Following Round 4 of the 2018 Softball Victoria Women’s Invitational, the tide was well and truly turned with the two sides sitting at the top of the ladder being defeated at Werribee on Wednesday night.
With rain squalls threatening to derail the games, everyone showed up with a positive attitude and was keen to play. Following a heavy burst of rain accompanied with some hail just as the first game was about to commence, the weather then cleared to produce a cold evening. Fortunately, the softball on the diamond was hot.
The Teals vs Black Storm
Game one for the evening saw the top of the table Black Storm take on the Teals, who were still looking for their first win of the tournament after a nail-biting run-fest last week at Knox.
Straight off the bat, the Black Storm looked likely to continue their form with some solid batting in the first innings seeing them take a 1-0 lead. The second innings was an entirely different story when the Teals really found their groove; firstly restricting the Black Storm batting line up, and then following that up with a six-run innings that blew the game apart and set the Black Storm back on their heals for probably the first time in the competition.
What followed was a tense struggle as the Black Storm fought hard to regain control of the game, while the Teals just refused to let go. When the Black Storm threatened late in the game, Ilsa Anstey stepped up to the plate for the Teals and put one over the fence to secure the game for the Teals with a final score of 7-5.
Navy Blues vs Purple Haze
The Purple Haze and Navy Blues renewed acquaintances in Game 2 for the evening and early on it looked like it might have been a repeat of the Round 1 game. On that occasion, the game ended in a tight, low scoring affair with the score after three innings being just 2-0 to the Navy Blues.
The only telling stat at that point was that the Purple Haze had failed to register a hit, with the Navy Blues’ Nicky Martin making life difficult for the Haze offence, supported by some good fielding by her team mates. The Purple Haze seemed to be finding their rhythm at the top of the fourth, getting runners on bases and notching up a run. The Navy Blues then lit it up, bringing home seven runs to close the game out 9-1.
Both games highlighted the even nature of the competition and that each team has be on their game every week if they wish to feature in the final on 28 November. Next week the tournament returns to Knox, with the Purple Haze taking on the Black Storm in a game that will determine who sits atop of the table going into the last round, while the Navy Blues will take on the Teals with both teams needing a win to keep their finals hopes alive. We look forward to seeing you there.