Ramblers still in hunt
Auckland fastpitch softball champions Mt Albert Ramblers stunned competition leaders Auckland United with a 5-4 win at Fowlds Park on Saturday.
The win keeps Ramblers in the hunt to retain their title.
Burly third baseman Lawrence Naera provided a boost for Ramblers when he hit a big homer, scoring three runs with two players on base.
Nathan Nukunuku also put one out of the park for the Mt Albert side.
The star player for United was shortstop Tony Niu with good hitting and some outstanding fielding.
Eden-Roskill had a sixth straight win, downing Howick 6-3 at May Road, moving the side into fourth place, ahead of close rivals Marist and Northcote.
Taiki Apu was the outstanding player, pitching 10 strikeouts and hitting a home run which scored two other runners.
The chase for the top four places now includes all three local teams, with Waitakere Bears just ahead, having played one extra game.
Meanwhile, Ramblers’ women stayed in the race to retain their title with a solid 12-0 win over Metro at Phyllis Street.
This week Ramblers travel to Marist’s Simson Reserve in a key game at 5.30pm, while Eden-Roskill clash with bottom side Glenora at May Road at 5.30pm.
Ramblers’ women play at Marist at 1.30pm and Metro travel to Rosedale Park for a 2pm match against Hibiscus Coast.
Points – men:
Waitakere Bears 18 (10 games), Auckland United 16 (9 games), Mt Albert Ramblers 14 (9), Eden Roskill 12 (9), Marist and Northcote 10 (9), Hibiscus Coast 6 (8), Howick 6 (9), Glenora 2 (10), Roosters 2 (11).
Bears 18 (11), Ramblers and Otahuhu 16 (9), Marist 12 (10), Magpies 10 (11), Hibiscus 8 (11), Howick 4 (12), Metro 0 (11).
Over the fence: Mt Albert Ramblers batter Lawrence Naera, No 4, celebrates with his team-mates after hitting a home run against Auckland United on Saturday.