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Greensborough V GMBC

GREENSBOROUGH started their Melbourne Winter Baseball League season in impressive style, with an 11 to 5 win over Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club in round one on Saturday.

The heritage match between the two rival clubs is the traditional way the season kicks off, and this year it was GMBC’s home game, played at Malcolm Blair Reserve.

Greensborough coach Tim Sullivan said it was a great start to the season and he was happy his team played with “focus and good energy”.

“I’ve always said if we play this way, the results will follow. It’s been our goal the last few seasons and I’ve tried to teach some of the younger guys that. Now that those kids are turning into men, we are reaping the rewards,” Sullivan said.

He said Liam Davine pitched well and that Adrian Fittock was impressive with two home runs.

He also praised Zack Skinner for his work behind the plate and with the bat.

New GMBC coach Dave Tierney said his team started out well but couldn’t hold onto the momentum to come away with a round one win.

“Greensborough were able to get on top of us in one inning then it was really hard to get back.

“The heritage game meant there was a good feel around the place. We had good support, we have a good rivalry with these guys,” he said.

Tierney said Sam Kennelley played well on third base. He said when new recruit, pitcher Sam Street, ready to play, he was confident the team could turn things around.

Greensborough are home against Ringwood next week and GMBC will travel to Heathmont.