The Northern Star

Devil in the detail for Byron

DODGER DEVILS had a close game with Byron Bay Whitesox in the Far North Cost Softball in Division 1 on Saturday emerging winners 8-2.

Devils started strongly with Sue Wraight hitting safely to centrefield Jo Rucker getting on, on a walk and Haley Leeson come up to the plate for a huge two-bagger to centrefield to score the two runners on base and add 2 RBI's to her tally.

But tight fielding from Byron's Shannon Knapp at short-stop with two consecutive outs, and a strike-out from Annalise Melene shut down the innings, leaving valuable runners on base.

Byron struggled to get runners on base and were shut down for no score, Devils managed one in the second with hits to Loris Gordon and Haley Leeson and one in the third when Wendy Gerrard managed to score on a muff fly.

Devils kept Byron scoreless until the fourth when Annalise Melene cracked a hit to leftfield and managed to score to put her team on the board. Byron kept Devils scoreless in the next two innings with some great fielding, with Shannon Knapp involved in four of those outs.

With the game at 4-2 in Devils favour at the top of sixth, Byron added another run to their score when Ally Lycenko slammed a big three-base hit to leftfield to score the runner at third.

Devils went on to conceal the game in the 6th innings with Donna Salgram and Sonya Pope both hitting two-baggers and Elise Piccoli clearing the infield for a safe hit to score four runs and take the game 8-2.

For Dodgers Hayley Leeson was a stand-out with the bat, and Kayleen Shailes had a top game at third base.

For Byron Annalise Melene and Ally Lycenko scored the only safe hits and Shannon Knapp was solid at shortstop.

Rous runs away

ROUS Rangers had a runaway win over Woodburn. Rangers, scoring five in the first innings when Woodburn's pitcher struggled to find the strike zone, winning the game 15-8.

Consistent pitching from Kathryn Youngberry kept Woodburn scoreless until the third when Wendy Mylrea slammed a huge hit over leftfield only to be tagged out at home plate with an impressive relay home.

Jacquie Welsch managed to put Woodburn on the board when she crossed the home plate on Wendy Mylrea's hit.

A change in pitcher saw Woodburn score seven runs in the fourth and try to make a game of it but the strong Rous Rangers proved too strong on the day and went on to score another pile of runs to take the game.

Best at bat for Rous were Sam Dowse (three base), Denise Simes a double and single, Katheryn Youngberry, Libby Cramp and Jaimee Claydon all hit singles. For Woodburn Wendy Mylrea was impressive both in the field and with the bat, Lisa Olive at shortstop and Tania Hardy at third base were standouts in the field.

Open Women's selection trials will be held Sunday, February 8, from 9am to 12 noon at Albert Park. Enquiries to Alan Renwick.

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