Rous Relics player Esther Denning during the game against the Deadly Turtles at the FNC Softball Australia Day Carnival at Albert Park, Lismore.
Rous Relics player Esther Denning during the game against the Deadly Turtles at the FNC Softball Australia Day Carnival at Albert Park, Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Condors claim FNC Softball’s first Australia Day carnival

WORKERS Condors reigned supreme as the undefeated champions of the first Far North Coast Softball Australia Day Carnival at Albert Park, Lismore.

Condors beat Byron Allsox, Deadly Goannas, Rous Relics, Wild Turkeys and Deadly Turtles before they met club rivals Wild Turkeys in the final.

Turkeys held Condors to one run in the first innings with a blitzing line drive taken by pitcher Brie McBride followed by two outs from shortstop Lauren Forrester to Shay Kelly on first.

A pop fly ball by Sarah Hoffman saw Condors pitcher Leah Van Wettering taking an easy catch followed by a fly ball to Deidre Coe at shortstop and a strike out sent Turkeys packing.

Hits by Laura Knight, Courtney Connell, Van Wettering and Shannon Knapp saw Condors jump to a 7-0 lead after three innings.

A change of pitcher for Turkeys saw Forrester take to the mound and contain Condors to one run with McBride taking to catchers at shortstop and Carmen Thomas throwing Tracey Johnson out at first.

Turkeys rallied in the fourth with McBride hitting safely to right field and scoring off the bat of 13-year-old Mikayla Coe.

Condors scored a further two runs before Coe at left field for Turkeys took a great catch to send her mother Deidre back to the bench while at centre field Hoffman ran down two great catchers to end the innings.

Turkeys fired again with Thomas scrambling to first base and despite advancing to third base off the bat of Shay Kelly, Condors shut the game down to win 10-1.



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