Dodgers Devils still look the team to beat
DODGERS Devils extended their impressive pre-Christmas form with a 13-1 win over Byron Bay Redsox in Far North Coast Division 1 softball.
Dodgers produced a consistent display with the bat at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday, with Jo O'Neil, Sarah Hoffman and the returning Jessica Riley leading the charge.
Byron Bay failed to convert their base-runners across the plate dueto a strong fielding display byDodgers.
A late charge by Rous Rangers proved the difference against a determined Workers Turkeys outfit, enabling them to grind out an 8-4 victory.
In a high-quality display, the encounter see-sawed in the first two innings, with both sides working hard in the field.
Solid pitching displays by Amy Gordon (Rous), Tina Austen and later Lyn Walker (Workers) forced batters to put bat on ball.
Catcher Sharon Hinds was impressive for Rous.
Workers Condors swooped on Woodburn M2Ms late in the game for a convincing 13-2 victory.
Condors pitcher Callie Windsor dominated but Woodburn trailed by only one run at the bottom of the first inning.
The Workers batters stepped up a gear with Laura Knight, Monique McCoy and Nicole Green clearing the infield.
Tight fielding by Woodburn pitcher Renee Blakie and outfielder Tina Hundy kept Condors scoreless in the third innings but Condors scored a further five runs in the fourth to seal the win.
A punishing display with the bat allowed Goonellabah Lotto to easily account for Blues Sistas 15-1.
Sistas imploded with too many errors, while Goonellabah showed no mercy thanks to the talented Denise Marsh and Nikki Connell.
A second-innings burst by Casino was enough to overcome Dodgers Angels 13-10.
In a close encounter, both sides were cautious with the bat - safe hitting was the key to keeping the score ticking over.
Casino's lower error rate led by shortstop Diedrie Coe and pitcher Renee Parker may have been the difference
A rematch between Goonellabah Tigers and Blues Sistas Devas went down to the wire with Tigers winning 14-11.
Tigers led 3-0 after the first innings, with the highlight of that period of play being a brilliant leftfield catch by Devas' Leah Manning.
Devas hit back with five runs in the second and Goonellabah replied with a further three.
The lead continued to fluctuate as the game went into the final innings locked at 11-all, then a do-or-die advance by Tigers scored three runs to seal the win in a nail-biting finish.
A superior batting display by Dodgers Demons showed their premiership credentials in Division 2 with a 12-5 win over Byron Bay Whitesox.
Sarah Hoffman and Talarra Berry led with the bat for Dodgers while Carlee Winkler-Harding fired from the mound.
A 4-0 lead after the first innings and consistent runs thereafter set up Dodgers' win.
Young Byron Bay pitcher Nim Parkes improved throughout, supported by catcher Mel Currie.
ALL THE SCORES
Goonellabah Lotto 15 d Blues Sistas 1, Rous 8 d Workers Wild Turkeys 4, Dodgers Demons 12 d Byron Bay Redsox 5, Goonella-bah Tigers 15 d Blues Sistas Devas 11, Casino Cougars 13 d Dodgers Angels 10, Workers Condors 13 d Woodburn M2Ms 2, Dodgers Devils 13 d Byron Bay Whitesox 1