Ri­vals take out Ram­blers

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

Auck­land fast­pitch soft­ball champs Mt Al­bert Ram­blers dis­cov­ered they won’t have ev­ery­thing their own way in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The cham­pi­ons were pushed aside 5-3 by ri­vals Auck­land United in a last in­ning rally dur­ing the first of four matches at Rosedale Park.

United pitcher Thomas Enoka’s sub­tle changes of pace and height kept the Ram­blers’ bat­ters guess­ing all day.

In the last in­ning Kal­lan Cam­pain and Reece Gas­son hit well to se­cure the win for United.

Ram­blers soon found the form that aban­doned them in the first match, scram­bling to a 7-4 win against new side Roost­ers.

They then stepped up to an­other level with a 3-2 ef­fort against a com­pet­i­tive Marist side, be­fore thrash­ing Glen­field 13-4 in their last match of the round.

Mean­while, United couldn’t re­peat the suc­cess they had against Ram­blers, dip­ping out to the Waitakere Bears 6-5 in a tense tiebreaker.

Home runs to United’s Ben Enoka and Rod Caddy weren’t enough, as they failed to take the chances of­fered.

But the side did man­age to come away with a 7-4 victory against How­ick in their fi­nal match.

De­spite los­ing to Ram­blers, Marist were able to over­come Waitakere 2-0 and North­cote 6-3, while Eden beat Otahuhu 8-5 in a tiebreaker be­fore los­ing out to Waitakere.

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