Grey advances, Bluejays exit

Amanda Unger

KANGAS Grey came out swinging in their Gawler & Districts Softball Association semi-final against a determined Bluejays over the weekend, registering a thumping 17-2 victory.

Bluejays started out hopeful, with new pitcher Amber Rogers holding steady on the plate with a K2 and three outs with as many batters.

The side’s first two batters then made it on base with walks, but couldn’t convert any runs due to solid fielding by Kangas’ infield.

Kangas’ hitting improved in the second inning, as Briellen Dunn brought in two of the three runs for her team.

Rogers, backing up her pitching efforts, again made an impact for Bluejays, scoring her side’s only runs with a hit to centre-field.

Kangas, again, maintained dominance with the bat in the third inning, also capitalising on pitching errors with their first three batters walking.

Dunn, again, had success with the bat, hitting a three-bagger before scoring after an overthrow at third base.

Nikki Schiller also turned her batting streak around with a three-bagger, as Kangas brought in five runs for the inning.

However, Bluejays’ Maryann Schubin put a stop to that streak with a spectacular sprinting catch in left-field, momentarily quietening the Kangas’ side.

Unfortunately, for Bluejays, they couldn’t capitalise on the momentum shift as Kangas’ pitcher Carlijn Hill dominated from the plate, conceding just one safe hit with only two balls making it past the infield for the entire game.

Kangas ended the game in the fourth inning via the mercy rule, with each of their batters contributing to score nine runs in that dig.

Meanwhile, in the other division one match, Two Wells defeated Kangas Blue 6-2 to progress straight into the grand final.

In the division two matches, Two Wells defeated Kangas 29-16 to book a grand final spot and Bluejays pulled off a thrilling 20-17 win over Giants.