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Demons strike form
Echunga produced some strong
form to start 2017 in winning
style as Hills Softball Association
A-grade competition resumed last
Despite a lengthy break over the holiday
period, the Echunga Demons found touch
to down United 11-3 in the early game at
Echunga started in the field with Nicole
Flemming on the pitcher’s plate, while lead-
off batter for United was Bron Pendleton,
who had a nice hit to short stop and got
herself safe on first base.
Next up was Heather Warnett who also
hit to Jordyn Lee at short stop but a clean
glove and a nice throw to first claimed the
first out for United, but it did advance the
runner to second.
Kylie Zakelj was up next and managed
to get bat on ball but only as far as Tahlia
Smith at second base, who threw to first to
get the second out of the innings.
After some strong pitching by Flemming,
Mary Westley was able to get bat to ball but
again only as far as Lee at short stop and
a clean throw to Leah Farrell at first closed
the innings out with no run scored.
The Demons started their batting innings
with Smith facing Pendleton, and with a
good eye, Smith was able to get on first
with a walk.
After fouling a few balls Flemming was
able to send one into the field but only as
far as Helen Cole at second who threw to
first for the first out of the innings.
The next two Echunga batters Brodie
Borovnik and Farrell were struck out with
some strong pitching from Pendleton
closing the innings with no runs.
The second innings for both teams was
again close with no run scored and the
fielding teams backing up their pitchers
with some clean plays and strike-outs, even
though Echunga’s Jordyn Lee was able to
hit a nice triple past right field.
In the third innings United were able to put
a run on the board with hits to Pendleton,
Zakelj and Westley.
Echunga responded with a run of its own,
again from a nice triple by Lee and safe hit
to Jodie Karrayiannis.
In their last couple of innings, the Demons
were able to score 10 runs and put the
pressure on United.
It came from a great team batting effort,
all doing their job from bunts to single hits,
Although United rallied in the last innings,
Echunga pitcher Flemming was able to
finish strongly with a few K2s and hold
United to just one run and assist the
Demons to a much needed win.
Despite being beyond the halfway mark
of the 2016-17 season, Hahndorf and
Strathalbyn had never faced battle prior
to last Saturday’s evening encounter, and
the two teams fought out a hard game with
Hahndorf cementing the game late to end
up with an eventual 9-1 win.
Tess Norris started on the stripe for
the Strathalbyn Panthers and retired the
Magpies lead off batter through a great
catch to short stop Kim Cutting.
Hahndorf batter Nancy Johns was the
first safe hit with a sharp single to centre
field before Amanda Fairley hit a long triple
down the right field, scoring Johns and the
Tahlia Larosa drew a walk and Nichola
Zobel reached on an error which scored
A great backwards running catch to
Strathalbyn third baser Kathy Pash
recorded the second out but the innings
was kept alive by Taylor Raya who hit a
hard single into left field, scoring both
Larosa and Zobel.
Another solid catch by Cutting retired the
Magpies, keeping the damage to four runs.
Hahndorf ace T. Larosa started on the
stripe and quickly recorded the first out by
striking out the Panthers lead batter.
The speedy Pash then hit a sharp ball
to centre field and advanced to third with
some heads up base running.
A ground out by Julie Clifton was able
to score Pash and put Strathalbyn on the
Cutting then popped out to the first base
Zobel and the first innings ended with a 4-1
Norris appeared much sharper in the top
of the second dig, and despite a single to
Michelle Davis, Hahndorf were retired in
quick fashion thanks to two ground outs
and a K2 by Norris.
T. Larosa came out in the second innings
and started things off strongly by striking
out the first batter and then recorded the
second out off some excellent fielding
following a bunt play.
Leah Rosser and Kelly Roe then reached
on errors and the Panthers had runners on
third and first when Larosa again fielded
her own pitching to retire the side.
The third and fourth innings again resulted
in neither side scoring as Norris and Larosa
went toe-to-toe through those frames.
Besides the dominance of the respective
pitchers, the highlight was when Pash hit
a long hard triple to centre field but was
tagged out attempting to steal home.
The top of the fifth and final innings
featured Hahndorf putting on more runs.
Mis O’Keefe walked to start things off and
Norris quickly sat down the next two batters.
Jess Pilkington also drew a walk which
brought up the hard hitting Davis who had
a line drive through short stop to score
Johns drew a walk which loaded the
bases which then brought up Fairley who
unloaded with a massive triple over the
head of the centre fielder, scoring all three
Fairley later scored off a Larosa single
before Norris shut the door on any further
damage thanks to a catch to Roe at left
While the Magpies finished with an eight-
run buffer, it was not a true reflection of the
tightness of the game.
Fairley and Larosa worked really well as
the team battery, as did Norris and Gab
Martin for Strathalbyn.
Pash was fantastic for the Panthers, her
speed and agility in the field and on the
base paths is at the top of the competition,
and she was clearly Strathalbyn’s best
Hahndorf are proving to be a contender
in this season’s premiership race and
produced a complete team effort.
