Alison Hunter, of Rous Rangers, gets a hit against Dodgers Devils at Albert Park on Saturday. Rangers won 7-3.
Alison Hunter, of Rous Rangers, gets a hit against Dodgers Devils at Albert Park on Saturday. Rangers won 7-3. JAY CRONAN

Condors work hard for win

WORKERS Condors had to fight hard down to the last of seven innings for a 7-3 win over Byron Bay Whitesox in Far North Coast open women’s softball at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.

Pitchers Carlie Walker (Workers) and Shannon Knapp (Byron Bay) played a big part in the game, conceding only three walks between them.

Batters had to smash the ball through the infield to get on base as the defensive play of both teams was aggressive and sharp.

Neither side scored in the first innings, thanks to a Workers double play sparked by an Ashley Knight catch at second base, then three fine catches by Byron Bay’s Johnson at third, Bond at shortstop and King centrefield.

Workers took a 2-0 lead at the bottom of the second when, with Gardiner on base, Laura Knight hit a double and Samone Low also hit safely.

They added two more runs in the third with hits from Gardner and Walker.

Bond, Di West and King combined with the bat for Byron Bay’s first run, then lifted their game with some great defensive play to shut out Workers, who still led 4-1.

Byron Bay reduced the deficit when Tracy Johnson scored after slamming a line drive through third base for a stand-up double, and was hit home by Kimm Giacobetti.

It was back to a one-run game when errors started to creep into Workers’ fielding before Knightand Wong shut down the White-sox innings.

Workers were under pressure until Sam Green hit a massive homer to score three runs and give them a four-run buffer.

But still Byron Bay kept coming. They loaded the bases in the seventh and when King, a renowned big hitter, strode to the batter’s box, a home run would have given Whitesox at least a draw.

Workers pushed their outfield out and King made good contact, only to see Laura Knight hold her ground, take the catch to give Workers the 7-3 win.

Workers Wild Turkeys proved too strong for Byron Bay Redsox 21-8.

Byron started strongly with pitcher Annalisa Melene containing the Turkeys batters to three runs.
But Turkeys pitcher Tina Austen was controlling the game with five strike-outs.

Jane Brown batted strongly for Turkeys with two two-baggers and Vanessa Wong hit a three-bagger and a home run.

Wong did an outstanding job behind the plate and Merrilyn O’Bryan entertained the crowd in the field and with the bat.

Nicole Burrows was Byron’s best with the bat while Simmone Reaney did best in the field.

Blues Sistas downed Goonellabah Lotto 20-14 in a game marred by errors.

Blues Sistas struggled without pitcher Maryanne Brown, allowing Goonellabah to take control early in the game.

But too many errors from the Goonellabah field and a batting frenzy in the fourth inning resulted in 16 runs to allow Blues Sistas to snatch the win.

Vicki Morris and Jacqui Bird starred with the bat for Blues Sistas, while Cindy MacKenzie was solid at shortstop.

Best for Goonellabah were Renee Cowan, who hit a massive solo home run, and Kerri Foster, who had a great game at catcher.

Rous Rangers’ batting was too strong for Dodgers Devils, setting up a 7-3 win.

Rangers’ Samantha Dowse hit two home runs, while Denise Simes added more runs with another homer.

Rangers also went well fielding, with no errors in the field.

Elise Piccoli took a good catch for the Dodgers Devils.

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