Eels electric in win
NO coach, no problems.
Or so it seemed at Frank Coulthard Oval on Saturday as North Bundaberg Eels disposed of South Sluggers in a 14-9.
With coach Mike Shanhun away on representative duties a player group of Natalie Thompson, Kellie Moody and Consuela Morris called the shots against Sluggers.
“It was a bit nerve-wracking really,” Thompson said after the match.
“Because he's always there to lead the way and give us some guidance throughout the week or in a game.
“So not having him there was a challenge for us.”
A challenge the team overcame.
But for much of the match it did not seem like they would.
Fresh from defeating the premiers, United, last week, Sluggers came into the game full of confidence.
The two sides traded points for the opening innings before reserve pitcher Kristie Kennedy helped sway the momentum for Eels.
Kennedy was subbed into the match in the fourth inning and Thompson noticed the immediate impact the switch had on her side's demeanour.
“The whole team sort of lifted,” Thompson said.
“She did some really good pitches and our fielding picked up.
“Even our batters started to do well.”
Locked at 9-9 going into the final minutes Eels scored five late runs to secure the victory.
“It was good for us to get a victory, because they were playing some very good softball and they were very confident going into yesterday's game,” she said.
“Mike gave us some stern instructions, like he always does, and we followed them and it all worked out.”
Shanhun will be back in Bundaberg this week.
Meanwhile, United returned to form with an automatic victory over Wests Panthers.
The premiers bounced back from a disappointing loss to Sluggers last weekend, defeating the Panthers in a “mercy victory”.
“It was good for the girls to bounce back for a win and it was good to see some of our players back,” veteran Anita Palm said.
Megan Silcox and Palm returned this week, while Peta Gibbs and Tanya Petersen are at the World Masters Games in Sydney.