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Echunga 27 (D. Hopgood, M. Comini) d Pirates 3 (B.
Atkinson, P. Butler).
Redsox/Strath 11 (J. Craine, M. Rist) d Pirates
5 (D. Nitschke, R. Taylor); Macclesfield 12 (R.
VanKaathoven) d Hahndorf 1 (none received);
Echunga Blue 31 (A. Richardson, R. Karayiannis) d
Echunga Red 3 (V. Groom. G . Richardson).
Strathalbyn 17 (T. Norris, R. Mayes) d Redsox 7 (A.
Ballard, T. Moyle); Usc Bears 5 (none received) d
Hahndorf 4 (none received).
Echunga 21 (B. Morgan, H. VanVught) d Redsox 4 (G.
Megson, K. Pobke); Strathalbyn 26 (none received)
d United 1 (none received); Hahndorf Black 21 (T.
Luxon, M. Gore) d Hahndorf White 1 (K. Liebelt, N.
Redsoc 7 d Macclesfield 0 (forfeit); Echunga 11 (J.
Karayiannis, R. Summers) d Hahndorf 3 (K. Oliver, S.
Hills Softball Association fixtures resumed last
weekend with a shortened program of matches
at Anembo Park.
The Strathalbyn Panthers notched up a 17-7 victory over
Redsox in Friday night’s late A-grade contest.
Redsox batted first in this contest, with Jazz Sward and
Lisa Ballard making it onto base.
Strathalbyn then found its groove and made three outs
through catches to Tash and Rebekah Mayes and a
strikeout by the battery combination of Tessa Norris to Gab
The Panthers then went in to bat, with Abbie Ballard
pitching well to Brittany Cavuoto for the Redsox.
Despite Ballard’s encouraging start, she was unable to
stop Strathalbyn’s hitters from reaching base.
The Panthers displayed great discipline, as every batter
made it home during the first innings.
A pitching change to L. Ballard then allowed A. Ballard to
shine at shortstop.
She snared two catches, before L. Ballard fielded the ball
and threw to first baser Jodie Ewins for the third out.
With Strathalbyn once again out in the field, the innings
was quickly over after two strikeouts to Norris and a throw
from second baser Kathryn Milne to Kerry Wilkinson at first.
Strathalbyn’s second turn at bat was less successful
than its first, with new pitcher Talia Moyle creating some
difficulty for the batters.
Three runs were recorded through Norris, Kim Cutting
and Emma Leach, before the three outs were registered by
catches to A. Ballard and Jackie Megson, with another play
at first from A. Ballard to Ewins ending the frame.
Redsox then gained momentum in the third innings by
loading the bases, before A. Ballard rattled a grand-slam
hit to centre-field.
A play to first from shortstop, a strikeout and a catch to
Wilkinson then brought an end to the dig.
Strathalbyn added a further three runs in its next innings
through T. Mayes, R. Mayes and Emily Eglitis, before there
was a play at third base, one at second base and a runner
was called out for leaving base early.
The final innings brought in another three runs for Redsox
and two for the Panthers, with great fielding by both teams
ending the game quickly.
After a number of close games this season, both the
Hahndorf Magpies and the USC Bears were seeking a win
in their encounter on Friday night.
Michelle Davis and Amanda Tredrea led off convincingly,
giving the Magpies the first run of the game.
The Bears defended strongly to hold off any further
advantage, with consistent pitching from Lisa Wilson and
some stunning plays by Rita Meijer, who took control at
centrefield by catching everything within reach and making
a sharp throw to first for an out.
In the fourth innings, the Magpies crept ahead 2-1, with
pitcher Tahlia Larosa hitting to the outfield, after having
earlier claimed three strikeouts with the ball in the third dig.
Striking back, four Bears crossed the plate during the
fifth innings after a string of hits by Wilson, Jane Wreghitt,
Kate Adamson, Talyssia Moretti and Ally Weeden, with
the highlight being a two-run double over leftfield by Nikki
The Bears bravely held the lead into the sixth innings
despite leaving runners on base, until Hahndorf fought
back to claim two runs and close the gap to just one run.
In a tense finish, the Bears closed out the game with some
slick infield plays and emerged with a tight 5-4 victory.
Strathalbyn came out firing against United in the first
round of B-grade competition since the Christmas break.
Excellent pitching from Kelly Roe put United under
pressure from the first innings.
