GMBC too good for newcomers Doncaster
By SALLY HEPPLESTON
GREENHILLS Montmorency Baseball Club were too good for A Grade newcomers Doncaster in round 12 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League competition on Saturday.
GMBC travelled to Doncaster but easily beat the home side, 8-0.
“It was a good game out there today. Matthew Kent had five RBIs (runs batted in) and he hit a three run home run. Russell Spear pitched really well for us also. It was a really dominant performance from our boys,” GMBC coach Scott Dawes said.
“We had lots of guys on base today and probably could have scored more, but it was still a great win.”
Dawes said Doncaster’s pitcher Marcel D’avoine was also impressive on the mound.
“He was able to keep us quiet for a little while,” Dawes said.
Dawes also said their short stop Xander Barling was solid, making every play.
He also made special mention of Slade Squire for stealing a base.
GMBC still sit outside the top four, in seventh position, despite the strong win.
“We’ve got Research and all the top teams coming up, so it will be a challenge,” Dawes said.
Doncaster coach Brendan McDonald gave credit to GMBC for being quality opposition
“They’re a really strong team. They throw a lot of strikes and they have a lot of quality hitters. They jumped out to an early lead and the result was probably never in doubt. I thought we did OK out there today though,” he said.
He also said Marcel D’avoine was their stand out for the day.
Doncaster face top side Heathmont next week and McDonald said it would be an even bigger challenge as he knew they would have some of their top players missing.
“They are the benchmark so it will be a good challenge. Hopefully we can hold our own.”
In other A grade results, Ringwood were too good for Essendon 3-0, Greensborough had the better of Watsonia 7-2, Heathmont outclassed North Balwyn 6-2, and Research were too strong for Forest Hill 10-6.