DOUBLE HEADER: Ballina Tiger Shark player Nicole Bruce during the latest round of FNC Softball. The Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield continues tonight.
DOUBLE HEADER: Ballina Tiger Shark player Nicole Bruce during the latest round of FNC Softball. The Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield continues tonight. Marc Stapelberg

It's the business end of the softball charity shield

THE Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield softball competition is getting down to the serious end with two weeks to go.

Casino Tatts is still out in front on 15 points, followed by Masters Blasters on 11, Goonellabah Kooris on eight points with Workers Century 21 and Dave's Darlings both on seven points.

However, that could all change after a double header tonight.

Goonellabah Kooris will play Dave's Darlings in the early timeslot and will meet Casino in the second game.

Big hitting is a feature of their game with Norton Bolt Jr, Tyron Connors and Mitchell Dowse consistently hitting home runs.

In other games, Dave's Darlings will be hoping to get one up on Workers Century 21 after they narrowly went down by one run the last time the two sides meet.

Darlings have gained a lot of experience over the weeks and have kept the more fancied teams honest, going down to Casino 7-2 last week.

Sam Devine at shortstop was in devastating form, accounting for six outs.

Pitcher Mat Devine has improved to be an asset for his side and kept Casino's batters at bay until the fifth innings.

Workers will need big games from power hitter Jason Rucker, Lachlan Zimmermann and Chris and Gaynor Hazlett if they hope to pull off a win.

Meanwhile, competition leaders Casino Tatts will look to stay undefeated when they take on Masters Blaster and Goonellabah Kooris.

Jacob Ben is the danger player in the side with home runs being a regular attribute of his game.

His ability to control the game from the pitchers circle has no doubt benefited his side. With the support of Sarah Hoffman, Mikayla Coe and father Rowan, Casino will be hard to beat.

Masters Blasters were in great form last week with Colin White hitting a massive home run and running around the outfield cleaning up any stray balls.

As usual third base Peter Ryan's presence in the field contained Workers batters and with Darren Hand's controlled pitching Workers were caught out on a number occasions.



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