By SALLY HEPPLESTON
RESEARCH has escaped with a narrow win over Ringwood after rain cut their round eight Melbourne Winter Baseball League game short.
Played at Glenauburn Park in Lower Plenty in less than ideal conditions, Research got away to an early 4-0 lead before Ringwood were able to claw their way back to 4-3. Ringwood were still batting when the game was called off due to the rain and the 4-3 score line remained.
Research have now won six games for the season while last year’s runners up Ringwood have only managed one.
Research coach Tom Dicker, after play was suspended early, his team was lucky to come out on top.
“As predicted the rain played havoc but we came out with a positive approach and got ahead early in the game,” he said.
“Leigh McKay threw terrifically well and Jake O’Reilly hit the ball hard including a three run home run,” he said.
Ringwood coach Adam Bright said it was disappointing to miss out on what would have been their second win of the season.
“We went close, but that’s just the way it goes,” Ringwood coach Adam Bright said.
He praised Pete Schroeders who “hit the ball well” and Oliver Dunn who hit a double.
Star pitcher Bright, who remains sidelined after recent knee surgery, said his team was still looking at 2014 as a rebuilding year. Ringwood play Heathmont next week, who this week lost their first match of the season to Greenhills Montmorency Baseball club.
“That will be a tough one for us. Finals is out of the question but we just want to keep fighting to stay away from relegation,” Bright said.
Research travel to Essendon next week.