The lower-grade teams were in the spotlight on the diamonds at Surrey Park on Saturday, with them in finals mode.
Premier 2 finalists were Panthers Wildcats and Wallacetown Green, with the Panthers team having two lives to depend on if necessary. But they were not needed because the game was a one-sided affair, with Panthers winning 10-0 in four innings. With the batting tally being nine hits to two, Craig Smith pitched a tight game, striking out nine of the Wallacetown batters on defence, and hit a home run.
Player of the game, young catcher Caleb Fetolofai, batted in three runs to add to his team's score. Smith, Fetolofai and Ron Fetolofai (2) came out ahead for Panthers, along with Darren Tweedie, Tobi Reid and Harry Sapwell (1). Chris Campbell and Steve Ladbrook got the two hits for Wallacetown.
On the Premier 3 diamond, ILT Dodgers Misfits had the two lives advantage against Fernhill Lime Wallacetown, but could not hold out against a determined Wallacetown, who won both games, 13-6 and 9-6. Hana Mitchell and Connor Harvey were the stars in the first game, with three hits apiece, while Steve Harley came up with a home run and a two-base hit to score three baserunners. Jonathon Mitchell also went two from three with the bat. Fern Lockley (3) batted well for Dodgers, as did Bay-Leigh Johnson (2).
The second game was much of the same, although full credit goes to Dodgers, who played a better game than the first.
Harley led the way for Wallacetown with three hits, with Hana Mitchell and Bo Maki both making two. Tara-Leigh Buckley (3), Lockley and Caleb Smith (2) were the best with the bat for Dodgers.
Three games were played in the Calder MacKay competition in the Premier League, with Central Otago Panthers winning 11-2 against ILT Dodgers.
Demons Blue were too strong for Craftys United with an 11-3 score, and Demons Red remain unbeaten after scoring a 7-2 win over Black Panthers.
The young Central team had a good day with the bat, led by Scott Cameron (3), Isaac Kahukura and Tyler Cameron (2). Taine Duthie pitched well to take eight strikeouts for Dodgers, and Simon Gilbert (2) was the best with the bat.
In the second game in this grade, Demons Blue led from the first innings. Chris Telfer hitting a home run and two doubles for Demons. Danny Shayler and Craig Soper both made two hits.
Devon Robinson played his part for United, with six strikeouts on the pitching mound and three hits with the bat. Jake Hansen (2), of Demons Red, seems to do enough each week to make sure the game is won and they remain unbeaten.
Daniel Perry remains in a class above many, taking 16 strikeouts and hitting a home run. Daniel Karsten and William Campbell also contributed a home run. Mat Telfer and Campbell (2) topped for the day.
Daniel Keen and Simon Cade hit doubles for Black Panthers.
In other results from Premier 2, ILT Dodgers PK took out third place against Demons, winning 19-12, and St Peters Blue beat last week's Masters winners ILT Dodgers Mustangs 13-4.
The PK batters were Hori Elers (Jr) and Maiohe Waihiere (3), Shane Smith, Simon Burgess and John Perry (2). For Demons, Carl Pryde (3, with one being a home run), Trevor Pryde and Thomas Grey (2). Felix Van der Heyden-Ryusc (2) was top for St Peters, and Hayley Munro (2) was the best for the Mustangs.
In the two remaining games on the Premier 3 diamond, Panthers Angels beat Odd Sox 16-15, and Demons won over Panthers Devils, 13-4. Jason Patterson hit a home run for Odd Sox.
- The Southland Times