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Research still a chance to go back to back after beating Watsonia

By Sally Heppleston

NOT much separated them on the ladder at the end of the home and away season, but Research were too good for Watsonia on Saturday after the first week of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade finals, ending Watsonia’s finals campaign.

Played at Glenauburn Park, Research were able to get up 10-5 in what Research coach Tom Dicker called a hotly contested match.

He said their star pitcher Leigh McKay battled his way through seven innings before Kyle Bedford came in to close out the match.

Dicker was full of praise for Watsonia, saying they put up a fantastic fight.

“They had Michael Formisano start, then Luke Abels came on followed by Gareth Formisano. The game was really tooing and froing but they were really up against it with their seconds playing at the same time. They’ve been fantastic all year and were the only team to beat us twice,” Dicker said.

Dicker said he was looking forward to a huge match against Heathmont next week, who were beaten by North Balwyn 11-3 in the other final. Heathmont get the second chance while North Balwyn progress to the grand final.

“We play Heathmont on the La Trobe diamond and we’ve played them in a few grand finals now and they really set the precedent all season so it will no doubt be a tough game, but we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Dicker said.

Watsonia’s coach was unavailable for comment.