Batters knock out Rangers
WORKERS Condors produced an impressive batting performance to beat Rous Rangers 12-8 in their Far North Coast Softball Division 1 clash at Albert Park, Lismore.
Rangers started well in the showdown on Saturday with Nadine Toniello and Betty McPaul scoring two runs before a stunning effort from Condors second base Courtney Connell ended their innings.
The Condors batters then took charge with hits from Laura and Ashleigh Knight, Deidre Coe and Leah Van Wettering producing runs.
Brie McBride hammered a huge home run to give Condors a 6-2 lead after the first innings.
Van Wettering backed up her batting effort with the ball in the second dig, striking out one batter and throwing the lead runner out at second base.
She continued to feature in the third innings, fielding a screaming line drive off the bat of Betty McPaul for the first out before Coe at shortstop delivered two throw- outs to first base to help Condors to a 9-4 lead.
Rangers fought back in the fourth with Amy Gordon belting a three bagger to centrefield.
A two-base hit from Ally Quinton and Toniello was backed up by safe hits from McPaul and Val Dowse to let Rangers close to 9-8 but it was to no avail as Workers scored three runs in the final inning to secure the points.
In the other Division 1 game, Ballina Sharks downed Dodgers Devils 3-0 over seven innings.
Ballina batter Sherilee Matthews set up the win, cracking a three-bagger in the first dig.
Devils pitcher Sonya Pope impressed but her teammates were unable to find any more runs.
Also at the weekend, Woodburn Whippets beat Rous Warriors 11-8.
Natalie Needham and Renee Blaikie led the way with the bat for Whippets, hitting three-baggers, while Maryanne Brown impressed in the field.
Roz Weaver and Talarra Berry were among those to shine for Warriors.
Workers Wild Turkeys proved too strong for a depleted Ballina Bull Sharks 21-7.
Wild Turkeys batters dominated with hits from Tina Austen, Oliva Snow, Lyn McDonald and Emily Cox and a Brie McBride home run.
Ricko Yoguchi led the way with the bat for Sharks while shortstop Julie Troughton and centrefielder Tegan Hargrave impressed.
Woodburn Wonders made easy work of Blues Sistas to emerge 18-5 winners.
Wonders pitcher Leonie Creighton was on target while newcomer Lee Coulson impressed with the bat and at shortstop.
In the other game, Casino Cougars outplayed Lismore Workers Mighty Ducks 13-5.
The combined efforts of Sarah Hoffman, Emma Shields and the experienced Deidre Coe ensured the Cougars were never in any real danger.
Workers, however, did try throughout with Caroline Stehbens, Jacinta Callaghan-Jamissen, Crystal Whitney and Keisha McPaul among their best.