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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, October 28, 2015 – PAGE 11
Panthers shine for win
Continued from Sport 10
Hahndorf built on early authority as it chalked up a solid
33-2 victory over Redsox last Saturday.
Hahndorf got off to another strong start first up with a 10-
run batting innings.
Safe hits and aggressive base running kept the Redsox
players on their toes in the field.
With Redsox up to bat, Ali Atkinson had a powerful safe hit
out to Tracy Luxon at left field and went on to score the only
run of the innings.
Hahndorf’s Kerryn Liebelt and Jackie Pocock combined
well as pitcher and catcher, taking four K2s for the match.
Moving into the second batting innings Hahndorf again
displayed dominance with the bat, having eight safe hits for
the dig and again scoring 10 runs.
A highlight of the innings was Danielle Vujic’s safe hit
which brought in two runners and landed her safely at third.
Alissa Byfield started off the next Redsox innings strongly
with getting to first base and proceeded to get the other run
in with strong safe batting from Amy Golder.
Atkinson also had another safe hit but she and Golder
were left stranded on base as Hahndorf got the third out
for the innings.
During the third innings Redsox had a good fielding effort,
keeping Hahndorf to a three-run dig.
Kerryn and Tracy Luxon were strong with the bat, both
advancing to second with their hits, and Khloe Poole also
had a safe hit.
Diana Kite tried hard for Redsox on the pitching plate and
was rewarded with a K2 while Abbie Ballard gloved two
catches out at centre field to put Hahndorf back into the
Hahndorf finished the way it started with another 10-run
The Magpies then changed it up in the field with Poole
coming into pitch and Vujic moved over to short stop and
was a ball magnet with all balls being hit coming straight to
her and reverting into outs at first.
Last week United lost the first game of the season to a
very good and talented Hahndorf, and thus had a point to
make in the Round 2 encounter with Macclesfield.
The first innings featured United coming out swinging the
bat trying to get to first base, with the initial two batters out
very quickly with fly balls.
United then got lucky with some walks and were able to
capitalise with four runs before another fly ball ended the
Macclesfield then came up to bat and could not find any
luck batting or running.
The second innings started off again with United taking
some pitches and some walks and capitalising with some
very serious running to establish a 6-4 lead.
The Redbacks started finding some chinks in United’s
armor by just hitting the ball for some hard earned runs.
Not to say the United defence were unprepared but
Macclesfield were finding some sweet spots and taking
advantage of what was served up.
At the top of the third innings United sought for ways to
create some distance over the Redbacks.
Again United took a deep breath and got to take a few
walks and playing heads up running when given the
However, the batting left players stranded on loaded bases
and unable to capitalise too much.
Macclesfield came out and wanted to score again and
Sandra Lions hit a beautiful long run to the left field, and
with some smart running scored another run.
After fly balls helped end the innings, United held a 10-5
United came back up to the plate and took to the bases
After some confusion in occupying the bases and a few
more runs and three more outs, time was called with United
completing a 16-5 victory.
Macclesfield’s Redbacks and the Echunga Demons took
to Diamond 3 in what started as a tight C-grade match with
both teams scoreless at the bottom of the first innings, then
both teams with a run each at the bottom of the second.
Macclesfield came out swinging in the third innings to put
an extra eight runs on the board including a home run to
Amy Wouters, before Macclesfield’s pitcher-catcher combo
of Wouters and Tania Nethercote held Echunga scoreless
with two K2s and a catch.
In the last innings each team added an extra run to ther
tallies, leaving the final score 10-2 in favor of the Redbacks.
The Redbacks girls put in a great effort with tight fielding,
strong batting and fun and encouragement in the field, even
through several pulled leg muscles, with a special mention
to Sharon Lions who made it around the diamond four
times – twice for herself and twice for an injured player.
Redsox scored a 16-11 victory over the Hahndorf Magpies.
Hahndorf had the first turn at bat at got away to a great
start with two runs through a great hit from Holly Snooks
out to centre field, backed up by Jenny Longmire getting
one out past left field.
Redsox shut the Magpies down quickly with a play from
catcher to pitcher after Sophie Bulus tried to sneak home
and the next two outs were taken by the same players.
Redsox came out keen to start a run tally and managed to
get five run on the board.
Molly Bolt safely got on base and was then assisted around
by great hits from Jenny Brown and Karen vandenBrink.
With bases now loaded, Ali Burgemeister and Dani Brown
both pushed the runners home with hits out to second base
and short stop.
Jackie Megson and Emily Atkinson were also successful
in getting the ball though the field to score the girls home,
but Hahndorf tightened up its field and pitcher Janette
Baker and Bulus making the outs.
