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Continued Sport 11
Softball action heats up
Echunga were unable to fill a complete side
resulting in an auto out at the beginning of the
first innings against Torrens Valley in the recent
round of Hills Softball Association A-grade
Betina Atkinson opened the batting with a strong outfield
hit, but was unable to be brought home with great pitching
from youngster Madison Scott.
Great play at first from Scott ended the innings.
Walks to Lou Bartle, Jess Hall, Scott, Britt Jackson, Meg
Chaplin, Brodie Borovnik and Nikki Brennan, and hits to
Jackson, Alex Mackay, Bartle and Hall enabled eight runs
to be scored.
Echunga came back, ending the innings through a force
play at third base, a strikeout to Alison Pope and a great
throw from shortstop Vanessa Hampel to get an out at first
Scott was able to end Echunga’s second turn at bat on her
own, with a play at first base and two strikeouts.
Hits to Mackay, Borovnik, Brennan, Bartle, Hall, Scott, and
towering home runs to Jackson and Chaplin, and a walk to
Jarrah Taylor enabled 10 runs to be scored.
Highlights in the field included an out at first base by Jess
Lynch at third.
Echunga’s final turn at bat, began with a safe outfield
single to Pope.
Despite a hit to Atkinson, Pope was unable to advance to
the next base with great force play at second base by Hall.
A strikeout to Chaplin ended the innings.
Hits to Borovnik, Brennan, Taylor, Hall, Scott and Chaplin,
and a walk to Mackay, enabled Torrens Valley to add five
Highlights in the field included an awesome put out at
first by Shannyn Siemens, a put out at first by shortstop
Hampel, and a great catch to Pope, ending the final innings.
A depleted Redsox were keen to get off to a great start at
bat but only managed to bring home two runs through Amy
Golder and Kylie Gray after a hit from Brittany Cavuoto.
Tessa Smith took a nice catch at first and after a well-
executed play at home to get Cavuoto out it was
Strathalbyn’s turn at bat.
Smith started the batting off strong and was rewarded with
a run before Gray at the plate shut them down.
Redsox had a short turn at bat after Smith at first base
took her second catch.
Strathalbyn came back strong to bring in three runs
through a great home run from Sam Wyatt.
With two out through catches from Gray and Courtney
Ludewigs, Strathalbyn’s Emily Eglitis bought in the next
Gray and catcher Amy Golder soon shut them down with
the third out.
With a tally now to chase Redsox top order Gray and
Golder did the work to get on and were rewarded with the
runs after a brilliant home run from Cavuoto bought them
Strathalbyn then managed to bring in one run to even
the game, however, Gray worked tirelessly through terrific
pitching and a catch.
Again Redsox top order batters did their bit and all three
scored before Strathalbyn’s pitcher Julie Glifton put them
back in the field after some great pitching.
With the game so tight, Strathalbyn fought hard to put it
back in its favour but were only able to bring in two runs
from Vanessa Mcglinchey and Gab Martin.
The last innings was a scoreless affair from both teams
through another nice catch from Strathalbyn’s Smith and a
spectacular mark from Redsox Tayla Hardy.
Redsox won the well fought out game by one run.
United and Hahndorf played out a close, hotly contested
five innings game in the first of two Friday night A-grade
Hahndorf’s lead-off batter, Tahlia Larosa hit a lovely line-
drive to centre field to open the game, but tight fielding by
United’s infield resulted in the next three batters quickly
dismissed and Hahndorf sent in to field.
Cherie Bamford displayed some disciplined batting to take
the walk, before stealing second and third base.
She scored United’s first run on an outfield hit from
pitcher Kel O’Brien, before some solid fielding by Larosa at
shortstop ended United’s turn at bat.
A centre field hit to Amanda ‘Reggie’ Fairley got Hahndorf
off to a good start in the second dig.
She eventually scored on hits from her team-mates, but
with the bases loaded, a steady United made the outs
required to go back on the offensive.
A string of outfield hits, including centre field singles to
Kylie Zakelj and Bamford, and a right field triple to Tarryn
Ruediger resulted in United taking a handy three run lead.
Hahndorf replied with two runs of its own, thanks to a left
field triple to pitcher Michelle Davis, and a spectacular right
field home run to Fairley.
United again steadied and made the outs required, without
conceding any additional runs.
United added another run to their score, in each of their
next three innings, thanks largely to strong outfield hits by
catcher Mary Westley, Ruediger and Bamford.
