By SALLY HEPPLESTON
RESEARCH hit their way to victory in wintery conditions on Saturday in round 13 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition with a 9 to 6 win over bottom place Knox at Glenauburn Park.
The top placed Reseach hit six home runs for the game, including two from Josh Davies, two from Adrian Berka and with three of them coming in a row.
Research president David Dicker said conditions were not ideal and that they were lucky to get a game in, with only about 10 minutes to conduct a proper warm up in the wet weather.
“It wasn’t the best preparation but we did enough to get the win.
“The ground held up pretty well though,” Dicker said.
Research are ahead of GMBC and North Balwyn on the ladder and face fourth place Watsonia at Watsonia next week.
“Hopefully we can get over the top of them and put ourselves in a really good spot to finish in the top two, as that’s the goal,” Dicker said.
Knox coach Ashley Winton said it was one of the better hitting games his side had played all year.
“Dylan Archer hit his first home run in senior baseball,” he said.
“But Research are tough, and they hit six home runs today. We really didn’t do much wrong today though and we gave them a bit of a run.”
He said his club would keep fighting until the season was over to hopefully avoid relegation.
“It’s tough, but we’ve got lots of young kids really having a go and that’s all you can ask for.”
Knox are home to Greensborough next week.
In other A grade results, Forest Hill had a tight win over Ringwood, GMBC thumped Watsonia, Greensborough and Heathmont drew and North Balwyn got the better of Essendon.