Eels runner Amy Freeman dodges the catchers mit of Wests Natalie Roots for a home run during Eels convincing win.
Eels runner Amy Freeman dodges the catchers mit of Wests Natalie Roots for a home run during Eels convincing win. Rob Barich

Eels slide by Wests with ease

BATTING dynamos North Bundaberg Moray Eels put a shuddering halt to Wests mid-season revival on Saturday, running in 11 unanswered runs in an emphatic win.

It looked as if Wests would continue on their merry way against the Eels when they ran home the first two runs of the match.

But Mike Shanhun’s Eels found their range with the bat in the second innings and never looked back.

“We didn’t start brilliantly by any means, but our bats got moving in the second innings and we just kept rolling,” he said.

The Eels deconstruction of Wests’ pitching was so methodical that all their runs were a product of short hitting into the gaps.

“It wasn’t as if we blasted them away, we just hit the gaps and accumulated the runs, it was a very consistent performance,” Shanhun said.

The coach singled out Diana Richardson’s effort with the bat, while also heaping praise on pitcher Kellie Svenson.

Svenson has emerged as the leading pitcher for the club after Kristie Kennedy left Bundaberg during Christmas.

“There is plenty of weight on Kellie’s shoulders now, but she is handling it really well and was very impressive yesterday.

The win relieved some pressure on Eels, coming off a 13-0 hiding at the hands of Brothers United last weekend.

“We know we can produce the kind of softball we need to beat Brothers, but we can’t be doing it in spurts,” Shanhun said.

“It needs to be a complete game, because one or two mistakes can make a big difference.”

Brothers fended off a brave challenge from Souths Sluggers in the other women’s top-grade game to emerge easy winners.

Sluggers looked the better side in the early stages, but let Brothers off the hook by not converting the pressure into runs.

As it stands, Brothers sit just ahead of Eels in the hunt for the minor premiership, while Wests and Sluggers are well off the pace and neck and neck for the wooden spoon.

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