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The Diamond Creek Devils take a win away from the Wildcats

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

DIAMOND Creek scored an impressive 5-3 win against second placed Waverley at Campbell Street Reserve in Diamond Creek on Saturday in round 10 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade division.

Diamond Creek coach Leigh Scanlon said the despite the great win, the game was a bit of a “slog” due to the weather.

“It was very windy and the ground was muddy but we had a great pitching performance from Dale Campbell, who is not one of our regular starters,” Scanlon said.

Campbell threw five innings, only giving up the three runs for the day.

He also said young brothers Adam and Daniel Malcolm, 15 and 17, had some “clutch hits” at crucial moments and were both great performers on the day.

“It was also a solid defensive performance from us today,” Scanlon said.

Going in to the game, Waverley were placed second with only one loss and Diamond Creek were in sixth position.

“We’re really in the mix and between second and sixth on the ladder, there’s only two points in it. We’ve got Croydon next week who have come down from div one and you never know, as it depends on who they play but we’re looking forward to building more momentum towards the finals,” Scanlon said.

Waverley coach Chris Maurer said it was a disappointing result for his team, who “didn’t play like a top two team”.

“Diamond Creek really came out and wanted to play today and we couldn’t switch on. It’s a bit disappointing and we left our run in the game too late,” he said.

He commended Evan Phillips who was solid with the bat and his three pitchers.

He said next week’s game against Melbourne University would be another danger game.

In other B Grade results, La Trobe University thumped Bundoora 10 to 1, Croydon had a comfortable win against Doncaster 10 to 4 and Forest Hill got the better of Melbourne University, 8-3.