WARRIORS WHITE 12 d WARRIORS BLUE 11
IN a clash between club rivals, Warriors White turned the tables on Warriors Blue to emerge as one-run victors in the 3pm Mount Gambier softball game at Blue Lake Sports Park on the weekend.
The Blue side won easily in their first encounter of the year, but the White team was too good at the end of Saturday’s close match, prevailing in the last innings by a single run.
Taylor Pearson, Erin Chaplin, Jessica Hillman and Taylor Wilsmore combined for White to score three runs in the first dig.
Chaplin was hard on herself all day as she held the mound, but only gave up eight hits – three to nemesis Leyna Bruggemann and another three to Simone McDonald.
Jessica Hillman showed her strength with three hits and Clare Chaplin scorched a triple to right field.
Emmerson Hann and Daena Wombwell registered a single base hit for White and Raquel Sneath and Emma Hartung-Gleeson had a hit each for Blue.
Blue gave away 10 errors and White four, leaving both teams to look for improvement defensively as the league heads into the second half of the season.
CONCORDES WHITE 6 d WANDERERS 4
CONCORDES White put in a strong performance against rival Wanderers, as the two teams locked horns in the early game.
The final score saw Concordes with a 6-4 victory, with a solid start the difference in the end.
Concordes was off the mark immediately and took advantage of a couple of errors to score Jo Hopgood on safe hits from Chelsea Fowler and Leonie McCallum.
Wanderers replied in the second innings with two runs of its own and it was all tied up until Linda Dodds batted in Fowler to break the deadlock and hand Concordes the lead once more.
But it was far from over, with a second two-bagger from Wanderers’ Cathy Whiting putting her team in front.
However, it was to be short lived as Concordes scored three runs on four safe hits, highlighted by a beautiful three-bagger from the in-form Sam Brown.
Brown also pitched well to keep Wanderers’ big batters under control, while Concordes also kept it tight in the field, only committing three errors for the entire game and making some heads up plays.
Whiting pitched well for Wanderers and Fiona Finch was ever-reliable at short stop.
Chelsea Fowler had her best game of the season so far for Concordes, fielding well and hitting safely at timely moments.
In the end Concordes ran out a deserving 6-4 winner.
DEMONS 13 d CONCORDES UNITED 3
THE third game of the round saw Concordes United push the undefeated Demons hard in a game where the final score did not reflect the competitive nature of the match.
Despite Demons running out eventual 13-3 winners, the score was locked at three-all heading in the final innings.
That was due to some impressive pitching from United’s Dana Jones, who held the powerhouse batters from Demons to only three hits in as many innings.
But Demons broke away when Concordes changed pitcher in the final innings and piled on a massive 10 runs from six consecutive safe hits.
Montana Millard pitched well for Demons, striking out six over three innings despite some accuracy issues.
She also recorded multiple safe hits, building on a solid season so far for the young talent.
This weekend will be the final round before the Christmas break.