31st ATHLETICS AT LEINSTER ROYALS 4-0

GOZO CUP SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT 2014 – PLAYOFF

Monday, July 21, 2014      Venue: Sannat Ground      Umpires: Loreto Scicluna & Joseph Scicluna

SCORING
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
31st Athletics 1 1 0 1 1 4 6 1
Leinster Royals 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8
BOX SCORE
31st Athletics
AB R H RBI HR RE SO PO A E DP
SAID, Neil R 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
MALLIA, Gianella 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0 0 0
ZAHRA, Corrine LF 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
SCICLUNA, Estelle P 3 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 10 0 0
MUSCAT, Angelo 3B 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
BAJADA, Steve SS 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
CAMILLERI, Carlos RF 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
     ZAMMIT, Elena RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BEZZINA, Arianne CF 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
GRECH, Amy 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BORG, Luana Dona C 3 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
TOTALS 30 4 6 4 0 8 2 15 11 1 0
Leinster Royals
AB R H RBI HR RE SO PO A E DP
GRECH, Ryan SS 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
DIMECH, Davida  2B 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
GRECH, Brandon P 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4 3 0
XUEREB, Denise 1B 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 1 0
FENECH, Kurt SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 0
CASSAR, Daphne C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
PORTELLI, Sebastian CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
MIGUEL, Fenech LF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BUTTIGIEG, Lara RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
AZZOPARDI, Isaac R 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 20 0 4 0 0 1 3 15 7 8 0
RECAP

It was a matter of who rises to the occasion for this clash between the 31st Athletics and the Leinster Royals. At stake was the right to challenge the Connaught Rangers in the Gozo Cup Final. The players of the Athletics were in fine form, focused and determined. They committed only one error in five innings, and although they squandered several opportunities to score a handful more runs, stranding 10 base runners, leaving the bases loaded in the 1st and 5th innings, they scored enough runs to make it a comfortable win.

The Royals, on the other hand, succumbed to the pressure and performed well below their abilities. They were deficient at the plate, managing to get only five base runners and were not able to bring any of them home. They were also sloppy with the glove, committing eight errors, which is more than their tournament average of 5.5 errors per game. At the end the Athletics were deserved 4-0 winners. This turned out to be the only shut-out of the tournament. Thanks to this excellent performance the Athletics won the playoff and made it to the Gozo Cup Final.

The highlights of the game were the ten assists of Estelle Scicluna and the nine put-outs of Gianella Mallia, both of whom were impeccable for the Athletics. Whereas the two well-hit doubles of Angelo Muscat and the other double hit by Estelle Scicluna were the offensive standouts in a game that was dominated by excellent fielding. Key moment of the game was in the bottom of the 3rd inning when with two runners on and two outs, a Brandon Grech pop-up dropped between 1st and 2nd. Estelle Scicluna went to 2nd base and the very promising Neil Said, playing at rover threw the ball to Estelle just in time to force the runner out to end the inning with Denise Xuereb and Kurt Fenech on deck.

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