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Wildcats get the better of the Rams

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

WAVERLEY got the better of a brave Croydon with a 7-3 victory in round seven of the B grade competition of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League on Saturday.

Played on the Ram’s home turf at Barngeong Reserve, Croydon let the away side quickly get away to a 5-0 lead, before fighting hard to peg back the deficit.

Croydon coach Sam Mather said despite home runs from Grant Carlson and himself, and chipping away at Waverley’s lead, his team wasn’t able to stop a hard-hitting Waverley line up.

“Waverley also pitched well today and took their opportunities to score runs when they should have,” Mather said.

“But it was a beautiful day and a good game of baseball to be a part of.”

Croydon, who have only one win this season after being relegated to B grade after finishing bottom of the ladder in A Grade last year were in a “development phase”, Mather said.

“After the break next week we’ll be looking to start again and get some juniors on board. We’re looking to step up and get some more wins” he said.

Waverley coach Chris Maurer said it was a great day for his club, with all four Waverley teams having strong wins.

“Our guys were all really pumped today,” Maurer said.

“We jumped on the board early and whatever challenges there were we answered them quickly,” he said.

Waverley has only had one loss this season, and a draw as the result of a wash out.

“We’re a bit behind the eight-ball because we were washed out one week when everyone else played. We haven’t fully shown what we’re capable of yet,” he said.

“We have some pretty senior guys but we want to bleed some of the younger kids as much as we can and see what happens when it comes to the crunch at the end of the year.”

Croydon are at home after the Queen’s Birthday break against Bundoora and Waverley also play at home against an in-form La Trobe.