Haizley Martin shows good touch

Taking on the role of pitcher this summer had not been a priority for softball player Haizley Martin.

However, after helping Porirua City United to a 8-1 win over Johnsonville on Saturday that could change.

"He has been pitching for the last few weeks just because of work commitments and injuries for the other pitchers," PCU coach Les Bishop said.

Martin took 10 strikeouts and gave up the sole run late in the game.

While Martin did his job on the mound, it was teenager Iranui Holthausen who was impressive with the bat. Holthausen, who next month will play for the Wellington under-19 team at the national tournament, collected two hits from his three turns at bat and had a hand in three of his side's eight runs.

"He was our player of the day," Bishop said.In other men's games on Saturday, Poneke-Kilbirnie beat Miramar 9-2 while Dodgers were 8-1 winners over Hutt Valley Marist.

In yesterday's games Miramar beat Hawke's Bay side Fastpitch Vikings 4-1.

The Vikings beat Hutt Valley Marist 8-1.

In the women's competition, Johnsonville made it four wins from seven games when they beat Miramar 8-1 on Saturday. In yesterday's games the visiting Hawke's Bay side had wins over Newlands and Porirua City United.

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