Rozi Hathaway was the player of the day as her excellent defensive performance helped the New Forest Thunder Knights split two competitive games against the Bournemouth Bears.

In their first home game of the season, the Knights came back from a five run deficit to beat their local rivals in game one.

After sponsors, the New Forest Academy of Dance, had thrown out the first pitch, the Bears put five runs on the board to get the game going. In response, Alex Frampton hit his first ever home run with a towering drive to centre field.

A back and forth second inning had the score at 7-3 to the visitors, but the Knights added five runs in the third to get themselves back in the game. Warren Doyle and Mitch Sullivan both drove in runs, before Doyle added the fifth of the inning by stealing home between pitches.

In the final inning, with the scores tied at eight, the Knights got their first walk off win of the season. With the bases loaded after three consecutive batters were hit by the pitcher, Chris Lawson showed excellent judgement at the plate before coming up with the knock to drive in the ninth and winning run.

Alex Frampton hit his first home run as a Thunder Knight

In the second game, the Bears picked up an 8-6 win in a game that went back and forth throughout.

Despite the loss, Hathaway’s performance at second base was immense. As well as starting a double play with Lawson and Dan Churchill, she recorded three further defensive assists and was incredibly calm throughout.

Churchill’s defensive play was excellent, taking two tricky catches in the infield. Amber Rainbird also made her debut, playing well in both games at Right Field.

In the end, hits from Marcus Senior, Lawson and two from Sam Williams weren’t quite enough for the home side. Senior also struck out six Bears on the afternoon.

The results move the Thunder Knights to 3-5 on the season, with the return fixture to be played in Bournemouth on the 28th May.

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