Sharks show their teeth with softball win over Rous Rangers
ON the back of strong pitching from Johanna Presgrave, Ballina Sharks sent a big message in Far North Coast Division 1 women's softball on Saturday with an 8-5 win over Rous Rangers.
Ballina took a 3-0 lead assisted by walked batters in the first, then scored in every other innings except the fifth.
Rangers toiled throughout with hits to Sue Clark, Sam Dowse and Renee North but they failed to get on top of Presgrave.
Tight fielding kept the seasiders honest, with shortstop Sue Clark and centrefield Sam Dowse in sizzling form.
There were three double plays, highlighted by a fine running catch by fill-in Ballina centrefield Chris Costello, whose pin-point throw to second base turned a fine double at the top of the fourth.
Rangers pressed with a late two-run charge at the top of the fifth but Ballina held on.
Workers Condors defeated Byron Bay Redsox 12-1, although the scoreline did not reflect the intensity of play.
Condors flew away with the game led by a grand slam home run to Sam Green and strong batting by Laura Knight and Bronwyn Gibson.
Byron Bay's Tracey Johnson hit a triple but too many runners were left on base.
Tina Austen continued to fireon the mound for Workers, while second base Di West and leftfield Ella Galea worked tirelessly in the field for Byron Bay.
In Division 2, Dodgie/Workers Demons showed leaders Rous Warriors and Workers Turkeys they cannot be discounted with a stunning 15-2 win over Rous and a narrow 12-10 loss to Workers.
Dodgers shortstop Caro Roche starred in both games.
Rous struggled with their pitching as Betty McPaul, Rebecca Grove and Esther Denning tried to share the load.
Denning did well to finish the game but Demons' strong batting, solid fielding and the effective battery of Marion Stevens pitching to Jenny Prosser sealed the deal.
Best for Rous were McPaul at leftfield, Leah Manning at rightfield and Sheryl Nilon at shortstop.
In the game against Workers, a late home run charge by Jane Brown and Angela Walker and a triple to Merrilyn O'Brien set up the win.
Lyn McDonald came on to shut out Dodgers in the last.
There was a polished perform-ance from Dodgie/Workers youth player Jess Stratford at second base, including a double play and a three-base hit. Jenny Prosser, Lauren Fletcher and Sarah Mee all found form with the bat.
Experience prevailed on the day for Casino with a 10-8 win over Woodburn Wonders. A five-run burst in the last for Woodburn led by a double from Deosha Berry tied up the game but they failed to shut out Cougars in the last.
Rous Warriors' previous clash with Blues Sistas was an armwrestle until they piled on 12 runs in the last dig to win 20-3.
Betty McPaul for Rous latched on to a sizzling line drive off Cam Hogan to claim catch of the day.
Kerrie Knowles contained Rous' attack from the mound, called in well by catcher Sarah Colbourne.
Chris Costello continues to impress as an outfield specialist, snaring several crucial outs at left field for Blues Sistas, while Roslyn Weaver put in a solid all-round performance for Warriors.