Pittwater crowned Summer League Champions
12 MARCH 2018
Pittwater win it! Pittwater win it! Oh my gosh, Pittwater win it!!
After 15 years of Summer League being dominated by the Spankies and Hornets, Pittwater have completed their Cinderella story, coming from 3rd place on the table and completing a trifecta of victories during the finals series, taking out the Summer League Championship game 10-4 over the Big Dogs.
After coming so close last year, the Pittwater team led from start to finish over their more favoured rivals to complete a remarkable run of games, beating the 4th placed Brewers in the elimination semi final, minor premier Redbacks in the elimination final and then then 2nd placed Big Dogs in the big one.
Full credit has to go to the managers Eric Mena and Simon Crombleholme who made the tough decision at the start of the season to merge their respective Marlins and Dolphins squads to create one Pittwater team.
The team flew under the radar all season in 3rd place as the Big Dogs and Redbacks fought it out for the minor premiership, before coming up with the goods when it mattered.
Once again Pittwater relied on wily veterans Eric Mena (4IP) and Matt Gomes (3IP) who used their many years of experience to subdue the Big Dog bats with smart offspeed pitching.
For those that watched on last year as the Pittwater team lost the Grand Final in extra innings after Eric Mena completed 7 innings on the mound, you couldn’t help but feel his time had finally come and was well deserved as he held aloft the Judy Head Memorial Trophy.
For the Big Dogs, they can reflect on a very successful first season in the Summer League. Co-manager Luke Eisenhauer commented after the game that ‘You sometimes need to lose a Grand Final before you win one’. After seeing so much talent out there on Saturday, you can’t help but feel that the Big Dogs will definitely have a few more Grand Final appearances in them in the years to come.
So that wraps the Summer League for season 2017/18. A big thank you to all that assisted on and off the field during the season. We look forward to celebrating with everyone at the Presentation Night on the 24th (get your tickets now if you haven’t already!)
However the fun doesn’t stop there. Registrations are now open for Winter League and team submissions are already flooding in. So as the sun sets on one competition it rises on another. Why would you want to do anything else?
Presentation Night – BOOK NOW!
6 March 2018
The Manly Eagles State League and Manly-Warringah Minor League Presentation night will be held on Saturday 24th March at Dee Why RSL Club.
The night will be a celebration of the 2017/18 season with Summer League and Spring Masters champions trophies presented, as well as individual Players’ Player Awards for each of the Summer League teams.
Dress code is smart attire, collared shirt for the men.
The evening is a 7pm arrival for 7.30pm start.
Tickets are $50 each and include a 2 course meal and drink on arrival.
Tickets can be purchased online https://manlyeaglespresentation.eventbee.com/ or via email from Viv (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Whilst the awards are for Summer and Masters players, we encourage winter players and players’ partners to attend as well. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Grand Final opponents decided as Pittwater stun Redbacks
5 March 2018
Another tense game at Aquatic Reserve on Saturday saw Pittwater claim a stunning upset over the Redbacks to make their way into the Grand Final against the Big Dogs.
Despite claiming the Minor Premiership, the Redbacks struggled without injured starter Ben Logue on the mound and once again Pittwater jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
The Redbacks pegged them back to 4-4 going into the final few innings, but some clutch hitting by Dan Cox (solo home run and a 2 RBI single) helped Pittwater extend their lead to 9-4 going into the bottom of the 7th.
The Redbacks once again mounted a strong comeback, eventually falling just short and losing 9-7, with the 8th run tagged out at home after a magnificent throw from Pittwater centrefielder Matt Monty to end the game.
So the Cinderella story continues for the Pittwater team as they make the Grand Final from 3rd place and look to erase the scars of last season’s one run Grand Final defeat to the Hornets.
It all comes down to this: Big Dogs vs Pittwater at Aquatic Reserve at 2pm this Saturday (10th March).
Big Dogs through to Grand Final as Pittwater edge the Forest Brewers
26 February 2018
It was a day for hitters but definitely not pitchers in the scorching heat at Aquatic Reserve as the Summer League finals got underway this afternoon.
In the Major Semi Final, the Big Dogs came out swinging to post a 9 run first inning and pile on a further 10 runs in the 2nd to blow out to a 19-3 lead. The Redbacks refused to give up, mounting a stunning comeback but ultimately falling short (20-17). The Big Dogs are through to the Grand Final.
In the Elimination Semi Final, the Forest Brewers gave up 7 first innings runs as the Pittwater bats also came out firing. A fine rearguard was mounted, but ultimately they left themselves too much to do, going down 8-6. Pittwater advance to the Elimination Final next week.
Join us at Aquatic Reserve at 2pm next Saturday as the Redbacks and Pittwater go head to head in the Elimination Final for the right to play the Big Dogs in the Grand Final.
Special thanks to the MWBU umpires who backed up after their junior finals commitments to work through the senior finals. Your efforts as always, are greatly appreciated.
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