Exciting week of softball ahead

2020-01-28 06:00
Chaunees Goliath of Glenthorn Athletics (left) puts her body on the line to secure a safe call on third base with Heideveld Yankees’ Tasheema Arendse well beaten during their Cape Town softball association Super League game played at the Turfhall sport complex on Saturday 25 January. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Chaunees Goliath of Glenthorn Athletics (left) puts her body on the line to secure a safe call on third base with Heideveld Yankees’ Tasheema Arendse well beaten during their Cape Town softball association Super League game played at the Turfhall sport complex on Saturday 25 January. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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An exciting week of softball lies ahead for Capetonians.

The Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) league competition is all but secured; the knockout semi-finals take place on Sunday 2 February and an American college visits our shores.

Lavender Hill is cruising to their maiden Super League title by securing an easy 8-0 victory over Kenfac Phillies.

Grivonne Rhoda’s pace and deceptive pitching is becoming increasingly difficult to handle by opposing players.

She mesmerises her opponents every week with support from her fellow pitchers Melissa Savage and Chesternay Fortune.

Close rivals Falcons beat a struggling Tantasport 10-5, while Glenthorn A’s easily defeated bottom of the table, Heideveld Yankees. Westridge Yankees, meanwhile, suffered a minor setback when they were held to a 9-9 draw by Kuils River Cougars in the Major League.

They are still commanding top spot over arch-rivals, Falcons.

Lavender Hill start their quest for the double when they face Phillies in the Super League knockout Semifinal on Sunday. Westridge Yankees play Glenthorn A’s for the other spot.

This week also sees the arrival of Gustavus Adolphus College from Minnesota, in the USA, through the Beyond Sports Tours Company.

Nawaal Weitz, South African site director for Beyond, says: “Our company creates mutually beneficial opportunities for US student-athletes, international athletes, and international youth to enjoy a life-changing cross-cultural experience through sport.

“Our staff comprises of former college athletes, educators, coaches, and international adventurers and are passionate about connecting the world through sports!”

In 2016 and 2017, Beyond Sports Tours hosted two softball tours with over 80 US student-athletes from various universities in the USA forming teams and playing against local CTSA teams.

The year 2017 also gave the opportunity to local stars Grivonne Rhoda and Ammaarah Larney to join the Beyond Sports Softball Spain Tour with all costs covered.

University teams that came down to Cape Town in 2017 and 2018 was Augustana College, Macalester College, St Catherine University and St Mary’s College.

“The upcoming tour that we will be hosting in partnership with Cape Town Softball Association includes three matches and two clinics. Young players, between the ages of 12 and 16 years are welcome to attend the clinics,” said Weitz.

Nicole Williams, CTSA development director expressed her excitement, saying: “We are excited about this partnership with Beyond Sport as the benefits to us, as an association, are tremendous. Our players are being exposed to a higher level of competition, which comes right before the lead up to our national provincial games and final rounds of league and knockouts. Our players could also be afforded the opportunity to travel with the Beyond Sport contingent, if selected from these friendly matches – which only means great things for their development and growth, as international friendlies or competitions are not opportunities many of our players get to experience given the financial difficulties within the Softball South Africa setup where players have to pay their way to achieve their dreams.” Further than individual development and growth, Williams says young players and coaches will have the opportunity to gain skills through the hosting of these clinics which may bring a new outlook on the game which she hopes will improve the level of play in and coaching strategies.

“Most importantly our association get put on their radar. If we compete well, we get recommended to other colleges, meaning a constant flow of new competitors and knowledge on the game,” Williams continued.

Gustavus schedule:

Sunday 2 February:

10:15: development clinic

14:00 Match 1 vs CTSA Invitational

Wednesday 5 February:

20:30 Match 2 vs CTSA Invitational

Friday 7 February:

15:00 Development Clinic

19:00 Match 3 vs WCSA u.23 team

Results:

Super League:

Falcons 10, Tantasport 5;

Lavender Hill 8, Kenfac Phillies 0;

Glenthorn A’s 30, Heideveld Yankees 0

Major League:

Westridge Yankees 9, Kuils River Cougars 9;

Belhar Dolphins 14, Table View Tornados 10;

Falcons 16, Lavender Hill 9

First League:

Battswood 6, Lavender Hill 5;

Glenthorn A’s 6, Blackheath 4;

St. Martins 11, Crusaders 0;

Khayelitsha Eagles 12, Panthers 4

Second League:

Titans 16, Table View Tornados 6;

Falcons 5, Devonshire Rovers 1;

Tantasport 7, Battswood 0

Third League:

Thistles 10, Heideveld Yankees 9;

Khayelitsha Superstars 7, Stealers 0;

Westridge Yankees 11, St. Augustines 8;

Strandfontein Mets 12, Table View Tornados 11;

Normies 9, Blackheath 2

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