Condors fight back for win over Rous Rangers
WORKERS Condors came back from a three-run deficit to defeat Rous Rangers 9-4 in Far North Coast Division 1 softball at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.
Both teams were missing key players, but their replacements stepped up to the mark.
Samantha Dowse took over the pitching for Rangers and proved tough for the Condors batters.
Errors in the field cost Workers early on and with hits from Nadine Toniello and a massive home run by Dowse, Rangers skipped to a 4-1 lead after three innings.
Workers found form with the bat in the fourth with Sarah Hoffman, Shannon Knapp, Laura Knight and Lachlan Zimmermann leading the way, scoring eight runs to put Condors in ahead for the first time.
Condors pitcher Leah Van Wettering was in exceptional form with five strike-outs.
Rangers shortstop Cheryl Nilon played strongly and left fielder Aurora O'Sullivan took two outstanding catches.
Workers' Knight sisters, Laura and Ashleigh, were solid in the field and were well supported by Samantha Green at first base.
Byron Bay Whitesox defeated Division 2 team Ballina Gummies 10-0 in the cross-over game.
Terry Curry kept the Ballina batters at bay with her consistent pitching and Byron were able to get runs across the plate in each innings.
Ballina had some great hits and despite putting runners on base the Byron infield was too strong with Di Lamb at shortstop and Bonnie Hawkins making some great outs.
In Division 2, Byron Bay Redsox beat Workers Wild Turkeys 14-11.
Byron Bay came out swinging with home runs from Freya Lindquist and Shannon Knapp scoring five runs.
But Turkeys pitcher Lyn McDonald closed down the innings by catching a sizzling line drive off the bat of Ella Galea and throwing out to first base.
Workers closed the gap by scoring four runs with hits from Erin Rucker, Lauren Forrester and Emily Cox.
A highlight of the game were the big hits from Lindquist and Knapp (Byron Bay) and Olivia Snow and Nikki Ribbon (Workers).
Both teams fielded strongly with Shay Kelly at first base and Carmen Thomas at shortstop for Workers outstanding, along with Byron Bay's Taryn Miller at second base.
Sue Watson at third base took some fantastic catches and Sarah Knapp at first base caught anything that came her way.
In another Division 2 game, Goonellabah Gunners edged out Woodburn Wonders 17-16.
Mandy Brown started on the mound for Goonellabah and it proved hard for Woodburn to get a start with the bat.
Maryanne Brown pitched a great game for Woodburn but with some big hits from Zac Brown and Mandy Brown, Goonellabah scored runs in each innings.
Woodburn then started to get bat on ball with a huge home run by Carmen Ainsworth and Carol Ryan's consistent batting putting them in front.
Goonellabah, trailing in their last turn at bat, put runners on base.
Woodburn needed an out but Mandy Brown smashed a three- bagger to score two runs and win the game for Goonellabah.