Drawn game a win for family
Friday, 30th December, 2011
By John Casey
A pair of over 50-year-old novices recruited from the grandstand at the last minute have helped Penguins maintain a strong position in the race for the BH Softball Association premiership.
At the half-way stage of the season the top three teams are separated by just one win, with Excelsior leading on 10 points, one in advance of Penguins, with a similar margin to reigning premiers Tigers.
But had it not been for the efforts of 52-year-old Marg Burrowes and a friend of the family visiting from Brisbane, Penguins were staring down the barrel of a forfeit loss to Warriors in their last outing.
Ms Burrowes, who was at Jubilee Oval to act as scorer for her daughter Chanelle’s team, took to the field against her when Penguins had just five of the necessary seven players to start the game.
“I even had to borrow a pair of shoes and socks and Chanelle’s glove,” Marg explained with a laugh.
“I hadn’t played since the 1970s, so I was a little rusty, and Chanelle was giving me a hard time as well, but it was all worth it because Penguins would have had to forfeit if we hadn’t taken the field.
“My friend Heather Marc was down from Brisbane to see her parents and came along for the night and she was roped into playing as well,” Marg added.
In a fitting end to a memorable night, Penguins and Warriors were locked at 13-all with Heather Marc smashing two home runs late in the game to help her new team to a share of the points.
Warriors raced to a 5-0 lead in the first innings and seemed destined for just their second win of the season when they led 13-3 in the fourth dig.
But Penguins stormed home to score 10 runs in the last innings and tie the game, ensuring the bragging rights would be shared in the Burrowes household.
“It brought back a lot of memories of playing at North Primary School and Willyama High in the 1970s,” Marg said.
“But I don’t think you will see me out on the field when the season resumes in the New Year - I’ll stick to scoring in future.
“Heather had more of an impact than me with her batting but sometimes she thinks she is still a teenager and she finished the game with a sore ankle for her trouble,” Marg added.
Those who know Marg Burrowes will not be surprised she was quick to help out in a time of need ... she has been a foster mum to a number of children for the past 11 years.
“I started when Chanelle was a two-year-old because I didn’t want her to grow up as an only child,” Marg revealed.
“With other kids around you learn to appreciate what you’ve got and what you don’t have and as a single mum - if something happened to me - I didn’t want Chanelle to be alone.”
Being part of the BH High School-based Warriors softball team has been a great experience in her first year at secondary level according to Chanelle.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing with the team and all the girls get along well,” she said.
“The hardest part has been learning all the rules, but we have been rotating through all the positions to find out what we are best suited to.
“So far I have played second base and in the outfield and I will have a go at the other positions in the second half of the season,” Chanelle continued.
Warriors have one win and the draw against Penguins from their five matches and expect to improve their record when the second half of the BHSA season gets underway in February.