Coulter pitches in
A DOMINANT display from Workers Condors pitcher Laura Coulter helped them break an 18-year premiership drought in Far North Coast Division 1 softball on Saturday.
The young Condors took out the grand final 7-2 against Rous Rangers at Albert Park, Lismore.
They finished fourth in the regular season and sneaked past minor premiers Dodgers Devils 1-0 in the preliminary final.
Rangers player-coach Loris Gordon was impressed with how Coulter and the Condors controlled the game.
"It turns out Laura and I share the same birthday, only I'm 31 years older," Gordon said.
"They were definitely due for a grand final win and they have a good young side. They batted strongly and we just couldn't hit her pitches."
Condors coach Andrew Carroll was also full of praise for the 16-year-old Coulter.
"It helps to have a State pitcher in the team," Carroll said.
"And I think being the underdog sometimes helps.
"I didn't really have any doubts once we go past Dodgers last week."
Lead-off batter Monique McCoy-Millis set the pace as Condors took an early 2-0 lead.
A sensational catch from right fielder Laura Knight saw her do a running dive to her left to take the ball as she hit the ground.
"She made three or four great catches that could have gone either way," Carroll said.
"It's a big effort because if she misses them momentum could have turned and given them a chance.
"We scored off a Shannon Knapp bunt and she told me after the game that she hadn't hit one in about five years. I told the girls to swing the bat and we'd win the game."
He said the addition of players from Tweed Heads helped give his side more strike power this season.
"Monique and Brooke Coulter travel down for us," Carroll said.
"The oldest in our team is 30 and the youngest is 14 so hopefully we'll have everyone around again next year."
In other grand finals, Dodgers Demons defeated Workers Wild Turkeys 2-0 in Division 2.
Woodburn M2Ms defeated Goonellabah Tigers 12-9 in the Division 3 grand final.