PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) — Assad Fudadin struck a half-century in his first game of the season while Raymon Reifer gathered his second and 10th overall, as Guyana Jaguars batted the entire second day to eke out a small lead over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here Saturday.At the close, Jaguars were 246 for eight in the seventh round contest of the Regional four-day championship, with Fudadin having top-scored with 57 and Reifer unbeaten on exactly 50.Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo scored 39 while Veerasammy Permaul got 24 and Vishaul Singh, 22.Pacer Marlon Richards was the best bowler with four for 34 while off-spinner Bryan Charles supported with three for 70.Heading into day three at Queen’s Park Oval, tournament leaders Jaguars lead by 44 runs.Resuming the day on 38 for one in response to Red Force’s disappointing 202 all out on Friday’s opening day, Jaguars were inspired mainly through three partnerships.The left-handed Fudadin, returning to the side after missing the opening six games, struck nine fours in a knock lasting 135 balls and just over 2-1/2 hours while Bishoo counted five fours off 131 deliveries in a shade over three hours at the crease.Both perished as Jaguars lost three wickets for 13 runs in the space of 53 balls but the in-form Reifer took control of the innings to anchor two solid partnerships and keep the two-time defending champions ahead of the game.First, he put on 47 for the sixth wicket with Vishaul to put Jaguars in touching distance of their target before adding a further 42 for the eighth wicket with Permaul, to build a lead for his side.The left-handed Reifer has so far faced 126 deliveries in a little over 2-1/2 hours at the crease and struck six boundaries. RED FORCE 1st innings 202Jaguars 1st Innings(overnight 38 for one)S Hetmyer c Pierre b Charles 15R Chandrika c Cariah b Richards 17D Bishoo c wkp Katwaroo b Richards 39A Fudadin c & b Charles 57*L Johnson c wkp Katwaroo b Richards 7V Singh c Mohammed b Pierre 22R Reifer not out 50+A Bramble lbw b Charles 4V Permaul lbw b Richards 24R Shepherd not out 1Extras (b8, w1, nb1) 10TOTAL (8 wkts 100 overs) 246Fall of wicket: 1-27, 2-47, 3-136, 4-144, 5-149, 6-196, 7-201, 8-243.To bat: K Paul.Bowling: Richards 20-9-34-4, Philip 5-1-25-0, Charles 31-8-70-3, Imran Khan 18-0-63-0, Pierre 11-0-29-1, Mohammed 15-5-17-0.Position: Jaguars lead by 44 runs.
For many softball teams, scoring two runs per game will result in many more losses than wins over the course of a season. That’s not the case when Eden Brock is in the circle for the Wisconsin softball team. When Brock is dealing, her teammates can play loose, assured that posting a deuce on the scoreboard typically equates to a Badger victory.”You know that she’s going to give you a quality performance every day,” head coach Chandelle Schulte said of Brock. “So you can really focus on doing the other things that you need to do, instead of worrying about producing more runs or having to play perfect defense. She allows you to really relax a little better.”And it seems all that relaxing has paid dividends for UW. After finishing 22-22 last season, Wisconsin, at 15-7, is off to one of the best starts in the history of the program; it trails only Michigan and Northwestern in the conference standings.Much of this season’s success can be attributed to the senior drop-baller from Wakulla County, Fla. Brock’s 108 strikeouts rank second in the Big Ten, and her 1.62 ERA is good for fourth in the conference. In addition to Brock, the team has found a deeper connection with one another this year. “Last year was a rebuilding year, getting a new coach, adjusting to her techniques and re-learning some skills in a different way,” Brock said. “She has a different hitting style, so we had to learn a different hitting style. We only lost one senior last year, so we’re pretty strong with the same girls.”Since UW ranks near the bottom of the conference in most offensive categories, it will rely on the arms of Brock and freshman phenom Letty Olivarez to carry the team. Olivarez’s style acts as an effective change of pace to Brock’s flame-throwing approach, and the two have proven to be a formidable one-two punch in the circle for UW.With all the time they spend together on the field, the two have developed a working relationship. They look out for one another.”I try to do as much as I can to help her out,” Brock said. “[I] try to teach her some things, talk her through tough situations. But she’ll do the same thing for me. If I’m struggling, she’ll come up and talk to me, so we all try to work together to help each other out.”In the four years since Brock was a freshman herself, her stats have been consistently excellent. Despite her success on the mound, her head wasn’t always in the game. She would lose her focus and concentration. This year, however, she has improved dramatically in all of those departments. According to Schulte, Brock’s improved strikeout numbers are an indication of this progression. “I looked at her strikeouts today, and there are more strikeouts than innings, which for us is a very good indication,” Schulte said. “So that’s a big improvement. … She’s just tough.”Brock’s cerebral progression may have more to do with experience. Or it could be due to her understanding of how the human mind works. After all, she is a psychology major.Either way, she certainly has found success on the diamond. With graduation looming, Brock has made plans to pursue higher education in counseling psychology or sports psychology. Until then, Brock’s psychological edge will give Wisconsin a leg up in a conference race that might become more competitive than predicted. read more
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