With Hahndorf now back into bat, Redsox took one out
early through short stop Burgemeister making the play over
to first base Brown, but then managed to score four runs
through great team batting from Catriona King, with two
team-mates already on bases and Snooks’ sweet hit out
to centre field.
Redsox quickly made the next two outs as the lead had
just been taken away by one run.
With another turn at bat, Redsox increased the run tally
by another five runs through consistent batting from Brown,
vandenBrink, Burgemeister, Brown and Megson to grab the
lead by four runs.
Hahndorf short stop King again was everywhere but was
only rewarded with making one out.
The Magpies realised there was only enough time for one
more innings and pushed hard to score runs.
It appeared to be a tough challenge after vandenBrink took
a terrific reflex catch, but Hahndorf managed to find the
gaps and bring in five runs through some nice hitting from
Bulus, King, Snooks and Tabe, before vandenBrink took
another catch and made a play to third base.
Now leading by one run, Hahndorf tried hard to protect the
advantage but were tiring in the warm weather.
Redsox finished the game off strongly with aggressive
base running and two beautiful outfield hits by Megson and
Atkinson to score in the closing six runs of the game.
Men Div 1
A tight and at times intense Division 1 mens game resulted
in Redsox taking a close 5-2 win over Hahndorf.
Hahndorf started the game at bat and were closed out
quickly with precise pitching and a K2 to finish scoreless.
The first dig by Redsox also registered a zero scoreline
with the top three batters unable to get on with some tight
pitching from Harry May with two K2s and an infield play
from Mark Cramp at second to Nick Green at first.
Hahndorf’s second dig had three batters also unable to
score with a K2, an infield put out to Ray O’Loughlin at first,
then a combined effort with second base to close the dig,
still with no runs for either side.
In the second dig, Redsox produced the first runs for the
game through Ryan Mattschoss on an error from a wild
throw and then being brought around by safe hits to score,
and the lower order batters got bat to ball and scoring those
two before the last and first batters for Redsox got out.
The Magpies third dig also had them open their account
with a single to Mark Cramp from a catcher’s error and then
an assist from Martin Young to score him.
Young was also scored by the following two batters getting
safe hits before Jarryd Farrell closed out with a K2.
The game then tightened up for both Redsox and Hahndorf
with no runs added for the fourth and fifth innings as both
teams held tight in both pitching and fielding with Hahndorf
having a pitching change in the bottom of the third dig.
Heading into the sixth dig, Redsox led 3-2 with Hahndorf
coming out to bat and having its first batter strike out.
Redsox fielder Jack O’Loughlin at second took a fly ball
catch and the final batter got out with a catcher throw to first
base to close out and have Hahndorf remain on two runs.
Redsox then went into the sixth dig starting with an out to
the first batter with a fly catch to Coen McLeod at centre
field before Mattschoss had a safe hit to left field for two
Mattschoss then had to wait for Farrell to advance him a
base and get on himself then Aaron Golder brought both
home with a nice safe hit to centre field.
As the innings closed, Redsox held a 5-2 advantage.
Time was then called with Redsox taking the win but doing
it tough with great work from both sides throughout the
Catches for the game were two to Geoff May and singles
to Young and C. McLeod, while J. O’Loughlin held two and
Joe Fabian had a single.
Men Div 2
The second round of the season featured the Strathalbyn
Panthers taking on the Echunga (2) Demons on a very
warm, but overcast Saturday afternoon.
With many new or second-year players on both teams, it
promised to be a competitive game early on.
Strathalbyn started with the bat and managed to get a
couple of players on base but were unable to score due to
some impressive work by Demons pitcher Paul Scott.
Echunga also could not score in the first dig as the
Panthers infield were on point and made several outs at
The second dig seemed to be over quickly for Strathalbyn
with two strike-outs early, but the top order batters found
With bases loaded, Strathalbyn pitcher Matt King smashed
the ball out over the centre field to get a well deserved
Panthers team-mate Kev Boundy made it on base when
hit by a pitched ball and eventually stole home, making his
first slide attempt worth the effort.
By the end of their innings with the bat, the Panthers had
six runs and a good lead.
Echunga had chances in the second as King struggled to
find the strike-zone.
With the initial three batters on base through walks, the
pressure was on King and Panthers catcher Tony Marden
to work some magic, and that’s just what they did.
Suddenly King had two strike-outs and a dropped third
strike, which could have allowed the Demons to get a run
However, Marden made the play to first and the innings
was over with Echunga scoreless.
During the third innings Strathalbyn swapped some
players and also increased its lead.
