The three Premier League softball games played at Surrey Park on Saturday resulted in Demons Blue having a good win over ILT Dodgers 15-0, while Demons Red looked classy in their win against Black Panthers 9-1, and Craftys United took out the third game 7-2 over ILT Dodgers Eagles.
George Karamaena and Danny Shayler led the way for Demons Blue with the bat, both recording three hits apiece, while Michael Sinclair did his job well, batting in five base runners over the four innings played. Karamaena and Andrew Karsten had the big hits of the game, belting out a three-base hit each. Back from injury, Dane Carstensen had a good game on the pitching scene, striking out seven of the Dodgers' batters.
Without their No 1 pitcher, Taine Duthie, Dodgers struggled to contain the Demons' batters.
For Demons, the batters were Karamaena and Shayler (3), Bradley Patton (2), Sinclair, Karsten, Carstensen (1).
Greg Houkamau and Leon Hopa (1) batted for Dodgers.
Last season's champions, Demons Red, still looked like grade winners in their game against Panthers, with some hard hitting and fast base-running. Scott Sinclair and Daniel Karsten led the way in the hitting department, with Sinclair belting a home run, and Karsten recording two three-base hits, both batting in three runners each. Daniel Perry also had a three-base hit, while recording 10 strikeouts in his role as pitcher. Mat Telfer and Jonathan Campbell both recorded doubles.
Only Jason Milne, a three-base hit, and Daniel Keen (1) put bat to ball for Panthers.
The last game in this grade belonged to United, with three Under-19 players leading the way. Pitcher Devon Robinson had a home run, and Dylan Richardson a three-base hit, and Kayne Duggan with a double. In the absense of regular catcher Jake Hansen, Kris Milne took over the catching duties.
Giahnnii Paraka (2), Wiremu Karetai, Jai Stewart and Tia Tuhakaraina (1) were the batters for Dodgers.
On the Premier 2 diamond, Panthers Wildcats carried on with another win, taking out the game against Wallacetown, 7-3. Russell Keen, Ron Fetolofai, James Bell, Caleb Fetolofai and Michael Cade (1) did the damage with the bat for Panthers, while Nick McDonald and Cole Roughan both hit home runs for Wallacetown.
The second game was a lot closer, with Demons coming out ahead of ILT Dodgers Mustangs 12-9.
Josh Rodgers, Terry Thurlow and Te Kaanu Te Huia (2) came out on top with the bat for Demons, with Rodgers recording a home run.
Rochelle Watson played her part for Dodgers with three hits.
In Premier 3 games, Panthers Angels won a close game against Odd Sox 14-13, Fernhill Lime Wallacetown took out the game 12-8 against ILT Dodgers Misfits, and Demons won 20-16 over Panthers Devils.
The game between Panthers and Odd Sox was a see-saw affair, with the lead changing each innings. In the blustery conditions, Odd Sox won the batting duel with nine hits against six by Panthers, but the game was spoilt with a combined 25 free walks to base and 21 wild pitches.
Raewyn Ward (2), Paula Hawkes, Angela Dixon, Raewyn Thompson and Jeremy Smith (1) batted for Panthers.
Player of the game was Tracey McLellan from Odd Sox with four from four with the bat. Donna Ross and Paula Ballantyne (2) were the other Odd Sox batters.
While the batting duel was even between Wallacetown and Dodgers, Steve Harley was the main difference, recording a home run and a three-base hit for Wallacetown, batting in four base runners. Lauren Zwies and Hana Mitchell (2) were not too far behind.
Kaemyn Smith and Wiki Ratema (2) were top for Dodgers with the bat.
The experience of Kate Clark shone through in the Demons v Panthers Devils game, with the ex-Southland player recording five from five hits with the bat for Demons. Sydnee Boniface and Marie Meyer (3), Leanne Tangney, Nik Crossan (2), Rosie De Goldi, Sumner Wilton, Trish Mitchell and Kirsten Roberts (1) were the other Demons batters.
For Panthers, the hitters were Isaac Thompson and Tania Locke (3), Melanie Smith, Daniel Jackson (2), Emma Smith, Alex Campbell, Cory Daane and Ursula McSoriley (1).
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