By SALLY HEPPLESTON
WATSONIA has made finals baseball look more likely with a strong 8-5 win over three time reigning champions Heathmont on Saturday in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.
Played at Loyoloa Reserve, Heathmont got on the board early with two runs in the first innings, but Watsonia made their presence felt by scoring a home run off the first ball in their first innings. Watsonia then got the jump on Heathmont and were out to an 8-3 lead before Heathmont scored a couple more to make the final scoreline a respectable 8-5.
Watsonia coah Dominick Ruggiero it was a good win for the club, putting them in fourth position and half a game of Greenborough on the ladder.
Ruggiero praised the pitching efforts of Michael Formisano who he said had been “very consistent all year”.
“Tim Frost our club president hit a home run in the first innings and he’s been our best hitter all season,” he said.
“Andrew Bennett also hit the ball very well.”
Watsonia take on Knox at Knox next week.
“We should do well based on ladder positions but week to week you never know how things will go. We really have our destiny in our own hands and if we lose one of our last two games we’re going to be relying on someone else to beat Greensborough for us,” Ruggiero said.
Heathmont president Daniel Mack it just wasn’t his club’s day.
“It’s been a tough season. Losing both of our pitchers and three quality hitters. We’ve also let ourselves down a bit and we’ve lost a bit of enthusiasm. We need to finish this season strong and then re-assess where we need to be next year,” Mack said.
Heathmont are home to Essendon next week.