Softball: Masters Blasters surprise rivals in Charity Shield
THE women's competition in Far North Coast softball may have been a washout on Saturday but it was full steam ahead for the Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield.
Masters Blasters, playing for the Lismore Community Garden, proved to be a surprise package with an 11-9 win over Century 21, playing for the Bull Family, on Friday night.
Both teams were short of players, but no one noticed as this low- scoring game produced a number of hits and amazing catches.
Colin White for Masters Blasters was the standout player.
With two players short, White roamed the outfield, taking every high catch, frustrating the experienced Century 21 batters.
Not to be outdone, third baseman Peter Ryan took an amazing catch low to the ground, doing a cartwheel in the process.
Pitcher Darren Hand consistently put down strikes and was also the team's best batter.
Shortstop Kelly Tyndall scooped up every ball that came her way and combined well with first base Kate Hallen to make a number of outs.
For Century 21, Gaynor Hazlett batted strongly, as well as Jason Rucker, who slammed a home run.
Catches by Rucker, Chris Hazlett and Brendan Wells in the outfield kept Blasters to a minimum of runs.
A change of pitcher for Century 21 saw Gaynor Hazlett, supported by catcher Tara Clark, take control of the game.
Some great stops by fielders Erin Rucker, Lauren Forrester and from the safe hands of Erin Little allowed their team to get back in the contest but they fell just short.
Tatts Hotel, playing for the Casino Men's Shed, outclassed newcomers Dave's Darlings, playing for Our Kids, 22-4.
In the first innings Dave's team hit the lead with David Gallpen slamming a two-base hit to score Rebecca Watson.
Shortstop Shane Hughes, second base Nicole Shearman and Gallpen on the mound kept things tight in the field early on.
But it was all Tatts from the second innings on with home runs from Jacob Benn (two), Nic Benn and Rohan Coe.