Ram­blers on track to re­tain ti­tles

Auckland City Harbour News - - Sport -

A spate of ex­cel­lent bat­ting gave the Mt Al­bert Ram­blers a win over the Waitakere Bears in the Auck­land fast­pitch soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

The Ram­blers pulled off a 5-2 win over the ti­tle chal­lengers at St Lukes.

Faced with Bears’ sec­ond pitcher Donny Hale, Aaron Thomp­son, Matthew Hicks and Michael Gibbs used the chance to cre­ate some runs and held on to win with the three early runs.

The Ram­blers are on track to re­tain their Auck­land and na­tional club ti­tles but they may be vul­ner­a­ble when three play­ers, in­clud­ing pitcher Thomas Cameron, are with the Black Sox for two weeks.

Mean­while, Auck­land United main­tained their chal­lenge in the se­ries with a solid 6-0 win over Glenfi keep­ing one win be­hind Ram­blers.

Eden-Roskill, un­der new coach Duane Jer­ard, now has a 4-4 win-loss record af­ter an en­cour­ag­ing 5-2 win over Glen­field.

The loss of pitcher Ca­rina Hale to a knee in­jury has left the Ram­blers women vul­ner­a­ble to chal­lenges but they sur­vived a 4-3 win over How­ick and an 8-7 tie-breaker victory over Otahuhu, the two cel­lar sides.

For Metro women it was an­other frus­trat­ing week­end.

They went down to Marist 9-2 and then faded to a dis­ap­point­ing 17-0 ef­fort against Waitakere Bears.

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