By SALLY HEPPLESTON
RINGWOOD have secured a place in the Melbourne Winter Baseball League A grade finals despite going down to Greenhills Montmorency Baseball Club in a rain interrupted match on Sunday.
GMBC were too strong for Ringwood and won the match 6 to 3 but with Waverley defeating Forest Hill, Ringwood were able to hold on to fourth spot, despite looking like finishing on the bottom of the ladder just a few weeks ago. GMBC claimed second spot with the win and the coveted finals’ double chance.
GMBC coach Dave Tierney said Sam Kennelly set up the win by hitting a “towering home run” to put them on the board. He said Charlie Keyhoe was player of the day with many great at bats and strong defensive play.
“Matty Kent then added some insurance with a two run blast in the fourth,” he said.
Tierney said it was another great day on the mound for Sam Street with great relief pitching coming from Riley Bar before the rain hit.
“The game for us didn’t affect our standings so I was pleased to see our boys attack it with intensity and get a win.
“We are excited about the coming weeks of playoff baseball – all four teams are quality sides. Our boys are ready and will take some beating,” he said.
Ringwood coach Adam Bright said while they would have liked to finish the season with a win and make finals on their own terms, they were still happy with the turn around in form during the year.
He said they would have a full strength line up when taking on Watsonia next week.
GMBC will face off against ladder leaders North Balwyn.