This was certainly the most mature performance by this group of young and promising players
The Għajnsielem Redcoats bounced back from the Game 2 loss in the MABS National Championship Series to overcome the Mellieha Curves 22-8 in Mellieha on Sunday morning. This was the first time ever that the Redcoats won a fastpitch softball game in Mellieha, and it was done in an emphatic manner. The 22 runs scored were the most runs ever scored by the club in a fastpitch softball game.
Redcoats starting pitcher, Estelle Scicluna, struck out nine hitters in five innings without giving up a single walk – a first in her career. Of the eight runs allowed only three were earned. This was yet another solid performance from Scicluna and demonstrates that she is improving and gaining in confidence. For the third game in a row, lefty pitcher Monique Attard came in to close the game, and once again she did not allow a run in. Monique got some help from her outfielders with Monique Camilleri playing at left field, catching a line drive and making a perfect throw to 2nd base to catch a runner off base for the double play. This was Camilleri’s 3rd double play in three games this season. The final out of the game was however by far more spectacular. Another line drive was hit to the right of right fielder Marija Vella, who ran and made a sliding catch which was nothing short of amazing. All the Redcoats ran to congratulate Marija and each other for the outstanding all round performance.
Catcher Corinne Grima stayed hot with a hit and three runs batted in. Marilise Vella, Kimberley Scerri, and Monique Attard also had hits. This was a great team effort with every player contributing to the success. One can safely say that it was the most mature performance by this group of young and promising players. Although 3rd base still remained an issue, Simona Refalo demonstrated that she has potential to make that position her own.
The Ghajnsielem Redcoats now lead the Championship Series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Saturday, April 6, in Gozo.