Larosa pitched a fantastic game and
Fairley’s offense and catching were a
highlight, while Johns and Davis were
fantastic at the top of the line up and
received best player accolades.
Hahndorf White took on the Macclesfield Redbacks for the
first B-grade round of 2017.
Danielle Richardson led off the Magpies with a walk, Kim
Mitchell and Paxton Davis hitting singles, Adristi Nichols
and Emma Williams gaining base through walks.
Left fielder Kerry Elliot took a great catch and a force play
gained the Redbacks the initial two outs and a tag out at
third closed the dig.
Amy Wouters led off for the Redbacks, but Magpies
battery Jess Pilkington to Mitchell worked the zone with the
first strike-out of the game.
Second base Williams made a great pick up off a hard hit
from Tania Nethercote which was unlucky to get through
the gaps, for the second out.
Sonia O’Malley and Dana Jeffrey hit solid singles and
scored the Redbacks first run.
Pilkington led off for the second innings and gained a walk,
Richardson had a single but Redbacks battery Gemmell to
Heather got their first K2.
P. Davis had a double-base hit to left field before great
fielding by first baser O’Malley earnt the Redbacks a
Jaelee Tabe picked the walk but the Redbacks battery
shut the Magpies offence down with another strike-out.
The pitchers were hot on the mound with Pilkington
earning her second K2 for the match, Lynore Close picking
a walk, and a great single up the middle to centre field
from Gemmell with another single to left field from Wouters
scored Macclesfield’s second run.
Williams again displayed great defensive skills, gaining
the second out with a put out from second and Angela
Davis had a catch at third to end the dig.
The third innings made for plenty of batting action by
the Magpies with a double to Williams, singles to Tabe,
Mitchell, Richardson and P. Davis, and a monster home
run to A Davis.
After scoring six runs in the innings, Hahndorf were then
on fire in the field with a catch to Richardson, strike out
to Pilkington and a put out from short stop to finish the
Heather hit a solid single to left field but was unable to
cross the plate.
The final innings from the Magpies featured A. Davis with
another home run to leftfield, a triple-base hit to Richardson,
double-base hit to P. Davis and a single to Tabe
It was a great game for Hahndorf White to start 2017 with
an 11-2 victory in what was a solid returning effort from both
Amid lovely conditions, United secured a 19-7 triumph
United were first up to bat and had a four-run dig.
Bridgewater’s Marg Cammell took a great catch and an
assisted out made it side away with an automatic out for
Bridgewater were only able to manage two runs with Leah
Van Hemert from United taking the first out with a catch at
Cammell had a lovely hit to left field but was caught out by
In the top of the second United came out batting well for
a five-run dig, as Nyree Heading advanced home United’s
opening two runners with a lovely three-base hit to right
During the bottom of the second United kept Bridgewater
scoreless with United’s Bek Albrechi taking a fantastic
reflex catch at short stop, while Bridgewater also had an
In the third innings United had its first out with a great tag
play at home plate by Bridgewater’s Wendy Pope.
United finished the dig with four more runs on the board
before Bridgewater’s first up Cammell connected with the
ball and sent it out to left field, but unfortunately she didn’t
have runners on base to bring home.
United held Bridgewater to one run for the innings,
stamping authority on the result.
At the top of the fourth Spriggs sent the ball flying over
centre field with a two-bag hit.
United’s Lavinia Seymour’s great hit to left field was
caught out by Kathryn Gilligan, and then Pope took a catch
at home base as United were out with six runs added.
Bridgewater then rallied, forcing United to make some silly
Emma Stewart hit a two-bagger to left field and Cammell
sent the ball flying over left field, only to be caught out by
Sue Stewart had a safe hit to centre field but was
unfortunately later put out on a force play.
Spriggs took a great catch at left field to hold Bridgewater
to four runs before time and game was called.
Hahndorf Black took on Strathalbyn for the second time
Hahndorf started the game at bat with Tracy Luxon hitting
a great double out to centre field to help the Magpies get
off to a great start.
Mel Lawrence and Jo-en Tabe also contributed with the
bat to help score two runs.
In the bottom of the first innings, Strathalbyn were held
scoreless even though Amy Bailey and Tash Mayes had
Excellent pitching came from Hahndorf’s Kerryn Liebelt
who pitched two strike-outs in the innings.
At the top of the second innings, Hahndorf scored four
runs through safe hits from Tabe and Luxon, while some
fielding errors from Strathalbyn helped to get Hahndorf
players around the diamond.
Strathalbyn pitcher Kelly Roe had a great game at
the plate, where she had a K2 as well as a catch to get
Hahndorf back out on the diamond.
Continued Sport 9
Kylie Murphy adopts a determined approach during a batting stint for the Macclesfield Redbacks in
last Saturday’s Hills Softball Association B-grade match against Hahndorf White.
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