ROUS Rangers have advanced to the Far North Coast open division softball grand final by defeating Dodgers Devils 3-2 in a high quality game at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.
Dodgers will now play Workers Condors in the preliminary final on Saturday after Condors breezed past Byron Bay Whitesox 15-5 inthe minor semi.
Rangers put two runs on the board in the first innings with Loris Gordon and Chris Blizzard coming up with hits.
Dodgers struggled to get bat to ball for a scoreless dig.
Over the next three innings pitchers Gordon and Sonya Pope dominated and solid fielding by both teams allowed no runs.
In the top of the fifth Dodgers showed a great deal of determination to score two runs, with Hayley Leeson, Marion Stevens, Kaylene Shailes and Kim Wraight hitting safely.
With the score 2-all in the bottom of the sixth, Shailes replaced Pope on the mound for Dodgers.
Rangers found a glimmer of hope when lead-off Simes reached base with a hit to left field followed by a safe hit to Hunter.
Nadine Toniello then laid down a perfectly executed bunt to advance the runners, putting Rangers in scoring position.
Simes capitalised on a wild pitch that eluded the catcher to slide into home safely, putting Rangers into the lead.
Dodgers failed to get runners on base in their last dig to give Rangers the narrow win.
Workers Condors outbatted Byron Bay Whitesox, who had no answer to Condors’ powerful hitters.
Lead-off Vanessa Wong set the pace by hitting a triple and Renwick followed with a home run to put five runs on the board early.
The Whitesox field took a peppering as Condors continued their batting frenzy, with McGowen, Green and Pool prominent.
Carlie Walker’s impressive pitching kept Whitesox scoreless until late in the game when Jess Bond, Terri Currie and Tracey Johnson hit safely.
Condors’ best with the bat was Kasey Renwick with four hits from four appearances including a home run and a triple.
Mel Currie and Annelise Melene did well in the field for Whitesox.
In Division 2, Workers Wild Turkey beat Goonellabah Lotto 11-7.
Tina Austen pitched well for Turkeys. Jane Brown and Ali Tomkins fielded well while Mary McKenzie did best with the bat.
Goonellabah failed to string their hits together. Renee Cowan was superb in the field and with the bat, while Jenny Smedley and Suellen Pursche also hit well.
In the other game, Casino Ratbags defeated Breakaways 16-10.
In Division 3, Byron Bay Resdox showed their dominance by thrashing Goonellabah Tigers 22-2.
Jess Bond was brilliant at shortstop and Anaelise Melene pitcheda terrific game.
In the other semi, Dodgers Angels came from behind in the last innings to grab a 13-11 win over Rous Rogues.
Angels’ Colleen Prentice starred with the bat and Rachel Olive was brilliant in the field.