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Heathmont remain on top after hard fought win against Greensborough

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

GREENSBOROUGH coach Jarrod Hodges says Heathmont are his tip for premiers after the big hitting side was too good for his team in round 17 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.

Heathmont cemented their place on top of the ladder after the 9-3 win at Elder Street Reserve on Saturday and coach Matt Gourlay said it was good for them to be back on the winners list after a shock loss to Essendon last week.

“All the boys did really well today and it was good to get the win,” Gourlay said.

“Nathan Harris and Matt Wilson were both fantastic with pitching and Hayden Dingle and Nick Rossell both had home runs. Ben Leslie had a few great at bats, too,” Gourlay said.

Gourlay said with spots in the top four still up for grabs, it was an important win.

He said even though Greensborough couldn’t make the top four, they still played hard and provided solid competition. Heathmont play at home against Forest Hill next week.

Greensborough coach Jarrod Hodges said Heathmont were powerful with the bat and deserved to be favourites for the 2016 premiership.

“They hit a few home runs at crucial times and they are a strong outfit. They’re going to be right up there challenging at the end of the finals and they’re my tip to go all the way,” he said.

Hodges said a shining light for the Greensborough side was 16-year-old Jarrod Belbin who showed good signs with the bat.

“He’s certainly got a bright future,” Hodges said.

Greensborough take on North Balwyn next week, who also appear to have a spot in the finals secured.