GMBC beat Heathmont to remain in the hunt
By Sally Heppleston
HEATHMONT have slipped from top spot after Greenhills Montmorency handed them their third straight loss in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League on Saturday.
Greenhills Montmorency, who now sit in fifth and close to some finals action, gave up one run in their first inning and then scored two runs in the eighth inning with a solo home run from Ryan Booth and a sneaky hit from Xander Barling to take the win, 2-1.
Greenhills Montmorency coach Scott Dawes said it was great for his team to sneak the win over the league leaders.
“Andy Mann threw a great game for us today. It was a great win,” he said.
Dawes said the win gave them confidence to believe they could go on to make a finals appearance, with two rounds left to play and lots of movement in the top four.
Greenhills Montmorency are away to Watsonia next week, who lost to Forest Hill on Saturday and slipped from the top four to sixth on the ladder.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said it was a tough day in the wind but that pitching was excellent from both teams.
“Sam Gibbons and Matt Wilson pitched great for us,” he said.
“Andy Mann was outstanding for GMBC. Ben Leslie was our best hitter with two doubles. Ryan Booth hit a home run in the bottom of the last to level the score at one all. And a bloop hit over first base for them ended it. We have played good without being great the last few weeks. GMBC will be tough to beat if the get into the finals. We have an important game next week against Essendon,” he said.
In other A grade results, Forest Hill beat Watsonia 5 to 4, North Balwyn had the better of Essendon 6 to 2, Research pipped Ringwood 7 to 6 and Greensborough overpowered Doncaster 7 to 2.