Pitchers to determine final result
SOFTBALL: Saturday’s sudden-death play-off between clubmates Wests Lynx and Wests Sabretoothed will be won and lost on the pitching mound.
Coaches have billed it as the battle of the pitchers, with in-form Lyam McKay from Lynx squaring off with Sabretoothed’s Hervey Bay import John Thomas.
With the help of Thomas, Sabretoothed staged a major fight-back this season, clawing its way from the bottom of the ladder to be placed in the top four.
McKay has garnered praise this season for lightning-fast deliveries and played a leading role in Lynx’s defeat of Across The Waves last weekend.
Lynx coach Angela Rohdmann said both pitchers had obvious talent and the potential to win the game for their teams.
“Lyam has been pitching well, but so has Thomas, so we’re going to have to work to get past this round,” she said.
“Our guys are really going to have to get out there and hit it hard and find the gaps.
“We need to stay together as a team and brave everything they throw at us and not get ruffled.”
Sabretoothed coach Michelle McKeown said her team would be relying on Thomas to keep Lynx batsmen in line for the match-up.
“It’s going to take a big effort from him to keep Lynx dangermen like Nick Maahs in line,” she said.
“The teams are extremely closely matched, so it will come down to who is in form on the day.”
“The boys have put in the hard yards. They’ve got the skills. It’s just a matter of how we perform on the day.”
Wests Lynx and Wests Sabretoothed will go head-to-head tomorrow at 4.15pm on Frank Coulthard Oval.
Across the diamond Across the Waves will battle it out with United Eight for a spot in the grand final.
Waves coach Dave Field has remained confident in his troops despite teams like United putting pressure on the top side since Christmas.
Their ability to limit their fielding errors has got them this far and United will need to hope for uncharacteristic errors to manufacture an upset win.