Great bat­ting sees Marist tri­umph

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

Stun­ning bat­ting from Auck­land United livened up the gloomy af­ter­noon at Fowlds Park with the side se­cur­ing a 4-2 win over Marist in the Auck­land fast­pitch soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Marist seemed to have the edge early on in the lat­est chap­ter of the 60year-old ri­valry with a sin­gle run lead.

But two home runs to the ever-re­li­able Kurt Al­lan and one to un­der19 in­ter­na­tional Kal­lan Com­pain se­cured the win for United.

Com­pain’s big hit made up for a sim­ple mis­take ear­lier in the match when a home run was dis­al­lowed be­cause he had not touched all the bases.

Reign­ing champs Mt Al­bert Ram­blers had a dif­fi­cult match against Eden Roskill as the bat­ters failed to ad­just to the pitch­ing of Steven Tau.

But de­spite Tau’s best ef­forts, Ram­blers still man­aged a 3-1 victory.

In their sec­ond match of the week­end, Ram­blers scored a solid 9-2 win over lowly Glenora, who haven’t had a win for two years.

Ram­blers women, coached by for­mer top player Venita Hokai, over­came Metro 1-0 to stay un­beaten in the com­pe­ti­tion.

On Satur­day in women’s action, the Waitakere Bears face Ram­blers at War­ren Freer Park from 3pm, while Metro women face Otahuhu at Phyl­lis St at 5pm.

Mean­while, the Auck­land United men play Eden at Rosedale Park at 4pm.

Ram­blers men have the week­end off.

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