Roadrunners winning ways continue

Research tough one out against a stronger Forest Hill outfit

By Sally Hepplestone

RESEARCH were lucky to get away with their third win in a row to start the 2017 Melbourne Winter Baseball League season, after Forest Hill put up a brave fight in the final inning.

Played at Forest Hill’s home ground Billabong Park, the home side were trailing 8-4 at the start of the final inning and nearly snatched victory away from the strong Research side. Research were able to nab an 8-7 win.

Research coach Tom Dicker said it was always good to start a season in winning form.

“Our pitchers played summer baseball so we are resting a few of those and trying a few new players. It was good to get away with the win today,” Dicker said.

He said Steve Bookluck pitched well, Dave Dicker was a strong relief pitcher, Josh Bride was solid in the outfield and that Josh Davies was the best hitter for the day.

Research host Greenhills Montmorency next week.

Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley said he was pleased his players, despite the disappointing narrow loss.

“It wasn’t a bad game for us. We were down 8-4 and got it to 8-7. One more hit and we win the game,” he said.

Forest Hill tied the first week and have had two losses in recent weeks, but Blackley said the team was showing good signs to get a win soon.

Blackley said pitcher Bryce Taylor looked good and in control to start the match but tired as it went on.

Forest Hill travel to Essendon next week.