Round 17: Forest Hill v Heathmont

FOREST Hill have kept their finals hopes alive with a 7 to 3 win over Heathmont in round 17 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade competition.

On a weekend in Melbourne when most games were cancelled due to the soggy conditions, Forest Hill and Heathmont were able to take the field and get a game in.

Forest Hill coach Adam Blackley said his whole team played well and that they were unlucky not to put more runs on the board in the slippery conditions.

He said Andrew Russell pitched the whole game and was outstanding and that he also contributed with the bat – hitting a home run.

Mitch Ley also hit a three run home run to start the game off.

“Everyone really chipped in today which was good as we really needed the win,” he said.

Heathmont coach Matt Gourlay said it was disappointing to lose as it meant they were out of finals contention.

He said they were glad they could take the field as it was the last game for two club stalwarts, Daniel Mack and Hayden Dingle.

“We were really glad we could give them a send off, it was the right way to do it,” Gourlay said.

Gourlay also said he will finish up coaching duties this season.

“I’ve decided this will be my last year as coach. This is my free time and it can be hard at times and I’ve got way too much respect for the club to do things half heartedly. We have some good options for a coach next year. Heathmont is now a destination club,” he said.