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North Balwyn now a finals threat after beating Doncaster

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

NORTH Balwyn have smashed their way back in to the top four with a 14-0 win over Doncaster in round 17 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade season.

Played at Myrtle Park in North Balwyn, Tyler Dale was a stand out on the day from the mound with a perfect five innings with no hits or no walks.

Dale was supported well by Jamie Young and Jeremy Young, as well as many great performances offensively, according to coach Phil Dale.

“It was good to score that many runs and our pitching was flawless. We are happy with this sort of form at this stage of the season,” Dale said.

Doncaster coach Brendan McDonald said while the scoreline was disappointing, North Balwyn were to be commended for their dominant performance.

“All credit to North Balwyn, their pitchers threw a lot of strikes and Tyler Dale certainly got them off to a good start. We hit some balls hard early but Jeremy Young also did well for them in the end. They are a really well drilled side and well coached and I assume they will do well in finals. There was no shame in losing to them today,” McDonald said.

McDonald said the season hadn’t been a total write-off, with positive signs throughout.

“We’ve got a good core group and we just need to improve on the little things. We’ve got Essendon next week and we hope to finish on a strong note,” he said.

McDonald said while the A grade team was a long way off finals, a couple of their lower grade teams had made finals which was encouraging for the club.

North Balwyn travel to take on Research next week, who sit just above them on the ladder in third place.

In other A grade results from round 17, Ringwood pipped Forest Hill 1 to 0, Watsonia edged out Greenhills Montmorency 1 to 0, Heathmont thrashed Essendon 23 to 5 and Greensborough and Research drew 6 all.