us with co‐ordination on the day. Roles will include setting up diamonds for use, umpiring, running the canteen, directing parents and supporters, as well as other small duties that may arise on the day. If you are in any way able to help out, whether it is for a couple of hours, half a day or a full day, that would very much be appreciated. Coaches will be asking for assistance leading up to the day, so please do put your hand up and help out if you can. If you definitely are able to assist, please send me an e‐mail at sidlives@gmail.com or speak to someone in the committee about it.

So there’s plenty happening from now until the season begins. Hopefully we see you around!

Yours Sincerely,
Sid Paleri
UMBC Secretary

Training Time Change

Due to unforseen circumstances, this week’s training will be held on THURSDAY March 29 rather than our usual Wednesday timeslot, 5 pm start as usual.

Hope you can make it on Thursday. Again, this is for this one week only as far as we are aware.