The 2019 season got off to the perfect start with a thrilling season opener, as the Willow Lakers gained revenge for their final defeat last season, beating the Odd Sox 21-20.
The start of the season looked set to be a wet one, with a biblical rainstorm hitting Woughton-on-the-Green in the lead-up to the game. However, our dedicated crew ensured a prompt start to the action.
MK Softball League Member of the Year Paul Severn was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch to start off the season. It was high and outside.
With the rain subsiding, the Lakers batted first and great hits from Richie Murray and Lauren Shkurko started off a rally that brought five runs. Lakers' left fielder Louise Moore who was returning from injury did her best to return to the treatment table by being spectacularly taken out running to first, then topping that by fouling off onto her own helmet. Thankfully she survived both!
The Odd Sox replied with two runs and six more in each of the second and third innings to lead 14-13 after three. The top of the order was particularly dangerous with Brad Davidson and Tim Welch repeatedly getting on base. It was a family affair for the Welch clan with Tim, Nikki and Robert all playing in the same game for the first time. Guest player Trev Morley hit a fine home run in the third, and by the end of the 5th, the Odd Sox were looking comfortable at 20-16.
With the early April light fading, umpire Jon Reynolds took a check on the light and informed the teams it would be a six-inning game.
In a late twist, the Lakers put five on the board with some consistent hitting throughout the line-up, giving them a one run lead going into the last inning. Pitcher Adam Bee called on his 67 seasons of experience to shut down the Odd Sox in order to record a memorable victory and get the Lakers off to the perfect start.
See you on Tuesday for our first double-header of the season. The Rhinos take on the Praetorians and the Tigers take on the Hornets in what promises to be a great night!