The game featured some great catches taken by United’s
Lavina Seymore, Monica Sriggs and Holly Smith and
Strathalbyn’s Megan Lippasaar and Bobbie Taylor.
Helen Cole made it home in the third innings to score
United’s only run.
The Panthers ran away with the game in the bottom of the
third innings, with strong batting from Bobbie Taylor, Roe
and Sarah Wilson adding nine runs to a rapidly growing
total, as all three notched solid hits to left-field.
Strathalbyn’s battery combination delivered three up-
three down frames in both the fourth and fifth digs and the
Panther batters regularly found the gaps in centre-field.
As time ran out, Strathalbyn bolted to a comprehensive
Hahndorf Black managed its first win over Hahndorf White,
as despite the 21-1 score, the Black team was forced to
work hard for the win.
Back on base at Anembo
Hahndorf White were first up to bat, with Nancy Johns
proving a strong lead-off batter and making it safely to first
Hahndorf Black then took control, with strong pitching by
Michelle Gore notching two strikeouts, before Tracy Luxon
took a catch at leftfield to leave Johns stranded at second
Luxon had a good day with the bat and started off strong
for the Black team.
It wasn’t long before the bases were loaded and
Hahndorf White snaffled its first out, through the combined
experience of shortstop Kerryn Liebelt and catcher Johns,
who stopped Luxon from reaching home.
With bases still loaded, Tracy Goslett managed to hit out
to centrefield and score two further runs, before Hahndorf
White registered another out at home by Johns.
Hahndorf Black went on to score a further seven runs with
two down, through some strong batting from Mel Lawrence
and Kirsty Hailstone.
Hahndorf White were more aggressive with the bat during
the second innings, as Steph Chapman managed to reach
base, before being put out at third.
Adristi Nichols knocked a safe hit out to leftfield, before
solid base running pushed her around to third.
Black duo Kendall Langford and Rachel Mackenzie then
combined well at second and first bases for an out, before
Goslett took a catch at right-field to shut down the innings
Hahndorf White started off strongly with an out first up,
before Hahndorf Black then dug deep and put the pressure
Gore and Jana English both recorded double-base hits
out to leftfield and Jackie Pocock produced the hit of the
day with a home run out to rightfield, which scored two
Jo Fairley of Hahndorf White took a catch at second base
for the second out of the innings, whilst Lieblet took a catch
a short time later to round out the dig.
Gore continued her excellent pitching form with a further
three strikeouts in the third innings, but not before Holly
Snooks scored Hahndorf White’s first run and Liebelt
knocked a safe hit out to centrefield.
Hahndorf White made pitching changes, as Liebelt took
over from up-and-coming junior Rylee Zobel.
Hahndorf Black continued to mix it up with the bat, as
English had another double-bagger, whilst Gore and
Goslett threw down bunts.
It was nice to notice mother and daughter Jo-en Tabe and
Jaelee Tabe playing together for the first time for Hahndorf
Echunga launched 2018 in successful fashion, continuing
its winning streak with a 21-4 victory against Redsox.
Fielding first, Echunga retired three out of the initial four
batters, with a catch to second baser Alison Pope and
plays to first baser Karissa Strand.
Karla Pobke got onto base for the Redsox with a hit to
The Demons then started where they left off in 2017, with
a strong batting performance which registered 10 runs.
Pope got the team going, followed by outfield hits to
Emma Leach, Bec Morgan, Bianca Smith, Lyndee Leach
and Marlee Tonkin, as well as a walk to Hannah van Vught.
During the top of the second innings, Redsox secured
base runners through hits to Nicole Peterson and Amanda
Martin, but were cut short by excellent pitching by
Echunga’s van Vught and a catch and an unforced tag out
by catcher Smith.
Redsox responded with a three up three down display,
after a catch to Caitlin Gibson, a great reflex grab by
pitcher Glenys Megson and a play at first.
Echunga rallied and also displayed a three up three down
effort in the bottom of the third, with catches to Morgan
and Strand and another tag out by Smith after a dropped
The Demons then again came out firing in the batting box
with outfield hits to E. Leach, Smith, Strand and L. Leach,
topped off by a triple to Morgan.
Tonkin and van Vught reached base with walks, bringing
in another seven runs, before three catches to centrefielder
Pobke closed the innings.
During the final batting stint for Redsox,
hits to Peterson, Pobke and Megson, and a
walk to Martin brought in four runs.
