Family rivalry comes to fore
It was big sister versus little sister in the West Auckland softball showdown at Simson Reserve on Saturday.
The Western Magpies and Waitakere Bears went head-to-head in the Auckland Fastpitch women's double-header.
But it was the Magpies who stole the show with the 6-1 victory.
Bears' young gun Tyla Morrison, 16, pitched most of the game in a real test against the competition's form team
The Magpies led 2-1 in the first innings with Ancelle van Molendorff stealing second base for the Bears with Kayla Clark hitting to send her home.
Magpies coach Tua Raroa says both sides had similar game plans.
"We both pulled our top pitchers after the first couple of innings and that was down to strategy.
"At this early stage of the season you don't want to show all your cards," Raroa says.
It was 3-1 at the bottom of the sixth but the Magpies ran away with it as the batters went about their work.
Up next for Waitakere were the Mt Albert Ramblers and the plan for Bears coach Dion Nukunuku was to just keep moving.
"It makes it easier going straight into your next game 20 minutes later because you're all ready to go.
"The plan was to give game time to as many players as we could," he says.
The Bears turned it around with pitcher Michal Tangaroa frustrating the Ramblers batting lineup.
Tangaroa took 14 strike outs and conceded only two hits from the mound.
Teammate and sister Pare was the star with the bat playing a hand in both of the Bears' runs as they won 2-0.
"That second game went really quick because Michal made it easier for the field," Nukunuku says.
The women's league head to the newly-renovated Starling Park this Saturday for their first matches at the venue this season.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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