Condors' win: Solid fielding, good pitching, strong hitting
WORKERS Condors defeated Byron Bay Whitesox 11-6 in Far North Coast A-grade softball on Saturday.
The win was set up by a solid performance in the field and good pitching by Leah Van Wettering.
Byron Bay found it hard to get bat on ball in the first two innings but Bronwyn Gibson came out firing with her new bat for Workers, hitting a huge home run to help boost Condors to a 6-0 lead going into the third.
Whitesox started to get bat on ball in the fourth with hits from Shar Jones, Mel Curry and Terri Curry, which allowed Tracey Johnson and Jordan Evans to score.
In the fifth innings tight fielding, especially by shortstop Tori Maxwell and centrefield Cameron Lamb, restricted Condors to only one run.
Byron Bay were on the comeback in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring another four runs.
Condors held on to the lead with Courtney Connell hitting a three-bagger and scoring more runs before Terri Curry finished the innings with two strike-outs.
In another A-grade game, Ballina Sharks had an 11-1 win over Byron Bay Redsox, which has moved up to the top division after winning the B-grade grand final last season.
Ballina is a team to watch.
Karen Evans was strong on the mound. Byron's Tracey Johnson and Sarah Knapp put bat to ball but Ballina's strong infield shut them down.
Byron Bay kept Ballina scoreless in the first three innings before fantastic hits from Michelle Lucas and Nicole Bruce started bringing runs across the plate.
In the fifth innings Sarah Knapp made it around the bases for Redsox then stole home to get Byron's first run on the board but Ballina were just too good.
The feature game in C-grade involved Rous Hotel's new junior team Rous Rascals.
They played Workers Mighty Ducks, who won 20-13.
Rascals started well with Kaitlyn Robinson finding base on a bunt and Sharmeeka McPaul smashing a home run.
But Workers also came out firing with Penny Walker hitting a home run.
Rous put up a great fight but Workers dominated the last two innings to win comfortably.