Softballers face tough rivals

2016-01-19 06:00
Diane Morgan of Avendale (left) lands safely on third base as Crusaders’ Michelle Calvert fails to tag her in time in a softball major league game at Turfhall Park on Saturday. Avendale won the match 7-6. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Diane Morgan of Avendale (left) lands safely on third base as Crusaders’ Michelle Calvert fails to tag her in time in a softball major league game at Turfhall Park on Saturday. Avendale won the match 7-6. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Westridge Yankees’ softballers can be proud after having a very good and well deserved harvest on the Cape Town Softball Association’s super league playing fields over the weekend.

The Mitchell’s Plain side first staved off a stiff challenge by Falcons, beating them 5-0 in an encounter at Turfhall Stadium on Saturday.

This victory was followed by a thrilling knockout encounter on Sunday when St Martin’s came close to upstaging the Yankees in a see-saw game. The Yankees managed to rise to the occasion to edge out Saints 6-5.

Saturday’s win over the Falcons served as a morale-boosting triumph for the Yankees, who were determined to break the stranglehold Falcons have had over them in recent months.

The Yankees were in a destructive mood, with the battery combination of pitcher Megan Cable and catcher Carla Witchman sharing in four strike outs.

Cable faced 23 batters in her six innings pitched. While she conceded two base-on-balls and earned four fanned scalps, she surrendered only two hits to Candice Ross (1-3) and Bettina Philips (1-3), who weighed in with a two bagger.

Meanwhile, Falcons started off with Cathy Buckley and she was on the mound for 4.1 of an innings. She faced 22 batters and allowed seven hits while relief pitcher Nicky Jones (1.2 of an inning) faced nine batters and surrendered three hits.

Among the ten hits the Yankees clobbered off the Falcons’ pitching pair. Witchman (2-2), Cable, Jackie Adonis (each 2-3), Charmelle Whiteboy (1-2), Candice Bull (1-3) and Nuraan Williams (1-4), who smacked a triple, were in good stead with the bat that contributed to runs and simultaneously a deserved and industrious win.

Weekend resultsSuper league

Saturday:

Westridge Yankees 5, Falcons 0; St Martin’s 12, Tantasport 3; Glenthorn A’s 19, VOB 0; Kenfac Phillies 11, Normies 5.

Sunday:

Falcons 6, Normies 0; Tantasport 6, Kenfac Phillies 4; Glenthorn A’s 28, VOB 1; Westridge Yankees 6, St Martin’s 5.

Major league

Saturday:

Belhar Dolphins 13, Kuils River Cougars 5; Westridge Yankees 6, WCSS 1; Avendale 7, Crusaders 6.

Sunday:

WCSS 6, Belhar Dolphins 3; Crusaders 7, Avendale 5; Westridge Yankees 12, Kuils River Cougars 6.

First league

Saturday:

Tygerberg 8, Heideveld Yankees 6; St. Martin’s 11, Tantasport 4; Lavender Hill 6, Omega 1; Battswood 18, Kenfac Phillies 6.

Sunday:

St. Martin’s 15, Kenfac Phillies 12; Battswood 7, Omega 0; Tygerberg 7, Lavender Hill 2; Heideveld Yankees 10, Tantasport 3.


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