Demons on fire at Surrey Park
Both Demons teams won their games in Southland's major league softball diamond at Surrey Park on Saturday, with the Blue team defeating Central Otago Panthers by 14-1, and the Red team came out ahead of Panthers 10-7.
The first game was slow starting, with no runs scored in the first two innings.
Demons Blue was the first to put runs on the board when Sam Riwhi and Dane Carstensen scored in the top of the third innings.
When Michael Sinclair was walked to base in the top of the fourth, Jimmy Affleck came up with a two-base hit to score the baserunner, taking the score out to 3-0. Isaac Kahukura scored the only run for Central in the bottom of the innings.
It was all one-way traffic after this, with Demons adding another run in the fifth, two in the sixth and a big tally of eight runs in the seventh. Sam Riwi and George Karamaena hit home runs.
For Demons: Riwhi (3); Danny Shayler, Sinclair, Affleck (2); Andrew Karsten, Chris Telfer, Isham Deepthakur, Trevor Pryde, Carstensen, Karamaena (1).
For Central: Josh Kahukura (2); Isaac Kahukura, Jordon Napier, Cole Wilson, Devon Robinson, Dean Findlay (1).
The second game was great for the spectators, with good batting and solid fielding.
Jonathan Campbell maintained his great batting from last weekend's Intercity, belting two balls over the fence for automatic home runs for Demons, with Daniel Perry putting one automatic out, and William Campbell coming close with a three-base hit. Greg Bakerwas the stand-out player for Panthers with some tidy fielding, an in-the-park home run, and a three-base hit.
Jason Milne went three from four with the bat.
For Demons Red: Jonathan Campbell (4); William Campbell, Perry, Tim Flynn (2); Mat Telfer, Daniel Karsten, Dean Allen (1).
For Panthers: Milne (3); Baker, Nathan Kahukura (2); Craig Smith, Daniel Keen, Wade McSoriley (1).
On the Premier League Diamond, it was not a good day for the ILT Dodgers Diamondbacks team, as they lost both of their double-header games, going down 7-8 to Black Panthers, and 3-10 to fellow club team ILT Dodgers Eagles.
The third game on this diamond saw Craftys United defeat ILT Dodgers Brewers 9-1.
The first game saw Panthers out ahead of the Diamondbacks 3-0 after three completed innings.
The top of the fourth innings was good for Diamondbacks with nine consecutive hits, including a home run to Leon Hopa, and a three-base hit to Terrance Dunn, with seven runs crossing home plate. Panthers replied with one run to Simon Cade in the bottom of the fourth, and four runs in the bottom of the fifth, with Cade adding a home run.
For Panthers: Daryl Greig (3); Cade (2); Daniel Keen, Kason Milne, Regan Prattley, Rachel Newton (1).
For Dodgers: Greg McDonald, Karl McDonald, Hopa (2); Andy Ormsby, Dunn, Dennis Ormsby, Nathan Kahukura, Houston TeTai (1).
The ever-improving Dodgers Eagles caused an upset by defeating the Diamondbacks.
Eagles catcher Amanda Wilson led from the front with two hits and two pick-offs when the Diamondbacks base runners tried to steal bases. Mishani Areaiiti stood out with steady pitching.
For Eagles: Wilson, Connor Templeton, Jai Stewart (2); Areaiiti, Wiremu Karetai, Patrick Campbell, Lucy McIntyre (1).
Craftys United were too strong for Dodgers Brewers, ending the game in five innings. With consistent scoring, United were always in the driving seat.
Shaye Gentle came out ahead in the batting for United with two hits, followed by Michael Tiplady, Dylan Richardson, Tane Tuhakaraina, Jake Hansen, Devon Robinson, Kloe Milne (1).
Troy Duthie, Carl Tiplady, Joe Nicholls (1) hit the ball for Dodgers.
On the Premier 2 diamond, Wallacetown Green beat ILT Dodgers Mustangs 7-4, and in the club game of Panthers Wildcats v Panthers Angels, the Wildcats won 16-1 in three innings.
Carl Stewart, who recorded a home run for Wallacetown and a single to centre field in the first game, Cole Roughan and Chris Campbell (2) were all on to followed by Courtney McLennan, Ryan Fallows, Jonathan Mitchell, Shane Mitchell (1).
For the Mustangs, Nicola Leonard hit a three-base hit and Desi Neho a single.
The Wildcats recorded 15 hits against the Angels, with Monty McLean starting the game with a home run. Ron Fetolofia and Craig Smith went three from three with the bat, and Smith restricted the Angels to one hit.
McLean, James Bell, Jayden Johnson (2) Cameron Ward (1) completed the batting list for the Wildcats.
Jill Farquhar recorded a two-base hit for the Angels.
St Peters Blue recorded one win and one loss in their double-header in Premier 3, with a 13-9 win over Fernhill Lime Wallacetown, and a loss of 6-17 to ILT Dodgers PK. Ian Baker came out on top for St Peters with four from seven in both games.
In a club tussle of the two ILT Dodgers teams, Misfits and PK, the Misfits were too strong, recording a 17-7 win in four innings.
Russell Harvey, Tara Buckley, Hori Elers, Ricki Gage (2) for Misfits, and John Perry (2) for PK came out on top.
Odd Sox recorded a 12-2 win over Panthers Collegiate. Paula Ballantyne (3) did her job with the bat for Odd Sox, followed by Pam Waitaiki, Casey Bryant and Racquel Kingdom (2).
For Panthers, Kim Andrews (2) was the pick.
The Southland Times