By SALLY HEPPLESTON
REIGNING premiers Heathmont have had their first loss of the 2014 Melbourne Winter Baseball League season, going down 10-6 to Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club at Heathmont Reserve on Saturday.
Montmorency jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. Heathmont were able to fight their way back to a 6-5 lead before Montmorency smashed five runs in the final inning, with Liam Crivelli hitting a grand slam home run to run away with the victory.
“It’s a bit unfortunate, but it is probably the loss we had to have,” Heathmont coach Matthew Gourlay said.
“Hopefully this will spark us in to the second half of the draw.”
He praised relief pitcher Ryan Bean, who came on to replace Josh Silvie.
He said rain didn’t play too much havoc on the day, even though the match started 10 minutes late due to persistent showers.
Montmorency coach Chris Hodkinson said it was a very exciting game of baseball and that they beat the “team they had to beat”.
He praised Liam Crivelli for the grand slam as well as pitcher Matthew McQuiggan who was able to keep the strong Heathmont hitting line up quiet.
He also said there was strong hitting from Sam Boone, Andy Tierney and Matthew Kent.
“We’re very happy with the win,” Hodkinson said.
Heathmont are away to Ringwood next week and Montmorency host North Balwyn.