Penguins get the better of Monty


Heathmont remain on top in A grade after a hard fought win against GMBC

By Sally Heppleston

HEATHMONT edged ahead of heavy-hitting Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club in a low scoring match in round 7 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition Saturday.

The 2-0 win was Heathmont’s sixth for the season and allowed them to hang on to top spot on the ladder.

Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said it was a high quality match from both teams.

“It was good to bounce back from last week, after the loss to Forest Hill,” he said.

“GMBC were very good but our pitching was outstanding. Sam Gibbons threw six inning for no runs,” he said.

Matt Wilson then closed out the game, also having no runs scored against him.

Gourlay also said GMBC’s Andy Mann was impressive from the mound.

Heathmont are home again next week against Essendon.

GMBC coach Scott Dawes said it was a great game to be part of.

“But it was a tough loss nonetheless,” he said.

“Pitching by both teams was outstanding. For us, Andy Mann went the distance only giving up two runs early in the game before shutting down the strong offence of Heathmont.
“Our plate appearances were solid throughout the game against the high quality pitching of Gibbons and Wilson.  “Between scattered hits, walks and a couple of errors we had runners on but ended up leaving nine on base.
“Defensively, we made all the plays in supporting Mann, with James Walshe taking charge at short stop and continuing to improve week by week,” Dawes said.

GMBC are sitting sixth on the ladder with a home game against third placed Watsonia next week.

In other A grade results, North Balwyn were too good for Essendon 5-4, Greensborough and Doncaster drew 5-5, Research pipped Ringwood 2-0 and Forest Hill triumphed over Watsonia 6-2.