Once again the biggest local club in terms of playing numbers, fielding 10 teams & also won the Club Championship for the 6th season in a row.
Our U16-Maroon, U14 & U12 teams won their respective competitions & very good performances from all our other teams.
We had 97 players participating in our teams, making us one of the biggest junior baseball clubs in CountryNSW area & 20 of our players participate in the various Illawarra representative teams.
A summary of teams results from the 2012-2013 season:-
Cardinals U6 (Tadpole) Gold/Maroon Teeball teams: Had fun learning the game.
Cardinals U8 (Frog) Gold/Maroon Teeball teams: Learnt much about the game and developed well.
Cardinals U10 (Rookie-Zooka) Gold team: Quite competitive throughout, finished 2nd in the Zooka Gala day.
Cardinals U10 (Rookie-Zooka) Maroon team: A young team that improved significantly as the season progressed.
Cardinals U12 (Little League) team: 2nd at the end of the rounds - Winners in the GRANDFINAL
Cardinals U14s team: 2nd at the end of the rounds - Winners in the GRANDFINAL
Cardinals U16s Gold team: 3rd at the end of the rounds - Finalists
Cardinals U16s Maroon team: Minor Premiers - Winners in the GRANDFINAL
A good day out in the junior grand finals, with wins in the U12, U14 & U16's.
See Illawarra Mercury article below
Cardinals' clean sweep
|TALENTED Cardinals under-16s pitcher Jarrod Bridges was named Illawarra Junior Baseballer of the Year, with the Cards clinching a clean sweep of titles at last Sunday's grand final day at Fred Finch Park.
Bridges is an outstanding talent for the Cards, who beat the Pirates in the under-12s, under-14s and under-16s grand finals.
In the under-12 pitch-ball decider, second-placed Cardinals beat third-placed Pirates 10-4 after breaking the game open with a four-run and five-run inning.
In the under-14s grand final, the combined Pirates/Chiefs team led the Cards 3-0 in the fifth inning, with Pirates/Chiefs pitcher Alex Osborne throwing a shutout three innings, plus an RBI triple.
Cardinals reliever Johnny Hall-Walsh made an impact on the mound, and the Cards big hitters took control in the fifth and sixth inning, scoring a combined seven runs.
In the under-16s decider, the Cards fought back from a 7-3 deficit to beat the Pirates 12-9. The Pirates had their chances, including having the winning run on third base with no-one out in the final inning.
But pressure pitching and fielding by the Cards saved the day and sealed a deserved win.
The Cardinals also won the junior club championships for the 2012-13 season, while Cards Gold took out last Sunday's Red Frog under-8s gala day.
Berkeley Eagles claimed the under-10s Zooka Ball title.
Congratulations to our Cardinals players that have been selected in the Country NSW teams to compete at the National Youth Championships in January 2013 (U14's in Canberra & U16's in Geelong).
U16 (alias AA level): Joel Thompson
East Hills U10 Zooka Gala Day
On Sunday 25th November, the Cardinals U10 Zooka team ventured out to Milperra in Sydney to the home of the East Hills Baseball club on a blistering hot day (over 34c) to take part in their Annual Zooka Gala Day. This was the first time most of these players visited this ball park let alone participated in a baseball gala day. In saying that with half the team being new to baseball and bottom age players, our expectations from the start was to hopefully win a game or two against some stiff competition and experienced players.
The day started out against Caspers, with the format of 45 min games, we had started a little shakey just trying to find our rhythm and enjoying their lovely turfed diamonds. One player from Caspers had fainted mid-game from heat exhaustion as temperatures rose both on and off the field. At the sound of the hooter half way through the last innings we realised we had won. This had set the tone going into our next match against the all mighty Illawong Marlins. In a tight battle we came out on top winning our second match. Our team at this stage looked like seasoned pros and full of confidence which we needed to play against our next opponent Scots, who have a reputation of being a tough club to beat. Knowing this, our team turned it on smashing home runs at every opportunity they could, even surprising me their coach. Scots tried to fight their way back but Cardinals were too strong and won their 3rd straight match.
After a lunch break Cardinals were back at it playing hard in their 4th match against Penrith which came down to the wire. But as it has been all day, Cardinals pulled through winning their 4th straight match, topping their group and being one of the only clubs to remain undefeated. We had qualified for the semi-finals and needed to really raise the bar for a win to progress to the grand final. We were up against Castle Hill Knights, a team who looked more like a rep team than a club team, and were alot bigger than our kids. Nevertheless, we were ready for a fight. We started off well but not long after victory was starting to slip away as the Knights were by far a more superior team. We were up against an A-grade side who from reports only conceeded 4 runs all day. We went down 11-2 to the Knights but we held our heads high as we not only exceeded our expectations, but we managed to score a few runs against them and even managed a double play against a team that no other club could crack. Boy what a day!!
The parents and the coaching staff were quite proud of how the Cardinals kids played, especially knowing they were the youngest side and had less experience by far. Overall all the players enjoyed the day having learned more about baseball, gained confidence and respect from other clubs. They have all benefited from this day greatly.....A big thankyou to Annita Lepre (our scorer), Scott Hilton, Matt Vella, and Louise Markwell, for their help as assistant coaches.
Anthony Lepre (Coach)