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The Courier SPORT Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – PAGE 7
Hahndorf commenced their second dig but were unable to
match their first innings performance, as Echunga’s sharp
infield play accounted for the Magpies without further runs
Echunga started the second well with a run to Hood,
however, once again Echunga’s batters were not able to
close the gap with the innings ending 8-1.
The top of the third innings resulted in Hahndorf drawing
further away from Echunga, with Bulis, Fairley and Snooks,
with a three base centre field strike, scoring runs before
Hahndorf’s attack was halted.
E.Leech and Smith got a run each early for Echunga
before a catch to Snooks on third and disciplined in field
play from Hahndorf ended the innings 11-3.
Bulis and King scored early for Hahndorf in the fourth
innings, Echunga’s in field once again managed to control
the batters to end Hahndorf’s dig and take to the plate.
Echunga came to play in the fourth innings, with runs to
Richardson, McGlinchy, E.Leach, Webb and McLeod, with
McLeod’s long three base drive to right field assisting three
of her colleagues to home plate, before catches to King
and Snooks ended the innings at 11-8.
Echunga closed the gap and looked determined to make
a game of it, the Magpies once again came up to bat in a
fifth innings, but were stopped by Echunga’s infield without
adding a run.
While this provided the Demons with a chance of victory
in their last dig, it was not to be, as the innings was ended
by a tag on third and a double play from King to close the
fifth innings and end the game 11-8 in Hahndorf’s favour.
Division 1 men
Redsox played the first game of Echunga’s double header
and won 19-5.
Both sides were seriously undermanned having the bare
seven and Redsox introduced young player Jaiden Crane
into the big leagues for his first game.
Redsox started the dig at bat and were held well by James
Green on the strip to only score a single being a home run
inside the fence to Aaron Golder.
Echunga had four batters up for their turn at bat in the
first but a good flick back play from catcher Luke Moyle to
pitcher Jarryd Farrell resulted in James Green running to
home tagged out to finish the dig without scoring.
The second dig for both sides saw no runs added as both
pitchers worked well to shut down the batters.
Redsox broke open the game in their third dig scoring six
runs including a home run to Jarryd Farrell that “woke up
the koalas” in the big tree near the main road as it landed
in amongst the branches.
A home run to Joe Fabian, who took a tumble and slide
rounding third and still managed to get home in sufficient
Echunga’s two auto outs come into play in the third and
were not able to add to their score line.
Redsox took it up a notch in the fourth and added eight
runs with a few errors creeping into the Echunga side as
they worked tirelessly to try to close off Redsox batters.
Echunga opened its account for runs in their fourth scoring
three runs with a safe hit to Robbie Lomman, who also had
three catches for the game and James Green scoring two
runners with his single safe hit to leftfield.
Redsox only added two runs in the fifth, with Aaron Golder
contributing again but Echunga were not able to score
getting three batters up and out.
Redsox started with a run added in the final dig and
looked to be adding another home run to the score from
He was tagged out at home by a great relay throw from
Lachlan Bowden to Gavin Richardson at second base to
Brad Pearce to make the out and deny him a second run.
Young Jaiden Crane then came to the box and sent a line
drive up over first base and to the corner of right field fence
to score his first home run in men’s competition that adding
a second run to Redsox score finishing them on 19 runs.
Echunga then came to bat for their last and were able to
add two runs with a nice single to Paul McEachern, who
also contributed with three catches for the game and a
single to Jason Ernst to score before the final infield out
closed of the dig and the game giving Redsox the win.
Hahndorf and Echunga’s game last Saturday night was a
Once again Echunga was very much under manned
against a hard hitting and strong fielding Magpies unit.
There were three highlights for Echunga where in the first
innings lead of batter James Green hit a solar HR to right
Paul McEarchern caught some great fly balls and tried
extremely hard all game.
The Echunga outfield had plenty of work all game and
also took some good fly balls led by Robert Lomman.
A strong pitching performance by Dan Waters with 9
strikeouts which was backed up by good game from
catcher Kris Mcleod.
