Marlinz pip Fairfield OU
Melville women and Marlinz men have both opened a new Kotahitanga Fastpitch competition season with wins against fellow Waikato sides.
In the women's competition Melville thumped Marlinz 11-1 on Saturday, while another Waikato side, Southnet, were on the end of an 11-1 bruising from Western Bay of Plenty's TC Steelettes.
There are also three Waikato men's team playing in this season's competition and two of them met on Saturday at Resthills Park, Hamilton, with Marlinz edging Fairfield Otorohanga United 10-9, while Southnet's game against Western Bay of Plenty side Te Whanau Rangers was deferred a week.
Marlinz collected 13 hits to Fairfield OU's 11, but it was the Fairfield team all the way until Marlinz came storming home with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Those runs came off six hits and with no outs and the score at 9-9 David Upoko came home on a hit by Brendon Rogers to win the game.
Earlier, Marlinz had only been able to pick up one run in the second innings and one in the fifth while Fairfield OU led 2-1 after the third, got another five runs at the top of the fifth and took a 9-2 lead at the top of the seventh.
Jayde Martin led the way with the bat for Marlinz with three hits, including an automatic home run, while Rogers, Hemi Anscombe and Hone Mark Sinnott got two each.
Jason Duncan had three hits, including an automatic homer and a double, to lead Fairfield OU's batting.
There are 10 men's teams and six women's teams in this season's competition.
Other men's teams include Redhill Rocketz, Manurewa Mets, Weymouth Bombaz, Hokotehi, Southern Pioneers and Takanini.
Manurewa Mets and Redhill Rockettez are the other Counties teams in the women's section.
AT A GLANCE
Kotahitanga Fastpitch competition, rd 1: Women: Melville 11 Marlinz 1, TC Steelettes 11 Southnet 1, Manurewa Mets 3 Redhill Rockettez 2. Men: Marlinz 10 Fairfield OU 9, Takanini 17 Southern Pioneers 7, Manurewa Mets 14 Hokotehi 0, Rocketz v Weymouth Bombaz - no result, Southnet v Te Whanau Rangers deferred.