WAVERLEY has suffered their second grand final loss in two years after going down 9-3 against Westgarth in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade grand final on Saturday.
Played at La Trobe University in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, Westgarth, who had the harder road through to the grand final, got runs on the board early and were out to a 9-1 lead in the middle of the game. Waverley added two more runs in the seventh innings but it was not enough to claw back the big lead.
Westgarth coach Cameron Deeble said it was a great game against a team they had battled well with all year.
“We’ve got a young core group of players and we really stuck together and worked hard all year,” he said.
He said starting pitcher Steve Hunter did a great job and that they were able to secure their match winning lead early with solid batting throughout the line up.
“We also really capitalised on errors today,” he said.
Bitterly disappointed Waverley coach Chris Maurer said his team “didn’t come to play”.
“They really capitalised and did the fundamental things. It was probably our worst game of the year, but I don’t want to take anything away from Westgarth today,” he said.
“We’ve had a really good year but we just left our run too late today.”
Maurer said the disappointment of the loss would sting badly for a few players who had been through several grand final losses in recent years.
“It will keep us determined. The hurt is there but so is the hunger. We really tip our hats to Westgarth today.”