Once again Corinne Grima stood out with two hits, a walk and scored a run – she was also outstanding playing catcher
The Mellieha Curves defeated the Ghajnsielem Redcoats 10-7, in Mellieha, in Game 2 of the Softball National Championship to even the series at one game each. It was a much improved performance from the Curves offensively as well as defensively. The Redcoats suffered from the loss of Gianella Mallia who plays at 3rd base. She is out for the rest of the season.
Kimberley Scerri, who normally plays in the outfield, was asked to fill in at 3rd base, and it was very difficult for her playing at that position for the first time. The decisive 5-run third inning for the Curves started with three consecutive errors on three weakly hit routine ground balls in the infield. That was the difference in the game. Of the ten runs allowed, only three were earned, with the five errors committed contributing to the other seven runs. Unfortunately, this was one of the better games Redcoats starter, Estelle Scicluna, has on record, and it was wasted. She registered nine strike-outs in five innings pitched, walked just one player, and had an 83% strike to pitch ratio. Left-handed pitcher, Monique Attard, who relieved Estelle in the 6th inning, was impeccable seeing off the Curves by throwing just seven pitches, striking out one of the three hitters she faced.
Offensively the Redcoats struggled as well. They did walk 14 times, but did not make solid contact with the ball. They also missed several opportunities when a clutch hit was required and as a result left eight runners stranded. Once again Corinne Grima stood out with two hits, a walk and scored a run. She was also outstanding playing catcher.
The Redcoats need to regroup and sort out third base very quickly as they have to face the Curves next Sunday, also in Mellieha for Game 3 of the National Championship Series.