It was the Magpies batters that led the way with none
better than a vintage game from James Harris with four hits
which were a HR / triple / double & single.
Scott Rattigan had three hits including a HR.
Nick Green hit a HR with two extra hits, whilst Rick Kluge
and Kris McLeod had three hits each and Dan Waters hit a
HR with Alex Hopton hitting a single.
Overall strong team performance from the Magpies unit.
Division 2 men
Macclesfield Redback and Echunga Demons took to
Diamond 4 last Saturday afternoon, in good spirits, for a
quick six innings game.
Echunga batted first and managed a safe hit to center
field by Dylan Hopgood and a walk to Kye Sinnott, before
Macclesfield shut them down and held them scoreless with
two K2’s and throw from pitcher Damin Sexton to first base
Macclesfield’s first turn at bat didn’t garner any runs with
a three-up and tree down run to Echunga with a tag out by
second base Aiden Richardson, a catch to first base Kye
Sinnott and a KC.
In the second innings Macllesfield’s pitcher-catcher
combo (Damin Sexton and Ryan Vankaathoven) answered
with their own three-up three-down run and held Echunga
scoreless again with three strikeouts.
Macclesfield scored the first run of the game to Keith
Goodman, before Echunga’s field shut them down with two
outs at first base and a strike out.
In the third dig Echunga started with an auto out before
Macclesfield took two catches, one to Kaleb Lions at
centerfield and the second to catcher Ryan Vankaathoven,
to hold them again scoreless. Macclesfield’s Craig Lions
and Josh Goodman added two more runs to the teams
tally, before Echunga’s shortstop Ben Marsh took a catch
for the first out, a srike out made the second out, then a tag
out at second by Aiden Richardson ended their run.
In the fourth innings Macclesfield again had three-up
three-down run taking Echunga out twice with put outs at
first base and the third out a KC.
Macclesfield’s Keith Goodman hit a home run over right
field and into the next diamond to start their turn at bat,
but it was the only run for them this innings, with Echunga
taking two base outs at first and a K2.
In the fifth innings Echunga looked hopeful to bring some
runs over home plate, with safe hits to Brett Wilks and Ben
Macclesfield took two strikeouts and a put out at first,
before they could bring them around.
Macclesfield had a similar turn at bat with safe hits Josh
Goodman and Damin Sexton, before Echunga took a catch
by Aiden Richardson and two base outs, at third and first.
In the sixth and final dig Echunga still didn’t manage any
runs over home plate, with another three-up three-down
run, with Macclesfield taking two strikeouts and play at first.
Macclesfield’s Keith Goodman started the batting with a
replay of his previous hit, a home run over right field, then
a safe hit to Jacob Murray resulted in a second run over
home plate, before Echunga finished the game with a put
out at first, a put out at second and a tag by pitcher Dylan
The games result was a 6-0 win to Macclesfield.
Strathalbyn Panthers took on Echunga Demons 2 on a
warm and sunny afternoon at Anembo Park on Saturday.
The game promised to be a tight contest, as these two
teams have been very evenly matched this year having
played two other times this season, resulting in one win to
Strath and a draw in the second outing.
The first innings resulted in Strathalbyn getting two runs
home before some great pitching from Demon, Paul Scott,
struck out Strath’s best hitters.
The Demons jumped into the lead during their bat, getting
three early runs with some great hits to gaps in the outfield.
The second innings neither team able to score.
Both pitchers managed to get two strike-outs and tight
fielding saw the other batters put out easily.
In the third dig, the Panthers found form with the bat,
putting on one of their best batting innings of the season.
Strath catcher, Tony Marden, smacked the ball into
centerfield for a home run, and the runs continued from
With bases loaded, Straths Winston Ward came up to
bat and hit the ball deep into right-field pulling off a Grand
Strath ended the innings adding eight runs to their total.
While it was Strath’s best dig, Echunga struggled in the
Although their players were hitting the ball, every hit was
popped up and straight to the Panthers fielders, preventing
them from scoring.
