By SALLY HEPPLESTON
GREENHILLS Montmorency Baseball Club are one step closer to ensuring they are part of the finals action after an impressive 9 to 2 win over Forest Hill in round 14 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition on Saturday.
GMBC coach Dave Tierney said it was great to get a win away from home so late in the season.
“We’re really in the mix and this clears things up a little bit for us now,” he said.
“They’re a super talented bunch and their lead off pitcher Andy Russell was pretty much unhittable for three innings.”
Tierney said the win was set up for them in just one innings of baseball though.
“We scored all our nine runs in one inning, including a grand slam home run from Ryan Booth. “We had good all around hitting and that innings really broke the back of the game. It was difficult for them to get back from there.”
Tierney said they were impressed with first-gamer Riley Bar, an import pitcher from the US who played for Newport in the summer season.
“It was good to get some work in for him today.”
GMBC will take on Research next week and Tierney said they always expected a tough match against the local rivals.
Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley agreed it was one tough innings that cost them a win.
With four of their regular players sidelined, Blackley said he was forced to try a different pitcher for one innings, which “didn’t work out”.
“It was a tough game today. Pitchers Mitch Ley and Andrew Russell both did well though,” he said.
Forest Hill travel to Ringwood next week.