Dodgers Devils win again; Woodburn upsets Condors
DODGERS Devils maintained their good form in Far North Coast Division 1 women's softball with a 13-1 win over Rous Rangers.
Solid batting led by Sherilee Matthews with a home run and triples to Kayleen Shailes, Elise Dowd and Selina Atkinson laid the foundation.
The return of Sonya Pope to the mound was instrumental in containing the Rous batters.
Rangers' field was stretched at times, although pitchers Amy Gordon and Loris Gordon performed solidly.
Their only run came from a massive solo shot from Sam Dowse over left field in the final innings.
Pitching recruit Maryanne Brown helped Woodburn Whippets to a 12-9 upset win over Workers Condors.
Disappointing fielding led to Workers' demise, with inconsistency on the mound gifting too many Woodburn runners on base.
Condors found late form with Gaynor Palmer shutting down the last dig but Woodburn had taken the game out of reach.
Sam Dransfield was Woodburn's best at second base, while Workers' Laura Knight (home run), Sam Green (double and triple) and Palmer (triple) gave Condors some hope.
Byron Bay overcame a determined Ballina Sharks in the last innings to secure a 7-4 win.
Ballina had a great start with Danica Sattler slamming a triple and Lee Hooley holding court on the mound.
Byron left their run until the bottom of the last dig, coming from behind to score two runs and deny Ballina a first victory after eight years out of the competition.
In Division 2, Goonellabah Gunnas staved off a determined Blues Sisters Devas to win 10-9.
Each side scored six runs in the first innings in a batting frenzy.
Jodie Foster and Mandy Brown shone in the field for Gunnas, while Leanne Lovett fired with the bat with a home run and a single.
Kate Willock pitched well for Devas and Kerrie Knowles threw down runners from third base reliably.
Rous Warriors claimed the scalp of Casino Cougars with a strong batting display to win 18-3.
Home runs came thick and fast for Rous with Roz Weaver, Kim Gillan, Rebecca Grove and Tracey Cook all batting with conviction.
Grove pitched a strong game for Rous which shut Cougars out until they managed to claw back three runs in the fourth.
Mikayla Coe came on for Casino to pitch her first game in seniors in the third innings and was backed up in the field by shortstop Zoe Whithouse and third base Rebecca Bower.
Workers Turkeys had a 12-3 victory over Woodburn Wonders, although the score did not reflect the intensity of the game.
Woodburn were tireless in the field with a double play by Deosha Berry leading the way.
However, they failed to put bat on ball consistently against strong pitching from Turkeys' Gaynor Palmer.
Impressive fielding from third base Tina Austen, including a rare triple play, was a highlight.
Big batting again dominated this division with newcomer Brie McBride hitting her fourth home run in two weeks for Workers.