Panthers Softball Club’s winning start to the season continued as both their men and ladies’ registered second successive wins.
Both Panthers ladies and men are now unbeaten after two games they have played, having dispatched UB Giants in a match played at the National Diamond this past Friday night.
The Ladies Panthers side beat UB Giants 13-3 in a lopsided encounter while their men’s side did the same to UB Giants men, handing them a 5-1 defeat.
Panthers ladies’ Pitcher Boitshwarelo Sefo proved herself a thorn in the flesh of UB as they failed to deal with her fast pitches, driving her team to an easy victory.
In a post match interview Panthers head coach Disang Selemogwe said he is fairly impressed with his team performance which he attributed to hard work and resilience amongst his players.
“Winning first games of the league is very important and I always tell my players not to lose focus and play according to instructions and that’s what they exactly did and we have been hard at training everyday preparing for this games and I make sure everyone honor all the training sessions, my pitcher had a wonderful game and others as well” he said.
He further stated that they intend to carry forth their thrilling form to their next game when they face the log leaders Police IX.
“We are wary of the threat that Police is posing ahead of our next fixture. They are a good team and we have watched them play before. We know their strengths and weaknesses and we are going back to our training grounds to fix where we stumbled and we are going to give them a run for their money. But we are not going to put ourselves under any pressure because the league has just started and we still have a lot of games to play,” added Selemogwe.
On her part after their loss UB giants Pitcher Tshepang Mugwana attributed their loss to the unavailability of key players who are currently writing university exams.
“Panthers was too strong for us and we couldn’t match their style of play simply because they had their full squad available and we were shot of our key players and we played with a naive squad who couldn’t handle the much experienced panthers side and we hope for a better performance next in our next game” she said.
Mugwana further stated that the loss was an eye opener and playing against big teams of Panthers caliber always gives them a morale boost for better showpiece in their upcoming games.
The victory put Panthers ladies in position 3 with 4 points after two wins behind Police IX and Dinare who are on position 1 and 2 respectively where as their men’s team occupy the same spot with 4 points behind BDF IX and Police IX.
Meanwhile in other southern region games that where played over the weekend in the ladies league: Police 16-0 Titans, Eagles 0-7 BDF IX, Vikings 10-3 BMC rivals and in the men’s league BDF IX 25-1 Eagles, Police IX 6-2 Gideon Warriors, and Vikings 13-3 Stingers.