Shortstop, Kerry Wilkinson also had a nice hit to centre
field, but tripped after rounding second base and was
tagged out in a well-executed play by Fairley to Nancy
Hahndorf’s Larosa, Kirsty Hailstone and Johns displayed
strong batting form in the last two batting digs, with safe
outfield hits to each.
However, clever pitching by O’Brien gave United’s infield
the opportunities they needed to make several good plays,
whilst only conceding another two runs.
United finished the game in front, to take the points, with
a final score of 7-5.
In a friendly encounter Bridgewater finished
the victor over a depleted Macclesfield side.
In the first innings Bridgewater battered
strongly getting four runners over the plate
before a great fielding effort by Macclesfield
got three runners tagged and out.
Macclesfield then equalled the score with
confident base running getting four runners
In the second innings, good pitching by S.
Heather resulted in Bridgewater being sent
back to the dugout, only adding one more
run to their score.
The bottom of the second resulted in
Macclesfield adding another three runs
before some improved fielding from
Bridgewater ended its innings.
Bridgewater appeared to wake up in the
third, batting strongly with good hits to S.
Stewart and H. Grossman, adding a further
A change of pitcher and good fielding
unsettled Macclesfield, returning it to the
Injured Macclesfield pitcher forced S.
Lions to step up to the plate.
Bridewater struggled to get the ball away
cleanly and finished by added a further
Macclesfield’s final innings resulted in
stealing bases forcing fielding errors by
Bridgewater and crossing the plate adding
six more runs.
Redsox defeated Strathalbyn 4-3 and
Redsox batted first with hits to Jackie
Megson, Amanda Martin and Alison
Strathalbyn fielders started to plug the
holes and with some good work shut the
Redsox fielders started well with
Strathalbyn batters finding it hard to get
Strathalbyn challenged Redsox with hits to
Mandy Melville, Tash Mayes and Kelly Roe.
A great catch from Jackie Megson ended
the innings for Strathalbyn.
With three up and three down, Redsox
batters could not break Strathalbyn’s field.
A good catch from Catherine Synnott
ended Redsox’s innings.
Redsox pitcher Lias Ballard started to
get on top and tight fielding resulted in
Strathalbyn getting out without scoring.
With the score one apiece, Redsox batters
had to do something, with hits to Abbie
Ballard, Emily Atkinson and Alisa Byfield
Redsox made it a 2–1 ball game.
Strathalbyn went three up three down,
as a good catch to Lisa Ballard ended the
Redsox added another two runs with hits
to Ali Burgemiester, Megson and Martin.
Strathalbyn did not give up with hits to
Liz Brewster and Glenda Hughes scored
two runs, however, had come up one run
short with Redsox winning 4-3.
Hahndorf continued its winning form with
a 31-8 triumph against an undermanned
Hahndorf batted first and had 10 safe hits
for the innings resulting in a nine run first
Bridie Spriggs from United gloved a good
catch at short stop to seal the third out and
put United into bat.
Kerryn Liebelt for Hahndorf pitched her
usual top class game with a strike out,
whilst Kristy Hamilton scored United’s
opening run for their innings.
Hahndorf again batted well in their second
innings with another 10 safe hits.
With Tracy Luxon hitting two double
baggers and Roma Williams hitting one.
Which contributed to Hahndorf’s 10 run
Hahndorf kept United scoreless with
Luxon having a top day at left field with a
cracker of a catch whilst Liebelt struck out
For United Kassanara Riddle had a safe
hit to left field but was unfortunately left on
base as United ran out of batters due to an
Hahndorf continued with its good batting
form at the top of the third innings with a
further 6 safe hits and 10 runs.
Tracy Goslett was another Hahndorf
player who had a good day with the bat and
getting safely on base all day.
Louise Scharma for United gloved a good
catch at left field for the innings.
Hahndorf made fielding changes when
they took the field bringing on Khloe Poole
Luxon again had her magical glove on and
took a screamer of a catch.
Nyree Heading batted well for United and
brought in two runs for United.
With Scharma and Tymie Childs also
having safe hits for the innings.
United held Hahndorf tight in the field for
their final batting dig with only two runs
A Bridgewater batter Emma Stewart prepares to strike last Saturday.
Bridgewater defeated Macclesfield in a tight tussle Hills Softball
Association B-grade fixture at Anembo Park.
Sue Stewart assisted Bridgewater to a narrow victory against a depleted Macclesfield side in last
Saturday’s Hills Softball Association B-grade clash.
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