The 2016 All Star Game

North Dublin & Co. claim a victory over the South in a defensive dazzler

The threatening rain and lack of bus transport couldn’t deter the 2016 Softball Leinster All Stars as they lit up the night with cracking hits and stellar catches at the Pavilion Bar at Trinity College Dublin.

The North side squad, captained by John Edwards, started the game on the defensive, as Derek Ward’s Southsiders began with big bats. Big hits from Alex, Kayla, and Todd enthralled the crowd that had gathered on the patios. A luminous green Tim Courtney came up with some big hits, quickly becoming a fan favourite in his fashionable attire.

The North side answered back in the fifth, relying on the offensive power of Jen, Cate, and Paddy. Batting around, they managed to bring in six runs, bringing the score up to 10-6 to the North at the end of the inning. The Northside continued to dominate the game, ending with a decisive win.

The highlight of the game, and instant candidate for a Gold Glove Award, goes to Kayla Martell for completely robbing a homerun with an over-the-fence catch.

Thanks especially to Brian Ebbs and Jordan Sylver for umpring, Rob Atkinson for scorekeeping, and the captains for making this possible. Special thanks to all the players who made this a super showcase and the spectators who cheered and occasionally reminded the players to let the girls play.

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