Sluggers tighten hold on top position after shut-out

By Lee Gaskin

THE ability to "win ugly" is a trademark of a good side, and Glenn Minter's South Sluggers A-Grade ladies team have proved that is something they have mastered.

Sluggers may have not been at their best, but excellent games from both of their pitchers got them across the line for a 5-nil win against Eels at Frank Coulthard Complex on Saturday.

In what Minter described as a "scrappy affair", Sluggers took the lead early and were never headed from then on.

While their batting was "scratchy", the coach lauded the performance of his two pitchers, Nadia Dittman and Susan Minter.

"Nadia pitched really well ," Glenn said.

"We didn't bat as well as we should have, but I was happy with our fielding and pitching."

After the disappointment of missing out on the grand final last season, Sluggers are now leading the competition and turning some heads along the way.

Glenn said the team's improvement was down to an influx of talented up-and-comers.

But while they are on top at the moment, the closeness of the competition means they could not afford to drop their guard.

"The last few years one team has dominated, but now three (Sluggers, United and Wests) are pretty even," Glenn said.

"And Eels are capable of upsetting any side that takes it lightly."

In the other top-grade ladies' clash, United squeezed past the ever-improving Western Suburbs outfit 3-1.

Meanwhile, Across The Waves recorded a narrow 11-9 victory against Western Suburbs, while in the other game United defeated Eels 7-nil.



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