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Saints and Stingers can’t be split

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Ringwood and North Balwyn finish 5 all

RINGWOOD have fallen short of pinching a place in the top four after a few hellish seasons after drawing 5-5 with North Balwyn on Saturday in round 17 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.

Ringwood coach Adam Bright said while the draw was a good result, a win was needed to give them a sniff of the finals.

“It was a topsy turvy, but we really needed a win today,” Bright said.

“They had one really big inning where they turned the game around and took the lead,” he said.

Bright praised both of his pitchers, Wes De Jong and Blake Hodgson, as well as Jacob Evans and Ollie Dunn who both had crucial hits.

Bright said after a few difficult years for the club, things looked better for the Saints in 2017 and beyond.

North Balwyn coach Phil Dale also said Wes De Jong played a great game on the mound.

“We were down 0-2 but came back with five runs in the sixth inning,” he said.

Dale said Nathan Aron and Andrew Gibbon were in good form with the bat and that Jarryd Dale was impressive with a three run home run.

Mitch Kennedy and Tyler Dale were solid on the mound, with Jeremy Young giving up the final two runs, which tied up the match.

North Balwyn host Greensborough next week to close out their season.