Softball: Condors edge out Dodgers with 8-7 win
WORKERS Condors were a player down but still managed to edge out Dodgers Devils 8-7 in Far North Coast softball on Saturday in a rematch of the Division 1 grand final last year.
Condors struggled in the field at times and the Dodgers batters found the gaps to lead 7-3 after two innings.
Hits from Selina Atkinson, Kayleen Shailes and Sherilee Matthews along with a massive home run by Renee Blaikie gave Dodgers the early advantage.
Reliable fielding prevented either team from scoring in the third and fourth innings.
A highlight was a double play when Dodgers pitcher Sonia Pope took a screaming catch off the bat of Laura Knight and threw to first to catch Leah Van Wettering off base.
Condors rallied when Brie McBride belted a grand slam home run, scoring four, then Samantha Green smashed a three-bagger through right field to put Workers in front by a run.
Van Wettering, pitching for Workers, stepped up a gear, striking out Dodgers' first batter but then Shannon Holgate hit safely to right field to get on base.
Matthews was caught for the second out before Green shut the game down with the final out, the catcher holding on to a foul fly to give Workers the narrow win.
Rous Rangers and Rous Warriors played Ballina Sharks teams in Division 1 and Division 2, with Rous winning both encounters.
Woodburn Whippets whipped Goonellabah, with Maryanne Brown pitching exceptionally well and Shantana Berry and Renee Blaikie hitting home runs.
Although Goonellabah tried hard - especially Mandy Brown, who scored a home run and fielded well at centrefield - the mercy rule was applied after four innings and it was all over.
Workers Wild Turkeys defeated Dodgers Demons 13-10 in an even contest.
Dodgers started strongly, forging to a 4-2 lead with safe hits from Vi Janissen, Brooke Wilson and Helen Walsh.
Controlled pitching from Brie McBride together with tight fielding from second base Erin Rucker, first base Lyn McDonald and shortstop Lauren Forrester combined with a batting rally led by Olivia Snow, Kate Foster and Bronwyn Gibson scored six runs for Workers to jump to the led.
Both teams batted strongly with home runs to McBride (Workers) and Caroline Roche (Dodgers).
Despite a gallant effort from third base Lauren Fletcher and first base Janissen, Dodgers were unable to stop Workers' batting attack.
The third round will be played on Saturday along with Goonellabah and Casino playing their deferred match from the opening round earlier in the day.