Moray Eels batter Neena Walker about to smash the ball in an A-grade match.
Moray Eels batter Neena Walker about to smash the ball in an A-grade match. Scottie Simmonds

United romps home

SHARON Gear won heat three of Bundaberg Softball's "family feud" with the Brothers United team she coaches thrashing her husband David's team Moray Eels 19-7 in their round 12 A-grade clash on Saturday.

David took the Eels' reins this season after giving 13 years of distinguished service to United, including as coach and club president.

The Eels won the first clash between the two teams earlier this season, but United now have bragging rights after claiming their past two encounters and moving to the top of the table.

"We got him ... we smashed them," Sharon said.

"They had a full senior side but it was the first time we have had 11 players with two on the bench this season, and it was really good to see."

Sharon said their 15-year-old daughter Alanna "pitched really well" and that stalwart Tanya Petersen really stamped her mark on the game.

"Tanya hit a batter's dream ... a home run with loaded bases so we scored four off one hit," she said.

"We had some other good batting. Aleisha Taylor and Peta Gibbs both had two-base hits and Tanya called the game to perfection from behind the plate.

"We had another batter to go but the umpire called time and game under the mercy rule."

Bridesmaids the past two seasons, Eels started this campaign as favourites to claim their maiden A-grade crown, but United have replaced them as the team to beat.

"I think we have got them worried now," Sharon said.

"Tanya really does a lot of the coaching and I assist, and she's great and we've definitely got Geary (David) on the rocks.

"We have the bye next week so United had our Christmas break-up afterwards and all the girls had a bit of fun at Geary's loss, but it's all in good spirit.

"We will now have some rest time till the start of the New Year and hopefully we'll start on a positive note again, and after the Christmas break we're looking forward to hopefully things going to plan and us being in the grand final."

Reigning premiers West Panthers continued on their winning way, defeating South Sluggers 12-3.

In the men's competition, Eels white-washed United 13-0 and Waves edged out West Lynx 9-8.



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