Reigning premiers South Wagga Warriors had a mixed bag in the last of the season’s double-headers, played on Saturday at French Fields.
In their first match the Greens went down to the Saints 4-1, giving the Saints their second win for the season.
In their follow-up game the Warriors managed to hold out a fast-finishing Turvey Park, winning 8-7.
The Saints’ Kadison Hofert started the scoring in the first game when she hit a left-field ‘four bagger’.
It was the first of two safe hits for Hofert in the game.
Other Saints to do well with the bat were Tessa McGlynn, Gemma McGlynn, Morgan Pearce, Nicola Tom and youngster, Jess Wild.
In the field the Saints were outstanding, shutting out the strong Warriors batting lineup in six of their seven innings.
Pitcher, Tessa McGlynn, had 4K-2s and only Jess Grant, Kira Hallam, Montana Kearnes, Kristy Tennison and Jane Kearnes recorded hits against her.
The Saints’ win has demonstrated that all three teams are evenly matched and the premiership race is still a very open one.
In the Warriors second match, Jane Kearnes was the match-winner, hitting a grand slam home run in the top of the fourth innings.
Until then both sides had been shut out in their first three innings. Carmel Hutchinson, Nicole Marlow and Jess Swaysland were all on base when Kearnes drove the ball into the field between centre and rightfield, scoring all four.
Turvey’s Julie-Ann Hallam and Jade Olsen both had safe hits and crossed the plate on a Karina Dennis’ sacrifice fly,
Both teams were shut out in their fifth innings and when the Warriors took the score to 8-2 with another four-run yield in the sixth, Turvey was heading for their second big loss.
However, consecutive safe hits to Charli McNaughton, Georgina Carter, Amanda Lenon, Jane Wadley, Amanda Gooden and Jade Olsen batted Turvey right back into contention: 8-7 with one innings remaining.
Turvey’s young pitcher, Paris Hall, did well to contain the Warriors top order to no run, leaving Turvey the chance to pull off an unlikely victory.
McNaughton got them off to a great start with her second left field hit and although advanced to second by a Karina Dennis bunt, she was left stranded on base when the team was dismissed, giving the Warriors a one-run win.
Katrina Powell Shield
Shield holders Kooringal High, had an 11-4 win over TRAC in the second round of the competition Wednesday.
In the other match, Mater Dei College withstood a strong finish from Wagga High, ultimately managing to prevail 7-5.