Championship week 2
Erne Eagles, Cavan, and Na.Piarsaigh, Limerick, kicked off game week two, in Mixed competition. It was 0-0 after the first innings. However, the Ulster clubs veteran skills kicked in and they managed to keep their opposition scoreless for four of the five innings. Cavan's, Sarah Galligan and Daryl Dolan were joint top scorers, while team mate Rita Anderson, was the only player never put out for her six at bats. Eagles 29 Na.Piarsaigh 2.
Cuchulainn, Carlow, hosted their first fixtures of the season against Glynn/Barntown, Wexford, in Ladies and Mixed. The Ladies from Wexford, were on top form, especially their Pitcher, Emma Reddy, who contributed to six outs. Glynn's, LOF, Kate Duggan, was top scorer, while Carlow's, Second Base, Gillian Nolan, was the only player never put, also making the most outs for team. Game ended 32-3.
Glynn/Barntown made it two for two, winning the Mixed game,16-5. This was due to some fine fielding from their Short Stop, Jay Malone and clever batting from Yvonne Hanley. Cuchulainn's, LOF, Billy Connors, was named 'man of the match'.
The following weekend Limekiln, Dublin, hosted Carrickmacross, Monaghan, in Men's competition. Dublin's Pitcher, Adam Riordan was 'on fire' for this game, as he was involved in ten outs for his team. The Capitals, Collin young, hit a home run in the fourth innings. Stand out players for Carrickmacross were, Paul Boylan, on third base and Oran Kiernan, who never got out. Result, Limekiln 10- Carrick 5.
Skryne, Meath, hosted Barntown Gaels, Wexford in Ladies the following day. Barntown managed to score an impressive 13 runs in the first innings, this was ultimately the undoing of Skryne. Wexford's, Michelle Malone, had the highest RBI, while Meath's, Teresa Sheridan, was never put out. Game finished 28-2.
Skryne faced Ballinagore, WestMeath, after this. It was 9-9 going into the 5th innings, Skryne managed to pip the win, 14-13. Meath's, Kerry Pompay, had a perfect success rate batting, while Ballinagore's, Enda Claffey, was 'man of the match'.
Over in Longford, Sean Connollys hosted Limekiln, Dublin in Mixed, Ladies and Men's. Limekiln took an early lead in the mixed, which they never relinquished. The Dub's, Laura Eagers, put most players out on first base, while team mate Paul Behan was top scorer. Special mention goes to Connollys, Catriona Reynolds, who had a great day at bat. Final result 25-7.
Ladies was next. Limekiln won four out of the 5 innings, due to some fine fielding from Dublin's Catcher, Niamh Haverty and Short Stop, Susan Eagers. Deborah Spollen led the way for the home team, never getting out. 18-3 was the final result.
Limekiln made it a hat trick of wins, when their Men's team beat the host club 18-5. Longford's Pitcher, Padraigh Reynolds, was on flying form. However, Limekiln's veteran skills played a big part. Stand out player was Dublin's, Collin Young.
Our current Men's Champions, Erne Eagles, Cavan. Started their season off with a win against Na Fianna, Dublin. The Ulster duo of Damien Mcardle as Catcher and Hugh Briody on First base, kept Na Fianna scoreless for three innings. While Hugh was named 'man of the match, a special mention goes to Dublin's, COF, Ronan Gately. Game finished 33-2.
Bunbrosna, WestMeath and Cork traveled to Laois both playing their debut game. Cork was leading after the first innings, Bunbrosna never gave up. Clawing back to win their first ever championship game, 33-26. Corks Catcher, Cathal Rochford had an impressive game, while WestMeath's, Short Stop, Valerie Molloy was the only player never put out.
Other results from the weekend
The Heath, Laois 24 v Sporting Limerick 6, Mixed
The Heath 20, Laois v Adamstown,Wexford 6, Men
Adamstown, Wexford 16 v Clonaslee, Laois 11, Ladies
Adamstown, Wexford 18 v Clonaslee, Laois 3, Mixed