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Clash of the Titans looms at Turfhall

by Brian Gaffney
06 Feb 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

Little whets a keen softball follower's appetite more than those clashes between Westridge Yankees and Falcons-SAPS.

They are intense, intriguing and inspirational for the diehards who yearn for a top-class ball game instead of the one-sided fare of late.

Now, another battle of wits looms when these top clubs meet in a decisive first round clash at Turfhall Stadium in Crawford on Saturday, starting at 17:00.

Yankees will be minus their SA catcher Cindy Jeftha, who has batted superbly this season. While Meryl Daniels is likely to replace Jeftha, Yankees' hopes that Lynn Lekay will return from Gauteng for the important game have been dashed.

Lekay, who relocated up north a fortnight ago, has decided to join a club in North Gauteng.

Unbeaten Yankees drew confidence from a 17-2 win over Ridgeville on Saturday past, thanks to the batting efforts of Jeftha, Glynnis Koopman, Chameez Parker and Janice Alexander.

Jeftha, batting 2-3, hit a homer and a three-bagger to record six RBIs. Alexander hit a two-run homer and Koopman and Jenkins, both 1-2, shared four RBIs.

Yankees' Megan Cable conceded three hits in three innings before she was relieved by Almarie Kannemeyer, who fanned two batters. Ridgeville's Rhonda Minnies and Natasha Manuel both batted 1-2.

Falcons are two points adrift of Yankees after drawing 1-1 with Glenthorn on Saturday.

Notably, Glenthorn pitcher Codlyn Korasie fanned one batter and conceded six hits in comparison to her counterpart Nicky Jones, who fanned six batters and allowed three hits.

But in the end it was the Glenthorn kingpin Carla Swanepoel's pace around the bases that evened matters in the fourth inning.

Falcons went 1-0 ahead in the third inning when Petina Phillips's fly hit scored Kim Nicholson, batting 2-4.

Falcons, who have had to settle for the runners-up spot to Yankees for three consecutive seasons, have played with more determination since stalwart Mary Bennett's return to the coach's box a fortnight ago.

Falcons' potential match-winners are Nicholson and Anita Skors, who was 2-2 against Glenthorn. Yankees should also be wary that Jones is pitching with more zest and that Celeste Marks and Jo-Anne Philander can wield the bat with menace.

Other scores: Old Mutual Cubs 8, Strandfontein Mets 2; Tantasport 12, Battswood 7.

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