The Ringwood Saints took on the Watsonia Saints in a heavenly tussle

Adam Bright showed why the Ringwood Baseball Club will be hard to beat this year with a commanding performance against a tough Watsonia Baseball Club

The battle of the Saints see’s Ringwood outclass Watsonia.

AUSTRALIAN pitcher Adam Bright dominated in Ringwood’s 6 to 1 victory over Watsonia at Proclamation Park in round three of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League.

Pitching the entire game, Bright struck out 10 players and only gave up the one run for the match.

Ringwood president Norm Crebbin said Bright was definitely the difference on the day.

After a tight start to the match, Ringwood were able to run away with the victory in the final innings when Michael Formisano took over the pitching duties for Watsonia.

“We were given a bit of a free passage at the end there, and our players took to him, scoring the last four or five runs,” Norm said.

Nick Unland was also amongst Ringwood’s best, getting a couple of hits.

Watsonia vice president and player Tim Frost said it was a pitcher’s dual for the majority of the match, with Bright’s talent and experience giving Ringwood the edge.

“They scored late in the game, and that was it. That’s just the way it goes sometimes,” he said.

The win capped off a good week for Ringwood, who this week unveiled new lights at their Proclamation Park headquarters, which they will use for training and hopefully for t-ball next year.

Ringwood however weren’t as lucky in B Grade, going down 11 to 4 to Forest Hill at Billabong Reserve.

Forest Hill coach Ron Carothers said he was happy his team kept their unbeaten record intact for the season. He said best players were pitcher Ewan John who had control of the match and second baseman Brendan Daws who played good defense.

Ringwood coach Michael Legg said he was happy with how his young team played on the day, with best players being Christofer Shafto with a “couple of nice hard line drives” and 16 year old starting pitcher Joshua Walker who “battled hard”.

In other A Grade results, Knox defeated Greensborough 4 to 3, Heathmont defeated North Balwyn 5 to 0, GMBC defeated Westgarth 6 to 1 and Croydon defeated Research 6 to 5.

In B Grade Essendon defeated Bundoora 13 to 7, North Coburg defeated Diamond Creek 5 to 1, Waverley defeated La Trobe University 13 to 1, GMBC defeated Monash University 9 to 2 and Doncaster defeated Melbourne University 6 to 3.

Next week Ringwood take on Greensborough in Greensborough and Watsonia are at home against Croydon. In B Grade, Ringwood host Bundoora and Forest Hill will take on Diamond Creek in Diamond Creek.