Whitesox walk over Rous
A STRONG Byron Bay Whitesox side claimed a 21-4 victory over Rous Hotel in Saturday's Far North Coast Softball action.
With three runs apiece after the first dig, Rous converted another in the second thanks to consistent batting by Cheryl Nilon and Val Maclean.
Whitesox started a two-down rally that saw them stamp their authority on the game, batting in nine runs. Another batting charge by Byron with a grand slam home run to Mel Currie and home run by Rani Lindquist secured a further nine runs to cement a convincing victory.
Rous Hotel's Val Dowse at leftfield and Nilon at shortstop were gallant in the field, while Byron's Di Lamb covered well at shortstop to combine with Shannon Knapp at first base.
Casino Cougars gave Workers Wild Turkeys a run for their money with Turkeys saving their batting rally until the last dig to win 13-4. Workers sent Casino in to bat and they fired up to slot an early run due to a two-base hit by Deidre Coe. A double play by Cougars' Mikalya Coe at centre field kept Workers scoreless after safe hits from Turkeys' Maddy Austen and Alison Tomkins failed to convert. Cougars were then kept scoreless in the second due to a great double play by Vivienne Roberts at second base.
A thriller saw Goonellabah Tigers claw their way back from a 10-1 deficit before narrowly losing 14-13 against Woodburn M2Ms.
Renee Blakie started proceedings from the mound for Woodburn, with three strike-outs straight up and containing Tigers batters to nil after the second dig. Goonellabah improved, scoring seven runs in the third and five in the fourth innings to come within one run.
Best for Tigers was new recruit Nikki Connell, with Sarah Lane and Kerri Foster also impressing. Youngster Shantarna Berry continued to shine with a strong performance in the field and with the bat for Woodburn.
Dodgers Devils overpowered Blue Sistas Sisters to win 12-nil. Strong batting followed by solid pitching by Sonya Pope shut down Sisters early in the game. Safe hits by Callie Windsor and Kayleen Shailes for Dodgers saw seven runs scored in the first. The battery of Lee Hooley to Kate McCann proved solid for Blues Sistas but fielding errors cost them at crucial times. Centre fielder Annie Casey snared some great running catches, saving precious runs.
Dodgers Angels continued their strong form with the bat, overpowering Byron Bay Redsox 13-11. Dodgers declared in the first with a 10 run attack, with Byron scoring seven of their own followed by a solid fielding display that shut Dodgers out in the second. A see-sawing match continued, with both teams batting and fielding well to keep runners from crossing the plate. Shortstop Colleen Prentice continues to shine for Dodgers, both with the bat and in the field, while Kerryanne McGuffick pitched a great game.
An excellent batting display by Dodgers Demons delivered a 24-10 win against Blues Sistas Devas. Demons' Laani Winkler-Harding fashioned the win with three hits including two home runs and an excellent pitching performance to catcher Callie Winsor.
Goonellabah Lotto came from a 10-6 deficit to defeat the more fancied Workers Condors 11-10. Condors led after the fourth by 10-3, with Sam Green smashing a massive home run. Workers rallied in the field with pitcher Tina Austen striking out the first two batters, but safe hits from Trish Claydon, Nicki Connell, Kimm Giaiobetti and Marsh got them over the line for a well-deserved win.