Rangers up against Condors

SOFTBALL: Rous Rangers will be out to consolidate their lead in Far North Coast open women’s softball when they take on Workers Condors at Albert Park, Lismore, today at 4pm.

Both teams are coming off big wins last Saturday.

Rangers will be favoured but will need to take Condors seriously as they are no strangers to pulling off wins in big games.

Carlie Walker will throw everything into this one from the mound and with Sam Green at catcher, it is a reliable combination.

Kasey Renwick, Melissa Wilson and Erin Gardner are the powerhouse batters for Condors but may find the going tough when they step up to the plate against Loris Gordon, whose form has proved she is the No 1 pitcher.

Rangers have aggressive batting so when the likes of Denise Simes, Sam Dowse and Sue Clark step into the batter’s box the pressure will be on the Condors fielders.

Vanessa Wong, Laura Knight and Shannon Pool will need to cut down the costly errors that often creep into their game in the latter innings if they are to be a chance of turning the tables today.

In the other game, Dodgers Devils take on Byron Bay Whitesox.

Devils will need to improve on last week when they struggled to get bat to ball, but Hayley Leeson’s return will help.

Clare Hazlett and Kim Wraight are important players in the field.

Although still struggling with player availability, Whitesox have great back-up in lower grade players Jess Bond, Simone Reaney and Annelese Melene, who have filled the gaps all season and proved they are up to this division.

It should be a close game.

In the lower divisions, Woodburn M2Ms will battle it out with Breakaways.

M2Ms are just finding form. Lucy Creighton and Tania Hundy are key players with the bat while Ashlee Olive and Jackie Welsch take control in the field.

Breakaways’ Kathy Johns is consistent from the mound and is well supported by Karen Hughes with Kayleen Collins a real danger with the bat.

Blues Sistas and Goonellabah Lotto should put on an entertaining game.

Goonellabah will be out to make amends after going down to Sistas in their first outing.

Maryanne Brown and Jess Bowman are the star players for Sistas, while Goonellabah will rely on Renee Cowan and Kimm Giacobetti’s batting to get them over the line.

Workers Wild Turkeys may prove a bit strong for Dodgers Demons.

Tina Austen’s pitching has been brilliant, while Lauren McGowen and Ali Tomkins are sharp in the field.

Katie Munro and Melissa Gahan are experienced players for Demons and will not give up easily.

The game to watch at 2pm is the battle between Byron Bay Redsox and Dodgers Angels.

While Redsox have some skilful players, the newly formed Angels have been moving up the competition ladder at great speed and could be pressing for a semi-final berth.

Senior women’s games will also be played next Tuesday evening.

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