By SALLY HEPPLESTON
WATSONIA are one step closer to making the finals for the first time in several years after beating Heathmont on Saturday in round 16 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.
Watsonia coach Jarryd Rogers said the 2 to 1 win was incredibly good news for the club at the right time of the year.
“We’re feeling really good, this was big for us. It was close most of the game but it was great to come out on top. There’s a really good feeling about it,” he said.
Luke Abels and Michael Formisano took control of the game with some solid pitching, Rogers said.
He also said their defence was strong.
“This is the first time we’ve made the finals in about three or four years but we’re doing it with the same group of players. We’re having a good year,” Rogers said.
Watsonia will play Waverley and Melbourne University in the final two rounds of the year.
Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said the fate of their season now mostly depended on the results from other games, which he said was not a nice position to be in.
“We also absolutely need to win our last two games but we need other results to go our way, which makes it tough. We really needed to win today.”
Gourlay said Kyle von Ruden pitched the entire seven innings and was outstanding.
“Against a top four side, I couldn’t praise him more for today,” Gourlay said.
Heathmont will face Forest Hill next week and Research in the final round.