It's Rangers or Dodgers
IT should be a fierce battle of high quality softball when Rous Rangers and Dodgers Devils go head to head in the Far North Coast open women’s grand final today.
The seven-innings game will be played at Albert Park, Lismore, from 4.30pm.
Competition between the two teams has been intense all season.
After Rangers won straight through to the grand final, Dodgers had to dig deep to deny Workers Condors in a tie-breaker in the preliminary final.
Veteran Kayleen Shailes starred with the bat.
Rangers will hope the week’s lay-off will not have hampered their grand final preparation.
Loris Gordon will trouble the batters from the circle.
Dodgers’ strength is their defence – they don’t give up errors easily.
Rangers should win but if Dodgers can get bat to ball they may be a chance.
Here’s how they line up:
Loris Gordon (pitcher): Impressive year on the mound, will trouble the Dodgers batters.
Jaimee Claydon (catcher): Has never caught as well as she has this year.
Denise Simes (utility): While she plays all positions with ease, her major strength is with the bat.
Alison Hunter (second base): Solid in the field, handy with the bat.
Cheryl Nilon (third base): Rock-solid in the field, reliable batter.
Christine Blizard (shortstop): Extraordinary comeback in all aspects of the game.
Sue Clark (left field): Safe glove, strong arm and a reliable back-up pitcher.
Samantha Dowse (centre field): Dangerous in the field and with the bat.
Krystal Green (right field): Capable of taking the big catches.
Val Dowse: Great outfielder and can be dangerous with the bat.
Nadine Toniello: Plays brilliantly, when needed can play anywhere.
Kayleen Shailes (third base): Backbone of the team, great reflexes at third base and strong with the bat.
Selina Atkinson (centre field): Hasn’t lost her touch after a nine-year lay-off. Lethal with the bat and agile in the field.
Sonya Pope (pitcher): Valuable resource to Dodgers’ performance and will play a huge role today.
Clare Busch (second base): Specialist in her position, executes bunt with style.
Jo Rucker (left field): Safe glove, solid with the bat
Sue Wraight (catcher): Still has the speed around the bases, handy with the bat.
Kim Wraight (utility): Covers lots of ground to take blinder catches. Brutal lefty with the bat.
Haley Leeson (shortstop): Rock solid with a bullet arm, powerful batter.
Marion Stevens (first base): Great reach and very reliable.
Donna Salgram: All-rounder who is a consistent outfielder.