Storm fall short as Orbits run the play
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.