There were three games played on the Major League Softball diamond at Surrey Park on Saturday, with Demons Red winning 10-2 over Central Otago Panthers, Demons Blue finishing well ahead of Central Otago Panthers in their second game, 15-0, and, in an upset, Panthers beat Demons Blue 13-10.
Demons systematically scored in each innings to reach the required runs to finish in the sixth innings. Jonathan Campbell, Mat Telfer and Daniel Karsten all hit three base hits, with Karsten and William Campbell also recording doubles. Mat Telfer had a good day on the pitching mat, taking five strike outs and conceding five hits.
Tyler Cameron, one run in the second, and Cole Wilson with another in the fifth, scored the runs for Central.
For Demons, the batters were Karsten (3) Brad Perry, William Campbell (2), Scott Sinclair, Tim Campbell, William Campbell, Mat Telfer, Isaac Thurlow (1).
Central batters were Cameron, Cain Kahukura (2).
In the second games, Demons Blue easily won in the heat against a tired Central Otago team. George Karamaena and Julian Rowe both hit home runs for Demons, with Rowe's being a grand slam.
On the pitching mat, Chris Telfer pitched a controlled game, taking five strikeouts from the 10 batters faced, and giving up only one hit. Telfer, with two three-base hits and a safe bunt, and Danny Shayler, with three singles for three runs batted in, were top for Demons, with Trevor Pryde, Rowe, Sam Riwhi (2) Andrew Karsten, Karamaena (1).
After entering Major League earlier in the week, Panthers, with the assistance of some Dodgers and a St Peters Blue player, came out ahead of the favoured Demons Blue team in the late game.
Full credit to the Panthers batters, with Jason Milne, Craig Smith, Max Moyles (3), Daniel Keen (2), Greg Baker, Nathan Kahukura, Troy Duthie, Daryl Greig, Dennis Ormsby, Simon Cade (1).
For Demons, Telfer (3), Karsten, Karamaena, Shayler, Jimmy Affleck (2) Michael Sinclair, Dane Carstensen, Riwhi (1) were the batters.
There was an upset also on the Premier League diamond, with ex Major League team Craftys United going down to ILT Dodgers Eagles 4-5.
In other games, ILT Dodgers Diamondbacks won 11-0 over ILT Dodgers Brewers, and Black Panthers beat Brewers 10-4.
With the score tied after three completed innings, at 3-apiece, the Eagles went ahead in the top of the sixth, with Jai Stewart hitting a home run to right field, scoring a base runner as well. United could only reply with one run in the bottom of the innings, with time then called.
Jahna Crombie (2) Wiremu Karetai, Connor Templeton, Lucy McIntyre, Stewart (1) were the Eagles batters, while Jake Hansen (2) Tuhakaraina, Devon Robinson, Aaron Wakelin, Dylan Richardson, Tia Tuhakaraina, Kayne Duggan (1).
Panthers, assisted by eight errors and seven walks to base, were never in danger of losing their game against the Brewers.
Wade Griffen and Regan Prattley (2), Bruce Rogers, Greig, Milne, Peter Howes (1), were the batters for Panthers, while Taine Duthie, Robert Finlay, Troy Duthie and Rex McCormack (1) batted for the Brewers.
In a club team tussle, Diamondbacks were too strong for the Brewers in their second game, finishing the game with the required runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Greg McDonald and Terrence Dunn (3) Nathan Kahukura (2) Jai Stewart, Leon Hopa (1) were on top for the Diamondbacks, with Simon Gilbert and Alan Mortimore (1) put bat to ball for Brewers.
In Premier 2, Wallacetown Green beat Panthers Angels 10-0. Shaun Mitchell (2) was the top batter. In the other game, Panthers Wildcats took down Demons 7-2.
Player of the game, Dave Steel, hit a home run for Demons, while Wade McSoriley, Grant Smith and Michael Cade (2) were on top for Panthers.
In Premier 3, St Peters Blue went down to ILT Dodgers Misfits 10-11, ILT Dodgers PK thrashed Odd Sox 37-7, and Fernhill Lime Wallacetown beat Panthers Collegiate 17-7.
- The Southland Times