Round 11: North Balwyn v Waverley

BOTTOM placed Waverley has caused the upset of the season by beating top placed North Balwyn 1 to 0 in round 11 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.

Played in horrendous winter conditions when most other A grade games were washed out, the league leaders and wooden spooners were able to squeeze in four innings of play on the well-draining North Balwyn field.

Waverley coach Luke Hughes said it was a huge win for the club.

He said the win was almost solely due to the performance of pitcher Liam Evans who threw all four innings without giving up a hit. He then drove in the only RBI to score the winning run.

“We’ve got a lot of young kids and we’ve been missing a few guys but we have a full squad now, so we are expecting a much better second half to the year,” Hughes said.

He added they have lost several tight games throughout the season, a few of which they have been leading until the final innings.

“It’s been a difficult year, but we think we can turn things around,” he said.

Waverley will host GMBC next week.

North Balwyn coach Neil Burke said the run fell in for Waverley and that was all it took.

“We only got 80 minutes of play and one wild pitch cost us. It was very dark out there,” Burke said.

He said despite the very difficult conditions, both teams adapted well.

“They are a much better team than their record shows. They got the hit when it counted,” he said.

North Balwyn will travel to Watsonia next week.