Ellis Park saved its best for last with a rare win under
tiebreaker rules over Dodgers on Saturday.
All four games on the penultimate day of pre-Christmas
softball featured teams coming from behind to win.
Ellis Park staged a furious comeback against Saints, then
held its nerve in a sudden-death eighth inning, to win 8-7.
Tiebreaker rules feature an automatic man on base, meaning
one safe hit can be all that is needed for victory.
Dodgers went three up, three down, leaving Ellis Park with a
golden opportunity. Mark Christian duly singled, advancing
runner Will Meiklejohn, who then scored on an error to win
Dodgers would have been stunned after throwing away a 7-1
lead after four innings. Their best inning was the third,
with a four-run blast featuring a Cam Watts two-RBI single,
while Jamie Robinson tripled in the fourth.
But Ellis Park is made of tough stuff. The comeback began
with a Ryan Williams RBI double and a Mark Christian RBI
double, before Williams came back to the plate for an RBI
Suddenly, it was 7-6, leaving Mark Ludlow to bring home Adam
Mathieson with a clutch hit in the bottom of the seventh that
led to the tiebreaker.
Dodgers also squandered a lead in their other game, an 8-4
loss to Saints.
Dodgers led 4-2 after the top of the fourth, Robinson
powering the offence with a walk, a steal, a run and an RBI
But Saints scored three runs in each of the fourth and fifth
innings, capitalising on errors and the stellar batting of
Lachie Brensell (two doubles, single).
Saints made it a double for the day with an 8-1 win over
Cardinals led 1-0 but Morgan King sparked a Saints rally with
a two-run homer in the second inning.
Tim Howard added a two-RBI single in the fourth as Saints
Cardinals wrapped up the day of comebacks by beating Ellis
Ryan Williams' two-RBI single in the first inning gave Ellis
Park the early lead, but the rest of the game was dominated
by Cardinals' batting and a rare error-free fielding
Crete Whaanga hit a clutch RBI double in the fourth with two
strikes and two outs, Glenn Forrester doubled and reached
home on errors, and Jacob Wedlock completed the scoring with
a two-RBI double.