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Heathmont grab early season points over a tough Research outfit

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

HEATHMONT have continued on their winning ways after an impressive home game victory in a top of the table clash against Research in round 5 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade competition.

Heathmont coach Matthew Gourlay said his side weren’t at their best, which made the 7-4 win more pleasing.

“Sam Gibbons started for us and Matt Wilson came on to finish. We also had three home runs today with Ben Leslie, Cooper Goodman and Kane Hillier. We had runners on base all day and that’s been our goal this year. We were good enough today,” Gourlay said.

Gourlay added Research were always a great test and that it was good to see where they were sitting after facing them.

Heathmont travel to Forest Hill next week.

Research coach Tom Dicker said it was a good opportunity for his team to face Sam Gibbon.

“He was really strong for them today,” Dicker said.

Kyle Bedford started on the mound for Research and David Dicker came on to finish but Tom Dicker said he was not on his game.

“We got close today but we just couldn’t get on base.”

Dicker said he was happy with how the season was travelling so far, with this their first loss. They drew last week.

“We’ve had player absences. A lot of our guys play summer and have had time off. We’ve played a lot of seconds players,” Dicker said.

Research will have their chance to get back on the winners list next week when they take on Watsonia at home.

In other A Grade results, Greensborough were too strong for Essendon 8-0, Forest Hill beat GMBC 5-3, Ringwood got over the line against North Balwyn 2-1 and Watsonia had the better of Doncaster 8-1.