Saints make Turvey Park work for win

EYE ON THE BALL: Turvey Park’s Jade Olsen looks to get bat to ball in the match against Saints at French Fields on Saturday. Turvey Park had to work hard against a valiant Saints team before winning1-0in a tense feature match of theWagga Softball competition on Saturday.

In a game which wasdominated by the defences of both teams, Turvey Park managed to score the only run of the match in the bottom of the fifth innings and held on in a nail-biting finish.

With the score at 1-0 entering the top of the seventh, the Saints’ Sarah Wardley hit safely to left field. She was advanced to second base when Jess Cole picked a walk.

With runners on first and second, Seona Dwyer bounced one past the Turvey pitcher, loading up the bases.

The pressure was on, with three on base and no outs.

Alison Burgess hit a catch to a shallow-fielding Jane Wadley at centre field and no progress was made by the runners. Kate Looney then struck out Mahala Hofert, bringing, arguably the Saints best batter, Gemma McGlynn to the plate.

After a couple of foul balls, McGlynn belted the ball back to pitcher Looney, who, despite an initial fumble recovered to throw her out at first, leaving the result as a 1-0 win to Turvey Park.

Safe hits were certainly scarce, with Jane Wadley, Sharon Hall and Jamila Piercy, the only Turvey Park players to register one.

The Saints also had only three safe hits with one each to Gemma McGlynn, Sarah Wardley and Seona Dwyer.

In defence, Turvey Park’s Kate Looney became the first pitcher this season to record a no-run game.

Saints’ starting pitcher, Gemma McGlynn, was also in grand form, conceding only three hits in 4.7 innings with two K-2s.

Sarah Wardley carried on the good work for the remainder of the game with no hits and two K-2s.

INCOMING: Lake Albert’s Sarah Rose looks to hit the ball in the A grade softball match against Blu-Js at French Fields on Saturday.

In the other fixture, Blu-Js had to come from behind to beat Lake Albert13-5.

Whileit was yet another mercy-rule finish for the Lake team, their good start to the game certainly gave their players, officials and supportershope for better performances in the future.

TIMING: Saints batter Sarah Wardlen looks to hit the ball out of the park in the A grade match against Turvey Park at French Fields on Saturday.

After Shae McMahon was walked, Jess Grant hit a three-bagger to score her and Lake Albert had a run on the board before the three dismissals were made.

It was an even better effort in their first defensive innings when they had Blu-Js ‘three up-three down’.

Another three-bagger, this time from the bat of McMahon, sent Kelly Eves across the plate and the Lake had a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the second.

That margin was retained when Lake Albert shut out Blu-Js for a second time.

However, Lake was ‘brought back to earth’ in the top of the third when the Blues’ Kristy Mohr struck out both Grant and Mel Lill, and Deb Funnell was thrown out at first by Libby Schofield.

Blu-Js then took controlin the bottom of the third when they scorednine runs, with some wayward pitching, fielding errors and hits to Michelle Blake (two), Libby Schofield and Erica Guy all contributing to that tally.

Lake Albert kept in the contest with Eves and Georgia Noack both scoring in the top of the fourth, but a return of four runs to the Bluesplaced Lake in line for another mercy rule finish.

BATTER UP: Blu-Js’ Jayla Nix looks to hit the ball out of the park in the A grade match against Lake Albert at French Fields on Saturday.

ON TARGET: Saints’ pitcher Tessa McGlynn fires in a pitch to the Turvey Park batter in the A grade softball match at French Fields on Saturday. Pictures: Laura Hardwick

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