White-wash perfect start to season
WEST Lynx made it two wins from as many starts to complete a perfect start to the Bundaberg Softball season in the Men's division with a 17-0 white-wash of Across The Waves (ATW) Schooners on Saturday.
After hitting the ground running with a 14-4 demolition of reigning premiers Brothers United a week earlier, acting coach Mick Laurent, who again filled in for Angela Rohdmann, who is still away, said they again put it all together and the mercy rule was invoked after three innings.
Schooners were certainly brought back to ground after their first-up win over West Sabretooth.
“Everyone got to have a good bat and everyone was very relaxed in the batting box, which was good to see, and we were error free too, which was great,” Laurent said.
“Everyone did well with the bat in a great team effort but Damien Maher got a few runs, which was good for him.”
Laurent said his 17-year-old son David pitched for the first innings and half before being replaced on the mound by Australian age representative Lyam McKay, and both also really aimed up.
“Morgan Kingston also did everything right catching.”
Laurent said they had “much the same faces” as last season when they wound up third, and he was hopeful they might be able to challenge for the title.
“We have certainly started well – it's a lot better than the way we started last year – it's hard to improve on what we did on the day with no mistakes, but it will obviously get tougher.”
On the other side of the coin, United continued their disastrous start to their title defence when they were forced to forfeit to ATW Cruisers.
Laurent will gladly hand the reins back to Rohdmann when she returns to Bundaberg tomorrow, and he jokingly said that he was “happy to retire with a 100 per cent record”, but he would continue to be there to support the team every week.
He does not believe United will be a force in the division this season, and he rates the young ATW Cruisers side as “the team to beat”.
“They could be very big dark horse – they've got lots of young talented players in that one,” Laurent said.