Canterbury Devils too hot

Canterbury softball captain Gareth Cook led his PCU Devils club team to another prestigious club tournament title in Wellington yesterday.

Cook blasted a home run in PCU's 8-1 win over Auckland United in the 10-team Poneke Kilbirnie tournament decider.

The Canterbury champions took just five innings to cement victory with the mercy rule invoked.

Black Sox infielder Tyron Bartorillo blasted a two-run double as PCU raced out to a 4-1 lead in the first inning, capitalising on an outfield error which allowed Stephen Ratu free passage and brought Bartorillo up to bat.

The scoring spree ended after another Auckland outfield error in the fifth frame on Josh Thompson's hit with two runners on base.

PCU's guest pitcher Regan Manley took six strikeouts in five innings while conceding two hits and one walk.

Cook won the tournament MVP (most valuable player) award.

The Press