Dodgers far too strong for Rangers
By TRISH CLAYDON
DODGERS Devils thrashed Rous Rangers 12-2 in the Far North Coast A-grade softball grand final on Saturday.
Rangers struggled to find form with the bat and made far too many errors in the field.
Devils led early, scoring their first three runs off errors, with a batting frenzy in the third innings yielding eight more runs. They scored one in the fourth to lead 11-0.
Rangers tried to come back in the fourth with a two-base hit to Denise Simes. The next three batters were walked on base, then Clare Hazlett hit to rightfield, but they could manage to score only two runs.
Libby Cramp tried her best on the mound with three strike-outs.
Linda Langford, Niki Clough and Kelly Ingram starred with the bat for Devils with two hits each, while Loris Gordon put in a big effort on the mound.
For Rous, Clare Hazlet, Wendy Barlow and Denise Simes had one hit each.
GOONELLABAH Lotto defeated Blue Sistas 8-4 in the upset of the day in the B-grade grand final.
In an exciting game, Goonellabah put up a great display with the bat, Linda Waring, Georgie Flynn and Lee Millward each hitting two-baggers.
Roz Smart was brilliant at catcher, taking two superb catches.
Georgie Flynn contained the Sistas batters from the mound, allowing only five hits.
For Sistas, Vanessa Neil starred with the bat with a two-base hit and a three-bagger. Donna Greenland at leftfield took some brilliant catches and catcher Jess Bowman never stopped trying.
Rebels in a thriller
ROUS Rebels defeated Byron Bay 8-7 in a thriller in C-grade.
The lead changed several times.
In the bottom of the seventh innings Byron Bay led 7-6.
But brilliant batting by Claire Hazlett, Amanda West and Sherilee Pearson secured two runs for Rebels and an 8-7 win.
Rogues too strong
ROUS Rogues blitzed it in D-grade when they convincingly defeated Breakaways 11-1.
Kerry Daley's consistent pitching never let Breakaways into the game.
Jenny Burbidge and Liz Short had great games in the outfield and Julie Carroll had a double play at second base.
Best for Breakaways were Ashley Barrett and Sharon Rose.
IN the Youth division, Dodgers defeated Richmond River High School 4-0 in a game dominated by the pitchers.
Brendan Gillespie pitched 17 strike-outs and Jarrod Pickup pitched 13 strike-outs.
The game remained scoreless until the fifth innings when a wild throw allowed Dodgers to score.
They went on to score another three runs in the sixth.
Crows down Hawks
IN the Junior League, Workers Crows defeated Workers Hawks 7-0.
Carlie Walker displayed some great pitching with 13 strike-outs, Brendan Wallace starred with the bat, and Joel Fitness took some nice catches in the outfield.