Round 13: North Balwyn v Forest Hill


NORTH Balwyn continue to dominate the Melbourne Winter League Baseball A grade competition, with another impressive win on Saturday, this time against second placed Forest Hill.

While the rain and hail played havoc with other games across Melbourne, North Balwyn and Forest Hill were able to squeeze in an uninterrupted match.

North Balwyn coach Neil Burke said the 8 to 2 again came on the back of some very impressive pitching.

“Jeremy Young threw five solid innings for us then Mitch Kennedy came in to relieve. We then got Kelii Zablan on the mound for a couple of innings – he hasn’t pitched in a while so it was good to have him out there.

“Our best hitter on the day was Chris Burke with four hits. He’s just 17 years old but is an Australian prospect at the moment. If he makes the Australian team for the World Cup in August, it will mean he will miss finals for us, which will be a shame,” Burke said.

Burke said Jordan Young was the other stand out player with the bat, getting a couple of hits.

“We played really good baseball again. We’ve only had 19 runs scored against us all season and seven of those came in one game. We’ve got Research next week and they’ve got some players coming back so we expect it to be tough,” Burke said.

Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley said they made too many errors to trouble North Balwyn.

“They pitched really well too, it was a tough game to score runs,” he said.

Forest Hill, who slipped to fourth after the loss, will host second placed Greenhills Montmorency next week.