Team-mates turn foe in premiership
They will be buddies in the Black Sox squad at the world championships this week, but Daniel Milne and Tyron Bartorillo were in rival dugouts in the Canterbury premiership on Saturday.
The international pair - fresh from a Black Sox bonding camp at a remote Northland location - led the hit parades for their club teams at Mainland Foundation Ballpark.
Bartorillo batted 1.000 with three hits from three at-bats for the Papanui Tigers.
Milne went three for four for the PCU Devils, who shaded Papanui 8-6 after a slugfest. Steve McFarlane had three hits for PCU and Jamie Frisby drove in two runs. Papanui grabbed three runs in the third inning after back to back hits by Carl McIlroy, Ben Watts and Callum Muir.
Shortstop Luke Sutherland batted 1.000 with four hits.
He will not have far to go to ask his coach for a promotion up the batting order - his father, Colin, calls the shots for the Tigers.
Bartorillo bagged another two hits in Papanui's 8-1 win over the Halswell Hornets, with Paul Barker blasting a two-run homer for the Tigers.
Canterbury Red Sox infielder Josh Harbrow hit four from four as Albion pasted PCU 11-3.
Young pitcher Josh Dickson held PCU to three hits.
Sydenham Kereru (SK) secured top seeding for the Canterbury women's premiership playoffs after a 7-1 win over Albion Cardinals. Canadian pitcher Shannon Galea was again dominant, striking out 12 Albion batters and giving up just three hits. Sisters Krystal and Mikayla Werahiko had two hits each for SK.
Junior White Sox international Cassie Siataga struck two homers and batted in five runs in Richmond Keas' (RKS) 10-4 victory over Papanui. RKS stalwart Christina Bartorillo had three hits, including a two-bagger.
Kaysi Rawiri and Steph Kepa cracked doubles for Papanui and leadoff Lauren Sutherland smote a three-bagger.
Halswell were outbatted by Albion Cardinals but played better defence and took their chances to win 7-3. SK lead the top-four playoff seedings, followed by RKS, Halswell and Papanui.