Teams lose play­ers to up­com­ing worlds

Central Leader - - SPORT -

While Mt Al­bert Ram­blers bat­tled to hold out ri­val Eden Roskill in the Soft­ball Auck­land Fast­pitch Cham­pi­onship at St Lukes, fel­low cham­pi­onship leader Auck­land United had few prob­lems beat­ing How­ick 6-1 at Fowlds Park.

The two sides, along with North Har­bour club North­cote, lead the ti­tle race and each coped with the loss of play­ers who were in train­ing camps, pre­par­ing for the world cham­pi­onships on the North Shore start­ing on March 1.

Ram­blers stut­tered when games re­sumed af­ter the Christ­mas break with the young Eden play­ers ea­ger to re­tain fourth place.

But Ram­blers won 1-0 with three of the side’s four hits coming in one in­nings.

That in­nings also cost the side young Cameron Maney who broke his an­kle try­ing to stop sud­denly af­ter a fine out­field throw from Eden’s Jor­dan Thorp halted his sprint to score a sec­ond run.



real fight­ing spirit and in­tro­duced young­sters Jarome McKen­zie and Macken­zie Thorp to the top grade.

Thorp came in to pitch late in the game and showed that he will be a great ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing two-man Eden pitch­ing at­tack.

The al­ready crowded sea­son has forced catch-up mid-week matches with big tour­na­ments sched­uled in the next month and the short­en­ing of the reg­u­lar sea­son due to the world se­ries.

Ram­blers’ women con­tin­ued their rise with a solid 6-1 win over Marist to stay in the hunt with Waitakere Bears, West­ern Mag­pies and Otahuhu.

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