— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy
The way the team’s defence was playing, the KSAB Rangers didn’t need 18 runs to win the game.
But they scored them anyway.
Donna Clarke was a force on the mound, while Kim Jordan and Li Bishop were undeniable at the dish, as the Rangers ran over the West Side Monarchs to the tune of 18-3 during action from the Corner Brook Molson Ladies Fastpitch Softball League at Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Field on Tuesday evening.
Clarke gave up 11 hits, with seven strikeouts and just one walk, through six innings of work.
Monarchs’ Melanie Penney suffered the defeat, getting tagged for 19 hits and nine walks, with one strikeout, over her six innings.
Bishop outscored the Monarchs by herself, crossing the plate five times in total. Jordan, meanwhile, had three RBIs and three runs scored. Megan Colbourne scored three times on the night, while Clarke and Lorie Patey put up two RBIs apiece. Jen Crane had a single RBI in the victory.
Steph Sparkes went 3-for-3 for the losing side, swatting an RBI in vain. Sandy Barter and Jessica Humber both had three hits on four tries. Yvonne Diamond picked up an RBI as well.
The Rangers led 5-2 after the first inning, but that escalated to 13-2 after three, when the Rangers put up four runs in both the second and third innings.
Following a scoreless fourth, and what must have been a nice change of pace for the Monarchs’ defence, the Rangers put up three in the fifth to grab the 16-2 advantage.
The Monarchs claimed a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth, but two more in the top of the sixth were enough to ice any more thoughts of a miraculous comeback.