By SALLY HEPPLESTON
UNIVERSITY rivals Monash and La Trobe clashed on Saturday with La Trobe coming out on top 10-5 in round six of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade competition.
La Trobe University coach Alex Turlea said everyone in the team hit the ball well and that pitcher Tristan Pinkster performed strongly on the mound all day.
“We also had four or five stolen bases today and played really good defence all day – it was a good team effort.”
La Trobe have now had three wins in a row after beating North Coburg comfortably last week and Melbourne University the week before that.
“Everyone is starting to play really well together and we’ve had a full squad, which had made a difference,” Turlea said.
La Trobe, now placed with 4 wins and two losses, come up against Forest Hill at Forest Hill next week, which Turlea said would be a big test.
Monash coach Michael Hunt said his team left their run too late to get the points.
“They played well and we just didn’t show up for the first three innings,” he said.
“That made it tough and we had to battle our way back.”
Hunt praised the efforts of La Trobe pitcher Pinkster and also their own closing pitcher Langston Lightcap, a US recruit who will play with Monash until he returns in July.
“He really shut them down,” Hunt said.
“He got us in the game, but it wasn’t enough, they had too much of a lead.”
Monash sit at 1-5 but Hunt said he his team had come up against some tough competition and had been competitive in each match.
Monash face an in-form Doncaster at Doncaster next week.
In other B grade results, Forest Hill 10 def Croydon 5, Waverley 17 def Bundoora 0, Melb Uni drew with Diamond Creek 6-6, Doncaster drew with North Coburg Rebels 2-2