By SALLY HEPPLESTON
RESEARCH’S strong start to the 2014 Melbourne Winter Baseball League season has continued with an impressive 6-2 win over league stalwarts, Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club.
Research coach Tom Dicker said it was always good to score a win against GMBC who he said had been one of the best clubs in the league for many years.
Played on GMBC’s home soil at Malcolm Blair Reserve in Greensborough, Dicker said it was another impressive day out for star pitcher Leigh McKay, and that the bottom order also got a lot of hits.
“We were hitting all the way through the line up today, which is always great,” Dicker said.
After losing the first two games of the season, Dicker said he was incredibly pleased that his team had fought back to win five on the trot.
“We are very happy with where we are at the moment,” he said.
Research face a struggling Ringwood after the Queen’s Birthday break next weekend, but Dicker said despite their slow start to this season, they remained a threat due to the depth in their line-up.
GMBC coach Chris Hodkinson said it wasn’t a good day for his club and that his team couldn’t get their bats going.
He praised Marcelle D’Avoine who re-entered the team with two hits.
GMBC face reigning premiers Heathmont at Heathmont Reserve after the break.
“That’ll be a tough one but we’re confident,” Hodkinson said.
“There is a long way to go in the season and we have a lot of work to do if we want to really compete. We have to build each week,” he said.