Eagles soar over the Phoenix

Reigning premiers the Eagles started their softball season where they left off with a tightly fought 9-5 win over the Cardinal Phoenix on Saturday.

HITTING OUT: Just Us' big-hitting veteran Jim Gutterson lines up this pitch during his side's Orange Softball Association clash at Jack Brabham on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HITTING OUT: Just Us' big-hitting veteran Jim Gutterson lines up this pitch during his side's Orange Softball Association clash at Jack Brabham on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

The Eagles started brilliantly in the form of Justin Parish, who belted a home run with the first hit of the season.

The Phoenix responded by keeping the Eagles second innings short with a rapid three out. However in the third innings the Eagles set themselves free with seven getting over the plate in the form of Karen Gogala, Justin Parish, Chris Maybin, Sue Bennett, Andrew Parish, Cheryl Long and Linda Cousins.

HERE IT COMES: Georgie Watson watches this pitch very closely as she managers her strike count on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

HERE IT COMES: Georgie Watson watches this pitch very closely as she managers her strike count on Saturday. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

The Phoenix tried to pick up the run rate in the fourth innings but were limited to three over the plate due to some excellent fielding by the Eagles. A scoreless fifth innings ensured victory for the Eagles over the Phoenix.

I'LL LET THAT ONE GO: Just Us' Linda Cousins leaves this pitch on Saturday as her side gears towards a win in their season opener. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

I'LL LET THAT ONE GO: Just Us' Linda Cousins leaves this pitch on Saturday as her side gears towards a win in their season opener. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

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