This was a tense affair, with both teams seeming to take the ascendancy at various points during the game. All the skills required to be successful in the indoor version of the game were on show. The Flyers kept matching the Pirates in each of the innings and excellent fielding was keeping both teams at bay.
In the field, the Flyers faced their toughest test in the League to-date and they found it a hard task to contain the offensive power of the Pirates batting line-up.
The highlight of the Flyers’ batting performance was a Grand Slam Home Run by Michelle Thomson which swayed the end result, with the Flyers piping the Pirates to the post by just 2 runs. Final score 61 – 59.
The second game of the evening saw the mighty Carey Olsen Woodchucks take to the field against the RBC Lions. It was going to be a tight game, with both teams at the bottom of the league table and somewhat evenly matched in experience.
The opening innings started with the Woodchucks at bat and Dave Luce pitching for the Lions. It looked as if the Woodchucks would get off to a roaring start when Harrison Marie, 3rd on the batting line up, scored a home run. But the pitching of Dave Luce was quite difficult for the Woodchucks to respond to, with the spin of the ball ensuring that many foul balls were struck. The combination of this and the 1st basement also saw a number of Woodchucks out at first throughout the remainder of the innings.
The Woodchucks were consistent in their fielding, and managed to keep the Lions at bay points wise. There were some mighty hits from the Lions at bat, most of these being denied by the roof of the hall, and the side walls, with the Woodchuck's short stop (Harrison Marie) and third basement (Gary Philpott) collecting the ball and halting plays at second base.
The remainder of the match was very evenly matched, but the Woodchucks pulled head, with consistent hitting. Grabbing points mostly by progressing players round the bases to home. Some confusion in the Lion's fielding, saw one Woodchuckette (Amanda Falloon) run all the way home from a massive hit off the side wall.
Similarly, Dave Luce's one armed home run saw the Lions make a big impression in the 3rd innings. A fantastic catch was also made by Woodchuckette Amanda off the back wall denying the Lions a home run. Similarly, the Lion's right fielding Lioness denied a home run to the Woodchucks in the latter innings, the same Lioness having made a great stop at 3rd base earlier in the game.
You could see the Woodchucks were desperate to increase their slim lead, when 3rd base man, Gary Philpott tried to hit the ball so hard, he missed, spun round and fell on the floor. Going into the bottom of the 5TH innings, the Lions were behind. A gargantuan effort saw them score two home runs, and pip the woodchucks to the win by 2 points. The score: Lions 42- Woodchucks 40.