Heathmont BC continue on their winning ways with a convincing win against GMBC
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
TOP of the ladder Heathmont have continued on their winning way after defeating Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club 9-3 in round six of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade season.
After a draw in round one against Ringwood, Heathmont have won their last five games and Saturday’s win came on GMBC’s home turf at Malcolm Blair Reserve.
GMBC were ninth placed before the game, with just one win for the season.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said there was a great buzz around the club. “Always feels good after a win, and we’ve now won five in a row,” he said.
Gourlay said starting pitcher Matt Wilson battled hard for most of the game, giving up three runs.
John Edwards, who was playing his last game for the club before relocating to Canberra, closed out the game strongly, not giving up any runs.
“He’ll be a big loss for us but he’s going to come back and play a few games to qualify for finals,” Gourlay said.
Gourlay said the win was even more satisfying as the club had fielded a different team every week, proving they had depth in their line-up.
“We’ve got a really good squad this year,” he said.
Gourlay also praised Ben Leslie who hit his first home run for the club and Nick Rossell who had three hits.
Heathmont are home to Essendon next week and Gourlay said the game would be a good challenge against the top four placed side.
GMBC travel to Knox.
In other round 7 results, Ringwood had a strong win over bottom placed Knox, North Balwyn defeated Essendon, Watsonia defeated Forest Hill, and Research won in a tight one against Greensborough.