Saints beat Warriors in maiden loss

WHAT A CATCH: South Wagga Warriors' fielder Louise Matheson taking a catch in their first loss of the season against the Saints on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

WHAT A CATCH: South Wagga Warriors' fielder Louise Matheson taking a catch in their first loss of the season against the Saints on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

OVER AND OUT: South Wagga Warriors' fielder Montana Kearnes taps Saints' Michelle Tabisz in the A Grade softball on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

OVER AND OUT: South Wagga Warriors' fielder Montana Kearnes taps Saints' Michelle Tabisz in the A Grade softball on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

HIT: South Wagga Warriors' Nicole Marlow unable to break the scoring drought in match one of a double-header on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

HIT: South Wagga Warriors' Nicole Marlow unable to break the scoring drought in match one of a double-header on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

STRONG DEFENCE: Defence was the hallmark of the Saints' win against Warriors. Here Gemma McGlynn takes a catch. Picture: Laura Hardwick

STRONG DEFENCE: Defence was the hallmark of the Saints' win against Warriors. Here Gemma McGlynn takes a catch. Picture: Laura Hardwick

South Wagga Warriors endured their first loss of the season against the Saints on Saturday.

Warriors returned to win the second match of a double-header fixture.

ON FRONT FOOT: Tessa McGlynn moves in for a hit in her team's victory over the Warriors at French Fields on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

ON FRONT FOOT: Tessa McGlynn moves in for a hit in her team's victory over the Warriors at French Fields on Saturday. Picture: Laura Hardwick

Saints beat Warriors 1-0 in a game, and defence was clearly the winner.

It was the first time since their inclusion in the top grade of competition that the Saints have beaten the Warriors.

The Warriors had 11 players to choose from, and elected to start with Tameka Raufers and Shae McMahon on the bench.

Youngster, Pam Calder, made her A grade debut for the Saints, playing at left field.

Neither team found it easy to make base, let alone score runs, and both were shut out in their first three turns at bat.

In that period only Calder and Gemma McGlynn had safe hits for the Saints, while the Warriors’ Scott was the lone player to record a safe hit.

In the top of the fourth, the Saints scored the only run of the match.

Tessa McGlynn crossed the plate after she hit to left field and was batted in by Michelle Tabisz and Alison Burgess.

Jane Kearnes and Nicole Marlow produced safe hits for the Warriors, but both were left on base when their teams were dismissed.

Down to just 10 players, after injury to their catcher, Ronni Scott, the Warriors added Tracey Clarke to their lineup for their second game.

Warriors maintained their fine record over Turvey Park, beating them 8-5 in a seven-innings contest.

The Warriors scored two opening-innings runs, following hits to Jess Swaysland, Tameka Raufers, Montana Kearnes and a sacrifice fly to Kira Hallam.

In the bottom of two, Turvey Park tied the game up with Jane Wadley and Belinda Dennis crossing the plate, after each of them and the consistent Georgina Carter had safe hits.

The Warriors went ahead again when hits to Swaysland, Kearnes and Kearnes saw two runs score in the top of the third.

The next three half-innings were shutouts.

In the top of the fifth, the Warriors extended their lead to four when Kearnes and Hallam crossed the plate.

Yet another shut out of Turvey Park was followed with another two-run innings from the Warriors, giving them an 8-2 lead entering the bottom of the seventh.

Jade Olsen gave Turvey hope of a win when she clouted a three-bagger to start the final innings.

Those hopes diminished somewhat when the next two batters became regulation outs, but sparked up again when Carter, Amanda Lenon, Nicole Baldry and Jamila Piercy all made it to base, and, better, Olsen, Carter and Lenon all scored.

So, with two on base and two down, into the box came gun Turvey batter, Amanda Gooden.

Despite another solid outfield hit, Gooden managed to ‘pick out the fielder’, yet again.

Jayla Nix took the catch to finish the game.

Warriors will enjoy a bye on Saturday and Turvey Park will tackle Saints, in a seven innings match.

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