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Monty and Stingers win in 1st week of A Grade Finals

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Monty through to the big game.

Will it be against the Roadrunners or the Stingers?

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

GREENHILLS Montmorency Baseball Club has scored an impressive come from behind win to land a place in the A grade Melbourne Winter Baseball League grand final in two weeks after defeating Research 5 to 6 on Saturday. The two teams got to size each other up last week in the last round of the season with a match ending with a thrilling six all draw.

On Saturday, GMBC were down 0-4 after the first innings but were able to hold Research off for the rest of the match and chip away at the deficit.

“We really blanked them out for the next seven innings and we scored one run each innings then at the top of the ninth we went ahead,” GMBC coach Chris Hodkinson said.

Hodkinson said Matthew Lawman was strong with the bat with two doubles and a home run.

“His defensive play was also fantastic,” Hodkinson said.

Hodkinson said both sides deserved praise in what was a great day for their sport.

“Pitching was great today and it was just a very good game of baseball and a good spectacle for our sport,” he said.

Research coach Tom Dicker said the best two offensive line ups of the season were up against the best two starting pitchers of the year.

“Andy Mann threw very well for them (GMBC) and their hitters made the most of their chances. Leigh McKay was outstanding for us. We get another chance and look forward to playing North Balwyn next week, giving us some valuable experience at La Trobe,” Dicker said.

GMBC will now enjoy a weeks rest.

 

NORTH Balwyn has edged ahead of Watsonia to nab a place in the preliminary final next week after defeating Watsonia 3-0 on Saturday in the first week of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade finals.

In a tight pitchers dual, North Balwyn were able to score their three runs in the eighth inning.

“Jeremy Young, Jon Kennedy and Tyler Dale all did a really good job to shut them out,” North Balwyn coach Phil Dale said.

Watsonia coach Adam Burton also praised the pitchers, praising Michael Formisano for eight solid innings on the mound.

“I made a couple of errors today though, and that really hurt us,” Burton said.

However Burton said there were plenty of positives to take from the defeat, given Watsonia hasn’t played finals for seven eyars.

“The club took a huge step today and we look forward to next year to see if we can take a bigger step in to the finals,” he said.