Storm fall short as Or­bits run the play

Pilbara News - - Sport - Na­dia Smyth

The West Pil­bara Soft­ball Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 2016 women’s com­pe­ti­tion came to an end on Satur­day with a match between the sea­son’s top two teams, Or­bits and Storm.

Or­bits started strong, bring­ing in seven runs in the first three in­nings and hold­ing Storm to only one run.

The runs steadily rolled in for both teams over the next few in­nings, and at the start of the sixth, the score stood at 9-4 the Or­bits’ way.

Or­bits then put on a show, bring­ing in seven runs to ex­tend the lead to 16-4 and close out the game.

Or­bits pitcher Mere­ana Joseph, play­ing her last game with her team and the WPSO, was awarded best on ground for the match.

She pitched the full game for Or­bits, get­ting six strike outs, and as a bat­ter hit three solid hits to the out­field dur­ing the game.

Storms’ start­ing pitcher Piri Dar­gav­ille and sec­ond baser Nikki Brough each had a twobag out­field hit. Dar­gav­ille started the game and was brought back in to fin­ish the pitch­ing for Storm.

In the award pre­sen­ta­tions that fol­lowed, Dampier ju­nior Shae Hawkes and the Or­bits’ Sharelle Clarke took out the fairest and best awards for the sea­son, while Sarah Boagey won the quiet achiever award in mem­ory of for­mer player Leanne Blan­ket.

Tammy Ten­nent was given life WPSO mem­ber­ship for her many years of vol­un­teer­ing and play­ing in the Pil­bara.

Or­bits coach Steve Ar­mitage said the team had ex­e­cuted their game plan of get­ting runs on the board early and mak­ing Storm chase them for the rest of the game.

He said the team had done well to get through a sea­son plagued by a lack of play­ers and thanked those who had filled in.

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