GAWLER & DISTRICT SOFTBALL GRAND FINALS
BY ROBYN WHEELER
KANGAS CLEAN SWEEP
Kangas showed it was the most successful softball club of the 2012-13 season with three wins from three grand finals played, in perfect conditions on Saturday.
The club’s under 13s dominated during their clash with Trinity College. Becky Havis pitched well, only giving up two hits for the entire game, and was chosen as best on ground.
Imogen Krollig caught well for Trinity College but her team could not find form with the bat, and went down by a mercy rule 18-3.
The clash in division two saw Kangas Grey up against minor premiers Giants, who won the toss and elected to field.
Things looked good for Giants early, as pitcher Shanna Baker struck out the first two batters. But Regan Lambert singled and scored on a big three-bagger to centrefield from Laura Helbig, as part of a two-run start.
Giants responded well, with lead-off batter Nat Zanlorenzi getting on via an error, and eventually scoring courtesy of Cindy McAuley, to make the score 2-1.
Throughout the rest of the game Giants struggled with the bat, and could only score one more run, in the bottom of the fifth, by Sue Haldane, while Kangas picked the spaces well.
Kangas batted a run home in each of the second and third frames, the highlight a long home run to leftfield by the ‘speedy’ Regan Lambert, who is one of the fastest players in the game.
With three runs in the fourth dig, and another single tally in the fifth, Kangas went 8-2 up and the game was safe.
Bec Ashmeade for Kangas played brilliantly at first base, taking some ‘screamer’ catches, while Lauren Broughton for Giants took the catch of the day at second base.
Mother and daughter combination Cathy and Regan Lambert, pitched and caught respectively for Kangas, and were the perfect battery against a usually strong side, to help guide their side to victory, with Regan taking out the best on ground award.
The division one contest was also between Kangas and Giants, with Kangas vying for 10 flags in a row.
Giants started strongly, and had Kangas out for zero in the first dig. Bunting and strong tactical plays saw Giants bring two runs in through the bottom of the inning.
Kangas scored a single run in the second frame and kept Giants to zero, and in the third had two down before Kyla Whiting picked a walk and scored on Jo Altus’ three bagger, which was cut short of a home run at the plate – centerfielder Raina Cruise to shortstop Brooke Skewes, who made quick work of it with her throw to catcher Toni Polain.
With the game tied 2-2 going into the fourth frame, Giants once again made quick work of the first two Kangas batters, but Christy Nordin stepped into the batting box and hit a beauty over centrefield’s head for a home run, to put her team in the lead.
Kangas scored another run in the fifth inning, while Giants scored in the top of the sixth to reduce the margin back to one run, 4-3, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats, going in to the top of the seventh inning.
But a fired up Kangas could smell the premiership and exploded. Kareena Donnan starting the charge with a double to left field, Whiting once again picked a walk, Altus hit a single and Brie Dunn doubled to bring in two runs.
Catcher Emma Perry hit a single, and once again Christy Nordin stepped into the batting box and hit one of the biggest hits seen at Karbeethan for her second home run of the game, for six runs for the dig, and a 10-3 lead.
The pressure was on the Giants to respond, which started well with a single from Raina Cruise, who was batted in by Giggles McMillan. However this was the only run the side could muster for the seventh inning, and Kangas took their 10th premiership in a row, 10-4.
Best on ground was Christy Nordin, who played well at first base, besides her two home runs, and three RBIs.
Grand final results: U13 – Kangas d Trinity 18-3; division two – Kangas d Giants 8-2; division one – Kangas d Giants 10-4.
GDSA after celebrating its 30th year this season, held its trophy presentation at Karbeethan on Saturday evening.
Under 13: Best in the grand final – Becky Havis (Kangas), Best and fairest for the season – Ana Helbig (Kangas), Runner-up best and fairest – Becky Havis (Kangas); division two: Best in grand final – Regan Lambert (Kangas), Best and fairest for the season – Shanna Baker (Giants), Runner-up best and fairest – Brie Dunn (Kangas); division one: Best in grand final – Christy Nordin (Kangas), Best and fairest for the season – Steph Agnello (Two Wells), Runner-up best and fairest – Sally Green (Two Wells).
GDSA State championship. Under 17: coaches trophy – Courtney Broughton (Trinity College)/Rachel Falland (Kangas); D Grade (State championship winners): MVP – Shanna Baker (Giants), Runner-up MVP – Karin Farrugia (Two Wells)/Linda Rushton (Two Wells); C Grade: MVP – Jo Altus, coaches award – Patti Green (Two Wells); Composite side in Central Districts Softball Association: MVP – Amanda Unger (Kangas), best team player – Jenny Gursansky (Two Wells).
Dibben Family Most Aggregate Runs Shield: 156 runs batted in by Giants division two.
Scoring trophy – Yvonne Songer; President’s trophy – Sally Green (Two Wells); senior umpire – Jess Wheatley (Kangas); junior umpire – Laura Helbig (Kangas); Robyn Wheeler most successful club – Kangas.
GDSA playing life membership: Jenni Gursansky, Jess Wheatley, Steph Agnello, Rebecca Mathews, Jo Altus, Johnann Harris, Franca Carbone, Chevy Havis.