Baseballers boost Charity Shield softball line-ups
AFTER the storm last week, Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield softball teams will play a double- header tonight.
Competition leaders Casino Tatts will have the bye at 6.30pm with Dave's Darlings and Masters Blasters in a battle of the newcomers while Workers Century 21 will meet old foes Goonellabah Kooris.
Darlings and Blasters have strong line-ups boosted by baseballers Matt Devine and Joshua Dardengo (Darlings) and Danny Transton and Peter Ryan (Blasters).
Masters rely on the leadership of shortstop Kelly Tyndall and first base Oliva Snow while Nicole Shearman and Michele Gallpen have been key players for Dave's Darlings.
This game is sure to feature home runs and the outfielders on both teams will be kept busy.
In the other 6.30pm game, the Bolt family will head the Goonellabah Kooris line-up with Norton snr leading the charge.
Outfielders Warren Williams, Tyron Connors and Shea-lee Murry have been playing well and will need to be at their best to rein in Workers batters Jason Rucker, Brendan Wells and Chris Hazlett.
But it has been the women in the side who have been making the big plays with Gaynor Hazlett and Lauren Forrester closing out the opposition.
At 8.30pm Dave's Darlings have the bye, with Casino Tatts taking on Workers Century 21 and Goonellabah Kooris meeting Masters Blasters.
The Tatts v Workers game should be a thriller. Both teams have a number of experienced players and are keen to win the money for their nominated charities.
Casino pitcher Jacob Benn consistently shuts down opposition batting and seems to hit at least one home run a game.
He has the backing of the experienced Deidre Coe, Courtney Connell and Sarah Hoffman.
Shortstop Erin Little is a key player for Workers, who will also need strong games from Tara Clark, Lachlan Zimmermann and Crystal Whitney.
Goonellabah Kooris will have to work hard to curtail the Masters attack.
Darren Hand has a keen eye for the ball and is one of Blasters' best batters.
He will be supported in the field by Kate Hallen, who is developing into a handy softballer, as well as Andrew Gillespie and Colin White in the outfield.
Goonellabah will hope Melissa Bolt and Craig Jenkins put in big efforts to spearhead their attack.
With the Workers Century 21 nominated charity the Bull family, Far North Coast Softball will hold a minute's silence at 8.15pm to celebrate the life of Shanelle Bull.
Softball is played at Albert Park, Lismore.