Marlinz made it five wins out of five games in Kotahitanga Fastpitch Competition men's softball in Hamilton on Saturday to retain their overall lead.
The Waikato-based side blanked their Counties Manukau opponents, the Manurewa Mets, 8-0 at Resthills Park.
Marlinz wrapped things up early by blasting seven runs in their first turn at bat and adding the eighth in the second inning.
That was on the back of six safe hits in the game from the home team, led by Te Ate Walker with two of them.
In reply the Mets could manage only one hit, with Marlinz starting pitcher Hone Mark Sinnott facing 11 batters and taking four strikeouts while giving up just one hit and one walk. Carlos Kohu Martin took over and also took four strikeouts while giving up no walks or hits from the seven batters he faced.
Fellow Waikato side Fairfield OU are just two points behind Marlinz in second place with a 4-1 record, their fourth win coming on Saturday at Tauranga, 8-1 over Te Whanau Rangers.
Fairfield scored runs in the top of the first, second, third (2), fourth (2) and sixth (2) innings, although they collected only four hits with Jason Duncan getting two of them.
Rangers scored their only run in the second on a hit by Vishal Toitoi but collected one more safe hit than Fairfield.
Southnet won the other men's game played at Resthills Park on Saturday 12-0 against Takanini and will now take on Marlinz this weekend, while Fairfield play Mets.
Southnet got four runs in each of their first three turns at bat against Takanini and didn't need to bat in the fourth inning. Khalid Gilbert got three of their 11 hits, including an automatic home run. Pitcher Jesse Galvin Dawson also hit an auto homer and on the mound gave up just one hit and no walks, while striking out six of the 14 batters he faced.
In the women's competition Melville kept their four-point lead over Marlinz and TC Stealettes with a 16-6 victory over Stealettes in Tauranga.
Marlinz matched their men's team in beating Manurewa Mets 8-0 at Resthills Park, collecting five runs in the second inning and three in the third of their five-innings game.
Linda Luke and Sivina Jacobs each got two of Marlinz' 11 hits in the game, while Mets managed only two in total.
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