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GMBC continue their drive to the finals with a strong win against Ringwood.

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

STRONG batting has secured Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club a guaranteed place in the finals after an 8-3 win over Ringwood in round 15 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League on Saturday.

Played at Malcolm Blair Reserve in Greensborough, GMBC were solid through the line up and coach Chris Hodkinson said the “bats were keeping them winning games”.

“We’ve got a lot of strong boys and have been hitting a lot of home runs. Ryan Booth and Matthew Kent are both in very good form,” Hodkinson said.

“Our defence also got us out of a lot of trouble today too,” he said.

With 12 wins for the season, GMBC are now sitting three games clear in third position and are behind second placed Research on only percentage.

The next three weeks will be the big test for the club, where the come up against Research, top placed Heathmont and fourth placed North Balwyn.

“We’ve got good form at the right time of the season, it will be a big few weeks,” Hodkinson said.

“The boys are all excited. It is good to play good baseball and this will be a good test.”

Ringwood coach Adam Bright, who pitched for the first time since the summer season and an injury, said GMBC hit the ball hard all day.

Bright said he felt pretty good on the mound, considering he hadn’t pitched since the summer season grand final.

He said while his team had an impressive win against Westgarth last week, his team never really threatened GMBC this week.

Ringwood are home to Essendon next week.

In other A Grade results, Essendon defeated Greensborough 2-0, North Balwyn got over Knox 7-3, Heathmont thumped Watsonia 13-0 and Research comfortably defeated Westgarth 11-6.