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Watsonia’s strong season continues with a convincing win over Heathmont.

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

WATSONIA have overcome Heathmont in a top of the table clash in round nine of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade season.
Second placed Watsonia did what they had to do in their home game to hold off top-placed Heathmont to hand them their second loss for the season.
Watsonia coach Adam Burton said Gareth Formisano was again a stand-out on the mound, taking control of the game early.
He said while Mitch Ayers was able to score two home runs for Heathmont, all up they only had five hits.
“It was a really even spread for us today with good performances from everyone,” Burton said.
“They have been going along really well with only one loss before today so it was good for us to beat them at home.
“I’m really proud as we did what we had to do today. We didn’t do anything fancy, but we just chipped away at it. We didn’t have one big inning,” he said.
All teams have now played each other once and Watsonia take on bottom-placed and winless Essendon again next week, a game Burton hopes they can put away to capitalise on Saturday’s impressive result.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said it was a good quality game but that his team just made too many errors to take the win.
“That was the difference today. The things we’ve done well for the past five years week to week, we just didn’t do today,” he said.
“Their pitching was also fantastic, credit to Gareth Formisano.”
Gourlay also said teams often played better when they were ahead from the start and his side were behind all day, never able to pull Watsonia back in.
“We had chances to tie it up a few times but didn’t take our chances. We learn a lot from our losses and we will from today,” Gourlay said.
Heathmont travel to Ringwood next week who are sitting in fourth place.
In other A grade results, North Balwyn were too good for Research 7-1, Ringwood outclassed