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Local rivals fight out a close game

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GMBC take the points against an improving Watsonia Saints

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

GREENHILLS and Montmorency Baseball Club have emerged with a hard fought win over bottom side Watsonia in round 12 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League season.

Played in icy conditions at Malcolm Blair Reserve in Greensborough on Saturday, GMBC got up 4-1 in what both coaches described as a classic “pitchers’ dual”.

GMBC coach Chris Hodkinson said it was good to get a game in after a wash out last week against Knox.

“We fought hard in ridiculously tough conditions. It was good to get a game in after last week,” he said.

Hodkinson said Matthew McQuiggan, who threw the complete game, was outstanding on the mound, as was Watsonia pitcher Michael Formisano who also pitched the entire game.

He said Matthew Kent was also a stand out with the bat with two doubles.

Watsonia coach Leo Vivona also praised the efforts of Formisano who had 14 strike-outs for the day.

“Both pitchers dominated the game but we played really well in the wet and it was a great game,” he said.

“We’re pretty pleased because the last time we played them they beat us 19-1, so that’s a big change and we’re pretty happy.”

Vivona said his team was hoping to score a few more wins before the end of the season to avoid relegation, but that it wasn’t all “doom and gloom” and that they were confident about the weeks ahead.

GMBC are away to Westgarth next week and Watsonia are at home to Ringwood.