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Watsonia beat Research to storm into top 4

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Wet weather doesn’t dampen Saints against Roadrunners

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

WATSONIA have secured a place in the top four after a round nine win over last year’s premiers Research in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.

With dozens of games across all divisions cancelled due to wet weather, the two Diamond Valley based teams were able to get through their game in the persistent drizzle on Saturday at Loyola Reserve in Watsonia.

Coming off a tough loss last week to Ringwood, Watsonia coach Adam Burton said it was a pleasing 10-3 win against the hard-hitting Research side.

He said the ground held up well, despite the rain.

Burton said Luke Abels, who pitched nearly all day, was outstanding, holding Research to just three runs.

“We scored five runs in the first which set the game up for us,” Burton said.

“Coming in to the game Research were fourth and we were fifth and from the win we have reversed spots, which is a great result for the half way point of the season.”

Research coach Tom Dicker praised Watsonia for making the most of the tough conditions and getting the runs on the board early.

“Ryan Mitchell threw well for us but was let down in the field and Luke Abels threw very well for them limiting our chances with the bat. David Dicker, Steve Bookluck and Steve Harty were the best of our hitters,” Dicker said.

All teams take a break next weekend for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

The following week Research travel to North Balwyn and Watsonia are away to Knox.

In other round nine games, Greenhills Montmorency thumped Forest Hill, North Balwyn were too good for Ringwood and the Heathmont V Greensborough and Knox V Essendon games were washed out.