Lakers Year 9 Boys Softball team travelled to Wyedean to play against their Year 10s, despite the opposition being a year older the boys were excited and confident before the game.
Lakers chose to field first and the first innings started perfectly; using the “3 out and change over” format, we restricted the hosts to zero and managed to get three out inside the first four batters. Lakers then batted and despite two early outs, we managed to score three runs through Rohan Parry, Jack Worgan and Jarred Field. The second innings was a closer affair with Wyedean sneaking it 3-2 (Luca Pannone and Rohan getting round to score), to leave the score 3-5 in Lakers favour.
The third innings was one to forget, disappointing fielding and a lack of urgency cost Lakers, as the hosts found some confidence and form, a huge 7-0 score line, turned the game on its head, as Lakers trailed 10-5 at the half way stage. 3 quick scores for Wyedean at the start of the fourth made things a little nervous, but Lakers rallied to quickly dismiss the 3 players needed to put themselves into bat. Safe and sensible batting was needed and the boys delivered; Rohan, Todd Stalley, Jack W, Jarred, Jack Howe, Lee Dicks, Joe Wood and Richard Russell all scored to leave the game tied at 13-13.
The penultimate innings was a tense affair both teams keen to gain a foothold going into the last innings; Lakers took it 3-1 through further scores from Jack H, Lee and Joe. Holding a slender lead going into the final innings Lakers “pulled a rabbit from the hat” with a sensational play from the fielders to dismiss 3 players in one play; having caught the batter, further players were run out at 2nd and 1st as they tried to retreat following the catch. The forced changeover meant the result was secure, with Lakers still to bat out. Victory was sugar coated as Jared, Lee, Joe, Rich, Todd, Daniel Skidmore and Luca all scored to leave the final score 23-14 to Lakers.
Well done and well played boys, a comprehensive and well deserved victory (against the bigger boys!).
Special praise to Lee Dicks for his consistent bowling (only 8 no balls bowled) and Jack Worgan for his big hits which allowed others to score.