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Ringwood win local derby against Heathmont

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By SALLY HEPPLESTON

RINGWOOD knocked off top placed Heathmont to grab a place in the top four after a 6 to 5 win in round 10 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.

Ringwood coach Adam Bright said he was pleased his side was able to keep the strong and big hitting Heatmont side off balance all day to score a come from behind win in the bottom of the last inning at Heathmont’s home ground, Heathmont Reserve.

“Wes DeJong again was fantastic on the mound today. Although he has four runs against his name they came off two swings on the bat,” Bright said.

Those runs came from two run home runs from Heathmont’s Mitch Ayres and Daniel Mack.

Bright said Blake Hodgson closed out the game well.

“He continues to impress me as quality closer we have been desperately needing,” Bright said.

Bright said his team was quiet offensively, with Heathmont’s Matty Wilson giving his side a great start on the mound also.

Bright said the next few weeks for the club would be difficult, as they were losing key players Luke Cartwright and Oliver Dunn to the Australian baseball academy for five weeks.

“While it’s a huge loss for our club we wish them and all others selected the very best in furthering their baseball careers,” Bright said.

Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay also praised Wilson, Mack and Ayres for their efforts.

“Ringwood showed why they are contenders this season fighting back in the last inning to score four runs and shut us out in the bottom of the last,” he said.

Ringwood are home to Greenhills Montmorency next week and Heathmont travel to Reservoir.

In other A grade results, Essendon defeated Forest Hill, Greenhills Montmorency were too good in the local derby over Greensborough, Watsonia got the better of Knox and North Balwyn and Reservoir drew.