Continuing to use the bat well, the first three batters got
on base, including Boundy who was hit by another pitched
ball, but made Echunga regret it when he stole home plate
Echunga were unable to convert any opportunities into
runs once again as the Panthers pitching was too damaging.
Strathalbyn were held run-less in the fourth dig, although
it hit the ball well, including a three-bagger to James
Robinson, but all the other hits went straight into Demons
Echunga couldn’t catch a break in the fourth innings either,
even when a dropped catch in centere field got Vernon
Groom on base, the Demons couldn’t get him home.
Strathalbyn continued its charge in the fifth and final
innings and runs came thick and fast.
King managed a two-base steal to get home, and James
Robinson hit another three-bagger helping the Panthers
amass a total of nine runs for the dig.
Echunga made the most of a complacent Strathalbyn side,
when a throw to first base was missed and ended up in the
Scott eventually made it home to get Echunga’s first and
only score for the match, however, time and game was
called before the innings ended, reverting score to the
previous innings totals.
The final score had the Strathalbyn Panthers claim their
first victory of the season in a convincing 9-2 fashion.
A strong start for Echunga (1) against Macclessfield had
Jack Hopkins lead off with a triple before stealing home to
score the first run of the game.
Some strong pitching from young Josh
Goodman prevented any further runs being
added for the Echunga side.
Macclesfield then came out firing with a
single to Kaleb Lions, followed by doubles
to Keith Goodman and Craig Lions scoring
Young Echunga pitcher Dylan Hopgood
then threw two strike-outs to end the
Some good disciplined batting enabled
Echunga to score another three runs
through walks to Hopkins, Caleb Richardson
and Kye Sinnott.
Again J. Goodman starred for the Redbacks
with two strike-outs.
Macclesfield were able to level the scores
through a Sam Williams hit before Hopgood
held his nerve with loaded bases to end the
Echunga scored another three runs
through hits to Aiden Richardson and Liam
Lucas before some tight fielding recorded
K. Lions secured a lead-off walk through
disciplined batting and was able to convert
this into another run for Macclesfield.
Some very strong pitching and tight fielding
then restricted Macclesfield to one run, but
the Redbacks were then tight in the field,
holding Echunga to no runs.
With Macclesfield needing three runs to
draw level, the young Echunga (1) side
were under pressure but held firm to go
three up three down and finish with a strong
In a rematch of last season’s grand final,
Hahndorf started off batting against the
Pirates but couldn’t bring any runs in thanks
to good pitching from Brett Atkinson and
tight fielding by the rest of his crew.
Pirates then swapped their swords for
softball bats and Atkinson then scored, but
a brilliant running catch to Hahndorf centre
field Ron Woolcock kept the score to one
Hahndorf were held scoreless again in the
second innings with David Nitschke taking a
catch at first base.
Magpies pitcher Pete Fairley then came
out firing with two K2s and a play to first for
a three up three down innings.
Hahndorf got on top of the Pirates with
mens debutante Alex Baker getting a safe
hit and scoring one of Hahndorf’s four runs
for the innings.
Mitch Butler of the Pirates came out in
typical style, stealing his way around the
bases to score the only run before Woolcock
again running back with the flight, took a
great catch in the outfield.
Hahndorf again couldn’t get through the
Pirates as they had a perfect three up three
Ian Atkinson of the yellow and black
managed to get a safe hit and score a run
before Hahndorf’s pitching and catching
duo Fairley and Jim Hailstone made sure
he was the only one to make it over home
Hailstone, Woolcock and another first-year
player Lachlan Barham all had safe hits for
the Magpies, with the latter two managing
to score and make Hahndorf’s lead 6-3.
Hahndorf kept that lead going into the last
innings but couldn’t hold on with the Pirates
scoring three runs thanks to safe hits to
Brett Atkinson and Jo Harvey and ending in
a six-all draw.
A close call for Redsox resulted in a 13-10
victory over Hahndorf.
Hahndorf started with the bat but were
unable to score, finding the Redsox fielders
for two out catches and an infield play from
short stop Jackie Megson to first base
Alisha Golding to close out the innings.
Redsox had a better start and scored its
second and third batters through some
good aggressive running before some good
pitching from Hahndorf’s James Goslett
closed out the innings with Redsox leading.
Hahndorf’s second innings played out the
same as the first and the Magpies were
unable to score with good pitching from
Abbie Ballard and some tight fielding to
protect their lead.
Continued Sport 15
Diana Kite worked hard on the pitching plate for Redsox in an attempt
to quell the run scoring capability of Hahndorf in last Saturday’s Hills
Softball Association B-grade match at Anembo Park.
Hahndorf ultimately won 33-2.
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