The Hill softball shines bright

2017-01-24 06:01
 Lavender Hill Softball Club player Marlene Pietersen tags a sliding Natasha Abrahams of the Heideveld Yankees on second base in a major league game played at Turfhall park sports complex on Saturday. Lavender Hill is the current log leader in its division. The team stretched their lead to 11 points with the 6-2 victory over the Yankees.  PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Lavender Hill Softball Club player Marlene Pietersen tags a sliding Natasha Abrahams of the Heideveld Yankees on second base in a major league game played at Turfhall park sports complex on Saturday. Lavender Hill is the current log leader in its division. The team stretched their lead to 11 points with the 6-2 victory over the Yankees. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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In a story of rags to riches in the local sporting world, Lavender Hill Softball Club has moved from obscurity to one of the leading clubs in Cape Town.

The team already has fingers on the major league trophy, leading closest rival VOB by eight points, having played one game less.

In this weekend’s encounter with its archrival, the Heideveld Yankees, The Hill triumphed 6-2 to retain its 100% record this season.

Grivonne Rhoda was her usual best on the pitching rubber, facing 21 batters, giving up three hits and striking out seven batters.

Chaunees Goliath was equal to the task for Yankees, also only giving up three hits.

The Hill was more precise with its hits, turning them into runs on the board. Marlene Petersen, Chesternay Fortune (a double) and Jadine Davids scored the three hits for Lavender Hill. Natasha Abrahams (2-3) and Goliath (1-2) accounted for the three Yankee hits.

This season the Lavender Hills team has scored 124 runs and only surrendered seven. Nine of their 12 games were clean sheets.

It is well represented at school level, with four players who played for the all star schools team at the national schools tournament in December last year, namely Rhoda, Fortune, Erin Peters and Kelly Thompson. The four will also represent the Cape Town Softball Association at the Gordon Monk provincial tournament taking place in Gauteng next week.

Accompanying the Cape Town softball team will be head coach and Lavender Hill club chairperson Marlene Petersen, in an assistant coach role.

Petersen says of Lavender Hill’s performance: “Our success is due to the early start to our season and unlike other clubs, we train thrice a week. The club is goal-orientated with the major league title our prime objective this year. The club has grown due to our vibrant youth structure, mixed with a dash of experience.

“The Western Cape government’s mass participation, opportunity and access and development and growth (MOD) centre concept has worked for Lavender Hill where learners from all schools in the Lavender Hill area can come and train at the MOD centre. The players we have come through this process, from primary to high school and into the club structure.

“Future plans include making Lavender Hill the club of the year. It is now clear that we will be going to the super league. Our aim is to stay in that league and then also aim to win the super league in a year or two.”

Saturday results

Super league:

Kenfac Phillies 11; Normies 3

Glenthorn A’s 11; St Martins 2

Tantasport 0; Falcons 10

Westridge Yankees – BYE

Major league:

Belhar Dolphins 4; Kuils River Cougars 7

Crusaders 0; VOB 13

Heideveld Yankees 2; Lavender Hill 6

Avendale 2; Strandfontein Mets 13

First league:

Glenthorn A’s 12; St Martins 22

Tygerberg 0; Lansdowne Eagles 7

Tantasport 7; Blackheath 0

Kenfac Phillies 15; Battswood 16

Second league:

Heideveld Yankees 1; Lavender Hill 12

Table View Tornados 10; Devonshire Rovers 10

Panthers 3; Falcons 6

Vikings – BYE

Third league:

Table View Tornados 14; Titans 6

St Augustines 4; Wynberg Gladiators 19

VOB 0; Westridge Yankees 7

Khayelitsha Eagles 7; Blackheath 0

Fourth league:

Tantasport 16; Thistles 5

Panthers 8; Battswood 7

Heideveld Yankees Colts 10; Khayelitsha Super Stars 12

Table View Tornados 8; Kuils River Cougars 11


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