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First scalp goes to Waverley in B Grade Finals

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

WAVERELY has upset premiership favourites Forest Hill with an 8-2 win in the first week of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade finals.

Played at Billabong Park on Saturday, Waverley got the better of the more fancied Forest Hill team, who had only lost one game for the season.

However Waverley coach Chris Maurer said he always backed his team and knew they could get up.

“They’ve beaten us pretty convincingly this season but we just kept focussing on the job at hand and everyone really stepped up today,” he said.

“It was a very good game today and everyone contributed to the win. We go in to every game thinking we can win and today was no different. With the way we’ve been playing, we were quietly confident.”

Maurer said after the week off, he was pretty sure his side would face Forest Hill again in the grand final.

“With no disrespect to the other sides, Forest Hill were on top for a reason.”

He said he would allow his team to make the most of the rest next week before hitting it hard at training to prepare for the grand final.

Forest Hill coach Phil Bertrand said he “tipped his hat” to Waverley line up.

“They outplayed us today,” he said.

“The best team on the day certainly won. They probably had their best game for the year and we had our worst. But we will re-group and we know we’re better than that and we’ll have another crack at them in a couple of weeks time.”

Bertrand said young catcher Jordan Busch was the best for his team on the day, with a couple of hits and good work behind the plate.

Forest Hill will play La Trobe University next week who were able to get the better of Diamond Creek, 6-5, in their final.