HEATHMONT have kept their 2019 season hopes alive with an impressive win over Research on Saturday in round nine of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
The win kept Heathmont in touch with the top four while Research will now need plenty of luck to be in contention at the end of the season.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay says Kyle Von Ruden was outstanding for them, pitching the whole game.
He said Conor Myles was strong with the bat getting three hits including a home run.
“Mitch Ayers also had four RBIs (runs batted in) and Josh Hendricks had two hits and really smashed the ball all over the place,” Gourlay said.
“Today was a real confidence booster. For the eight years I have been coaching, Research have always sort of been our arch rivals but the game was played in great spirits. They had their chances to go ahead – the final score in the end didn’t really reflect how tight the game was.
“We have North Balwyn next week which will be a really tough game but they are the sort of games we have to win if we’re going to have a real crack at this,” he said.
Research coach Travis Murphy said Micheal Whalen was solid on the mound in his second ever start in A grade.
“Ethan Epifanio is a 16-year-old kid who made solid plays at second base and also recorded his first ever hit in the top grade. A solid line drive to right field.
“We played well all round but Heathmont came up with more clutch hits to beat us.
“A huge improvement for my squad as I a lot of young kids and first timers playing in the ones. “We are not far away from turning it around.”
Research will travel to Waverley next week.