|* Mavericks||L. 9-13|
|MK Seagulls||L. 12-13|
|* Camels||L. 9-14|
* = cross group game
Sefton We played really well at the Sefton tournament, with strong performances from players up and down the line-up. We played 10 games over the weekend, in the 8 round robin games we achieved a 4 and 2 record within our group and were 4 and 4 overall, a record that put us 4th in our group and into the plate semi final.
On the Saturday we started with a comfortable win against the Firecrackers. That was followed by a tight win against the Vikings and then perhaps our best result of the weekend, a fine batting performance that gave us us a 14-8 victory over the Meerkats. The last 2 games, against Mavericks and Dodgers, were both defeats but, despite our relative our lack of experience, (and lack of NSL players!) we didn't look out of place competing against either opponent. On Sunday morning we registered an easy win against the Fish, followed by close fought defeats to the MK team and the Camels to end the round robin.
We went behind early in our plate semi-final against a hard hitting Trojans team, whose stand out player was former Tiger Mike Gaskell, but a disciplined batting performance, helped by a tag out at home by Annie and some canny pitching by Steve Beddows hauled us back into the game and eventually gave us a narrow win. That took us into a final against a Meerkats team looking for revenge for their defeat on Saturday.
The final was a tight, well-played game. The Meerkats took a 9-5 lead after 3 innings but we didn't let our heads drop. Two runs behind after 6 we tied things up at 13 all half way through the 7th, but a walk off Home Run from Joe Grantham gave the Meerkats the win.
Home Run heroes over the weekend were Dan (7), JD (5) and Michael (3). OBP leaders were Dave (929) and Annie (684). In the field everyone worked hard, stand outs included guest pitcher Steve Beddows who looked good all weekend, Dan and JD who both performed well both at shortstop and in the outfield and Alyssa who made a promising pitching debut as well as doing fine work in the outfield. There were lots of other good performances, and a few bumps and bruises as well, but in the end the biggest plus we can take away from the weekend was the way the whole team kept battling, and often winning, against opponents who were much more experienced and highly ranked than ourselves.
New shirts and new bats took centre stage as we played our first competitive weekend of Softball in 2017. Overall we batted really well up and down the order. Defensively it was more of a mixed bag, a mix of everything from really good to err, not quite so good...
We played 3 games in our initial group, winning 2 of them and running out of time in the 3rd in the middle of a great come back inning. In many ways our best performance was in the first game, a 5-4 win against a very strong Sharks line up that featured our best defensive play of the weekend; two strong throws on a relay from the outfield that cut down what had looked like a certain Home Run at the plate.
That put us in another 4 team group and again we won 2 of our 3 games with the stand out performance a 19-2 win against the Rippers, 19 runs that we scored without a single homer.
That meant we faced the Leeds Bobcats in the semi, a controversial game we lost narrowly (7-6) ending with the winning run stranded on 2nd base.
We scored lots of runs throughout the weekend and there were fine batting performances up and down the order. Male OBP leader was Tony who batted 800, with TK (625) leading the way for the women. Home Run heroes were JD (2), Dan (4) and Michael (4).
In the field both the Downes boys performed well both at short stop and in the outfield, though it was Alyssa whose outfield performance shone brightest. Sandra also took some important catches in right field. Michael looked really good when moved across to 3rd and Emma put in a very promising display at 1st. Dave pitched most of the weekend with Tony putting in 2 winning performances in relief.