By SALLY HEPPLESTON
RESEARCH has defeated Heathmont 7-2 in a 2014 grand final rematch in round three of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League season.
Research is now three wins from three rounds, having defeated Ringwood and Greensborough in their first two matches.
Played at Research’s home ground at Glenauburn Park in Lower Plenty, Research were able to hold the premiers from the past three seasons to just two runs with quality pitching from Leigh McKay, 2014 MVP for the league.
Research coach Tom Dicker said his club traditionally got off to a bad start but that it was pleasing to be 3-0 at this early stage of the season.
“We’re normally fighting to get back in to a season so we’ll use this good start to the year to try a few things as the year goes on,” Dicker said.
He said Adrian Berka was strong with the bat and in defence and that Kyle Bedford was also impressive on the mound to finish up pitching duties after McKay.
Research will take on Knox at Knox next week and Dicker said his club would not go in to the game easing off.
“There are clubs you match up well against and we always do against Knox,” he said.
Heathmont coach John Edwards the game “ran the course” of what the club had so far been doing this season. Now sitting at 0-3, he said his club would have to fight hard to get some wins on the board, starting against Greensborough next week.
“They traditionally win the games that matter, but now we need to start winning those games,” he said.
Edwards scored a home run in the match and said of their eight runs scored so far this year, seven had come from home runs.
“We just need to start getting more hits,” he said.
He said the highlight from the game was seeing their two new 15-year-old players hold their own and play well.