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Monty topple Saints in a close one

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GMBC are starting to put some wins on the board

IN A game that lacked spark, Greenhills Montmorency escaped with a hard-fought 6-4 win over Ringwood in Round 11 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.

GMBC coach Scott Dawes said while he was happy with the away-game win, it was played in tough, chilly conditions with rain threatening.

“Ringwood are always a battle for us,” Dawes said.

“They’re never really out of the game.

“We scored first but they were able to come back.”

Dawes said Matt Ellis was outstanding with the bat as well as Ryan Booth who hit another home run, taking his tally to five in three weeks.

Dawes said the win kept his side in the mix and that they’d have a tough battle against Research next week, with both sides looking to get in to the top four.

“We’ve got a run of five or so tough games now with teams above us,” Dawes said.

Ringwood coach Adam Bright said the game had a very “lethargic feel”.

“It was a big game in that we’re on similar points with finals spots up for grabs, but things were a bit lethargic, and I would have liked to see some more enthusiasm on our part,” Bright said.

“Our pitcher Wes DeJong was not at his best today and gave up a few runs. And we couldn’t get much going with the bat.”

Bright said his side felt the loss of a few key players who left last week for national duties.

“We felt their absences and it meant we had to shift the order around a bit.”

Bright said he was hoping his side could regroup and bounce back next week against Essendon.