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Local derby ends in a draw

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Greensborough and Watsonia fight out a draw

WITH a top four spot on the line, Watsonia drew to Greensborough on Saturday when they really could have done with the extra point awarded for a win, in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade competition.

Watsonia coach Adam Burton said while his side was able to get out to an early lead at Elder Street Reserve, Greensborough, who have less to play for and are sitting outside the top four, were able to peg them back to tie the scores.

Burton praised young up and coming star Malachi Kere who at only 16 years of age, scored three of the team’s four runs.

He said Luke Abels pitched for three quarters of the game before Gareth Formisano then came on and had the crucial run scored against him to tie what Burton described as a lacklustre game played in chilly and windy conditions.

“It really hurts us, and we could have done with that point. We really have to wait on other results now,” he said.

“We have to win the next two games to really be safe.”

Watsonia finish the season with Research and Ringwood.

Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges also said the tied result had a bigger impact for Watsonia, who were fighting for a top four spot.

“They were up but we got runs late in the game. The result really impacts Watsonia more. Both sides had opportunities to win today,” he said.

Hodges said pitching from both sides was outstanding and that his pitcher, Liam Davine had continued with his strong second half of the season form.

Greensborough will have a tough end to the season, taking on the two top teams, Heathmont and North Balwyn.

In other A grade results, Essendon beat top side Heathmont 6 to 4, North Balwyn beat Forest Hill 3 to 0, GMBC thumped Knox 15 to 0 and Research were too good for Ringwood, 11 to 6.