By SALLY HEPPLESTON
WAVERLEY have confirmed they are the team to beat with a comfortable 10-4 over Doncaster at Napier Park on Saturday in round 13 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade competition.
Waverley sit well clear on top of the ladder ahead Westgarth, Melbourne University and La Trobe University while the loss has edged Doncaster out of the top four.
Having lost the past three grand finals, Waverley coach Chris Maurer said his club was determined to go one better this year.
“We’ve all set ourselves goals and we just have to keep pushing to put the club in a better position we’ve been in in the past few years.”
Maurer said his pitching line up was outstanding on Saturday in less than ideal playing conditions with Matt Orwin having his best game for the season and Evan Phillips coming in to provide great relief at the end of the game.
“They way Doncaster hit, it was always going to be a danger game but we also swang our bats pretty well today. We scored early to go up 4-0 but they scored a two run home run to keep it close but we hit well in the tough conditions to finish the game off and the twos had a good win too,” Maurer said.
Waverley take on second place Westgarth next week.
Doncaster coach Brendon McDonald also praised the pitching from Waverley and said his team had too many missed opportunities.
“They made us pay today. It just wasn’t our day,” he said.
Doncaster play Monash next week and McDonald said they had their biggest win of the season against them last time they played, so they are hoping to get their season back on track and get back in to the top four with a win.
In other B grade results, Diamond Creek got the better of Monash University, Melbourne University beat La Trobe University and Croydon defeated North Coburg.