By SALLY HEPPLESTON
FOREST Hill and Greensborough battled it out for an 8-8 draw on Saturday in round 8 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade season. Played at Forest Hill’s home ground at Billabong Park in Vermont South in ideal conditions, Greensborough got on the board quickly with three runs in the first inning, before Forest Hill answered with five.
In a see-sawing match where the lead changed hands several times, both teams had opportunities to win.
A Forest Hill home run in the final inning tied the scores at 8-8.
Forest Hill, who came up to A Grade last year after winning the B Grade grand final last year, have only won one game for the season and have how had two draws, but coach Phil Bertrand said was happy with how his team was travelling.
“Our goal was to be competitive this year an we certainly have been so far. “We knew if we were the results would look after themselves,” Bertrand said.
“We didn’t set lofty expectations, that would have been pretty naïve.”
Bertrand said his team was full of youngsters including three 15 year olds. However he said some of the veterans had been impressive as well.
“This game ebbed and flowed, but it was probably a fair result.”
Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges said he was disappointed with the result, as his team had their chances to take a win.
“Better to get one point though I guess, though the win would have been nice.”
After the Queen’s Birthday break, Greensborough take on North Balwyn, who beat the previously undefeated Research side on Saturday.
Forest Hill take on reigning premiers Heathmont who have struggled through the 2015 season with only two wins.
“They’re a good side but they’re down on players. You disrespect them at your own peril,” Bertrand said.