Forest Hill win over a gallant Waverley
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
FOREST Hill have cemented their spot on top of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade ladder with an impressive round 14 win against second placed Waverley at Billabong Park on Saturday.
Forest Hill coach Phil Bertrand said it was a strong win.
“We hit really strongly through the order today, and Ken O’Malley lead the way with three hits and Matt Beattie, Travis Bass and Jordan Ley had two each,” he said.
He said Ewan John also hit a three run home run, which helped seal the victory.
“We were strong one through nine in the line-up today,” he said.
“All in all I’m really pleased.”
Bertrand said 15 year olds Jordan Busch and Matt Beattie would be heading overseas this week with Australian team duties.
“To have one in the Australian team is great but to have two is pretty impressive. They’ve both improved dramatically and both are highly talented. They’ve worked really hard at their games and we’re very proud of their achievements. We’ll miss them,” he said.
Waverley coach Chris Maurer praised Forest Hill for their impressive win and said they would be hard to knock out of top spot now, being two and a half games clear.
“There is a reason they’re on top, they’re definitely a good side,” he said.
He said the game was full of quality pitching and despite the loss, he was, was pleased with how his team performed.
“We just have to keep doing what we’re doing. It was a good game and we can take a lot out of it.”
Maurer also said his team would be without a few key players in the coming weeks due to college baseball commitments in the US but that he would be looking for other players to step up, not just for the weeks ahead, but in future years.
Waverley take on Bundoora at Bundoora next week and Forest Hill are away to Croydon.