Checkmates denied a fairytale softball win

QUICK: Pitcher Ann Russack, of Cougars, hurls the ball towards the Checkmates batter in this action scene from softball at Leonard Park on Saturday. Russack's team continued its good form to win the match. Photo: Phil Hensel
QUICK: Pitcher Ann Russack, of Cougars, hurls the ball towards the Checkmates batter in this action scene from softball at Leonard Park on Saturday. Russack's team continued its good form to win the match. Photo: Phil Hensel

A1 WOMEN

Checkmates v Cougars

Checkmates would have hoped for a better result in Ciampi's milestone game, but it was not to be.

The Cougar train keeps rolling along in fine style. At the bottom of the first innings, Cougars put a stamp on the game bringing in four runs with some fine batting from Alexis Hill who has been showing good form of late.

Hill had two three-bag hits for the game and looked very solid at third.

Checkmates could only manage 5 safe hits for the game and couldn't get runners onto bases at all, a testament again to the intelligent pitching from Ann Russack.

It begs to wonder when batters will get on top of her but right now, she looks solid especially with the strong field behind her.

At the bottom of the third innings there was only a four-run deficit but at the bottom of the fifth, Cougars brought in another 4 runs - giving them a convincing win.

Tigers v Solly Cats

At the bottom of the second innings Cats had a very commanding lead, 9 runs, in fact. Batting through the line up Cats piled on 7 runs.

Spectators could have been led to believe that this was going to be a blow-out on the score board.

However, in the top of the third innings Tigers regrouped and with some patient batting, they responded with 8 runs to make the score board more respectable, one run down and suddenly it was game on.

Cats needed to dig deep in the last dig and this they did, with Sam Burt cracking a two-bagger followed by safe hits to Kahla Williams, Tayla Scarman and Pam Page to ensure a win.

This reaction was not entirely convincing, but enough to take out the points.

Chloey Hoare was solid again for Tigers as a lead off batter and Talisha Hillier continues to improve with every game.

A2/A3 WOMEN

Checkmates A3 v Solly Cats A2

In a tribute to her friend Sharon Ellis Nunn, Tamisha Caddy was an interesting inclusion in Checkmates line up.

The friend rivalry between Caddy, and Mandy Bridley on the pitchers mound was a sight to see, providing many laughs for the large number of spectators.

Checkmates batted first and brought in 9 runs in their first innings.

Amy Lloyd gets a mention almost every week for Checkmates, for very good reason - her batting is strong and her catch at centerfield off a great hit from Hannah Scarman was one for the highlight reel.

Cats languished and failed to score for the first three innings, then, when encouraged that there might be a beverage incentive if they could bat for 17 minutes, miraculously they scored 9 runs, making the score a little more respectable.

Checkmates A2 v Cougars A3

Troy Sutcliffe would have been happy with Checkmates batting performance with every player getting at least one safe hit in the game and only conceding 2 K2's.

Sutcliffe is not a fan of the batter who goes down without having a crack.

Well done Abbey Sutcliffe who had 3 safe hits for Checkmates, she is improving every week, and is getting her time on the mound and plays in the hot spot at third.

Moving up into the senior side has certainly improved her game.

It would not be wise to discount Cougars A3 - having to play against stronger opposition has sharpened their skills.

Ageing legs might hinder ability, but Jodie Langsford deserves a mention for 3 solid safe hits and a good catching effort.

Cougars A2 v Solly Cats A2

It was a run fest for Cougars with a 5 run and 9 run innings facing Cats who were fronting up for their second game of the day.

Cougars Abbey Marsland was a standout with some good outfield batting, (2 safe hits) and a strong presence at centerfield.

Kianna Northcott was superb at third and Kristy O'Neill would have to take credit for pitching another winning game even though her batting let her down.

Cats are struggling to find a pitcher now, which gives everyone an opportunity to put their hand up and make it their spot.

Tayla Scarman, who played her 100th game and normally starts behind the mask put her hand up to have a go, got a K2.

Cats Jess Marwick provided a moment for the highlight reel with some very speedy running around the bases.