Battle of the Saints

Watsonia get over Ringwood in a tight tussle


DESPITE looking like the stronger team on the day, Ringwood narrowly went down to second placed Watsonia in round 11 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.

Played on Watsonia’s home turf, Ringwood coach Adam Bright said he thought like his team looked the goods, but that they weren’t able to escape with a win.

“We had runners on base and in scoring positions and Jacob Evans was fantastic as a starting pitcher. Their pitching was also very good though.

“Adam Burton hit a home run for them and that was it.

“Our boys are walking away scratching their heads after that one and are pretty disappointed as a win would have put us in a great position. It is crucial to win games like that. We have Essendon next week and those are the sorts of teams you really need to win,” Bright said.

Bright said lead off hitter Nick Unland was great, as was Jordie Barnett up second, but that their hitting let them down after that.

Watsonia coach Adam Burton said his side was lucky to snatch the win.

“We didn’t have too many hits today, they certainly out hit us today,” he said.

“Gareth Formisano started on the mound for us and he was ok, but struggled a bit. He got through most of the game but Michael Formisano came on at the end and struck out three batters to get the win.

“Wei Ling, our catcher, was good with three hits though. Ringwood just weren’t able to capitalise today, so it was a big win for us,” Burton said.

Burton said he hoped their winning form continued next week over a struggling Greensborough.

“Fingers crossed we can get another win next week,” he said.