Peninsula Softball Club
Feb 22 2021

The Peninsula Raiders faced an uphill battle from the start with their two star pitchers, Kirra Gilchrist and Gracie Tetz, out for the weekend attending U/16 Selection Camps for the NSW state team.

On top of that the Raiders’ coach Kellie Cohen and youngest player Talea Tonga were also missing in action because of a clash with the Touch Footy State Championships in Port Macquarie.

That left the Raiders with seven fielders, no pitcher and needing a huge team effort in very trying circumstances.

They turned one on.

Jess Fraanje bravely stepped up to the mound, having pitched only one inning for her club team in the last two seasons and usually holding watch at shortstop. Incredibly, Fraanje was also nursing a foot injury. 

The Hunters offence threatened but Fraanje held her nerve and faced them down, allowing only three runs across two innings and even striking out one.

With the heat and humidity intensifying in the midday game, the Raiders had to rely on their bats to see them through.

They fired up in the second inning, smashing three doubles and a single to move ahead in the score line.

The Raiders increased their lead in the third with another impressive batting display, including a triple from their new star pitcher, Fraanje.

Kirra Wilkins was also on fire, securing a vital double-play at shortstop, and adding a double in the second and hitting a clutch two RBI single in the third inning - earning her co-player of the match. 

In addition, the Frew twins continued to add to their impressive season batting stats with Izzy Frew hitting a double and Ingrid Frew smashing two doubles and two singles.

Magnificent seven (and coach): (L-R) Jess Fraanje; Anna Butler; Emily Harrison; Kirra Wilkins; Carys Thomas-Mcdonnell; Ingrid Frew; Izzy Frew; Gai Cohen

Anna Butler also took a turn pitching in the third inning when the game was all but won and the rest of the team cheered every strike that made it over the plate. For her efforts in relieving the ailing Fraanje, Butler shared player of the match honours with Wilkins. 

While the Hunters closed to within one run in the dying moments of the game, the result wasn’t in doubt, and Butler added a lead-off single and run in the last inning to make sure it stayed that way.

Catcher Carys Thomas-Mcdonnell also helped steady the stand-in pitchers from behind the plate, and added two runs and a single to her batting tally, while Emily Harrison was rock solid in the field and around the bases, adding two runs to the Raiders score sheet.

Stand-in coach Gai Cohen said she was “delighted”.

“That was a great effort from the girls,” Cohen said.

“In very difficult conditions they’ve showed great character to pull together and come away with a hard-fought win.

“It was a great team effort.”

The victory keeps the Raiders at the top of the Division 1 table. With only two weeks to go it will be a fierce fight to the finish.

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Peninsula Softball Club
Peninsula Softball Club was founded in 1995 and is now one of the largest clubs on the Northern Beaches. Our club is dominant in both junior and senior competition with numerous championship titles including 8 A Grade titles in the senior competition (6 in a row). Whether you're interested in fun with your friends, or more serious competition, Peninsula Softball Club will have the team for you.
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