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Wildcats are the team to beat…again

Battle for Top spot see’s Waverley outclass Knox

By Sally Heppleston

IT might have been first versus second on the ladder, but Waverley were still able to run away with a 10-0 win against Knox in round 13 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B grade competition.

With Knox hosting the runners up from the past four B grade seasons, Waverley coach Donovan Hendricks said he was surprised to win so convincingly.

“It was a good win for us, a great win. I really wasn’t expecting that,” he said.

Hendricks said with the disappointment that has come from so many consecutive grand final losses, he really wasn’t taking too much out of Saturday’s win, as the team had one goal for the season, and that was to be victorious in the last game of the year.

“We really have one goal and while today was a very good win, it was just one win and we have a road ahead still.”

Hendricks said Staci Rogers was outstanding with two home runs.

“One is impressive but to hit two in a game is really influential,” he said.

Hendricks said Knox had scored the most runs of any team this season, so to beat them and keep them scoreless was what impressed him the most about their victory.

Knox coach David Rice said Waverley got a jump on them in the third innings, scoring four runs, then again in the seventh innings with four more.

“We couldn’t string our hits together today and they shut us down,” Rice said.

Rice said Jarrod Turner was strong for Waverley on the mound.

He said Waverley looked hungry and determined and that they deserved to be premiership favourites.

Next week the B grade competition will split in two, with the top six teams forming the new B grade league and the bottom eight breaking away to form the C grade league.

Rice said the top six teams would all play each other once more before finals and he said the standard was expected to be considerably higher for those teams.