Favourites Storm surge to ti­tle win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Michelle Fitzger­ald

The Storm have won the West Pil­bara Soft­ball Or­gan­i­sa­tion fi­nal with an 8-4 vic­tory over Wick­ham Cy­clones.

Storm went in as favourites to take the flag but the fi­nals started evenly with tight field­ing on both sides. Wick­ham’s Danielle Salathiel took three catches at short stop, with catches also taken by Linda Retch­ford, Amber Jaf­fray and Obe Babia.

Chrisene Retch­ford pitched an ac­cu­rate and strong game and ran the bases ag­gres­sively.

Wick­ham brought their ju­nior play­ers on to change things up but left this too late in the game to make up the runs needed.

Storm catches were taken by Sarah Boagey, Erin Walker, Piri Dar­gav­ille, Terese Bushby and two by Belinda Gor­don.

Jo Leo was a strong catcher and Storm’s big­gest hit­ter, with an im­pres­sive home run over the out­fielder’s head to bring her­self and one other home.

Court­ney Bushby pitched an ag­gres­sive game with im­pres­sive strike-outs through­out.

The game was tight un­til the fifth in­nings, when Storm brought four home, ex­tend­ing their lead.

The Rosie Jones Medal was awarded to Chrisene Retch­ford for best on ground.

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