Loxton won the A and B Grade premierships and Waikerie the C Grade when Grand Finals were played at Berri`s Glassey Park last Saturday.
In C Grade Waikerie with its greater skill and experience proved too strong for a young but determined Renmark lineup winning 13-2. For Waikerie Adam Weir produced consecutive four baggers includimg the second being a grandslam so it was no surprise that he was named Best On Ground.
A desperate start to the B Grade resulted in Loxton and Renmark with tight fielding not othering the scorers for the opening four innings.At the top of the fifth however Loxton`s Michelle Bradtke broke the drought with a three bagger for the first run with five more following quickly. Renmark fought desperately to get back into the game but only managed to get one across the plate and when Loxton added two more in the sixth it had the premiership in the bag 8-1. Michelle Bradtke was named Best On Ground.
In the A Grade Loxton simply wore Cobdogla down with constant pressure to win 13-2. At the start Cobdogla was unable to score but Loxton managed to get three home before a hattrick from Cobdogla pitcher Jo Gregory with three strike outs stopped its progress. The second saw Jo Gregory in to bat following Julie Cook`s safe hit and an overthrow to first gave Cobdogla the chance to steal home but a gutsy tag by Loxton thwarted the attempt. Cobdogla then kept Loxton scoreless and in the third Jade Pech scored Cobdogla`s opening run with Chloe Passmore getting a second. But further scores to Loxton saw it go into the fourth leading 4-2. Cobdogla couldn`t get the ball past the infield with Loxton`s outstanding fielding led by Emma Nykiel. To keep in the game Cobdogla needed to hault Loxton`s scoring but it was to no avail as Loxton really came out firing to add a further seven runs including two four baggers from Best On Ground award winner Tyler Flood, getting three runners home on the second occasion.
With a flourishing Primary Grade Riverland Softball ends season 2014-15 appearing to be a lot more healthy than it started.