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Wildcats and Students can’t break the deadlock

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Waverley and Latrobe still undefeated after hard fought draw

By Sally Heppleston

THE two only undefeated sides of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade competition, Waverley and La Trobe University, went head to head on Saturday with neither side walking away with the win.

The round 7 match, played at Napier Park in Glen Waverley, ended in a three all draw.

Waverley coach Donovan Hendricks said it was a very strong game of baseball.

“It was really a tale of two halves though as we played very good in the first half and they played very well in the second,” he said.

Waverley were able to get out to a 3-0 lead early but La Trobe fought their way back in to the game.

Hendricks said his side fell away at the end, but that they never expected the third placed La Trobe side to “just lie down”.

Hendricks said after losing the past three grand finals, turning their luck around was very much the focal point for this year.

La Trobe coach Alex Turlea said things could have been different on the day had injuries and illness not played a part.

“All of our pitchers are injured so we had two out there today pitching who are not normally pitchers and they came out early to get ahead 3-0,” he said.

A double by his brother Gabe Turlea, a base hit by Alec Smith then a big hit by Tom Irwin was able to put La Trobe back in the game then coach Turlea hit a home run to tie the score.

“I’m a bit under the weather so given the circumstances the fact we were able to tie it up was a good result,” Turlea said.

Turlea said he was confident his team would meet up with Waverley again during the finals.

“That’s certainly the plan,” he said.

Waverley travel to Monash University next week and La Trobe host Diamond Creek.

In other B Grade results, Melbourne University thumped Monash University, St Kilda beat Westgarth, North Coburg were too good for Croydon and Doncaster defeated Diamond Creek