St Martins pushed all the way

2015-11-17 06:00
Shinnay Erasmus of Westridge Yankees (left) misses a pitch as Samantha Jones of Falcons collects the ball. The match ended 3-3.

Shinnay Erasmus of Westridge Yankees (left) misses a pitch as Samantha Jones of Falcons collects the ball. The match ended 3-3.

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The players of St Martins softball club were put through their paces by Tantasports in a Cape Town Softball Association match at Turfhall on Saturday.

Had it not been for the eight runs scored in the sixth and seventh frames, St Martins would have been staring down a comprehensive defeat in a tightly fought encounter. Tantasport will feel hard done by following the hard work it put into the five frames preceding the St Martins onslaught.

Tanta sprung into a 4-0 lead after the opening four frames, but could not add to its tally as it would succumb 8-4 to St Martins.

The match saw five pitchers thrown into rotation, where Saints made use of three pitchers – Shanine Groepies, Lindsay Damon and Bonita Cloete. Between the three of them, they saw off seven batters, striking one out while letting another three walk, conceding three well-deserved hits, resulting in runs, where one intentional walk was conceded.

Saints’s third pitcher, Cloete, saw off 13 batters, striking out one, while conceding a hit through a fielding error.

Only Aneeqa Davids (1-3) en Kathryn van Boom (1-4) achieved joy with the bat, being the only Tantasport batters to obtain hits.

Nevertheless, they kept Saints honest until conceding 9 hits off pitching sisters Roxanne Albertyn (5) and Justine Stewart (4).

For Saints, Danielle Ford (1-3) and Robin Packery (2-4) hit a home run each and also accounted for six RBIs amongst each other, while Aime Ford (1-2), Damon (1-2) and Hanlynne Cast (2-3) also performed well with powerful bats.

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Falcons and Westridge Yankees played to a 3-3 draw.

Defending champion Glenthorn Athletics from Athlone was far too strong for PDB, thumping it with a 16-0 score line.

Kenfac Phillies triumphed in a titanic struggle with Normies, securing a 6-4 victory.

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