KSAB Rangers’ Donna Clarke, left, trips in some uneven ground at homeplate, the ball comes out of the glove of Whelan’s Gate pitcher Coolene Brake, so Clarke is called safe at the plate during Game 1 of their best-of-five semi-final series at Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Field Thursday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
Maybe the KSAB Rangers had somewhere else to be.
That would explain their urgent attack on the Whelan’s Gate Gators on Thursday night in Game 1 of their Corner Brook Molson Ladies Fastpitch Softball League best-of-five semifinal series at Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Field. The Rangers won 20-5 in a five-inning, mercy-rule decision.
Rangers’ Sara Doody nearly scored as many runs as the opposition, crossing the plate four times in a 2-for-4 effort at the dish. She was walked once. Angela House scored three times for the victors while going 2-for-4 and Nicki Carter was 3-for-5 with a run scored.
Coolene Brake, Kathy Lukeman and Katie Evans were all 2-for-3 on the evening with a run scored each. Brake was walked three times.
Donna Clarke was the winning pitcher, scattering seven hits over five innings with six strikeouts and a walk.
Brake also spent some time pitching, a little over two innings, where she gave up six hits and two walks with one strikeout. Nikki Warford also pitched two innings and a bit, giving up six hits and five walks, with no strikeouts.
After a scoreless first inning, the Rangers produced a pair of runs in the second and held the Gators off the board in the bottom of the inning.
Then they rocked the Gators for seven runs in the top of the third, before duplicating the feat in the fourth to take a 16-0 lead.
The Gators mustered two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Rangers responded with four in the fifth.
A three-run response from the Gators fell far short of what was needed to extend the game any longer.