Chichester Falcons notched up a 22-4 win against Portsmouth Zombies, taking their win tally for the season to three in four in the Solent Softball League.
Third and first basemen Emma Brown and Lucy Morris set the tone by earning first-innings walks to put the Falcons two up as Ben Sawkins, pitching his first game of the season, shut out the Zombies before airmailing an RBI double to centre-field.
Sam McGann in left field was typically solid and was able to gun several line drives back to his cut-off to limit the Zombies to three runs in the second, but the Falcons were cruising with ten already on the board.
Emma Burfoot, untroubled at centre right, got on base twice but debutant Matt Burgess stole the show, making a textbox fourth-innings catch at second base and hitting four for five.
Amelia Peachment and catcher Kelly Mikulla both slammed an impressive 100 per cent OBP, leaving shortstop David Morris and rightfielder Raj Seedeehul to both hit home runs in the fifth to put the game beyond the Zombies’ reach at 22-4.
Meanwhile the Falcons’ youth softball club has been taking shape during weekly sessions at Oaklands Park.
Following several secondary-school taster sessions, the squad are steadily building as the youngsters hone their softball skills led by a handful of Falcons coaches.
Boys and girls aged 12 to 16 are welcome to join in with the fledgling softballers as the Monday-night sessions continue into the summer.
Anyone who wants to try softball and join the Falcons can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chichesterfalcons.com