Workers in flap over first-up wins
LISMORE Workers Softball Club had plenty to flap their wings about when Condors and Wild Turkeys took first-round points in the Far North Coast Division 1 women's competition at Albert Park, Lismore, on Saturday.
Both teams started nervously, but it was Ratpack that took control early with a 3-1 lead at the bottom of the second innings with a stronger desire to get on base.
Casino scored four more in the third with safe hits from Courtney Hancock and Tanya Spencer.
Turkeys finally lifted and went on to score six runs with Alison Tomkins and Jane Brown slamming the ball into the outfield to bring the margin back to a respectable 7-6 lead to Casino.
Casino rallied again in the fourth with Under-15 players Nicole Green and Amy Dennis and senior player Sharon Hinds hitting doubles to increase the lead to 10-6.
But as time ran out, Workers fought back, again bunching hits from Nicole Feletti, Tina Austin, Tomkins, Lauren McGowen, Brown and Oliva Snow to give Turkeys a 12-10 win.
AGGRESSIVE batting and fielding from Condors shut down an under-strength Dodgers Devils from the first innings of the game in their match to win 11-1.
Solid batting from Bronwyn Gibson, Melissa Wilson and Vanessa Wong pounded the Devils' field, giving Condors a 6-0 lead at the bottom of the third innings.
Devils found some form with the bat in the fourth when, with two out, Loris Gordon and Marion Stevens cleared the infield to score one run.
Condors' Vanessa Wong at second base was the standout player in the field, making two double plays and a further two outs to give her six outs for the game.
Workers' battery of Carlie Walker and Danni McLean was consistent throughout, giving up only three hits.
Dodgers' pitcher/catcher combination of Loris Gordon and Sue Wraight came up with nine strike-outs.