Championship Week 4
Game week 4 started with a local derby, Na Fianna hosting Limekiln. They faced off first in Ladies competition, the south Dublin side, led for the 5 innings. Na Fianna's, Ailish Nevile was never put out for her 4 at bats, while Limekiln's, Liz Maguire had play of the game, with a catch & then diving on to 1st base making it a double. Final result 18-13.
Mixed followed, Limekiln had a comfortable win keeping Na Fianna scoreless for 3 of the 5 innings. Liam Whelan was Na Fianna's top scorer, while Eddie Healy had a superb RBI, game finished 30-6.
Men's was next. Ronan Gately was on fire outfield for his club, with some magnificent catches. Limekiln's James Dillon, was man of the match, hitting two Home-Runs, knocking the second ball out of the park. Limekiln made it a hat-trick of wins on a scoreline of 32-7.
We traveled to Munster next, were Sporting Limerick faced St. Croans, both teams setting out for their first win of the season. Roscommon's Adrian Tarmey had a monster hit in the first innings, bringing 3 players home. Once the Limerick side settled there was no looking back, making it their first ever win, 23-9.
Wexford was the place to be next, Glynn/Barntown Ladies made the short trip to Adamstown. Our current Champions put on a stellar performance, especially Ann Hanley in S.S & Kiera Waters on 2nd, Adamstown's Joanne Murphy, also had a great game in L.O.F. Result 19-4 in favour of Glynn/Barntown.
Cuchulainn hosted Barntown Gaels, on Monday evening. Nothing separated either team for the first 3 innings. Cuchulainn scored an impressive 13 runs in the 4th, that the Wexford side could not recover from. Carlow's Short Stop, Chantelle Cole was man of the match, game ended 20-9.
Laois was the place to be the following Sunday. Erne Eagles, Cavan traveled to face The Heath in all 3 sections, first to take the field was the Ladies. Laois Elaine Daly was top scorer in this game, while team mate Danielle Keane got most out's for her club, 19-2 to The Heath.
Mixed followed, a game of Home Runs took place with The Heath's, Rory Treacy kicking it off, soon followed by James Kavanagh & Danielle Keane. Not to be out done, Eagles Shane Sheridan retaliated in the 4th with his own Home Run. Rory Treacy had a magnificent RBI in this game leading his club to take the win 33-12.
Mens was next, the Cavan side leading until the 4th when The Heath equalized the score. Bottom of the 5th The Heath ahead by two, Eagles first two batters put out, you could hear a pin drop, until Michael Cullen scored the winning run. The Ulster Catcher, Damien McArdle was never put out for his 6 at bats. 16-15 to Erne Eagles.
The Heath Ladies faced Greenhills next, a postponed game from week 1. Greenhills were no match for the one time champs. Elaine Daly was again top scorer for this game. The Heath 26- Greenhills 10.
Greenhills faced Clonaslee earlier that day. The Dub's Yvonne Healy, had hit of the day while Laois' Angelina Daly, had a perfect game in short stop, with three brilliant catches. Clonaslee secured their second win this season 25-21.
We traveled to Mayo, with Breaffy hosting Sean Connollys in Mixed, Men & Michael Glaveys in Ladies. Connachts Seamus Lunn, hit a Home Run in the Mixed that set Breaffy alight. Game ended 31-4.
Breaffy on flying form for the Men's game, took the lead from the first innings, never looking back. Steve Jordan was man of the match, with some excellent hitting & fielding.
The Mayo side made it 3 for 3, with their Ladies having a comfortable win, 27-2. Avril Coyne put most players out for Breaffy, while team mate Katie Kenny had a outstanding day at batting.
The Heath Laois