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Wildcats stay on top with win over Latrobe

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

WAVERLEY has cemented their position on top of the ladder with a resounding 6-0 win over fourth placed La Trobe University in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade competition.

Played at Waverley’s home ground Napier Park, Waverley had jumped out to the 6-0 lead by the end of the second innings.

Waverley coach Chris Maurer said his players hit the ball strong against what he described as a “danger side”.

“Matty Orwin also pitched really well today, the best he has all year,” Maurer said.

“We’re certainly looking good for finals and if we keep winning we won’t lose top spot. It is always good to get a home ground advantage,” he said.

La Trobe coach Alex Turlea said opening pitcher Ben Simpson struggled early on in the game.

Turlea then came on to pitch in the third innings and was able to keep Waverley to just two hits, but the damage on the scoreboard had already been done.

“It was a tough game as we were missing some key players and players who were there were carrying some injuries as well. That however doesn’t take anything away from Waverley. They were in control the whole game, scoring runs early and backing their young pitcher with some very good defence,” Turlea said.

“As team, we were a bit flat on the day and they came to play. It is clear that Waverley will be the team to beat and if we hope to contend for a grand final spot, we will have to lift our game a bit,” he said.

La Trobe are home to second placed Westgarth next week and Waverley travel to Diamond Creek.