Yankees beat Eagles in KO semi

2020-02-04 06:00
Westridge Yankees catcher Alister Veale (left) loses the ball in the attempt to tag a sliding Khayelitsha player, Tamsanqa Ntenteni, during the men’s Major League knockout semi-final at Turfhall sport complex on Sunday 2 February.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Westridge Yankees catcher Alister Veale (left) loses the ball in the attempt to tag a sliding Khayelitsha player, Tamsanqa Ntenteni, during the men’s Major League knockout semi-final at Turfhall sport complex on Sunday 2 February.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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The Turfhall softball stadium was abuzz when Westridge Yankees beat Khayelitsha Eagles 11-7 in the men’s Major League knockout semi-final on Sunday 2 February. Eagles took seven hits off veteran pitcher Wendall Solomons who struck out seven batters and gave up six free bases.

Yankees out-hit their much-fancied opponents taking 11 hits off Moses Molaba.

Solomons also led the offensive for Yankees with a superb 3-4 batting performance, including a double and a triple.

Yankees will meet their old foes, Hamiltons, who defeated a young Tantasport 14-8, in the finals in March.

In the women’s Super League knockout semi-finals, Lavender Hill easily defeated Kenfac Phillies 13-0.

The win means they will meet Westridge Yankees, the only team that beat them this year, in the final in March.

Yankees booked their place in the final after beating a gallant Glenthorn A’s 13-8 after the teams were deadlocked at eight-all in the sixth innings.

It was the power batting of Nicole Williams (3-4), Jacky Adonis (2-3) and Nuraan Williams (2-4) that saw the Yankees cross the finish line in style.

Lynn Lakay (3-4) shone with the bat for A’s.

US college tour

The week-long visit by the Gustavus Adolphus College from Minnesota in the United States of America, was a hit with officials and players.

The morning clinic, conducted by the visitors, was well attended by young players from local clubs and schools.

Later in the afternoon, the college team showed their on-the-field prowess in their first of three matches against a Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) representative team. The CTSA team came out tops 3-2.

The college plays two further matches on Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 February, both at 19:00.

Results:

Saturday 1 February (league):

Super League:

Glenthorn A’s 2, Kenfac Phillies 12;

Falcons 14, Heideveld Yankees 1;

Westridge Yankees 2, Lavender Hill 1

Major League:

Table View Tornados 1, Westridge Yankees 11;

Lavender Hill 0, Belhar Dolphins 7;

Falcons 13, Kuils River Cougars 7

First League:

Lavender Hill 3, St Martins 9;

Blackheath 6, Battswood 20;

Khayelitsha Eagles 5, Crusaders 2;

Glenthorn A’s 0, Panthers 10

Second League:

Tantasport 8, Falcons 11;

Titans 8, Kenfac Phillies 0;

Devonshire Rovers 7, Table View Tornados 3

Third League:

Heideveld Yankees 3, St Augustines 10;

Westridge Yankees 7, Normies 11;

Table View Tornados 7, Khayelitsha Superstars 0;

Blackheath 14, Strandfontein Mets 12;

Stealers 7, Thistles 0

Sunday 2 February (knockout):

Men’s Major League:

Westridge Yankees 11, Khayelitsha Eagles 7;

Hamiltons 14, Tantasport 8

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