By SALLY HEPPLESTON
TOP side North Balwyn have lost to Watsonia for the second time this season, going down 4 to 3 at Loyloa Reserve in Bundoora on Saturday in round 12 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League season.
Watsonia coach Adam Burton said pitching brothers Michael and Gareth Formisano were the difference in a tight game of baseball, played in cold and damp conditions.
He also said catcher Jarryd Rogers, playing his last game for the season before embarking on an overseas trip, was outstanding behind the plate, picking up a couple of hits also.
Overall, Burton said it was a solid team effort which saw his side retain their position inside the top four.
“Everybody did their job today,” he said.
The loss saw North Balwyn knocked from the top spot, falling to third with Research and GMBC taking out first and second spot after GMBC comfortably defeated Knox and Research got the better of reigning champs Heathmont.
North Balwyn coach Phil Dale said it was one inning of baseball that cost them the loss, giving up four runs in one inning early in the match. He said while they were able to peg the lead back with three runs of their own, it wasn’t enough to secure a win.
“We’re very happy with how we’re going this season and the games we’ve lost we’ve only lost by one run or so. We just play each team as they come as I guess we’re the team to beat at the moment. We just have to make sure we’re ready for next week,” he said.
Watsonia are away to GMBC next week and North Balwyn host Essendon.