Eels poised for batting glory
SOFTBALL: United coach David Gear will rely on his pitcher combination to stem a predicted Eels batting onslaught in this weekend’s semi-final match-up.
He has focused on preparing his team to deal with heavy-hitting batters Tanya Negus and Natalie Thompson.
“If they bat to their potential they will be hard to stop,” Gear said.
The United pitcher-catcher combination of Peta Gibbs and Tanya Petersen has been called upon to minimise the damage.
“We’re going to need them to help keep the Eels in line,” Gear said.
He predicted a close game and said it would take clear-headed field judgment to produce a win.
“The girls are going to have to keep a cool head and try to keep fielding mistakes to an absolute minimum,” he said.
North Bundaberg Eels coach Michael Shanhun has rejigged his batting line-up to inflict maximum damage on United.
“They’re the benchmark team, so we need to make sure the batting order is spot-on,” he said.
“It’s going to be a matter of using our big hitters and good short-game ballers at the right time.”
In the other A-Grade women’s match-up, Souths Sluggers are favourites against Wests Panthers.
But the Panthers have been known to produce moments of magic under pressure.