Waves rise to win
AN INCREDIBLE final inning triple play by the Waves Tsunami has seen them bounce back in the Bundaberg softball competition after a loss last week to Bargara.
Leading nine runs to seven, against Eels United who were batting with two bases covered, it looked liked the Tsunamis were going to lose for the second time this season to them.
Instead, led by Cassie Beck who took a diving catch at short stop, Waves embarked on a triple play to end the game.
With players on the first and third base, Beck ran and touched the third base plate to get out the Eels United player as she was heading back after the catch.
A throw to Kelly Sharp, who was at first base, created the third out as they finished the game to win the match.
It was a great comeback from the team that had lost two of its first three games as the defending champions.
Coach Lee-Anne O'Leary paid tribute to her team for not giving up when bases were almost loaded.
"Eels United batted better, and they should have probably won the game in the position they were in," she said.
"Our players fought well and the triple play was incredible to see."
With a full-strength squad still not available, the Waves say they still have a lot of work to do to, as they try to replicate the form from last year.
"The win will be a big confidence boost to the team," she said.
"I can't wait to have my full-strength team, though, to see how we really stack up."
In the other match of the A-grade women's competition, Bargara made it four wins in a row, with a 16-run-to-one triumph over Wests Panthers.
The men's competition was also close with Wests Lynx winning 12 runs to 11 over Sluggers Eels.
Trailing nine runs to five heading into the final inning, the Sluggers scored six runs to take the lead.
Lynx, with the final inning of the match, scored three decisive runs to win by two and remain undefeated.
Coach Angela Rohdmann was pleased her team held on in the end.
"A few errors almost cost us, as we conceded those runs in their final inning," she said.
"I was pleased our attitude remained high and our team found a way to win."
In the other match Brothers United defeated the Bargara Bullets 14 runs to nine.