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Storm through to soft­ball finals

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Michelle Fitzger­ald

Last week­end saw the be­gin­ning of finals for the ladies soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion, with Wick­ham tak­ing on Fal­cons and Sin­ners 1 go­ing up against the Storm.

Wick­ham’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and big hits se­cured a place in the semi­fi­nals next week, with a 22 to five vic­tory.

A strong third in­nings so­lid­i­fied Wick­ham’s lead with nine run­ners home, four of th­ese thanks to Linda Retch­ford’s enor­mous home run hit.

Dampier’s Mikayla Smith was kept busy in left field with four strong catches and Shae Hawkes, once again proved short­stop was the best place for her with two catches.

Con­sis­tently tight field­ing and quick dou­ble plays meant Fal­cons did not stand a chance and fin­ished the sea­son in a re­spectable fourth po­si­tion. Storm had an ex­cep­tional start in the field dis­miss­ing Sin­ners’ first three bat­ters in quick suc­ces­sion.

Sarah Boagey caught a great fly ball in right field to take the third bat­ter and bring Storm into bat.

Big home run hits from Storm’s Nikki Brough and Terese Bushby along with Boagey’s three base run saw Storm’s score climb.

Shan­nine Tulloch, Nikki Brough, Ash­leigh Lang­ford and Peta Gilla all took catches. Storm en­joyed a con­vinc­ing 24-7 win.

Sin­ners 1 and Wick­ham now play to de­ter­mine who will take on Storm in the Grand Fi­nal.

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