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Monty take points in a close season opener against Burra

MWBL season opener starts with a close one.

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

TRADITIONAL rivals Greensborough Baseball Club and Greenhills  Montmorency Baseball club kicked off the 2014 Melbourne Winter Baseball season with GMBC taking the honours, 6 to 5.

In what has become a round one tradition, the Heritage Match season opener was played at Greensborough in good spirits in front of a big crowd.

New GMBC coach Chris Hodkinson, who returns to the club after a stint with Ringwood, said he was happy with his club’s start to the season.

“We jumped out to an early lead with some great offensive play by Ryan Booth and Liam Crivelli,” he said.

“Greensborough then clawed their way back but our relief pitcher Matthew McQuiggan closed off tightly. They had loaded bases but we got out of it with the win.”

He said most of his players played during the summer and that it showed on the pitch during the hard fought win.

“They had a great pre-season and we’ve got a lot of great juniors coming through too. We’re strong through the grades and I’m excited for the year ahead,” he said.

Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges said despite their slow start to the match, there were glimpses of good things to come, in particular from new pitcher Hayden Godbold who came in to relieve Jamie Lethborg who gave up six runs.

He also said not many of his players played during the summer, but that he was confident his team would improve as the season went on

“We played finals last year and I think if we achieved anything less this year, we’d be disappointed.”

Both teams have a week off next week before GMBC take on Knox the following week in round two and Greensborough play 2013 runners up, Ringwood.