Bullets misfire in loss to Eels
THE four-match unbeaten run by the Bargara Bullets is over after they were defeated by Eels United in the A-grade softball competition last weekend.
In a match full of drama, United won 7-5, despite both teams being locked at 10-10 when play was stopped in the sixth inning.
As the inning at the time wasn't completed, United was able to hold on, despite the Bullets' best efforts to finish it.
With their largest run score in an inning, as they scored five times at the top of the 6th, the Bullets threw away their final few outs to send Eels in at the bottom of the inning.
Eels responded, to their credit, and scored three times to level the match at the loss of just two outs.
Bargara couldn't get the final out, as the Eels held on, and moved to second with a big win.
Player for the Eels Louise Cole said she was proud of her squad for holding their nerve during a tense finish.
"I told our girls to hold their head high as we played well and got a deserving win," she said.
"To have our best team out there, and beat the unbeaten team, was a great effort."
With wins over both grand finalists in the first five rounds, Eels United is showing it isn't in the competition just to make up the numbers this year.
Cole says the aim is to continue what it has been doing so far this year.
"If we play like that each week, we should expect to do well this season," she said.
"Our pitcher Tearnee Morris played well, and Tiana Best caught well in the field."
Bargara was disappointed to concede five runs in the opening inning.
"It was a disappointing day for us after our start to the match," club president Tanya Turner said.
"We made a lot of mistakes in the field, and they punished us, as they scored plenty of runs and dictated the game."
Despite the loss Turner says the team will bounce back when it faces Waves Tsunami in the second grand final replay of the season next week.
Tsunami warmed up for that contest with a 15-run to four win over the Wests Panthers.
After the Bullets loss in the A-grade, just one team remains undefeated in the premier competitions, with Wests Lynx defeating the Waves Cruisers 18 runs to five in the top-of-the-table men's match.
In a dominant first inning, West Lynx scored plenty of runs, to stun the Cruisers and record a big victory.
Coach Angela Rohdmann says the comfortable win came as a surprise to her team.
"We were able to play aggressively, and it worked well for us, as we set up the big lead early," she said.
"Hitting gaps, and great base running, set up the fantastic win for us."
For Cruisers coach Dave Field, he was left to rue the start of the match for his team.
"Too many fielding errors and fumbles cost us dearly in the early stages," he said.
"It's our first loss of the season though and we still batted well. We will bounce back."
In the other match in the men's competition, the Sluggers Eels defeated Bargara 10 runs to eight.