Knockout tournament kicks off

2016-12-06 06:01
Lisa Erasmus of Glenthorn A’s and Sasha Philander, the catcher of Westridge Yankees, wait for the umpire’s call on home plate which declared Erasmus safe. She brought in a vital run during a quarter final knockout game on Sunday. A’s were made to sweat for their 7-5 victory. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Lisa Erasmus of Glenthorn A’s and Sasha Philander, the catcher of Westridge Yankees, wait for the umpire’s call on home plate which declared Erasmus safe. She brought in a vital run during a quarter final knockout game on Sunday. A’s were made to sweat for their 7-5 victory. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The Cape Town softball association’s annual knockout competition kicked off at Turfhall Stadium on Sunday.

As usual “knockout day” produced plenty of tight results. Defending champions Falcons battled against St Martins, winning 3-0. This after completely outplaying the Saints in a league encounter the day before, winning 14-2.

Lindsay Damon performed admirably for the Saints on the pitching rubber, facing 29 batters and surrendering only two hits. Saints also performed better with the bat, taking five hits off Nicky Jones on the Falcons mound.

They failed, however, to turn the hits into runs, leaving six runners stranded on the bases.

In the later game Westridge Yankees surrendered a lead against unbeaten Glenthorn A’s, going down 6-5.

Lisa Erasmus batted the sails out of the Yankees defence with a three-run circuit clout in the fifth inning. A’s added two more runs to take a 6-3 lead.

Megan Cable surrendered four hits, facing 23 batters. Erasmus, on the pitching rubber for A’s, faced 31 batters, giving up two scattered hits.

Kenfac Phillies found the going tough against Normies, narrowly beating them 4-3. The game was played in typical knockout fashion with errors kept to a bare minimum.

In the major league, Lavender Hill maintained its unbeaten record and look set to win the double. The club easily beat Strandfontein Mets 7-2. Avendale shocked Belhar Dolphins (8-3), VOB beat Crusaders (5-0) and Heideveld Yankees easily beat Kuils River Cougars (6-1).

Tantasport’s wheels came off against Glenthorn A’s on Friday night with errors galore as they went down 20-6. In another super league game Westridge Yankees beating Normies (6-0).


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