FOUR runs in the final innings gave Rous Rangers an exciting 8-5 win over Dodgers Devils in Far North Coast open women’s softball at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.
In a tight game worthy of a final, both sides displayed great fielding and solid batting.
Devils led by one run going into the last innings, but Rangers’ Cheryl Nilon and Denise Simes each hit a two-bagger to secure the winning runs.
Rangers scored two runs early with Chris Blizzard and Alison Hunter firing hard with the bat, along with strategic bunting from Jaimee Claydon.
Pitcher Loris Gordon kept Devils at bay in the first and Sonya Pope responded by keeping Rangers scoreless in the second.
Hits to Sue Wraight and Jo Rucker for Devils levelled the score at 2-all before Claydon, Gordon, Hunter and Simes put Rangers back in the lead with two runs.
Devils capitalised on Rangers fielding errors to score three runs in the bottom of the third and lead 5-4.
With the pressure mounting on Rangers and one out, Blizzard made first on an error, Nilon hit a two-bagger and Blizzard scored on a ground ball by Gordon to level it at 5-all.
With bases loaded Hunter hit to the shortstop, who threw Nilon out at home.
With two out, the bases loaded and the score locked at 5-all Simes came up with a huge two-bagger over centrefield to score three runs and seal victory for Rangers.
Devils failed to score in their last dig.
Standouts with the bat for Devils were Donna Salgram, Marion Stevens and Selena Atkinson, with Kayleen Shailes, Kim Wraight and Atkinson the pick in the field.
Rangers’ best were centrefield Val Dowse, Gordon, Simes, Claydon and Nilon with the bat.
Workers Condors proved too strong for Byron Bay Whitesox with an 11-0 thrashing.
Condors put three runs on the board early and although Byron Bay got bat to ball they were unable to see their players get to home plate.
Catcher Samantha Green, Lowe and Austen took outstanding catches for Condors and great pitching kept Whitesox scoreless.
McGowen, Pool, Gardner and Green all hit safely for Workers to advance the score to 7-0 and it was all one-way traffic from there.
Byron Bay’s best players were Shannon Knapp, Lyn King and Tracey Johnson.
Workers Wild Turkeys defeated Byron Bay Redsox 12-1.
Safe hits from Samone Lowe, Vanessa Wong and Lauren McGowen and a couple of wild throws by Byron’s field allowed Workers to jump to a seven-run lead.
A safe hit from Tracey Johnson brought in the only run for Redsox.
Turkeys went on to score another five runs to seal a comfortable win.
Blues Sisters Sistas had a close one against Breakaways, getting home 12-10.
It was 4-3 until Sistas’ offence broke loose and ran five runners in to Breakaways’ three.
Controversy in this innings over rules could have soured the game, but good sportsmanship prevailed.
In a fitting end to a great struggle, more consistent hitting from Vicki Morris and Carol Ryan kept Sistas’ nose in front, and finally the clock denied Breakaways, who were coming home with a wet sail.
This Saturday from 8.30am is an umpiring course. All trainee umpires should attend.
Dodgers Allstars d Dodgers Mustangs 13-9
Byron Bay Supersox d Byron Bay Hotsox 7-0 (forfeit)
Goonellabah Wildcats Dodgers Braves 16-11
Dodgers Lakers d Workers Crows 20-2
Casino Bluejays d Byron Bay Wildsox 16-2
Workers Mighty Ducks d Casino Cubs 12-5
Dodgers Colts d Goonellabah Titans 17-8
Dodgers Coolshots d Goonellabah Meteors 12-5
Workers Buzzards d Workers Nightingales 13-3
Byron Bay Dirtysox d Casino Misfits 8-4
Dodgers Hotshots d Casino Coyotes 22-13
Blues Sisters Sistas d Breakaways 12-10
Goonellabah Lotto d Dodgers Demons 12-1
Woodburn M2Ms d Casino Ratbags 15-9
Goonellabah Tigers d Dodgers Angels 21-10
Casino Cougars d Blues Sisters Devas 10-9
Workers Condors d Byron Bay Whitesox 11-0