Starless Sluggers made to pay
THE absence of Souths Sluggers first-choice pitcher Nadia Dittman and experienced Gemma Bush was fully exposed by the Moray Eels on Saturday.
The Eels rollicked to a 17-2 win, built mainly on the back of some poor pitching by the depleted Sluggers.
Eels, who sit in second spot behind United, were able to walk many of their batsmen, while in-form Ash Leather continued her good form with the bat.
“It was disappointing to a degree that they weren’t able to field a full-strength side,” Eels coach Mike Shanhun said.
“But it’s always an interesting scenario. You can get frustrated by not hitting everything, but at the same time you can’t go chasing wide pitches and getting out to them.
“You need to stay disciplined in that situation and we definitely did that on Saturday.”
The coach was pleased his side was able to put away the under strength Sluggers in such a fashion, propelling them further ahead on points as the season draws closer to finals.
To restrict Sluggers to two home runs, from the three innings played, drastically helps their cause considering defensive averages are what split teams on equal points when deciding final placings.
“You don’t like doing it (winning by such big margins) sometimes, but on this occasion all the girls and myself knew we had to go for it,” Shanhun said.
Table-topping United chalked up an equally impressive tally against the struggling Western Suburbs Panthers.
The defending champions won 15-0, reminding all who witnessed who the top dogs of Bundaberg softball were.
The two big wins set up a blockbuster next weekend, with Eels keen to continue their winning ways and make up some ground against United.
In the men’s fixtures, Western Suburbs Sabretooth had to forfeit their game to United 8, while the Wests Lynx managed to pip United 7 14-9.
ATW beat Sluggers 16-9 in the other men’s game.
United 2 beat Bargara 11-4 in their B-grade ladies encounter, while Western Suburbs Leopards easily disposed of ATW Gold 17-2.
Electric Eels continued the one-sided nature of play, walloping Souths Sluggers 16-5.
It was no different in the under-16 clash — Western Suburbs Lions gave Eels a 12-2 hiding.
South Sluggers defeated ATW 6-2 in a close match-up.