FOUL BALL: Katie Martin miscues this effort in the batter’s box for Dodgers Devils in the Far North Coast Division 1 softball clash with Ballina Tiger Sharks at Albert Park, Lismore, last Saturday. Dodgers won 5-0.
FOUL BALL: Katie Martin miscues this effort in the batter’s box for Dodgers Devils in the Far North Coast Division 1 softball clash with Ballina Tiger Sharks at Albert Park, Lismore, last Saturday. Dodgers won 5-0. Photo: Rodney Stevens/ Northern

Softballers back in the swing at Albert Park

FIVE softball teams are eager to hit the diamonds at Albert Park in Lismore tonight to start chalking up points for their chosen charity.

A storm last Friday night forced the postponement of the opening round of the Century 21 Ballina Charity Shield competition.

Century 21 will take on new- comers Masters Blaster while Tatts will been keen to show Dave's Darlings there is nothing soft about softball.

To make up for the washout, a double-header will be played on Friday, February 12.

Teams are still looking for players. If interested, contact Di McGowen on 0417-691653.

Meanwhile, FNC juniors have returned to the diamonds with Lil Sluggers, Batter Up and the Junior League having a blast.

Lil Sluggers continue to shine under the guidance of Tara Clark and Olivia Snow.

"The kids have improved greatly," Clark said.

"The use of colours on the bases and balls helps the kids understand what we are asking them and they love when it's hot and we bring out water balloons for catching!"

FNC coaching director Renee Blaikie has worked hard with the Batter Up group as they strive to step up to the junior league.

Blaikie has a great sense of fun while keeping the players engaged.

Junior league players fine-tune their softball skills under the eye of the experienced Kayleen Shailes.

Skills development and match practice are the key aims of this age division.

A Level 3 accredited coach, Shailes has been happy with the progress.

"All players' skills have come ahead in leaps and bounds," she said.



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