Softball

Welcome to the Softball reports page of the School website, match reports and/ or scores will be posted here as soon as possible as they are received.

 

Week 4 - Saturday 11 November

Open A Softball defeated Walford 17 – 1

Things looked a little shaky this week with the withdrawal of a number of players who were ill plus an interstate commitment leaving the A grade with only 7 players – the bare minimum required to commence a game. 

Batting first against a young and very inexperienced Walford line up, we managed to score 3 runs in our first time at bat. The hitters were very watchful in the batting box, taking the base on balls when presented. However, we remained aggressive when the chance did present itself to take a good swing at the ball. The hitting did seem just a little off cue – we were likely taking a while to adjust to the slower pace of pitching compared to what we had faced the week before! 

Our 7 players headed out to field and we made a decision to go with one outfielder – Isabel Tynan was awarded the role as a birthday present! With some other minor adjustments to the infield, the team produced another classy fielding effort to support Pippa Adkins, our pitcher for the day. Another solid pitching performance from Pippa. 

Paige Cowles made some fine plays at both first and third base. Ellie Georgaris and Olivia Cameron also made solid contributions in the field with Madeleine Ashby taking charge at shortstop. Lucy Clisby was again rock solid behind the plate as catcher. Whether through good luck or good management, Walford’s best hit for the day was hit straight at our sole outfielder and Isabel duly completed the catch. 

We scored the maximum 7 runs in our second and third batting innings as the Walford pitching tired. To their credit, Walford also attempted to give inexperienced players a run in varying positions which helped our cause.

This game was our last official “A” Grade game for the season – the match next week will be against a St Peters B team. A solid Term 4 with plenty to look forward to in Term 1 next year.

Ian Marsland, Coach

 

Open C - defeated Scotch College by forfeit

 

 

Week 3 - Saturday 4 November

Open A Girls were defeated by Scotch 4 - 3

Scotch College agreed to play a game on what was the scheduled EXEAT weekend. The game provided a valuable opportunity for the Pulteney team to face a pitcher who, for her age, is quite possibly the fastest in the state let alone the school competition. 

The first three innings only supported that theory with our first 9 batters of the game all striking out. This shouldn’t be seen as a negative – quite a few of the team would not have faced pitching of this calibre before. The team never took a backward step and were taking some great swings at the ball. As we returned to the top of the batting order in the 4th inning, the really pleasing aspect was the adjustments the girls made, learning from their previous times at bat and every hitter really dug in. Our senior players Isabel Tynan and Pippa Adkins produced two beautiful safe hits to score runs. Their efforts were well supported by Laura Argy and Emelia Dolphin, who forced the pitcher to throw at least 8 or 9 pitches in their times at bat, fouling off many third strikes before drawing walks to get on base. Our base running was also very good. 

In the field, Ellie Georgaras and Pippa Adkins pitched very well and were supported by some great fielding, holding Scotch to four runs for the game. Lucy Clisby produced a fine performance at catcher and Emelia Dolphin controlled centrefield, taking 3 fine catches to help the pitchers and keep the Scotch hitters under control. 

In the end, the team did a great  job to score three runs, falling just short of the Scotch total. At the end of the day, it was a really good game with a lot of skills on show. 

Paige Cowles, Olivia Cameron and Teena Siapkis also warrant a mention. All are playing their first term of A Grade softball and have not looked out of place at all. They will be valuable team members over the next couple of years.

All played well – a great team effort

Safe hits: Isabel Tynan, Pippa Adkins

Ian Marsland, Coach

Open C Girls xxx

 

 

Week 2 - Saturday 28 October

Open A Girls defeated Pembroke 15 runs to 2

This was our first official game for the term after our first round opponent was forced to forfeit. However, they did agree to turn up with the players they had and, after lending them 3 of our own players, we got a solid practice match under our belts. 

This week we were drawn to play Pembroke, a team that we had not faced for quite a few seasons. Consequently, we had no “intelligence”on our opponents. 

After a minor delay, the game commenced with Pulteney batting first. Isabel Tynan as the lead off hitter got our season rolling with a hard hit home run. Madeleine Ashby then followed up with another home run batting at the number 3 position. The young Pembroke pitcher was actually doing a fine job, the Pulteney batters were just hitting particularly well. Pippa Adkins and Lucy Clisby also hit home runs later in the game. 

Apart from the home runs, there were many other solid hits from most of the players. A pleasing aspect was the team’s discipline in the batting box – I cannot recall too many players swinging at a bad pitch! 

In the field, the team looked very sharp, providing good support behind Ellie Georgaris’s solid pitching. 

One of the issues facing us this term has been the need to find a new catcher with both of our previous catchers finishing up in Term 1 due to Year 12 commitments.

Over the first two weeks we have managed to trial a few players in this demanding position. Olivia Cameron, Laura Argy, Isabel Tynan and Lucy Clisby have all stepped up over the first two weeks to “give it a go” and have done a terrific job. Thanks to these girls for stepping up for the team and  helping us out. 

A tough assignment this week with Scotch our next opponent. We are certainly looking forward to the challenge.

Isabel Tynan, Lucy Clisby, Madeleine Ashby, Pippa Adkins, Laura Argy, Emelia Dolphin and Ellie Georgaris.

Ian Marsland, Coach

 

Week 1 - Saturday 21 October

 

Open A Girls - Immanuel forfeited this fixture

Ian Marsland – Senior A Girls Softball Coach

 

Open C (Year 7, 8) -  Pulteney forfeited this fixture

 

 

 

This was our first official game for the term after our first round opponent were forced to forfeit. However, they did agree to turn up with the players they had and, after lending them 3 of our own players, we got a solid practice match under our belts.

 

This week we were drawn to play Pembroke, a team that we had not faced for quite a few seasons. Consequently, we had no “intelligence”on our opponents.

 

After a minor delay, the game commenced with Pulteney batting first. Isabel Tynan as the lead off hitter got our season rolling with a hard hit home run. Madeleine Ashby then followed up with another home run batting at the number 3 position. The young Pembroke pitcher was actually doing a fine job, the Pulteney batters were just hitting particularly well. Pippa Adkins and Lucy Clisby also hit home runs later in the game.

 

Apart from the home runs, there were many other solid hits from most of the players. A pleasing aspect was the team’s discipline in the batting box – I cannot recall too many players swinging at a bad pitch!

 

In the field, the team looked very sharp, providing good support behind Ellie Georgaris’s solid pitching.

 

One of the issues facing us this term has been the need to find a new catcher with both of our previous catchers finishing up in Term 1 due to Year 12 commitments.

 

Over the first two weeks we have managed to trial a few players in this demanding position. Olivia Cameron, Laura Argy, Isabel Tynan and Lucy Clisby have all stepped up over the first two weeks to “give it a go” and have done a terrific job. Thanks to these girls for stepping up for the team and  helping us out.

 

A tough assignment this week with Scotch our next opponent. We are certainly looking forward to the challenge.