Tuesday July 30th saw Sefton Sharks play their second game in the Manchester cup. Again we were scheduled for the show pitch but this time there were no visitors to disrupt the game.
Having played probably the toughest team in the competition last round we were drawn against the newest team this time and thanks to the hard work of Lee Coupland we also had our new shirts to dazzle the opposition.
The shirts weren't the only things dazzling on the night, because, even though Lee couldn't make it with his blinding white softball pants (due to the inconvenience of having to work for a change!) both pitchers faced the prospect of pitching into the glaring sun right behind home plate.
We started off as we meant to go on with some good base hitting all around and scored 3 in the first inning. Time for the Colt 45's to take their turn. Their lead batter got on base but after that two good outs by Phil at second and a catch by Kath ended the 1st innings with a 3-0 lead.
We scored another single in the second innings with no reply and in the top of the third we scored 3 more to make the score 7-0. This is where things started to get interesting.
Mark had been coping really well with the conditions but then he had a spell that all pitcher's get at some in a game where he couldn't find a strike and threw seven balls in a row. The true test of a pitcher is how you cope with this and with one player having walked and staring at a count of three balls and no strikes Mark threw 3 beautiful strikes and struck out the batter.
Colt 45's did manage to score 2 runs though to make it 7-2.
We scored 3 more in the fourth with 1 reply but the 5th innings is where we really batted well.
With some great hitting from all of the girls we scored 10 runs leaving the Colt 45's needing to score 2 runs to avoid a slaughter.
They did manager to get 2 home but we scored 4 more in the last 2 innings whilst the 45's managed 2 to finish with a fantastic 22 - 6 win.
There were many highlights from the game, Kate taking 8 catches for outs on first, 7 rbi's and 100% batting for Dan, solid defence and a home run for male MVP Phil, 100% batting from Steve, 2 runs and 3 good hits from Kath "I can't hit it" Larkin, a run and 2 good hits for Sarah, 3 runs and 2 rbi's from Darren and much more.
Our next match is against the Moorkats on Tuesday August the 13th. This is a bit of a derby since we've had Taj and Siobhan from the Moorkats join us at training and the Moorkats are the sister team of the Meerkats that Ant, Lee, Julie, Sonia, Kath Simpson and I all play for on a Wednesday so everyone s looking forward to this with great anticipation.