The Intercity softball league progressed on Saturday with the Waimea Eagles travelling to Blenheim and the Central Bears making the reverse trip.
Waimea had a win and a loss to remain on top of the competition. An 8-0 win over Wairau secured their position for another week. The 4-1 loss to the Saints sees the Marlborough side draw a little closer to top spot.
At Saxton Ballpark in Nelson, the Stoke Eagles stayed in touch with a 7-3 win over the Bears. Stoke scored three runs in the second innings, capitalising on several errors.
The Bears got their first run in the fourth, but the home side responded to shut the game down. Consecutive runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings put the game beyond the Bears' reach, despite a couple of late runs from the travelling team.
Central had entered the match on the back of a confidence-boosting win over the United Pirates.
The game was locked-up at 4-all going into the fourth before the visitors piled on the runs to beat the Pirates 11-4.
In a clash of the United clubs, doubling as a premier grade game and an Intercity match, the Titans out-muscled the Pirates 18-2. Six runs in the bottom of the first set the tone for a strong hitting display from the Titans.
In other results, the United Warriors and the Nelson College Gators played out a extraordinary 45-run senior men's game.
As the game and innings stretched on, United got home by a single run to win 23-22. Also in senior men's, the Royal Maverix beat the Waimea Sonix 18-4.
The senior mixed competition saw the Gators get on the winning side of another one-point match. Nelson College beat the Eagles Women 8-7.
The Royals xtReme got one back for the women as they put the pressure on the United Vikings 16-2.
In the women's grade, the Royals could not repeat the dose against United R&B. United took the match 9-8 in the third game of the weekend decided by a single run.
Finishing the day, the Eagles had a strong hit out, accounting for the United Black Hawks 29-15 in another high scoring fixture.
- The Nelson Mail