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Warriors enlist for softball

Thursday, 10th November, 2011

WARRIORS: Members of the latest BH softball team. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt WARRIORS: Members of the latest BH softball team. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

Importantly for the competition, the West Darling Warriors are made up of teenage students from BH High School, a move the association hopes will help guarantee the future of the sport.

“This year really was make or break for the softball competition so to be able to put a team together consisting of teenagers is fantastic,” BH High School PE teacher Jenny Dannatt said.

“A colleague here at the school, Liz Gepp, has been the driving force behind the Warriors and the girls are very excited about playing their first match under lights tomorrow at Jubilee Oval.

“The focus is on getting kids back into sport and promoting healthy lifestyles - as well as saving the softball competition - so everyone will benefit,” Ms Dannatt continued.

The Warriors have been drawn against Penguins for their first game where the students will take on their PE teacher who is playing-coach of Penguins.

In the other match tomorrow night Excelsior will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season against the Albemarle All-Stars. Tigers have the bye.

The All Stars came in for a rude shock on debut when they were thrashed 21-2 by reigning premiers Tigers, but their enthusiasm and spirit was a welcome addition to the competition.

“The attitude they brought to the diamond was fantastic and they will help breathe new life into the competition,” Ms Dannatt predicted.

“Their energy and enthusiasm was first class and the experience they gained from their first match will help them a lot.”

Given the steep learning curve the All-Stars were facing the result from their debut appearance wasn’t unexpected. They made a promising start in the first innings by getting runners on bases but were unable to convert that to the scoreboard.

Tigers first two batters got on base by a walk and a well-placed hit to left-field from Leonie Wilson brought them home.

Michelle Gray also scored two runs with her first hit, while Janine King and Dana Newman fielded well at short-stop and second base respectively.

The All Stars were excited when Sarah Newsome’s hit to right field helped her to first base, she stole to second and was advancing home on Chantelle Newsome’s hit but unfortunately the next batter was thrown out at first.

The All-Stars defensive qualities came to the fore at the bottom of the second innings when they retired the Tigers line-up three-up, three-down.

However, the experienced Tigers enjoyed a batting rally in the third; scoring a further six runs due to well-placed hits.

Tayla Newman was kept very busy all night at left field while Janine King produced a well juggled catch at second - collecting the ball in her bare hand after it bounced out of her glove.

Stars struggled with the bat for the remainder of the match, being retired in order, while in contrast the Tigers improved the longer the match went and finished strongly to record a 21-2 score line.

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