28/02/2024

SA Fully Loaded Softball returned on Thursday night. (Photo: Dani Brown)

Softball SA's Fully Loaded Softball is back with a bang, if the Thunder's performance at West Beach on Thursday night is anything to go by.

Softball SA’s Fully Loaded Softball (FLS) is back with a bang, if the Thunder’s performance at West Beach on Thursday night is anything to go by.

In a three-team round robin format, the Thunder, Angels, and Phoenix faced off from 6.30pm.

Georgia Hood pitches for the Angels. (Photo: Dani Brown)

Playing for the Thunder, Aussie Spirit representative Steph Trzcinski started the series in spectacular fashion, scoring a grand slam in the top of the first inning against the Phoenix.

It was the first of two times spectators would see the Thunder’s impressive home run celebration, which involved fitting a cape around the batters as they run from third base before slamming a Thor-style hammer into the home plate and their teammates falling over from the ‘aftershock’.

The grand slam set the tone for the rest of the game, and the Thunder held a 11-6 lead at the end of the match.

Amber Hood celebrates her home run by slamming her Thor hammer into home plate, before her Thunder teammates fell over from the aftershock. (Photo: Dani Brown)

The Thunder had the first back-to-back games challenge of the series and found themselves down against the Angels, after Trzcinski’s Aussie Spirit squad-mate Georgia Hood smashed the first pitch of the game over the fence to score a grand slam.

Her team made sure they celebrated appropriately, surrounding home plate as she crossed it before dropping to the ground and making ‘snow’ angels in the sand.

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Not to be outdone, Hood’s sister Amber stepped up and went bang, belting the ball out of the park to score three runs and earning the Thor-style celebration.

By the end of the third innings, the Angels had snatched the victory, 10-7.

Chloe Zaklej gets bat to ball for the Phoenix. (Photo: Dani Brown)

Despite being only the second day of spring, mild conditions greeted the Angels and the Phoenix for the last game of the night.

Unfortunately for the Phoenix, the Angels were anything but mild in their attack.

The Angels piled on the runs to finish their night on a high note with a convincing 12-4 win.

FINAL SCORES

Thunder 11 def Phoenix 6

Thunder 10 def Angels 7

Angels 12 def Phoenix 4

HOME RUN TALLY

Steph Trzcinski (Thunder) – 1

Georgia Hood (Angels) – 1

Amber Hood (Angels) – 1

TOURNAMENT STANDINGS

Thunder – 7 points

Angels – 5 points

Phoenix – 0 points

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