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A close call for Heathmont as a strong Greensborough just fall short

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

HEATHMONT have outclassed a gallant Greensborough in round 13 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.

Played at Elder St Reserve in Watsonia on Saturday, the top side were able to get away with a 6-4 win in what Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay described as a “high quality” match.

He said Ryan Bean pitched all but one inning and gave up just the one run for the day, before Matt Wilson came on to finish up for the last inning.

John King also hit his first home run for Heathmont in the win.

“We rate Greensborough as one of the better teams out there and they really showed they can take it up to anyone. Their pitcher Jamie Lethborg was outstanding today,” Gourlay said.

He also praised his player Mitch Edwards who he said made some quality defensive moves late in the game.

Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges said there were just “inches” in his team tying things up late in the game.

“It is a game of inches, as they say,” he said.

“We gave them a start and we were playing catch up all day, but we battled well against the best side in the league.

“We’ve lost five or six games by a run and we just can’t seem to get over the line. We were 4-1 up against Research last week and lost. We keep getting close,” Hodges said.

Greensborough, who were in sixth spot before Saturday’s loss, face what Hodges described as two “pivotal” weeks ahead, playing North Balwyn and Essendon who take up the two spots above them on the ladder.

Heathmont host Knox next week.