Sally Green reports:
Under 14 – Preliminary final Saturday, March 13
Kangas defeated Two Wells 12 – 11
Two Wells and Kangas played out a nail biter in the preliminary final.
Two Wells came out swinging in the top of the first, piling on six runs with hits to all parts of the ground from nearly every player in the line-up.
Tubiyas Stewart closed out the innings on the mound for Kangas with his second strike out for the dig.
Kangas matched Two Wells’ effort with the bat in the bottom innings by registering six runs of their own, Lewis Rosenzweig featuring heavily with a home run.
Amelia Silvy was busy on the mound for Two Wells with a strikeout, combining well with Molly Ruediger at first base
Two Wells added a further three runs to their tally during the top of the second with hits to Samuel Monroe-Lynch, Sebastian Farrugia, Molly Ruediger and Max Ruediger.
Kangas made a change on the mound bringing in Alix Hill with immediate effect.
Alix closed out the innings by completing all three outs from four batters with a strike out and two put-outs to Iva Tanu at first base.
Kangas continued their form with the bat during the bottom of the second, managing to cross home plate another six times with hits to all parts of the diamond.
Two Wells’ infield held their nerve though, completing their required outs; Emily Jarvis with an impressive put-out from shortstop and Amelia Silvy busy again with another strike out and put-out to first.
Two Wells added another run to their score during the top of the third with hits from Samuel Monroe-Lynch, Annabel Monroe-Lynch and Molly Ruediger.
Alix Hill once again was impressive on the mound for Kangas with two strikeouts to limit the damage done. Two Wells clamped down defensively in the bottom innings, Amelia Silvy continuing her dominance for the day by completing all three outs from as many Kangas batter’s with put-outs to first base.
The score 12-10 to Kangas heading into the last innings.
Max Ruediger featured with a nice hit through the infield for Two Wells in the top of the fourth and in conjunction with some great base running, went on to cross home plate for his side, closing the gap to 12-11. Kangas’ Alix Hill featured once again with two put-outs and Brooklyn Mann closed out the innings and subsequently ensured the win for Kangas with an outstanding field from second base and throw to first.
Time was then called on an enthralling game of softball.
All players from both sides should be extremely proud of their efforts.
Our U17s competed in the GDSA grand final on March 21, sadly going down to Trinity College 16-12.
Two Wells fired up right from word go with a smashing seven-run dig with some big bats from siblings Aiden and Brenna McDougall.
Trinity fought right back with an even match up of seven runs Caitlin Holt, who started the ball running with a two-bagger bringing in two RBIs and some solid base running.
Top of the second, Molly Ruediger got a base in balls and then was batted in from a smashing hit to centerfield by Ethan Packham, with his first home run for the day, sadly Two Wells couldn’t continue with their batting in this innings and the game was then 9-3.
Trinity came in for their second bat and followed suit with two runs after Keira Mitrovic and Iyah Adams got themselves on base with some solid batting.
Top of the third and Two Wells struggled with the bat and couldn’t get any runs on the board.
Trinity gained a further six runs before a pitching change by Two Wells.
Two Wells came in for their last bat with a big home run from Ethan Packham and a solid two-bagger from Aiden McDougall.
With three runs in, Two Wells just couldn’t hold out against Trinity’s pitcher Caitlin Holt, with Trinity the victors 16-12.
Best on ground for the game was awarded to our catcher Brenna McDougall.
Congratulations to all our juniors for a fantastic season and hope to see you all back again next season.
Div 1 March 21
Preliminary final TW def Giants 10-7
Two Wells won the toss and opted to bat first.
After a solid single to centrefield from Amelia Benn, Two Wells didn’t score in their first dig and had to fight for the win.
Two Wells and Giants pitchers Sally Green and Tahlia Sutton pitched well, holding both sides scoreless for the next two innings.
Top of the fourth, Two Wells came back with safe hits one after another comfortably scoring five runs getting ahead in the game.
Giants’ Naomi Schreier and Tara Lord got on base and Kerry Hartup up, gaining one RBI to bring their score up to three for the game.
Giants’ new pitcher Kat Ingram, held Two Wells scoreless again for the fifth innings.
Two Wells pitcher Sally Green held sting on the plate, keeping the Giants scoreless again for the next two innings.
Going into the seventh innings the score was 6-3 Two Wells.
After some earned walks and safe hits from Heather Baldock, Sarah McMillan and Sally Green, Two Wells stretched the lead out 10-3.
Giants weren’t finished though, gaining a further four more runs from some perfectly placed hits from Tahlia Sutton and Kat Ingram.
Two Wells didn’t give up, with the last three Giants batters not getting to first and a textbook catch from Amelia Benn at right field ended the game with Two Wells the victors 10-7.
Two Wells faced long time premiers Kangas in the grand final at Karbeethan Reserve on March 28 and results will be available in the next Echo.