Championship week 5
Game week 5 kicked off on June 2nd, in Newbawn Sports Ground, Wexford. Adamstown hosted Cork in Mixed competition first. The South Leinster club managed to score 6 home runs alone in the first innings, coming from Eamon Jones, Kieran Guinan, Daithi White, Jamie Wheelan, Sandra Thorpe and Anne Marie Dunphy. This was ultimately the undoing of the newly formed Cork club. "Man of the Match" went to Adamstown's First Base, Kieran Guinan. Final result 24-12.
Next up for Adamstown, was Cuhulainn, Carlow, in Ladies. Cuchulainn scored 19 runs in the fourth innings, to go ahead by two. However, sharp fielding from the Wexford Ladies in the fifth innings, helped them secure the victory 34-32. Adamstown's Catcher, Sandra Thorpe, had a superb game, scoring a Home Run in the 4th, while contributing to some good outs for her team. Cuchulainn's duo of Gillian Nolan, on 2nd base and Vennessa Dowling, on third base, proved a difficult task for their opposition, taking ten outs between them. Surprisingly, 22 of the required 30 outs for this game happened across all four bases.
The tightest game from these set of fixtures took place next, with the above two teams facing off in Mixed. Daithi White, showed his skills at batting scoring a home run in the first and third innings. Carlow's, Pitcher, Shane Brennan, also scored a home run in the third. Gillian Nolan, again had most outs for her team, while three superb catches from Wexford's C.O.F, James Murphy, helped Adamstown take the win, 19-14.
Up in Laois, The Heath faced Michael Glaveys, Roscommon in Mixed. Glaveys pushed our current Champions to their limits, with Dylan Trindle scoring Glaveys first Home Run of the season. Game ended 10-7 to The Heath.
We headed to WestMeath next, were Limekiln, Dublin, faced Breaffy, Mayo, in Ladies and Mixed. 3-2 after the first innings, set the tone for this game. Both teams managed to do an 'all out for nothing' and also only scored one run a piece in the fifth innings. However, smart pitching from Connacht's, Michelle Hopkins and great catching from team mate Katie Kenny, helped Breaffy take the win, 12-7. Stand out players for Limekiln were Amanda Kealy, LOF and Robyn Meade, on Second Base. Mayo's, Michelle Newcombe, COF and Olivia Leonard, 2B, were never put out.
The final game of the day was a very close game. The Dub's had a very good first innings, reducing Breaffy to one run and scoring Seven. The Mayo side didn't give up, and kept clawing away, while keeping their opposition scoreless for two of their four at bats. Limekiln's Pitcher, Chris Hughes, held a driven hit in the first innings, but catch of the day went to Mayo's SS, Stephen Jordan who dove a few feet to secure the out. Connacht's LOF, Colm Jordan put most players out for his team, while Leinster's COF, Adam Riordan did the same. Game ended 10-9 in favour of Limekiln.
The following weekend we headed back to Wexford, were Glynn/Barntown hosted Na Fianna, Dublin. Our current Ladies Champions put in another dominant performance, scoring 32 and conceding 2. Glynn's Pitcher, Emma Reddy, hit three Home Runs, while team mate Yvonne Hanley, scored one also. Wexford's First Base, Sarah McGuinnes had a magnificent game, putting six players out.
Men's competition followed, and again Glynn hit hard. Brian Kirwan, LOF, scored four Home Runs, Paul Cooper in Short Stop scored three, Catcher, Kenny O Reilly, scored 2 along with Danny O Reilly, while Jay O Reilly scored one. Wexford's, Jay Malone, had a good game on Second Base. Special mention must go to Na Fianna's, LOF, Ronan Carroll. 46-3 was the final result.
Other results from game week 5
Erne Eagles 14 v Sean Connollys 10 Mixed
Erne Eagles 15 v Sean Connollys 12 Men
Clonaslee 14 v Skryne 1Ladies
Clonaslee 9 v Skryne 16 Mixed
Clonaslee 19 v Bunbrosna 5 Mixed
The Heath 11 v Carrickmacross 3 Men
Glynn/Barntown 22 v Na Fianna 2 Mixed