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Storm down Wickham 10-7 in grand final to win West Pilbara Softball championship

Alexander ScottPilbara News
Storm won the WPSO championship shield.
Camera IconStorm won the WPSO championship shield. Credit: Alexander Scott/Pilbara News

A late rally from Storm led to a come-from-behind win against Wickham in the West Pilbara Softball Organisation grand final over the weekend.

The top two sides battled it out for supremacy over seven action-packed innings at Bulgarra Oval on August 20.

Wickham flexed their muscles early, scoring the first run of the game in the opening inning before an explosive second inning saw the side extend their lead to 5-0 at the middle of the second.

Storm refused to roll over and blasted three runs in the bottom of the second to keep the game alive.

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The arm-wrestle of a contest continued before Storm eventually overpowered Wickham 10-7 to claim the WPSO championship shield.

Best-and-fairest winner Mishani Areaiiti  with Erin Walker.
Camera IconBest-and-fairest winner Mishani Areaiiti with Erin Walker. Credit: Alexander Scott/Pilbara News

Storm player and WPSO president Erin Walker said it was great to battle against Wickham in the final with both sides sitting at the top of the ladder all season.

“We were down we were down up to the fifth dig and then in that last sort of sixth dig, we came back and got that extra couple of runs which put us up at the top,” she said.

Walker said the side was worried after Wickham’s explosive start.

“We just go out and play like it’s every other game, that’s just Storm, that’s what we do every year,” she said.

“And the girls are amazing, we just cheer up each other but Wickham are just the same, we’re just all close teams”

Following the grand final, the presentation night started.

Storms’ Mishani Areaiiti was named best and fairest with 13 points, just one point clear of runner-up Emma-Jane Nel.

Kassidee Body claimed the prizes for most catches (14) and most stolen bases (11). Jo Leo had the most runs-batted-in with 18.

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