Dou­ble tiebreaker a real nail­biter

Central Leader - - Sport -

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.

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