Judging by the last game against Hurricanes, we knew this one could be difficult and as always we were struggling for girls, however we managed to get a full team together of registered Rippers.
Before the game started it became apparent that Hurricanes had taken advantage of their massive squad (under the Thunder banner) to complement their team. Sighing, we remained strong and thought we would give this our best shot. We huddled together and decided we were going to play this game “The Ripper” way and have some fun. This was the ‘David v Goliath’ match and our slingshots were poised ready to strike.
Top of the first and we were up to bat first. Our worst nightmare, 3 up 3 down. Proof as if we needed that we needed to bring our best game to have any chance at all. So that’s what we did, we rallied together with lots of support and shouting of encouragement we managed a shut out of our own! COME ON RIPPERS!
Top of the 2nd 0-0. This time we managed 4 at bat but still failed to score. Could we shut out the might of Hurricanes again? Sadly not this time BUT, continuing with the support and encouragement of all 10 Rippers on the field and our supporters on the sidelines we kept them to just 2 runs.
Top of the 3rd 0-2. We now had more confidence and knew this wasn’t going to be the whitewash we had feared when faced with such experience. We managed 7 at bat and scored 2 runs to bring the scores even. Back to fielding. Again the “Ripper Spirit” took over and we fielded really well keeping Hurricanes to a single run. It looked to us that Hurricanes also thought they had a game on their hands now too. Worried faces were looking back at us.
Top of the 4th 2-3. The belief in the Rippers was now immense. We were hitting hard and causing fielding mistakes with our base running. The noise we were making now was great, considering there were only about 15 of us in total, most of the noise was coming from Dave Warren, standing in as captain. We managed 5 runs in the fourth giving us a lead. Now we needed to defend it. Some great pitching, some amazing catches and a lack of any kind of mistakes gave us our second shut out. BOOM!
Top of the fifth 7-3. Time to bat again. This inning saw our 2 best hits of the day. The first from Scott Barton, he hit a triple bringing home 2 RBIs. Next up was Simon Baird who hit his first home run of the season bringing himself and Scott home. Total for the innings 4. Giving us a lead of 8 going into the bottom of the fifth. Another shut out! Rippers fielding was on fire again.
The sixth innings saw a double shut out.
So we were entering the 7th and final innings 11-3 up. We saw Hurricanes were all huddled together planning how they could get back into this game. They shut us out again! We were gutted, but knew all we had to do was keep their total low and we would win. In all honesty we looked nervous and Hurricanes knew it. Dave’s pitching dropped off and he gave his first walk. A couple of wayward throws in the field and Hurricanes started scoring. Surely the Rippers weren’t going to let the Hurricanes catch up. We took a moment rallied the troops and got on with it. Hurricanes had their best innings of the night, BUT, it wasn’t enough. The Rippers had done it. Final score 11-7. What a game to be part of!