December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Baseball squad aiming for title
Forest Glade Redbacks Under-14 will carry the hopes of the club when they compete at the National Youth Baseball Championships (NYBC) for the second time in three years this weekend.
The Billericay-based outfit eased to a comprehensive 20-0 win over Herts, in a match shortened to just four innings by the mercy rule, with James Scammell throwing just 45 pitches and allowing only one hit and two walks.
Twin brother Matt Scammell hit an inside the park home run to the delight of manager Richard Crabb, who said: “It was a thoroughly excellent performance all round, with some great plays throughout.
“By winning so quickly it gave us a long break before the second game, and meant we had plenty of pitching left when we eventually took on London Sports.”
In their two previous encounters against London Sports the Redbacks had lost a very close game, before winning by a slightly wider margin in the return.
Thankfully for the Forest Glade youngsters, they added another victory to their record over the club from West London.
With London Sports having saved pitching for the second fixture, they would have been surprised to find themselves 8-2 down after the top of the fourth frame as Alex Roofe kept a lid on their hitting.
However, as he tired the London team got to him and by the end of the fourth Matt Scammell was on the mound and London led by a run, at 9-8.
Home runs in the fourth inning by Matt and James Scammell, and earlier by Max Asher, led to questions by the London Sports management over whether the bats being used by the Forest Glade side were of regulation size.
But complaints were overruled and the Redbacks set about turning around the small deficit.
Smart running saw the Essex side score five runs in the next two frames, while tight defence and more good pitching from Matt Scammell kept London from running riot.
Scammell conceded only two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings and struck out the final two batters to record the 13-11 victory, sending the Redbacks through to the National Youth Baseball Championships at the new National Baseball and Softball Grounds at Farnham Park, Slough.
Manager Crabb added: “Every one of the boys on the team contributed. The offence was awesome and defence held solid, hardly any errors in two games.
“I’m very proud of them all for their fighting attitude and the desire to win. Also thanks to the coaching team who did a brilliant job and lastly the parents without whom we could not be here.”
Redbacks are likely to face either the London Mets or LYBL Bulldogs depending on the final season record of the team that qualified from the North of England.
The senior team begin their long preparations for their annual trip to Holland for the Missing Ear European Tournament (MEET) in October with training on Thursday nights at Melbourne Park, Chelmsford, from 6pm.
These sessions are open for anyone interested in taking part in baseball or softball with the Redbacks and free to attend.
For more information about Redbacks Baseball & Softball, including playing, volunteering, officiating or sponsorship opportunities, contact club secretary Sean Briscomb at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at: www.essexredbacks.com.
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