Softballer nurses mixed memories of victory

LISMORE softballer Denise Simes had to watch from the first aid tent as her team clenched gold in a tense final at the Gold Coast Masters Games.

Simes and fellow Lismore player Elizabeth Cramp were part of the De Lanceys team the managed a 4-3 win over the Braves from Victoria in the third division decider earlier this month.

With the scores locked at nil-all coming into the sixth innings, Simes got to first base with a hit.

“I slid into second, then I slid into third and took the top off my leg,” she said.

“I had to slide. I was well and truly in trouble. I probably would’ve been out except they dropped the ball.”

Simes was safe, but her third-base bash opened up a bad graze and saw her replaced by a runner.

The runner got home, but the Braves soon got back into it.

“We scored two and then they scored two,” Simes said.

In an extremely tense seventh and final innings, De Lanceys managed to score two and then restrict the Braves to one.

“It was a nail-biting finish,” Simes said. “Especially sitting in the first aid tent.”

The women were among 1300 softballers who travelled to the Gold Coast for in the over-35s event.

A Woodburn team managed to take silver in a lower division.


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