Saints beat Central, Wairau

Last updated 13:22 29/01/2013

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Saints continued their front-running performances in the Intercity men's softball competition with two convincing victories on Saturday at A & P Park in Blenheim.

In their derby double-header they easily accounted for both Central Bears 9-0 and Wairau 7-0, rarely threatened in either matches.

Ryan Schollum set the tone for Saints in the Wairau clash, smashing an out-of-the-park home run from the third pitch of the game. Jesse Kitto scored an in-the-park home run and Barney Parnell also impressed with a standup three-base hit to bring runners home.

As well as consistent batting throughout led by Tyler Bird, the skills and speed of Kurt Schollum on the pitching mound in combination with his brother, Ryan Schollum, catching were keys to Saints dominance.

Meanwhile, Graham De Boo fired the only real shot in anger for Central in the batting department during their loss, with a three-base hit on an error in the third innings, while late replacements Nathan Peipi and teenager Wiremu Weke shone in the field where the pitcher/catcher combination of Nick De Boo and Nick Kelly respectively did their best to stem the flow of runs.

The Central match followed a similar pattern, Saints charging out to an early lead with five runs in the first innings and being just too strong in the pitching department with Kurt Schollum and Parnell sharing the duties and their batting too powerful.

Tailah Love was a standout in the field for Wairau.

No Marlborough senior softball will be played this weekend because of the Blues, Brews and BBQs event using A & P Park.

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- The Marlborough Express

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