Otahuhu disappointed by loss

ALAN APTED
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
Krystal Tourangi
GOOD EXPOSURE: Krystal Tourangi was one of four Otahuhu players who played for Auckland against the White Sox on Wednesday night.

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The Otahuhu premier women's softball team's penchant for being the bridesmaids to the Western Magpies continues.

They were in that position again in the final of the Bev Smith Memorial tournament at Meadowlands Park in Howick last Saturday, going down 1-0 to a run scored in the bottom of the seventh and final innings.

It's the fourth time in two tournaments that the Auckland champions have fallen to Magpies, the West Auckland club that plays out of Bains Park in Kelston.

Two of the losses were in finals.

The last of those was in the Waitakere Bears Classic in October. It was another close last weekend affair with the Magpies prevailing 8-7 in the third innings of a tie-breaker. Coach Wayne Roper is disappointed but not overly fussed.

"The disappointment is not because we lost but because the players knew they should have had it," he says.

"We were the better team. We made all the play and should have had a run in the fourth innings when one of our runners was between half and three-quarters of the way to home base when she turned around and came back.

"It was quite frustrating."

Also frustrating were back-to-back errors in the seventh innings. The first put a Magpies runner on base. The second brought her home.

It was a repeat of their round robin loss to the Magpies on Saturday. Otahuhu were up 1-0. They made two errors and the Magpies scored off each to win the game 2-1.

"This should toughen us up and make us want to try harder. There isn't much between us," Roper says.

Women's softball takes a back seat this weekend to the Gilleys-Edeborne Weber Shield which started in Albany yesterday.

It will be a chance for Otahuhu's players to catch up with team-mate and rising New Zealand pitcher Krystal Hoani who is studying at the Tallahassee Community College in Florida.

She ran into team-mates Krystal Tourangi, Santana Harris, Stephanie Parks and Stephanie Trutanic when the White Sox played Auckland in a warm-up match on Wednesday night.

The White Sox will face Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia in the Weber Shield.

In men's softball, Otahuhu premier men's team were beaten 6-1 by Auckland United on Tuesday night.

The premier reserves played Auckland United last night, the result of which was not available when the Manukau Courier went to press.

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Both teams play Eden Roskill at War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill on Saturday.

The premier reserves start at 1.30pm and the premiers at 3.30pm.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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