Doncaster BC triumph over Waverley BC in B Grade Grand Final
DONCASTER has spoiled the party for Waverley again, winning the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade grand final 13-11 on Saturday, Waverley’s fifth grand final loss in a row.
Doncaster coach Brendan McDonald said it was great to get the win, played on the the La Trobe University diamond in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and to have an even contribution from all players.
“It was a really good match. They have been the benchmark for the competition for the past four years and they finished on top. It was lucky today we had the two best teams in the grand final. We’ve had a few close games against them this season. We were lucky to get over the line today,” he said.
McDonald said they tried 12 players in the match, bringing a few in off the bench and that while he had something positive to say about every player, the cliche that it was a team effort really did ring true.
“We were going in as the underdogs I suppose, but that said we always did give ourselves a chance. They’ve been there the last four years but we still thought we could win,” he said.
McDonald singled out Lachie Parsonage who pitched into the seventh inning and was outstanding on the day, and all through their season.
McDonald said his team got out to a strong lead early, but that Waverley trimmed it back. The score was tied at 9-9 before Doncaster were able to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, coming from their seventh, eighth and ninth hitter.
“I think that really shows the depth of the club. We’re pretty happy, there is a great culture about the place,” McDonald said.
Waverley coach Donovan Hendricks said the loss was hard to take, but that his side were already looking forward to next season and having another crack at a grand final.
“We gave them a head start today. The boys really preserved and fought it out. We got it to 9-9 and we didn’t give up. To lose again though was definitely heartbreaking,” Hendricks said.
He said Randy Senn and Evan Phillips were good with the bat and that Jarrod Turner fought hard on the mound, pitching for most of the game.
In the A grade grand final, Heathmont were too good for North Balwyn, getting up 6-0.