By SALLY HEPPLESTON
LOCAL rivals in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition, Heathmont and Ringwood, went head to head on Sunday with Heathmont getting the points with a 7 to 0 win.
The Sunday game, with past legends of the club in attendance, attracted a bumper crowd, which was treated to some high-quality baseball.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said some brilliant pitching from Kyle Von Ruden helped seal the win.
“He pitched the whole game and was outstanding for us and the Ringwood boys said the same thing to us after the match,” Gourlay said.
He said Ben Leslie hit a “big home run” with Mitch Ayres and Josh Hendricks also chipping in with home runs.
Gourlay said despite a mixed season, they were now sitting in fifth position and only half a game outside the top four.
“I don’t remember a season this even. We have Greensborough at Greensborough next week and it was tight last time we played them and I expect it will be tight again,” Gourlay said.
Ringwood coach Adam Bright said it was a game played in great spirits with the players being great mates off the field. He said he didn’t think the score told the whole story of the game.
“Their pitcher did carve us up but Wes DeJong also pitched well for us aside from giving up a three run home run,” he said.
Bright conceded finals now looked unlikely but that the goal for the rest of the season was to stay off the bottom of the ladder to avoid relegation to B grade.
Ringwood will host Waverley next week.