The Blu-Js staged an upset on Saturday, beating reigning premiers, South Wagga Warriors, 11-3, in round two.
Batting first the Warriors soon had two on base, each of them having safe hits to the outfield. The next two batters were both dismissed, making it three out and Montana Kearnes and Nicole Marlow stranded on base.
In response the Blues snared a single when Kristy Mohr who reached base on a wild throw from short stop, was batted in by veteran, Julie-Ann Hallam, giving the Blues an early scoreboard advantage.
After both teams were shutout in the second, the Warriors tied up the scores in the top of the third when Marlow, following another safe hit, was batted in by Montana Kearnes’ second safe hit.
The Blues set up their victory in the bottom of the third, when a strong batting innings yielded them six runs, with safe hits to Michelle Blake, Kristy Mohr, Hallam (again), Carmel Hutchinson and Stacey Morgan.
In the bottom of the fourth the Warriors decreased the margin to four, but then the Blues stretched it to five.
Each side was shutout in the fifth, but worse was to follow for the Warriors who were shut out again in the sixth and then allowed Blu-Js another three runs, courtesy of further safe hits to Hallam, Mohr, Jayla Nix and Morgan.
That left the Blues eight runs ahead after five innings, giving them a convincing 11-3 win.
Meanwhile, Turvey Park had a high yielding 20-12 win over Lake Albert.
A display of competent, confident team batting from Turvey Park that won them the points.
Right from the top of the first innings, Turvey showed their intent when they batted in five runs, with Sarah Stewart, Jade Olsen, Jane Wadley, and Kathryn Armstrong all hitting safely.
In response, Lake was quickly dismissed in a ‘three up-three down’ situation.
Turvey produced another good batting innings in their second dig when safe hits to Kate Looney, Stewart and Jamila Piercy helped score another four runs.
A left-field hit to Mel Lill put her on base and she was batted in by Sarah Rose to give Lake their first run before the team was dismissed.
Turvey had their poorest return in their third innings when Sharon Hall was the lone scorer.
The Lake batters found form in the bottom of the third and brought themselves right back into the contest with an equal game high innings score of six runs.
Hits to Rose, Sophie Hawkins, Kelly Eves and Alicia McLean, enabled them to progress to the top of the fourth only three runs behind.
Again Turvey Park responded with the bat, widening the margin to seven prior to the bottom of the fourth.
Several batters picked walks in an innings which produced four runs.
Strong outfield hits from Rose and Sophie Hawkins enabled each of them to score for Lake Albert, making the difference five runs.
Turvey added another six to their tally in the top of the fifth and then dismissed Lake Albert for three, automatically winning the game.
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