Newton's steady pitching difference
Although Craftys United out-batted Black Panthers 14 hits to 4, it was Panthers who came out on top to win the game 11-9 on the main diamond at Surrey Park on Saturday.
The big difference was the steady pitching from former Southland and White Sox pitcher Rachel Newton, who gave no walks to base and who was backed up by some good fielding.
In contrast, the United pitchers walked 11 batters and made five errors in the field.
Young age-group representative players Dillon Richardson and Devon Robinson did their bit with the bat for United with three hits apiece, followed by Tane Tuhakaraina, Kris Milne and Tia Tuhakaraina (2), Jake Hansen and Kayne Duggan (1).
For Panthers, Bruce Rodgers Daryl Greig, Regan Prattley and Newton (1) were the hitters.
Winning the game 5-2 against ILT Dodgers Diamondbacks, the bottom of the first innings was a beneficial one for Central Otago Panthers, with four runs scored. The last run was in the bottom of the second.
Dodgers scored two runs in the top of the third innings.
Jordon Napier (2), Tyler Cameron, Paul Kahukura, Will Meehan, Cameron Napier and Caleb Davis (1) recorded the hits for Central.
Leon Hopa (2), Dennis Ormsby and Junior Tonga (1) batted for Dodgers.
The premier 2 game played on the main diamond between Panthers Wildcats and ILT Dodgers Neffs was one sided, with Panthers winning 22-5.
With controlled pitching by Craig Smith and top batting by Wade McSoriley and Ron Fetolofai, who both went three from four, Panthers were always going to win.
The 12 walks to base also assisted the score.
Other Panthers batters were Monte McLean, Smith, (2) Russell Keen, Michael Cade (1).
Taylor Loach (2) Houston TeTai, Kau Blair, Jack Robertson and Jayden Collins (1) batted for Dodgers.
Demons had no trouble accounting for Panthers Angels in the same grade, winning 17-4.
Three home runs were recorded by Demons batters Sam Riwhi, Mike Walsh and Dean Heydon.
The top Demons batters were Riwhi (3), Thomas Grey, Terry Thurlow, Dave Steel, Heydon (2), Logan Daniels, Brydon Duggan, Walsh and Ross McCulloch (1).
For Panthers, Daniel Keen, Kelly Braithwaite and Raewyn Thompson (1) were the contributors.
The last premier 2 game was another one-sided affair, with ILT Dodgers Mustangs winning 22-3 over Wallacetown Green.
With a combination of 12 walks to base and 11 hits, Dodgers were in charge all the way.
Nicola Leonard (3), Hayley Munro, Charlene Ruffel, Kris Scott (2), Jaynee Hetaraka and Rochelle Watson (1) batted for Dodgers.
For Wallacetown, Ryan Fallows, Lauren Phillips, Rhys Harvey and Carl Stewart (1).
In the premier 3 grade, Odd Sox won, 16-5, against Panthers Collegiate, and St Peters Blue beat Fernhill Lime Wallacetown, 16-7.
Odd Sox batters were Donna Ross, Ricky Matatiki, Tracey Uren, Lynn Stevenson (2), Dana Ross and Malcolm Waitaiki (1).
For Panthers, Meiya Duthie (2), Inez Templeton, Lana Smith and Toni Daane (1).
St Peters batters were Ian Baker (4), Daniel Wilson (2), Krystella Baker, Drew Cleland, Andy Baker, Ketchi Hetaraka and Greg Baker (1).
For Wallacetown, Bo Moki (3), Hana Mitchell and Nicole Robertson (2).
The Southland Times