Ram­blers still in hunt

Central Leader - - Sport -

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).

Women:

Bears 18 (11), Ram­blers and Otahuhu 16 (9), Marist 12 (10), Mag­pies 10 (11), Hi­bis­cus 8 (11), How­ick 4 (12), Metro 0 (11).

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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