Contrasting wins for Saints, Wairau
Saints went marching on in the Marlborough senior men's competition at A & P Park in Blenheim on Saturday.
Unbeaten in local derbies this season, Saints comfortably beat Central Bears 10-2 in the early game despite being without pitcher Kurt Schollum and his brother, catcher Ryan Schollum.
With consistent batting, Saints get eight hits and a telling statistic was 12 walks given up by Central.
Shane Parnell, Jesse Kitto and Tyler Bird got two hits each for Saints, while Darren Aldridge and his son Tyler made one hit each.
Parnell pitched for Saints and gave up four walks and four hits, including a two-base effort from Brad Clark.
Wairau scored a hard-fought 8-4 win over Central Bears in the late game, with four runs at the top of the seventh being the key plays in an otherwise close contest.
Jason Bird, Amon McGregor and Marshall Rawiri each collected two-base hits for Wairau, with Tailah Love getting two walks, a hit and an on-base through a fielding error. Rawiri capped off a good match for Wairau by taking 10 strikeouts.
Nathan Lovell had the pitching job for Central and gave up four walks and eight hits but also claimed 11 strikeouts, Barry Anderson getting a two-base hit in his two-from-three batting effort.
The Marlborough Express