Double tiebreaker a real nailbiter
In a weekend of lopsided results, Eden-Roskill proved to be worthy of a top four play-off spot with a tight 4-3 win over Northcote in club softball’s Auckland fastpitch competition.
The game, played at Rosedale Park, went to a double tiebreaker after Eden player-coach Duane Jerard hit a home run in the fourth turn to take the game into extra innings.
In the eighth inning the teams scored one run each.
But Eden’s Joshua Niu hit a home run to break the deadlock and put Eden into fourth place, behind unbeaten leaders Waitakere Bears, Auckland United and Mt Albert Ramblers in third.
United had one amazing batting spree against Hibiscus Coast, with 12 runs scored in one batting turn in the 13-1 win.
Danish pitcher Valdermar Terkelsen dominated the Hibiscus Coast batters and also hit a home run, as did Ben Enoka and Michael Niu in the nine-hit inning.
Ramblers strolled to an 11-3 win over Glenora when Lawrence Naera’s home run scored three runners. Jamie Matiu and Bernard Hale also hit well with pitcher John Hireme, working hard after an ankle sprain, dominating the batters except for one late Glenora burst of three hits.
Eden should progress past Hi- biscus Coast on Saturday at May Road, from 3.30pm, while Ramblers take on Roosters at Rosedale Park at 4pm.
Unbeaten sides United and Bears face off at Fowlds Park from 5.30pm.
Meanwhile, Ramblers’ women are the only unbeaten team in their competition after a 16-2 win over local rival Metro.
Metro have yet to record a win after nine games and lost 13-0 to Western Magpies in an earlier match.
Ramblers will face Magpies at Warren Freer Park at 1.30pm on Saturday, while Metro face a tough task against Bears at Henderson.