By SALLY HEPPLESTON
HEATHMONT has found winning form after beating top side North Balwyn 4-3 in round 10 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
Played on North Balwyn’s home turf, the reining champions for the past three seasons were able to hold off North Balwyn, handing them their second loss for the year.
In contrast Heathmont had only managed three wins for the season before Saturday’s win.
Heathmont coach John Edwards said while North Balwyn beat them comfortably earlier in the season, they were able to get the better of the top team this time around.
“We’ve really started to come good. We’ve had some players come back and we’re starting to look like the Heathmont of old,” Edwards said.
“We’ll be looking to push up in to the top four now and just see where we get in finals.
“We’ve got three big games coming up against teams inside the top four so then we’ll be able to see if we’re back amongst it,” he said.
Edwards praised Jesse Barron who had two hits in only his second game for the club after coming across from Perth, Matt Wilson who was steady on the mound and Mitch Ayres catching, who moved across from Knox.
North Balwyn coach Phil Dale said his club trailed 4-1 early in the match and fought back well to give themselves a chance to win.
He said Nathan Aron, Alex Hondomitidas, Tyler Dale and Min Kim all had hard hits and that Jeremy Young pitched solidly to put give his team a chance to win.
Heathmont play GMBC at GMBC’s home ground next week and North Balwyn are home against Knox.