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In-form pitcher is tough to hit

A file picture of Sonya Pope in action for Dodgers Devils. Workers Condors will need to find a way of getting bat to ball against her at Albert Park today to be any chance of reversing the result of their game last weekend.
A file picture of Sonya Pope in action for Dodgers Devils. Workers Condors will need to find a way of getting bat to ball against her at Albert Park today to be any chance of reversing the result of their game last weekend.

PITCHER Sonya Pope will look to maintain her hold on the Workers Condors batters when she leads the way from the mound for Dodgers Devils in Far North Coast open women’s softball today.

Their game at Albert Park, Lismore, is on Diamond 2B starting at 4pm.

Pope is in great form, making it tough for batters to make consistent contact.

Devils put in a big effort last weekend, finding form and whitewashing Condors, so they will go into the game confident.

Kayleen Shailes, Jo Rucker and Donna Salgram’s form in the field will make them hard to toss.

Hayley Leeson and Kim Wraight are the batters to watch.

Condors will look for a turnaround on last week.

Carlie Walker will lead Condors from the circle; Shannon Pool and Kasey Renwick will patrol the infield to keep runs to a minimum; while Green and Wong are solid with the bat.

They will not let history repeat today and a much closer contest is expected.

In the other open division game, Rous Rangers and Byron Whitesox clash.

This should be a regulation win for Rangers one game out from the semi-finals, although their previous encounter was a bit scrappy with a number of runners caught out off base on the delayed steal, which worked in favour of Whitesox.

More discipline is likely from Rangers on the diamond today.

Chris Blizzard, Denise Simes and Alison Hunter will be expected to put in big games for Rangers while Tracey Johnson, Anelise Melene and Katie Fromme will work hard for Whitsox in the hope of an upset.

Points are close in Division 2 and this last round will be important to the final pointscore.

Workers Wild Turkeys take on Breakaways and it should be close, with pitchers Tina Austin and Kathy Johns expected to dominate.

The Goonellabah Lotto v Casino Ratbags game could also go down to the wire.

Goonellabah has a great field, with Kelly Ingram and Renee Cowan stopping many runs.

Ratbags are renowned for their batting strength with Sharon Hinds and Ainsley Carpenter leading the way.

Byron Bay Redsox have already claimed the Division 3 minor premiership, but the battledown the line is fierce.

Goonellabah Tigers and Dodgers Angels are neck and neck.

Tigers will look for an improved effort when they take on Casino Cougars and need to win to retain second spot.

Angels play Blues Sistas Devas and little separates these teams.