Lock into the grand final

Franklin Stars def Arno Babes 18-5

LOCK turned on the beautiful weather on Sunday for the start of Eastern Eyre Softball Association 2017-18 final series, with two semi-finals being played.

Arno Babes and Franklin Stars played first, with Stars taking the diamond and Arno batting.

Very smart fielding saw no players getting to first base and Megan Franklin sending Arno back into the digs with a great catch in the outfield.

A strikeout by Erin Callis was a great start for Arno but Cowell batted well with five players home, leaving the score at four to nil after one innings.

Play settled into a nice rhythm with both teams playing a strong fielding game, most outs occurring at first base.

Franklin Stars took the game on during the fourth innings, with Alana Jantke taking a catch and throwing to third base for a brilliant double play.

They went on to get nine players home in that dig, with the score at 15 to three, with three innings to go.

Arno battled valiantly through the rest of the game with some great fielding by young Kye Lewis-Cousner at left field and good pitching by Callis.

Franklin Stars finished the match with another two double plays, a home-run by Ella Blewit and accurate pitching by Kerry Simes.

Final score was 18 to five, the Franklin Stars’ way.

Lock Purple Helmets 28 def Cleve Slammers 7

The second semi-final game saw two old finals rivals in Cleve Slammers playing top team Lock Purple Helmets.

Lock took to the field first and kept Slammers scoreless.

Lock’s first bat saw with Mel Shadwell hitting a home run, while great batting saw 16 players hit the home plate.

Two strike outs by Tanya Habner and a great catch by Milly Morton meant Slammers had no one home in the second innings.

Carlie Hutchens took two catches at short stop to limit Lock to four runners home.

A walk helped Slammers get their first score on the board during the third innings finishing with three home after a safe hit by Lorrae Weiss with loaded bases.

Bec Harkness took a solid catch at left field and Milly Morton was tagged out, to limit Lock to three runs also.

The play was pretty even for the next few innings, with Lorrae Weiss getting a strike out, Milly Morton getting a home run and Bec Harkness smashing an enormous shot outfield.

The game finished during the sixth innings with Tanya Habner taking a hit to the face while batting.

Lock Purple Helmets won the match with a score of 28 to the Cleve Slammers’ seven, to go through to the grand final.

The preliminary final will be played between Franklin Stars and Cleve Slammers on Sunday, March 11 at the Cleve Area School oval, kicking off at 2pm.

The winner of Sunday’s preliminary final match will face off against Lock Purple Helmets in the Eastern Eyre Softball Association grand final on Sunday, March 18, also to be held at Cleve Area School oval at 2pm.