Saints stay top with big wins

Last updated 09:52 27/11/2012

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Saints maintained their place at the top of the Intercity Marlborough-Nelson premier men's softball competition with two convincing wins at A and P Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

First up they hammered Nelson team United Titans 14-3, dominating from the outset with an impressive all-round display.

Kyle Marfell, Ryan Schollum and Denom Wisdom hit home runs with Darren Aldridge and Tyler Bird belting triples, the match all over under the mercy rule in the fifth inning.

In game two, Saints were again impressive in the local derby against Wairau, winning 7-0. A blistering first inning where they scored four runs effectively won the match with Black Sox pitcher Kurt Schollum in dominant form. Coach Aldridge said his team played well defensively too and there was some good batting from Wisdom and Jesse Kitto.

Meanwhile, Central from Marlborough also enjoyed success, downing United Titans by the same 14-3 scoreline.

Player-coach Graham De Boo led by example smashing an automatic home run in the first inning, Titans doing likewise but Central led 2-1 at the end of an eventful opening.

Central accumulated runs throughout with Bryce Foster hitting a two baser to bring Barry Anderson and Brad Clark home. Nick Kelly and Nick De Boo both got on base, Nathan Lovell bringing them home with a solid hit. Anderson hit another three-bagger to bring runners home and by the sixth inning, the mercy rule ended the match.

Nick De Boo did a fine job pitching all but the last inning and combined well with catcher Nick Kelly. Kyle Fearn also impressed.

Coach Graham De Boo said: "Very pleasing for us was our batting form. We batted right through the order and accumulated runs throughout the match."

There is no senior softball in Blenheim this weekend as the South Island Jefferies Cup tournament is being played in Christchurch.

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- The Marlborough Express

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