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Penguins beat reigning premiers in strong showing

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Heathmont open their account against 2015 champs Research

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

HEATHMONT have bounced back from a 13-13 all draw against Ringwood last week with a 5-1 win over last year’s premiers, Research in round two of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade competition.

Played at Heathmont Reserve on Saturday, Heathmont were helped by a fantastic pitching effort by Matthew Wilson, who pitched five innings and kept a strong hitting Research to just one run.

Coach Matthew Gourlay said John Edwards was then able to close the game out comfortably.

He praised Wilson for his efforts after a tough match last week.

He also said Kane Davidson, a new recruit catcher, was impressive scoring a home run. Nick Rossell also scored a home run as did Penguins President Hayden Dingle.

Gourlay said there was a real “buzz” around the club at the moment, and that two weeks in to the season, they were happy with where they were headed.

“We had 30 or 40 guys at training this week, and it is good to be back.

“Our goal is to make finals and from there if we get there, we really want to give things a shake,” Gourlay said. “We have a number of quality players about to resume so we are getting stronger as we get into the season proper”

Research coach Tom Dicker said Heathmont’s pitching line up was too strong on the day.

“They did a fantastic job and made good pitches when they needed to and got hits when they needed to,” Dicker said.

Having lost 7-8 to North Balwyn last week, the reigning premiers have had a tough start to the season.

Research are at home to GMBC next week and Heathmont travel to Watsonia.