Seniors make history on the weekend
Monday November 4, 2013
Not content with six senior men's teams and two women's teams on the park for the first time in our 125 year history, every senior team also won on the weekend! A remarkable achievement to all concerned, on and off the field.
Within those victories, there were some great highlights.
The firsts extended their unbeaten stretch with a win over the Upwey Tigers 11-1, who struggled with the bat against Andy Mann and Campbell Wiggins with the save. While Upwey starter Nathan Aron managed to keep some of the Melbourne big guns in check, others stepped up in an impressive all-round game for the home side.
The seconds had a flawless game and won 7-1 without error. The thirds and fourths won comfortably, Division 4 East team had a walk off win in the last innings and the newly formed Division 4 South side won a tough away game against an all Korean Cheltenham team. Both women's teams won again, which was terrific.
New season underway
Wednesday October 5, 2011
The MCC Baseball Section has commenced the 2011/12 season in fine style, with the Men's Firsts recording a 5-4 win over Doncaster, while the fourths and fifths had solid wins.
It has been a busy couple of months around the club with two big signings – one of Victoria’s leading pitchers Matt Blackmore to bolster the bullpen and former Claxton Shield coach and US professional baseballer, David White as pitching coach.
The calendar is pretty full over the next few weeks with a number of upcoming events, a Saturday home game this weekend vs Cheltenham in the firsts and seconds, a Masters team dinner on October 10, Aussie Tball launch on October 20 and a Life members' luncheon on November 12.
MCC Baseball Section wins Division Two Premiership
Saturday March 19, 2011
The MCC has won its third Division Two pennant after comprehensively defeating Preston in a grand final series clean sweep on Saturday.
After winning the first game of the final 3-1 in a tight contest earlier in the week, MCC was unstoppable in game two at Melbourne Ballpark, winning 14-0 to secure a return to the top division after three seasons of relegation.
It has previous won Division Two pennants in 1987/88 and 2000/01.
With Andrew Mann throwing six innings in a superb outing, the Demons held Preston to six hits while the Kent brothers, Campbell Wiggins and Rich Unwin led a productive offence that cashed in on some defensive errors to hold a 14-zip lead after four and wrap the contest up in seven innings.
“Our first goal was to finish on top and assure ourselves of a spot in Division One,” said triumphant Demons coach Matthew Kent.
“Our second season goal was to win the flag. There has been a lot of resolve after the disappointment last year and the focus has not wavered.”
Congratulations to the MCC Baseball Section on their win and earning reinstatement to Division One.
Full report on the MCC Baseball website
Melbourne signs Mathew Kent as Head Coach
May 18, 2010
Melbourne Baseball Club is proud to announce the appointment of Mathew Kent as senior coach for the 2010/11 season.
Mathew comes to the club with a tremendous track record as a player and coach.
MCC Baseball chairman Malcolm Chiverton said the club was thrilled by the appointment and confident Mathew was the right man to take one of the most promising lists in Victorian baseball to the next level.
“Mathew possesses all of the qualities we sought from our club coach - a significant background in playing and coaching, strong personal and team values and a unique understanding of the culture required to build our club”, Chiverton said.
As a professional, Mathew played in the Seattle Mariners system 1998-2000, Melbourne Reds 1998-9 and in the Boston Red Sox system in 2006. His national representation includes the 2006 Baseball World Classic, the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 World Qualifiers.
As a Claxton Shield player 2003 and 2005-08, he was a recipient of the Helms Award 2007, Batting Title 2007, and was selected to the All-Star team 2007-08. He has coached in the US and at the Sunshine Baseball Club 2004-09.
Mathew’s appointment as Senior Coach follows that of Tobias Donahue, who has returned to the US after a highly successful season.
“As the new Melbourne Baseball Club coach I am really looking to see how far this young talented club can go in the coming years,” Mathew Kent said.
Women's A Team wins Premiership
Undefeated all season and grand final victors - what a feat!
Congratulations are in order for the MCC women's baseball team, who completed an outstanding season with a 13-3 grand final win over Footscray.
The tone was set early by an excellent lead off from Charmaine Neate, with the first of 12 team hits for the day.
The remaining 11 runs went to Megan Payne (3), Bec Clayton (2), Merryn Bevis (2), Shani De Silva (1), Amanda Edwards (1), Lee Deany (1) and Hayley Schultze (1).
Fielding play of the day was a solid hit to Megan Payne at shortstop, the ball deflecting off her shin to Bec Fielden at second base who still had time to make the out at first base.
After Shani De Silva had thrown 103 pitches, including six strike outs, with only four fielding errors for the match and in the bottom of the sixth inning, the mercy rule was invoked proving that the Melbourne women's team were without doubt the outstanding team for the 2009/10 season.
Congratulations to long-stading coach Mark Deany and team members Shani De Silva, Charmaine Neate, Rebecca Clayton, Megan Payne, Rebecca Fielden, Merryn Bevis, Alex Ware, Lee Deany, Amanda Edwards, Hayley Schultze, Katrina Lambrou, Janelle Campbell and Lorette Hivert.