Chichester Falcons Softball Club notched arguably their best win of the season away to Hursley Hurricanes.
Batting first against an unbeaten team, the Falcons played at a furious pace right from the get-go and immediately stamped up ten runs in the first innings, with Klare Cosens, Amelia Peachment and Emma Brown all putting doubles on the scoresheet.
In the field the Falcons struggled, fumbling routine plays and throwing the ball away numerous times, allowing the Hurricanes to walk their way through to six runs by the third.
By then Dave Piesse had crushed a two-run homer to put the Falcons up 18-6 to help settle things down in the away dugout as a change of plan in the infield shored up the Falcons defence.
A left-field shift saw pitcher James Wheeler take up third base while Dave Morris moved to short-stop, immediately paying dividends as the Hurricanes batters could not adapt to make it past their bullet throws to Carrie Suhr, typically solid at first base.
The fifth innings brought an astonishing softball rarity as Ben Sawkins orchestrated the Falcons’ first-ever triple play.
Three batters were retired with one at-bat as the Hurricanes No8, with two runners on, hit straight back to the Falcons pitcher, who was quick-witted enough to catch the ball in the dirt (one out). Having noticed the other base-runners already advancing without tagging up on the catch, Sawkins whirled around and flipped the ball to Lucy Morris, who stepped on second base to make a second out (two out) before tagging out the runner from first (three out).
After a brief pause while the umpire caught up with the play, mayhem and delight ensued in the Falcons dugout as the third batter was finally punched out.
The Falcons capped the game with another 11 runs in the sixth, including another two home runs from Dave Piesse and Wheeler, to effectively end the game 32-16, guaranteeing the Chichester side runners-up place in the second division.
The Hurricanes will be deservedly promoted as champions.
Anyone who wants to try softball and join the Falcons should email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chichesterfalcons.com. The Falcons run weekly sessions for both kids and adults.