The Waitakere Bears men's side were ruing missed opportunities as they crashed against Northcote in round eight of the Auckland Softball premiership on Saturday.
Going up against the competition leaders, Waitakere in fourth, were feeling confident but failed to fire as Northcote enjoyed a 5-0 victory at Starling Park.
Despite the statistics remaining fairly even with the bat, Northcote were more clinical in bagging runs.
"We did have our chances but it was the last innings that really got away from us," says Bears coach Patrick Shannon.
"Our pitching was quite good but in the batting department we couldn't buy a clutch hit to save ourselves at the moment."
The Bears face Howick at Simson Reserve tonight before they face another tough challenge against the Mt Albert Ramblers at Starling Park on Saturday.
Also at Starling in the women's premiership the Western Magpies made Hibiscus Coast pay with a 13-0 lopsided victory.
The Magpies' international stars had a field day with Hawaiian Kaleo Eldredge hitting a home run in the first innings.
Jennifer Feret joined in with two hits and two walks while Beth Stavert made three hits of her own.
Magpies coach Tua Raroa was clearly a happy man after his side ran rampant to sit in second spot.
"It was a good all round hitting performance from us.
"Offence wins games, while defence keeps you in it and to keep them scoreless was an added bonus," Raroa says.
The Bears women's side remain in third after losing to Otahuhu 3-1 at Sturges Park.
Waitakere were missing some key players including White Sox player Rebecca Bromhead and were unable to match it with the league leaders.
The women's league takes a break from the premiership round robin and head to Meadowlands this weekend for the Bev Smith Memorial Tournament.
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