Ram­blers on a roll

Central Leader - - Sport -

Mt Al­bert Ram­blers moved into top form on Satur­day with two wins in club soft­ball’s Auck­land Fast­pitch com­pe­ti­tion at Rosedale Park.

Ram­blers beat North­cote 32 and Te Atatu Roost­ers 8-2, aided by fine hit­ting from Matthew Hicks, Aaron Thomp­son and Bernard Hale.

There are some tough games ahead against Waitakere Bears and lo­cal side Auck­land United, who both re­main un­beaten.

But the reign­ing Auck­land cham­pi­ons were boosted by the in­clu­sion of Aus­tralian world cham­pi­onship winning pitcher An­drew Kirk­patrick and the re­turn of player-coach Donny Hale from over­seas.

Mean­while, United pitcher Thomas Enoka had a shaky start against Marist, giv­ing away a first in­nings run, but re­cov­ered to win 5-3.

United were aided by big hits from Thomas’ brother Ben, in­clud­ing a mas­sive home run, and Samoan in­ter­na­tional Tony Niu.

The Enoka boys were in the Black Sox at the world se­ries and younger brother Camp­bell seems headed the same way. He took two fine catches from hits which would have turned the game Marist’s way.

Eden-Roskill scram­bled a tense 2-1 win over Roost­ers, se­cur­ing their sec­ond win from five games.

The un­beaten Ram­blers’ women had the Otahuhu match de­ferred be­cause of the un­avail­abil­ity of player-coach Venita Hokai, on duty with the ju­nior White Sox, along with some of her play­ers. With both sides un­beaten, the match had been much an­tic­i­pated.

Metro’s sea­son con­tin­ued with their fifth straight loss, this time 10-3 to rookie club Hi­bis­cus Coast.

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