Kangas sneak home

Phil Stuart

KANGAS Grey came from behind to claim victory over a determined Bluejays in an enthralling Gawler & Districts division one softball clash on Saturday.

Batting first, Kangas’ Becky Havis hustled around the diamond and crossed home plate to score the side’s only run for the inning.

Kangas were guilty of leaving several players on base, and in scoring positions, before Bluejays’ disciplined fielding closed out the dig.

Bluejays piled on the runs during their first at bat, with five of their first six batters making their way around the diamond and crossing home plate, largely due to a powerfully struck ball to left field by Kelly Bryan.

Erin Muldoon then stepped up to the plate for Bluejays and struck a nicely timed ball to centre field, which, in conjunction with some serious base running, saw her score a well-deserved home run.

Kangas’ pitcher Havis held her nerve, though, and completed the required three outs with the first of five K2s for the afternoon.

Kangas doubled their output in runs, from their first dig, at the top of the second, adding two more to their tally before Bluejays, once again, closed out the inning with some clutch fielding.

Bluejays were unable to add to their score during the bottom of the second, as Kangas capitalised to cut the margin to two heading into the top of the third.

Amanda Stuart got things going for Kangas in their third at bat, with a nicely struck ball down the third base line, and out to left field, gaining her two bags.

She went on to score one of Kangas’ four runs for the inning, with Havis playing a huge part in two of the others with a well struck hit out to right field, to help her get to second base and complete two RBIs at the same time.

Bluejays made a change on the pitching plate with an immediate impact, completing the third out and closing out the inning.

Havis, for such a young player at 14 years old, once again held her nerve while pitching for Kangas, closing out any chance Bluejays had of winning the game with two K2s, and effecting a put out at third base, completing an outstanding afternoon.

The game was called with Kangas just holding on to record a 7-5 victory.