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Ringwood Saints show some grit

Saints beat top of the table Eagles

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

FOREST Hill’s four game running streak has come to an end, as has their hold on top, spot after they were narrowly beaten by Ringwood in round 17 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.

Played on Ringwood’s home pitch, pitchers from both sides battled it out with Ringwood getting the only run of the day to score the win.

Forest Hill now sit at second on the ladder with one week to go before finals while Ringwood look to have left their run too late to nab a finals spot, sitting in six position with one round to play.

Ringwood coach Adam Bright said it was great to knock off the top side who had played strong baseball for the past few weeks.

“They’ve been looking very strong but we were good today,” Bright said.

“Our three pitchers were very good in Andy Jones, Blake Hodgson and Luke Papanicolou and Luke Cartwright did a fantastic job behind the plate supporting the pitchers. Jacob Evans also hit the ball strong today.”

Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley said the loss was better to come now than during the finals, and said they weren’t too disappointed with where they were sitting.

“We’ve dropped from first place but we’re still playing finals and that’s the main thing. We were a little flat for the first hour or so today but better to have a loss this week than in a couple of weeks,” Blackley said.

Ringwood travel to take on Greenhills Montmorency next week while Forest Hill are at home against Greensborough.

In other A grade results from round 17, North Balwyn thumped Doncaster 14 to 0, Watsonia edged out Greenhills Montmorency 1 to 0, Heathmont thrashed Essendon 23 to 5 and Greensborough and Research drew 6 all.