Softball season off to flying start.


Byline: Lauren Foster

ALBERT Park came to life with the return of Far North Coast Softball's 2019-2020 season on Saturday.

With Ballina Sharks having four players out and four players not returning from last season, a new-look squad took on Rous Warriors.

In a close game, solid pitching from Ester Denning kept Warriors in the game, supported by Betty McPaul at short stop and Sandy Thompson at first base.

Best at bat for Warriors was McPaul with a massive three-bagger.

Newcomer Charlene Amber was sent in to pitch for Ballina and solid fielding from Michelle Lucas, Julia Lucas, Amanda Nott and a great throw out at one from Danica Sattler from right field saw Ballina come away with a 10-6 win.

In the clash between the two Workers sides, it was Wild Turkeys the comfortable winners against a classy Mighty Ducks team.

With Turkeys hoping to improve from last season they did not hold back, with some old faces returning and picking up Luke Zimmermann from Ducks proving his value as a home run batter.

Ducks infield had some great fielding with a fly ball to Ducks pitcher Tara Clark, and sensational outs from shortstop Kylie Bryant teaming up with third base's Naomi Turner.

Turkeys wrapped up the game in the third innings with a 17-2 win, with dominate fielding from Tina Foster, Lauren Forrester, Carlie Shailes, Shay Kelly and Carmen Thomas.

For Ducks, the battery of Clark pitching to Emily Vidler was solid, while new players Kylie Bryant, Emily Field, William Cotton and Rashana Vidler all played well.

Rous Rangers were hot favourites in their game against Byron Bay, with Hannah Elliott and Sue Clark leading the way with the bat to hit home runs.

Byron's stand-out was Terry Currie taking an amazing running catch at left field. Rous Rangers defeated Byron Redsox 16 runs to 4.

While Rous Rascals and Ballina Mako's sported a new look in the field, it was Rascals who ran out to an early lead, before great pitching from Ballina's Jo Bickel who was ably supported in the field, saw Mako's come back to win 19-7.

Dodgers Demons ran out in front early in their game against Rous Rogues.

As powerhouse Kayleen Shalies away, Belinda Stratford, Brooke Wilson and Christine Rose stepped up to control the field.

Belinda Adams pitched well for Rogues, but there was no stopping the inform Zimmermann with the bat hitting three home runs, bring his total up to five for the day.

Dodgers were just too strong for Rogues, coming away with a 15-2 win.


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