Rangers struggle against Sharks as Devils trump Condors
DODGERS Devils put in a strong all-round performance to dominate Workers Condors 15-7 in the Far North Coast Division 1women's softball major semi-final on Saturday.
Dodgers fired from the start with the bat at Albert Park, Lismore, laying the foundation for their win.
Condors struggled against the solid pitching of Sonya Pope and were pressed in the field by disciplined batting and well-timed bunts.
Condors dug deep with a six-run surge in the fifth innings led by Laura Knight and Bronwyn Gibson, how-ever Dodgers always looked the likely winners.
Pitcher Tina Austen toiled on the mound but catcher Sam Green was Workers' stand-out.
For Dodgers, Shannon Holgate caught well to pitchers Pope and Kay Shailes, while first base Sharon Winkler, second base Clare Busch and shortstop Sherilee Matthews combined well for several outs.
In the sudden-death minor semi, Ballina Sharks outgunned Rous Rangers 10-0 with pitcher Michelle Lucas dominant on the mound.
Lucas had 13 strike-outs and conceded only one hit for the game.
Rangers struggled to contain Ballina's attack, allowing 13 hits through the seven-innings whitewash.
Danica Sattler, Vicki Morris, Laurie Danzen and Lucas all produced with thebat for the Sharks.
Woodburn Whippets booked their Division 2 grand final ticket with a hard-fought 9-6 win over Rous Warriors.
Maryanne Brown pitched well to Talarra Berry and was backed up well by shortstop Renee Blaikie and first base Leonie Creighton.
Aurora O'Sullivan (triple), Esther Denning (home run) and Cheryl Nilon all did well for Warriors but failed to break Woodburn's grip on the game as they jumped to an impressive eight-run lead after the second innings.
Byron Bay flayed Casino Cougars 13-3 and will now meet Warriors in the preliminary final.
Cougars' depleted line-up had no answer to the strong Byron Bay outfit with Shannon Knapp and Ashlee Armstrong taking several catches in the outfield.
Goonellabah Gunnas failed to stave off a late charge by Workers Turkeys in Division 3, losing 11-8.
Despite a good showing with the bat in the first three innings, the black and yellow were left high and dry when Turkeys rallied in the fourth dig with Belinda Stratford, Jane Brown, Lauren Forrester and Shay Kelly leading the charge to jump to a decisive 10-8 lead.
Sharon Foster and Lee Milward shone for Goonellabah in the field.
In the other game, Woodburn Wonders combined well to end Blues Sistas' season with a 12-6 win.
Helen Pursey and Jo Hourgian led Woodburn in the field and with the bat.
Best for Sistas was Chris Costello at centre field.
FAR NORTH COAST SEMI-FINALS
Dodgers Devils 15 d Workers Condors 7
Ballina Sharks 10 d Rous Rangers 0
Woodburn Whippets 9 d Rous Warriors 6
Byron Bay Redsox 13 d Casino Cougars 3
Workers Turkeys 11 d Goonellabah Gunnas 8
Woodburn Wonders 12 d Blues Sistas Devas 6