Panthers could only squeeze a single run out of the fourth
innings due to more fantastic pitching by Demon, Paul
Echunga continued to bat well, and pushed the Panther
fielders, forcing some errors to occur.
A potential catch at short-stop, that was missed, enabled
two Demons to get home safely.
The fifth and final innings was Strath’s worst for the day.
Although they did manage to score a run, they appeared
to get complacent in the field and let Echunga score too
Demon, Sam Willoughby pounced on a good pitch and
smashed the ball, well over the head of left-field, to score a
much needed home run.
This rallied the rest of the Demons to their best dig with
the bat and they added another four runs quickly.
The pressure of these runs started to show on Strath as
they chased runners and made errors with overthrows and
It looked as if Echunga had the momentum to take the
lead and the game with it.
With two down, power hitter, Sam Willoughby, came up to
the plate, with a runner on the diamond and the chance to
tie the game, but was struck out through some very clever
pitching by Strath’s Matt King.
Time and game was called with Strathalbyn just sneaking
over the line.
Hahndorf’s pitcher Jesse Vogt set the tone for the game
by starting off with a well-pitched strike out.
However, some errors in the field resulted in Strathalbyn
bringing in Joshua Bailey and Tash Mayes to give them a
lead of 2-0.
Hahndorf then answered back with a couple of outs and
another strikeout by Vogt to end Strathalbyn’s batting.
Hahndorf’s first batting innings had everyone getting
a bat and before Strathalbyn could do anything about it
Hahndorf had made its way around the basses to bring
seven runs across the plate ending the innings and taking
the lead by five.
Vogt then found his grove and pitched two strikeouts and
a tag at third by James Goslett closed off the innings.
Hahndorf’s second bat was much like the first as everyone
got to have another bat.
Hits to Lachlan Barham, James Goslett and a home run
to Vogt with great base running by the rest of the team
allowed Hahndorf to extend their lead 2-14.
Strathalbyn’s Ross Melville was given a walk which, after
some great stealing, saw him sitting on third base.
A hit for James Gerstlaver, which unfortunately went
straight to Goslett at first, enabled the first out but some
confusion at home allowed Strathalbyn to get their third run
of the game in closing the gap to 3-14.
Catherine Synnott was then put out at second by a great
throw from behind home plate by catcher Sebastian Brooks
to give Hahndorf their second out.
Strong pitching by Hahndorf’s new pitcher Lachlan
Barham resulted in a strikeout and the end of Strathalbyn’s
batting for the game.
Hahndorf had another strong at bat with another six runs
being scored and hits to Vogt, Same Healey, Sebastian
The show must go on
Brook and James Melville before some
confusion about the runs scored saw the
end of the game but it did not matter as
Hahndorf had already secured the lead
It was a cooler morning than usual for the
resumption of the junior competition after
the mid-season break.
TVR didn’t miss a beat in their undefeated
to date march towards finals.
Whilst both teams started strongly and
scores were close after the first dig, TVR
asserted dominance in the next t wo to
provide a large buffer and put themselves
in a match winning position.
Mt Barker did have some great highlights
though, none more so than the big home
run to left field by pitcher Jaden Crane
which opened up their scoring account for
Loki Sampson also was able to score off a
solid hit to centre field and Alisha Golding
took a good pop up fly catch under pressure
on first that was important.
For TVR, all players were contributors to
the run score but the stand out was Josh
Towk, who not only pitched a great game
but also scored four times in total, twice
being home runs to centre field.
Ashlee Horvarth and Jarrah Taylor also
displayed consistent batting skills hitting all
around the diamond whilst Greta Van Wyk
showed significant improvement with the
bat and getting a couple of great hits into
the outfield also.
The final score was TVR relatively
untroubled winning 21-4.
After the long Christmas break the juniors
finally took to the diamond last Saturday
and it was the Strathalbyn Panthers that
showed no sign of the lay off as they got off
to a great start against Echunga.
