The Local Lawyers softball team played the McLean Valley Diamonds at the Rowena Meer’s Diamond at Finlay Park, Port Macquarie on Saturday, December 1.
The Lawyers elected to bat first. The team was not daunted by the speed of the Diamonds pitcher Mali Boller, who is arguably the fastest pitcher in the local area.
Leadoff batter Mel Hunt started the innings off perfectly by thumping the ball to leftfield.
Jordan Grieves then patiently picked out four balls to be awarded a walk. Georgia Boland and Chrissie Andrews followed up with safe hits to bring in the runners.
Catcher Nat Middleton also recorded a safe hit and stole two bases to score. The top half of the innings saw a very confident Lawyers team walk from the playing field with six runs.
The Diamonds team seemed shocked to see the Lawyers pitcher, Chrissie Andrews, change from a slingshot pitcher to a windmill pitcher. The extra speed saw the first three Diamonds batters retired before they could make first base. Thus taking the Lawyers into the second innings with a 6/0 lead.
The Lawyers now boast 5 players who are eligible for under 18s The younger players then led the way, between them they scored 12 runs, with both Lily Andrews and Sarah Jennings crossing home plate for the first time.
Sarah batted 3 times and scored 3 runs in a superb display against a very experienced pitcher.
After a lot of hard work catcher Nat Middleton is making it hard to steal second base and her combination with Jordan Grieve has stopped runners stealing third base for the last 10 innings.
This is making other teams have more and more forced runners thus giving the infield more chances to retire the lead runner.
Fiona Ewan, who is filling in on first base for the injured Amanda Badger, was involved in 12 outs and backed that up with two safe hits. Amanda showed great team spirit limping out to coach first base and encouraging Fiona as she learns the subtleties of first base.
The game finished with the lawyers winning 20/7 and still having an innings to spare. The Lawyers have cemented third place in the competition but realise they have two really tough games before the Christmas break.
Captain Georgia Boland said after the game ‘we really turned a corner today, we took on a very fast pitcher and won, this showed just how much our batting has improved’.