Latrobe pulls out all stops to get over the line in Round 9.
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
LA TROBE University has escaped with a narrow 5-4 win against relegated side Croydon, in round nine of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade division.
La Trobe coach Alex Turlea said it was a tight match with some strong hitting from his team.
He said Tristan Pinkster, Dean Sharples and himself all hit the ball very well at their home ground win.
“Tristan hit a home run, a triple and a single and was the stand out,” he said.
“We also played really well defencively and our pitching was all right too.”
He said while Croydon had struggled through the early part of the season, they had improved in past weeks and provided tough competition.
“They had pitchers who mixed speeds and really kept us off balance,” he said.
Croydon coach Daryn Cassidy said it was a game his team could have won, but that some close calls on the plates put the game just out of reach.
He said some excellent hitting and a home run put La Trobe in front, but that his team didn’t stop fighting.
Cassidy said his club was improving with each week.
“These are players that have played together for a long time, but haven’t really played together as a team. But we’ve got some confidence in our ability now and we’re improving more each week,” he said.
He said while finals were out of the question, he was confident his players could knock off a few of the top teams before the end of the season.
La Trobe now sit comfortably with six wins and three losses and Turlea said he was very happy with how the season was going so far. La Trobe take on bottom side Bundoora at Bundoora’s home ground next week. Croydon are away to Doncaster.
In other B Grade results, North Coburg Rebels got the better of Bundoora 12-2 and Forest Hill kept Diamond Creek scoreless, 3-0.