Watsonia too strong for Research
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
WATSONIA continue to impress in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A Grade competition, after another strong win on the weekend over Research.
Watsonia now sit just behind Heathmont on top of the ladder, who suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday against Forest Hill.
Watsonia were able to get the better of Research 10-4 at Glenauburn Park in stunning autumn conditions.
Watsonia coach Adam Burton said while Research were able to get out to an early lead off Gareth Formisano’s pitching, they were able to steady the game to run away with a comfortable win. Gareth’s brother Michael came on to finish pitching duties for the day.
“After that first inning we were very dominant,” Burton said.
Burton also said Jared Cruz hit the ball very well.
“He’s starting to really come along,” he said.
Burton said he was thrilled with where the club was sitting at this stage of the season and said they were looking to a home game against Forest Hill next week
Research coach Tom Dicker said Kyle Bedford pitched well for them for the first two innings, but when he came on to pitch after that, “things fell apart”.
“I came on and I didn’t do a very good job. That opened things up for them,” he said.
“We weren’t able to make up the deficit.”
Dicker said despite the loss they were still having a good season, and clinging on to fourth position. He said the competition was very even across the grade.
“We are happy with where we are at and we are confident we can make finals.”
Research travel to Ringwood next week, who are sitting just above them on the ladder in third.
In other A grade results, Ringwood were too strong for Doncaster 10-2, Forest Hill gave Heathmont their first loss for the year 6-1, GMBC overpowered Essendon 14-4 and North Balwyn had the better of Greensborough 11-1.