By SALLY HEPPLESTON
LEAGUE leaders North Balwyn were too strong for Heathmont on Saturday in round 10 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
On a wet and cold day, North Balwyn were able to secure a 5 to 2 win with outstanding pitching from Cameron Gibbens, Jeremy Young and Mitch Kennedy.
North Balwyn coach Neil Burke Gibbens got them off to a good start, Young was solid through the middle of the game and Kennedy closed it out.
He said offensively, Chris Burke and Ryan Dale were also both outstanding with three hits each.
“Their pitcher Donovan Hendricks did keep us off balance today but we just got hits at the right time,” he said.
North Balwyn are looking to stay on the winner’s list with a home game against Waverley next week, who have struggled this season.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said it was a high quality game that went the full nine innings – a credit to both teams, he said.
“Donovan Hendricks threw all nine innings for us and was outstanding but he was let down a bit in the field. He was really inspired to try and get a win for us – he wanted it as bad as anyone. His brother Josh Hendricks also hit a home run,” Gourlay said.
Gourlay said North Balwyn were “on top for a reason” and said they were a high quality side who would be tough to beat for the rest of the season.
“We are sitting just outside the top four so it is really up to us now, our destiny is in our own hands. I’m fully committed to us doing well in the run home to the finals,” Gourlay said. Heathmont have an away game against Greenhills Montmorency next week