A gutsy, gritty, and determined Two Wells knocked off the minor premiers Kangas in the Division 1 Grand Final last month, ending the latter’s amazing 18-year reign of premierships.
Batting first, Two Wells started strongly by registering two runs during the top of the first, largely due to Sally Green monstering a home run through centre field.
Kyrstal Doudle, Elise Goland and Vanessa Silvy also featured with hits to all parts of the outfield before Kangas regrouped, closing out the inning before too much damage was done.
Kangas managed to cross home plate three times in the bottom inning with hits to Kimberly Storton and Joanne Pfeiffer.
Defense dominated proceedings during the second inning; Kangas completing their required outs from as many batters and Two Wells nearly matching it with three outs from four.
Kangas maintained the defensive pressure during Two Wells third at bat, managing to hold them scoreless again, despite a nicely timed hit to Sally Green to left field.
Joanne Pfeiffer stamped her authority from the pitcher’s circle with another put out to first, followed by a strike out. Kangas added another run to their tally during the bottom dig with hits from Jenny Freeman, Joanne Pfeiffer (two base hits) and Fran Huddy. Sally Green held her nerve on the mound, closing out the inning with another strike out.
Heather Baldock got things going for Two Wells during the top of the fourth with a nicely timed hit to left field, going on to score their only run for the inning.
Despite a nicely timed hit to centre field from Kimberly Storton, her second for the day, Kangas could not get things going during their fourth at bat with Two Wells restricting them from scoring.
Sally Green exerted her dominance again, completing all three outs for her side with two puts to first base and a strike out.
Jenny Freeman and Fran Huddy both getting onto hits for Kangas during the bottom inning, the latter gaining her three bases.
Jenny hustled around the diamond to cross home plate and score Kangas only run for the dig.
The injection into the game of Two Wells superstar, Nikki Ruediger, paid off immediately, with Two Wells piling on seven runs during the top of the sixth, with hits to all parts of the ground. Heather Baldock, Nikki Ruediger, Amelia Benn and Elise Goland all featured, the latter gaining two RBI’s in the process.
Kangas came out swinging in the bottom of the sixth, Kyla Whiting with a powerful three base hit past right field, going on to score later in the dig and Annabel Unger crunching a home run through centre field.
Tammy Warner got on to one through left field before Sally Green once again demonstrated nerves of steel, completing yet another put out to first and strike out to complete the inning.
Kangas ensured a quick last batting dig for Two Wells, completing their outs from four batters.
Two Wells were all over the Kangas defensively, claiming the premiership by completing their three outs from as many batters.
Sally Green capped off a sensational game by completing another put out to first and strike out for her side, giving her an amazing seven strikeouts and four putouts for the day!
Two Wells T-Birds Softball Club