Karetai homer a lifeline
ILT Dodgers Eagles staged a spirited comeback to pip ILT Dodgers Brewers 10-9 after a tiebreaker innings in their premier grade match at Surrey Park on Saturday.
Down 7-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth innings, Eagles flew home strongly to secure an exciting win.
In other matches, Craftys United beat ILT Dodgers Diamondbacks 15-6, Demons Blue came out on top of Black Panthers 8-6 and Demons Red beat Central Otago Panthers 7-0. In the fifth game, Blues defaulted to Demons Blue.
Brewers dominated for long periods and held a seven-run lead and required just three outs entering the bottom of the fifth innings.
The Eagles responded by hitting the ball hard, forcing five errors in the field to reach base and finishing off by a home run to Wiremu Karetai to level the scores and force a tiebreak.
Taine Duthie was the tiebreaker runner on second for the Brewers, being pushed to third by his father, Troy, with both runners being scored from a hit to Alan Mortimore, which put the Brewers up 9-7.
With Eagles runner Patrick Campbell on second in the bottom of the innings, Amanda Wilson was walked to first, with Campbell having crossed home plate on two wild pitches.
Wilson was pushed around the bases on a wild pitch and a fielders choice, coming home to tie the game again on an error to next batter, Whitney Areaiiti.
After Giahnnii Paraku's sacrifice bunt was fumbled, Areaiiti came home from third to win the game.
The Brewers easily won the batting duel by 14 hits to three, with Allan Mortimore (3), Rex McCormack (2), Carl Tiplady, Ross Mackie, Troy Duthie, Darren Flowers, Taine Duthie and Cameron McStay registering. For Eagles, Karetai, Paraku, Amanda Chalmers had a hit each.
After a shaky start, United found themselves down 6-4 to the Dodgers Diamondbacks after three completed innings.
With Greg Houkamau and Pare Tanoa being walked to base in the first innings for Dodgers, Greg McDonald put the ball over the fence to score the first three runs.
Fraser Wainui hit safely to score in the second, with Terrance Dunn and Dennis Ormsby bringing in the fifth and sixth runs in the bottom of the third. Aaron Wakelin, Devon Robinson, Shaye Gentle and Kayne Duggan had scored for United.
United put everything together in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, with 11 base runners crossing home plate, while good fielding preventing Dodgers from scoring again.
For United, hits came from Tane Tuhakaraina (3), Tim Robinson (2), Devon Robinson, Michael Tiplady, Kris Milne, Tia Tuhakaraina, Wakelin, Jake Hansen, Gentle and Duggan.
The Dodgers batters were, Ormsby (3) McDonald, Wainui (2) Houkamau and Leon Hopa.
The Demons Blue-Black Panthers game was a close affair, with both teams boasting nine hits and one home run, to Michael Sinclair and Bruce Rodgers.
The decisive moment came in the fifth innings when Demons strung together four hits and a walk together to score four runs.
Danny Shayler and Chris Telfer hit a three-base hit each for Demons, as did Wade Griffen for Panthers.
For Demons, Shayler (3) Quinten Kerr (2) George Karanaena, Telfer, Sinclair and Dane Carstensen had hits while Panthers to do the same were Rachel Newton (3) Rogers 2, Griffen, Darryl Greig and Jason Milne.
Demons Red systematically scored in each innings to take out their game against Central Otago Panthers in five innings.
Kieran O'Connor, Mathew Telfer and Daniel Perry all scored in the first innings, Tim Flynn in the second, Daniel Karsten, Telfer and Flynn again in the fourth.
With Daniel Perry pitching the entire game for Demons, 10 of the 17 Central batters faced were struck out, with only Isaac Kahukura and his father Paul putting bat to ball.
For Demons, Karsten (2), O'Connor, Telfer, Perry, William Campbell and Dean Allen made hits.
On the the premier two diamond, Panthers Wildcats beat Wallacetown Green 11-1, with Wade McSoriley leading the charge for Panthers with three hits.
Demons had too much batting power for Panthers Angels, winning 17-5.
Mike Walsh and Dave Steel hit home runs for Demons, with both topping the batting with four hits apiece. Thomas Gray (3), Brydon Duggan, Rachel Cade, Kelly Braithwaite and Daniel Keen recorded hits for Panthers.
The third game in this grade involved a good tussle between the two ILT Dodgers teams, Neffs and Mustangs, before the Neffs prevailed, 13-12.
Houston TeTai (3), Taylor Loach (2), Chris Neho, Jai Stewart, Dominic Holland-Collins and Kau Blair batted well for Neffs, while Meagan Pearson (2) and Jaynee Hetaraka were the best of the Mustangs.
In the premier three grade, St Peters Blue carried on their winning ways with a 15-4 win over ILT Dodgers Misfits.
Chaise Hewlett (3) was in fine form for St Peters, as was Ian Baker (2), Brooke Pennicott, Amethyst Baker, Greg Baker, Jess Jacquier and Todd Schroeder.
Luiz Pont hit a big home run for the Misfits, and Russell Harvey and Brad Turner (2) also did their work with the bat.
ILT Dodgers PK were too strong for Odd Sox, winning 25-6.
Marc Nania was the batter of the grade with two home runs. Rocky Materoa (4), Amber Bardel (3), and Hita Neho shone for Dodgers while Donna Ross and Ricky Matahiki made a mark for for Odd Sox.
Fernhill Lime Wallacetown beat Panthers Collegiate 13-4, with Hana Mitchell, Lauren Phillips and Shawn Mitchell their best.
The Southland Times