Raiders dominant in Saturday double header
Raiders A Grade moved to the top of the ladder with two very dominant performances on Saturday 10 December with a 6-0 victory win Syndal followed by an 11-1 victory over Glen Waverley.
The Syndal game was very tight early as both pitchers were well supported by the respective defences. For Raiders Ilsa Wakeling was again dominant pitching 7 innings of shutout Softball allowing only 3 scattered hits, walking 1 and impressively striking out 13 Syndal hitters.
We were on the board early courtesy of a Nat Titcume RBI single that drove in lead-off hitter Ilsa Wakeling who had singled then moved to 2nd on a Racquel SAC bunt. However it stayed 1-0 for the first 4 innings until the top of the fifth where we saw a lead-off triple to Ellen Sanchez, an RBI SAC Fly to Emma B, followed by another triple to Ilsa who was then driven in by Racquel on a single to Left – Racq had a great day going 3-4 with the bat.
We added insurance runs in the 6th and 7th innings to close the game out. The result was fitting given that we out hit Syndal 11 hits to 3 with contributions right through the order. Our fielding was really solid and we have players now settling into regular positions.
HITS: Bisinella-Duns 3 (triple), Wakeling 2 (Triple), Titcume 2 (triple), Sanchez 2 (triple), Daykin 1, Di Paola M 1.
In the second game of the double header against Glen Waverley, we jumped out of the blocks with a run in the bottom of the first, then posted seven runs in the bottom of the second. Pleasingly we again showed that we do not solely rely on our power hitters, as our 7 and 8 slot hitters – Emma Boldeman and Maddy Di Paola – got on base 5 times between them and sparked the 7 run rally in the 2nd inning. Offensively we had 5 extra base hits, so we were hitting the ball very hard.
Also very pleasing was the starting pitching of Emma Boldeman who threw 4 innings of one run ball giving up 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking none – control pitching at its best – and showing the depth of pitching that we have available in the Raiders uniform.
HITS: Bisinella-Duns 2 (double), Titcume 2 (double), Boldeman 2 (double), Di Paola M 1 (double), Wakeling 1 (double).