West Lynx player Paul Dowling, left, anticipates the right moment to run as Sluggers player Lance Collins guards first base waiting for Travis Moody to pitch the ball.
West Lynx player Paul Dowling, left, anticipates the right moment to run as Sluggers player Lance Collins guards first base waiting for Travis Moody to pitch the ball. Max Fleet

All on the line for semi-finals

WITH semi-final positions secured in the women’s competition, the big games are undoubtedly on the men’s side of the competition at Frank Coulthard Oval this Saturday.

Coaches from across the competition have praised the even nature of the six-team competition, and since Christmas the mixed results have more than backed that up.

At 4.15pm this weekend, the fate of four teams will be decided, and the draw could not have worked out any better.

Playing off for second and third position is Wests Lynx and United 8.

The winner buys themselves two shots at making the grand final, while the loser does it the hard way.

Both Lynx and United are well-equipped with young talent — the likes of Sam Daff and Lyam McKay have done their bit in the team’s push for a premiership.

While their game carries much weight, it has nothing on the battle that will be under way on the parallel field.

Wests Sabretoothed and Souths Sluggers are fighting for their lives — the loser doesn’t get a look at the finals while the winner sneaks into fourth spot.

Sabretoothed’s fairytale run has come at the expense of Sluggers so far this season, but they are not finished yet.

“We are in form, all of us are, not just our pitcher,” Wests coach Michelle McKeown said.

“Sluggers had a bad loss last week and we’re coming off a win, so we have the momentum and are pretty keen to keeping on winning.”

Starting the season as softball ball first timers, the side has come a long way with the help of some handy recruits.

But Sluggers are intent on ending their dream this weekend.



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