Ramblers on a roll
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.