The Eagles have a strong win to set up a classic match against The Wildcats
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
FOREST Hill has overcome a brave La Trobe University outfit to advance to the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade grand final against Waverley next Saturday.
Forest Hill, who finished on top with only one loss for the season, suffered an upset loss against Waverley last weekend. La Trobe threatened early in Saturday’s preliminary final at Deep Creek Reserve, but the final score blew out to 12-2.
Forest Hill coach Phil Bertrand said some outstanding pitching from La Trobe’s Alex Turlea kept the game close initially.
But when Turlea came out of the game after six innings with a groin injury, Forest Hill were able to run away with the win.
“It was tight through the first six innings but we scored five in the seventh and five in the eighth and broke the game open,” Bertrand said.
“Alex Turlea pitched really well but once he went out we got on top and won pretty convincingly in the end.”
Bertrand said Travis Bass pitched well for Forest Hill, as well as having four hits.
Ken O’Malley had three hits and Jordan Ley Matt Beattie and Michael van der Meer all had two each.
Bertrand also praised his team for being errorless in the field.
“Next week will be another challenge but it’s back to all things being equal now. La Trobe certainly stretched us today. They’re a good team to play against and we always enjoy playing them,” Bertrand said.
La Trobe coach Alex Turlea said it was disappointing to bow out of the finals, but that he was proud of his team for the impressive season they had, being the only team to defeat Forest Hill all year.
“They’re a great hitting team and they took advantage of their chances today and the score exploded out. We didn’t get the hits we wanted,” he said.
As well as pitching strongly, Turlea also had three of La Trobe’s seven hits for the game.