By SALLY HEPPLESTON
GREENHILLS Montmorency ended the four-game winning streak of North Balwyn on Saturday, in a high quality game of baseball in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
GMBC secured a 4 to 3 win in the round 16 home game for North Balwyn and coach Dave Tierney said they were thrilled with the result.
“All pitchers for both sides were great today,” Tierney said
“We got a really solid start from Sam Street then Riley Barr threw one innings and Mitch Ellis threw three. It was a real game for the pitchers today but our plate discipline really won it for us I think. We picked a few walks, had a couple of bunts and a few timely hits when we needed them.
“Sam Kennelly was our stand out with the bat and he drove in two hits when we needed them and Jarrod McQuiggan who was up from the twos was great in his first start in the ones today and played well at second base and had some good at bats.”
Tierney said the win made it more likely they would remain in second position and secure the second chance in the finals.
“We just have to keep the momentum going. I’m proud of everyone today though. It was a great win.”
GMBC will face Melbourne University and Ringwood in their last two games of the season.
North Balwyn coach Neil Burke said it was an excellent match between two high quality teams and that GMBC would be a big threat in the finals.
“They have really boosted their pitching stock and we had a few missing but it wouldn’t have mattered today, they were too good. We will still make the finals but we want to make sure we finish on top for the home final and second chance. GMBC are a legitimate threat though and all credit to them. We have players coming back so we will only get stronger as it goes on,” Burke said.
North Balwyn will finish the season with Ringwood and Greensborough.