Schollum pitches in for Sox
Marlborough's Kurt Schollum has been called into the New Zealand Black Sox as an injury replacement.
Schollum, from the Saints Club in Blenheim, made his Black Sox debut last year during their tour of North America.
He and older brother Ryan were part of the Upper South Island team playing in Nelson on Wednesday against the touring Black Sox team but Kurt was called in to pitch three innings for the national team instead, then returned to finish the game with the Upper South side.
The Black Sox won the match 4-1, Ryan catching for the Upper South team.
Kurt was then called into the Black Sox for the rest of their tour. Former Marlborough pitcher Nic Hayes is also part of the Black Sox pitching rotation.
The Black Sox are short-staffed in that area, Hayes the only specialist left prior to Schollum being called in, following the withdrawal of Canterbury's Penese Iosefo after a car accident.
Being called into the Black Sox is a great opportunity for Kurt to clinch a place in the team for the world championships in Auckland in March.
Kurt's move back to Saints this season from Poneke-Kilbirnie in Wellington is great news for Marlborough softball, depending on his availability if he makes the world championship squad.
He'll team up with brother Ryan and, with Kyle Marfell, Tyler Bird and veteran pitcher Barry Parnell on board, the Darren Aldridge-coached outfit should be formidable.
Saints and Marlborough's other two teams, Central Bears and Wairau, are playing in the intercity competition.
In tomorrow's matches at A and P Park, Saints take on Waimea in the 1pm game, while at 3pm Wairau and Waimea meet.
At the Saxton Fields in Nelson, Central Bears play Pirates.
Junior grades hit off T-ball at A and P Park from 9am, followed by under-13 matches at 10am.
The senior reserve-college grade, also at A and P Park, begins on Monday at 6pm.
- The Marlborough Express