Forest Hill take top spot with a win over Watsonia
By Sally Heppleston
FOREST Hill have claimed top spot on the ladder and forced Watsonia to tumble out of the top four after beating them 5 to 4 in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.
Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley said it was a tight and exciting match with Bryce Taylor performing extremely well on the mound
“He threw five innings and and he did allow two runs in the first inning but then settled and didn’t look like giving up another run after that. Mitch Ley hit his second home run in as many weeks and we answered with five runs in the second inning which was enough to win the match,” he said.
Watsonia coach Adam Burton said while it was promising to get runs on the board early in the match, one coming from a Wei Ling home run and another as a result of one of his own hits, it wasn’t enough to hold on for the win.
“Gareth Formisano started for us today on the mound and was ok. It was a tough game for us. We had runners on base in the last inning but Nathan Rogers struck out,” he said.
Burton praised up and coming Forest Hill and said they hit the ball well. He said they would need to find ways to score more runs in the final two matches if they were to sneak in to play finals.
Forest Hill host Ringwood next week and Watsonia host Greenhills Montmorency, who knocked off top side Heathmont on Saturday, for their third loss in a row.
In other A grade results, North Balwyn had the better of Essendon 6 to 2, Research pipped Ringwood 7 to 6 and Greensborough were too good for Doncaster 7 to 2.