The innings was brought to a close with
plays to first baser Strand and another tag
out to Smith.
During its last dig, Echunga added another
four runs, with another triple to Morgan, a
leftfield hit to Smith and walks to Pope and
Echunga and Hahndorf kicked off the
C-grade action for 2018.
In what proved to be a closer game than
the score indicated, the Demons came
away with a tough 11-3 win over the fast
Batting first, Emma Ernst led off with a
single to leftfield, while Jodie Karayiannis
in her first game back after a knee injury
– added a single.
Shelley Lock and Taminka and Jordarna
Wilks added safe hits as the Demons
jumped out to an early four-run lead.
During the bottom of the first, J. Wilks kept
Hahndorf scoreless by promptly retiring the
side in order.
The Magpies then kept the Demons from
scoring in the top of the second innings, as
Lorna Duigan pitched well.
Despite giving up two safe hits, her infield
backed up with great defence and after two
innings, the score remained 4-0.
During the top of the third, Echunga
established some breathing room by
scoring five times.
Jodie Karayiannis knocked her third hit of
the game, whilst in amongst a couple of
walks, Crystal Karayiannis also added a
safe hit and the Demons were well on top.
In the bottom of the third, Hahndorf got
itself onto the scoreboard.
Sarah Lee Aufderheide reached base and
after a couple of walks, she would score on
a safe hit from Sarah Batge.
Trailing 11-1, Hahndorf added two more
runs in the bottom of the fourth frame.
Katie Oliver and Jenny Longmire had safe
hits and came around to score, making the
final tally 11-3 .
Shortstop Sarah Batge and third baser
Katie Oliver worked well together to
complete a number forced outs at third.
Veronica Boulton at second and Shelley
Lock at third for Echunga also had great
Div 1 men
The only Division 1 mens match scheduled
last Saturday was between Echunga and
With the national titles and holidays an
influence, both teams managed only to field
the minimum seven players, as Echunga
secured a 27-3 result.
Throwing to catcher Jack Hopkins,
Echunga pitcher Dylan Hopgood kept the
Pirates scoreless during the top of the first
innings, despite a safe hit from Kingsley
Echunga’s bats came out firing in the
bottom of the first and Hopgood set the
stage with a lead-off home run.
Bodie Williams, Marty Comini and Brad
Pierce added doubles, before Ben Marsh
on his way to the upcoming Under 19
national titles – added a home run to give
the Demons a 10-run lead.
During the top of the second frame, Pat
Fraser hit a double to rightfield and then
scored on a two-out single from pitcher
Echunga followed up with three runs of
its own in the bottom of the second, with
Comini recording his third hit of the game.
Hopgood continued to dominate for the
remainder of the game, giving up only two
For the Demons, Kye Sinnott managed
to launch a pitch over the fence, Williams
added an inside the park home run
and Comini notched his fourth hit of the
game to keep his team well on top.
Despite the scoreline, the Pirates are to be
praised for their efforts.
Brett Atkinson, Pat Fraser and Mitch Butler
produced standout performances.
Div 2 men
Macclesfield stayed at the top of the
Division 2 mens rankings after defeating
The game started off quietly for both sides,
with both pitchers Ryan Van Kaathovan
and Jesse Vogt sitting down the initial three
batters they faced.
It was Hahndorf’s Scott Langford who
broke the ice, with a massive home run
over centrefield to commence the scoring.
Macclesfield replied with runs scored by
Nic Sexton, Jarome Vernocchi and a home
run hit by Van Kaathovan.
Hahndorf were unable to record a run
after that, with Van Kaathovan’s pitching
and a very efficient fielding brigade making
Macclesfield appear unstoppable.
Matt Chapman took some great catches
at centrefield for Macclesfield, while for
Hahndorf, Gavin Luxon took some lightning
speed catches of his own at first base to
sit Matt Chapman and Ryan Keatley on the
Overall it was Macclesfield’s day, as runs
slowly added up during the game, with
Van Kaathovan and Chapman the top
Redsox/Strathalbyn secured an 11-5
victory over Pirates.
Continued Sport 7
United pitcher Sue Seymour fires down a delivery against Strathalbyn
during last Saturday’s resumption of Hills Softball Association B-grade
fixtures following the Christmas recess.
Strathalbyn Panthers catcher Sarah Wilson
displays her batting prowess in the search for
runs against Hills B-grade softball opponent
United last Saturday at Anembo Park.
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