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GMBC beat North Balwyn in a close affair

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

GREENHILLS Montmorency Baseball Club edged out North Balwyn in a tight match in round nine of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade competition.

Played at Montmorency’s home ground at Malcolm Blair Reserve in Greensborough, Montmorency were able to escape with a 3-2 win in the third versus fourth on the ladder clash.

GMBC Coach Chris Hodkinson praised Greg Wiltshire who returned to the club after a long stint on the sidelines.

“It was his first start pitching in the ones and he was fantastic,” Hodkinson said.

He also said his 16-year-old son Chase Hodkinson, who came up from A Reserves, did a brilliant job behind the plate.

Mitch Ellis and Andy Tierney were also strong with the bat, against some quality North Balwyn pitching, he said.

“We’re very happy with where we’re at after the first half of the season. We’ve had a few good weeks,” Hodkinson said.

North Balwyn coach Neil Burke said he was happy with his club’s effort, despite the close loss.

“They’re a quality side with some strong hitters and good young talent coming through. But we really took it up to them,” he said

“We were able to match them in most departments.”

He said his pitchers Jon Kennedy and Jeremy Young were both outstanding and that Jordan Young and his 15-year-old son Justin Burke, in his second division one match, were impressive with the bat.

“We’re looking forward to getting better and better each week,” Burke said.

GMBC are home again next week against Greensborough while North Balwyn travel to Ringwood.

In other A Grade results, Research thumped Essendon 14-0, Heathmont had a comfortable 9-2 win over Ringwood, Knox beat Watsonia 8-3 and Greensborough got the better of Westgarth, 7-3.