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Burra back on the winners list with a win over the Saints

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

GREENSBOROUGH have redeemed themselves after a heartbreaking loss to rivals Greenhills Montmorency last week with a 9-5 win over Ringwood in round 11 of the A Grade Melbourne Winter Baseball League competition.

Played at Elder Street Reserve in Watsonia, Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges said he had an even contribution from all of his hitters.

He said Liam Davine started the pitching duties with Jamie Lethborg coming in to finish.

“It’s good to get back on the board after a disappointing loss last week,” he said.

Greensborough went down to GMBC 11-10 after leading the match 10-6.

Greensborough, who now sit at 5 wins and 6 losses, just outside the eight, are away to second placed Research next week, followed by top team and reigning premiers Heathmont the week after.

“We’re going to need to stretch ourselves for a couple of weeks to determine if we have a chance at the top four,” Hodges said.

Ringwood coach Adam Bright, who has returned to the team after a stint on the sidelines with an injury, said it was an “up and down game”.

“We never really threatened them. Michael Legg had his first start (pitching) for the season but that didn’t go as well as we’d hoped,” Bright said.

Bright said while he was happy to be back “swinging the bat” he might have to step up and return to pitching duties sooner than he’d like to help his struggling team out.

He praised 16-year-old Jacob Evans with the bat as well as 15-year-old Ollie Dunn who he said was solid at second base.

Ringwood have just the one win for the season, one draw and nine losses. They play at home next week against Knox.

In other A Grade results, Knox and Greenhills Montmorency were washed out, Heathmont def Essendon 5-0, Research def Nth Balwyn 3-0, Watsonia and Westgath were 0-0