Wests’ batter Paul Dowling.
Wests’ batter Paul Dowling.

Westerns Suburbs battle in derby

IT is the ultimate softball derby. Wests Sabretoothed vs Wests Lynx — the footy boys in their first year up against the seasoned softball boys.

The latter have had the wood over the newcomers so far this season, winning two from two.

But the return of the Sabretoothed lynchpin John Thomas to the pitcher’s plate may tip the scales in their favour.

“The last two times we’ve played them he’s been away on rep duty and we’ve really missed him,” coach Michelle McKeown said.

“He really is our gun player and the boys feed off him.”

“Our catcher, too, is one to look out for. He hit one from the third diamond to our diamond at four on the full — that’s a big hit.”

Lynx will also welcome back representative star Lyam McKay, who was involved in the nationals last weekend.

“It’s going to be a very close one, too close to call,” McKeown said.

The sledging has already started, but the Sabretoothed coach insists there is no bad blood.

“There’s no animosity at all. The boys love to talk it up but it’s all a bit of fun,” she said.

“We quite often train together and see a lot of each other so there is plenty of bragging rights at stake.”

The game has a broader context too, with both sides looking at cementing spots in the top two and three on the ladder.

Lynx sit just ahead of their Wests counterparts but Sabretoothed are only getting better as the finals loom.

In the other games, Souths Sluggers will be searching for a win against United 8 to keep them within range of the top spot.

Ladder leaders Across The Waves face United, who sit at the other end of the table.

The Brothers United sides have not had the success of their women’s outfit, but have proven throughout the season their ability to knock anyone off their perch on a given day.

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