Research beats Ringwood in A Grade tussle
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
LAST year’s Melbourne Winter Baseball League premiers Research are finally finding winning form again after a strong 12-7 win against third placed Ringwood in round 7 of the A Grade season on Saturday.
Played on Research’s home turf at Glenauburn Park, the reigning champs came out swinging and scored five runs in the first inning, followed by three more in the second to get off to a flying start.
Research coach Tom Dicker said that “really set up the game”.
Dicker said Ryan Mitchell pitched well and that Ryan Bookluck was also impressive with a strong home run.
He said Kyle Bedford closed out the game well on the mound.
“Everyone got a hit or got on base today,” Dicker said.
“We’re often slow starters but at four wins and three losses, we’re thereabouts now and we’re coming good,” he said.
“We’re not setting the world alight but we’re doing reasonably well.”
Ringwood coach Adam Bright said despite the club’s strong start to the season, after two rebuilding seasons for the club, Research were always going to be a tough challenge on Saturday.
“Today was unfortunate for us and we probably did well to claw our way back to where we did,” he said.
“Their first inning really did the damage,” Bright said.
He said he was happy with how far some of his younger players had come in a few seasons and that better times were ahead for the club.
Research are at home to Knox next week and Ringwood host Watsonia.
In other A Grade results, North Balwyn edged out Forest Hill, Heathmont had a narrow win against Essendon, Greenhills Montmorency beat Knox and Greensborough were too good for Watsonia.