Heathmont kept quiet by Knox veteran but escape with a win
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
HEATHMONT defeated bottom side Knox in a thrilling come from behind win on Saturday at Heathmont Reserve in round 14 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
The score going in to the final inning had Knox up 8 to 5 but Heathmont were able to get away with a 9-8 win.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay was quick to praise Knox pitcher Adrian Rice as the stand out of the match.
“I just really want to mention Adrian Rice who pitched for the majority of the game for them and was outstanding and made it tough for our guys,” Gourlay said.
He said for his team, home runs from Ben Leslie, Daniel Mack and Nick Rossell helped secure the win. Mitch Ayers had the winning hit in the final inning.
“He’s really come back in to good form for us,” Gourlay said.
“I have to compliment the Knox guys though as they played really well and it shows why they beat North Balwyn a couple of weeks ago.
“The score going in to the final inning wasn’t ideal for us, but it was certainly an exciting finish,” Gourlay said.
Heathmont will take on other league big hitters GMBC next week.
Knox coach Ash Winton said despite a loss, it was a positive day for the club.
“We’ve really struggled all season but yesterday we really put things together and Adrian Rice threw really well,” Winton said.
“We just fell away in the last inning.