Walk off win propels Research into top 4
By Sally Heppleston
RESEARCH have handed Heathmont their third loss of the season, beating the top side 7-5 in round 14 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.
Research came from behind in the last inning to score the win with a three-run home run from Steve Bookluck.
Research coach Tom Dicker said it was a fantastic day for the club to beat a quality side like Heathmont, who had been the strongest team all year.
“It was a fantastic win for us and we’ve created so many opportunities this year but haven’t always got the results,” he said.
Leigh McKay got his first start on the mound for the year and Dicker said the signs were great.
“We’ve been nursing him through and he got through six innings, so that was good.”
Dicker said it was a fantastic team performance in a tight match that had lot riding on it.
Heathmont coach Matthew Gourlay said the three-run home run to Bookluck in the last inning was the difference.
He said Josh Hendricks and Ben Leslie were great with the bat for Heathmont, but that it wasn’t enough to get the points.
“Sam Gibbons pitched great for us as did Leigh McKay for them. It was a high quality game between two fierce rivals,” Gourlay said.
Heathmont, who remain on top of the ladder, are home against Forest Hill next week, who are just behind them in second, while Research who are third travel to take on Watsonia who are fourth.
In other A grade results from round 14, Doncaster pipped Watsonia 1-0, Forest Hill were too strong for Greenhills Montmorency 6-3, Greensborough thrashed Essendon 8-0 and North Balwyn edged out Ringwood 5-3.