Batting first Echunga’s lead off hitter
Jordarna Wilks got on base with a safe hit,
however, that was it for the Demons.
The Panthers shut them down for the rest
of the inning.
With the Panthers batting in the bottom
half of the first inning Tobi Spriggs led of
with a safe hit and with Joshua Baily and
Ethan Woods also recording safe hits the
Panthers were off and running scoring
The Demons bats came alive in the top of
the second scoring seven runs.
A lead off home run to Oliver Askew and
a safe hit to Taminka Wilks sandwiched
between a few walks Echunga was back in
the game and with a healthy lead.
Great pitching by Jordarna Wilks to her
sister Taminka kept the Panthers scoreless
in the bottom of the second inning as she
threw two strikeouts and when Askew threw
to Tallis Richardson from right field to first
base for an out Strath were retired.
Echunga scored seven more times in the
top of the third.
A pitching change brought in Maddie
Roe-McBeath who tried hard and with the
combination of Ethan Woods took a great
catch to record an out.
Jayden Deron and Taminka Wilks had safe
hits for Echunga.
With the Panthers last bat Joshua Baily
had a safe hit, however, Strathalbyn
couldn’t score making the final score 14-3
Two developing under 13 teams played a
In the first innings Hahndorf Black showed
disciplined batting with all team members
getting on base.
Oscar Schmidt and Takoda Meerback
were able to learn base running skills with
good leading and stealing.
Red Sox players did the same with Lilly
Byfield getting a safe hit.
Cameron Bottroff and Georgia Ballard
stole around the bases and all Red Sox
players scored a run.
Back in the field Red Sox pitcher Summer
Rist worked very hard with catch Nicki
steward displaying some encouraging
techniques for the future.
Hahndorf Blacks lead off batter Eliana
Liebelt lead another seven run innings for
Hahndorf Black pitcher Will Trevorrow was
supported will by Katie Waters and gave the
opposition strikes to hit.
Red Sox answered with Georgia Ballard,
Lilly Byfield, Tom Megson, Willow Rist and
Cameron Bottroff registering safe hits.
These batters allowed Hahndorf to field.
Eliana Liebelt showed great glove skills
and covered second base well.
Oscar Schmidt fielded two balls resulting
in outs with first base Sienna Laan and Mia
Oats-Willis gloved a ball and is learning to
cover third well.
Red Sox Lilly Byfield came into pitch
getting a strike out; but with aggressive
batting by Brooke Goslett and growing
confidence in Chloe Davis the Hahndorf
Black team finished with their best result
this season – a draw 14 all!
An excited crowd greeted Redsox Blue
and Hahndorf Magpies in an enthralling
encounter of T Ball.
There was a marked improvement from all
players since they last met.
Hahndorf’s fielding was amazing with solid
plays making the runners scurry.
Redsox’s batting is coming on well.
Kaiden Martin got hold of a long drive
piercing the infield, whilst Austin Hamilton’s
batting at the end of the line up smashed a
huge home run.
Emma Karayiannis was her usual ever
reliable lead off batter with good solid hits.
Aiden Crowe showed steady nerve to hit
one of his best hits of the season so far.
Stephanie Gowers was very consistant
at bat with beautiful controlled hitting and
Makayla has found her rhythm and a great
swing to piece out consistant hits.
Ashleigh Gowers has really developed into
a fantastic batter with strong hits.
Hahndorf batted very well with Archie King
drilling a massive home run to finish an
Charlotte Fairley and Bella Johns played
to a high standard with good clean hits and
Makayla Gowers was an absolute
champion on home plate with many plays.
Kaiden Martin was so brave after being hit
by the ball when he was pitching.
He quickly shook it off and gave it a little
rub then went about his business.
This game of T-Ball was play in good
spirits with lots of fun had by all.
Continued from Sport 6
Redsox batter Alissa Byfield lays bat on ball as she goes in search of
additional runs in last Saturday’s Hills Softball Association B-grade
fixture against Hahndorf.
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