Big dig gives Rangers win
SOFTBALL: Rous Rangers defeated Workers Condors 13-7 in a hard-fought match in Far North Coast women’s softball on Saturday after Condors had been in control until the fourth innings.
After keeping Rangers scoreless in the first innings, Condors managed a two-out rally to cross for three runs with hits to Wilson, Walker, Gardner and Knight.
Rangers struggled with the bat in the second, but managed to score one run when a fumble at shortstop allowed Jaimee Claydon to make first safely and Krystal Green crossed home plate.
Condors looked set to take control in the third innings with Melissa Wilson hitting a huge three-bagger to centre field, scoring two runs. She was then hit in by Laura Knight for a 6-1 lead.
Rangers started their comeback when Gordon made first and Hunter was walked. Toniello then hit back to pitcher Walker, who dropped the ball. Walker was taken from the field, reducing Condors to eight players.
Wilson took over the pitching duties only for Val Dowse to advance the runners with a hit to right field scoring three runs.
Sharp fielding for Rangers by Green at third base and Nilon at second restricted Condors to only one run in their next dig with Knight the only one to come up with a safe hit.
Rangers had a big fourth innings, with a number of batters walked. They scored a massive 10 runs with Simes hitting a home run to put the result beyond doubt.
Byron Bay Whitesox defeated Dodgers Devils 4-1 in a nail-biter that went seven innings.
Whitesox scored two runs in the first with Tracey Johnson hitting a two-base hit.
Great pitching by Shannon Knapp kept Devils scoreless with two strike-outs, but they put a run on the board in the next when Kayleen Shailes crossed home plate on a hit from Fiona McLeod.
Leading 2-1, Whitesox then managed to string together some hits to cross for another run in the third.
Brilliant fielding, especially from Jess Bond, Sarah Knapp and Terri Currie for Whitesox and Kim Wraight, Clare Hazlet and Jo Rucker for Devils kept each team scoreless in the next few innings.
Whitesox ran in one more run when an error put Bond on base and she was hit home by Knapp and Johnson.
Geat glove work from Mel and Terry Currie prevented any hopes of a Devils revival and the Byron Bay team closed out a good win.
Workers Wild Turkeys were too strong for Blues Sistas 11-1.
McGowen, McKenzie and Tomkins dominated with the bat while Sheila Keane was the only one to score for Sistas
Goonellabah Lotto edged Woodburn M2Ms 10-8.
Renee Cowan hit a home run for Lotto and Lisa and Ashli Olive hit home runs for M2Ms.
Bryon Redsox lost for the first time this season, succumbing to the big-hitting Rous Rogues 14-7.