Melville No 1 overpowered Marlinz with sheer batting power in Waikato women's softball in Hamilton on Saturday.
Melville outhit Marlinz 10-2 in a game that lasted just four innings at Resthills Park before the former triumphed 12-2.
The runs for Melville came in big chunks - seven in the third inning and five in the fourth - with Tyler Downs, Melissa Monk and Mereanna Monk collecting two hits each, while Downs, Melissa Monk and Stephanie Roy all clouted home runs. Marlinz scored their two runs in the fourth inning, their two hits coming from Hautai Te Tomo and Cara Wharehau.
In the premier men's grade Fairfield OU took on newly promoted Waipa Sports and won 8-1.
Chris Anderson and Robbie Neha got two hits apiece, while Jason Sklenars produced an automatic home run.
Waipa Sports managed just two hits in the game, the best of them a home run by James Page in the first innings to provide their only run.
Pitching for Fairfield, Dean Everson faced 20 batters for nine strikeouts, two hits and two walks.
Marlinz suffered their third loss in three weeks as they met the young Southnet side, going down 9-3.
The teams were tied 3-3 after four innings before a pitching change by Marlinz let Southnet score four runs in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth.
Three of Southnet's hits were provided by Toa Tauranga, while Hone-Mark Sinnott and Brendon Rogers had two hits each for Marlinz.
Vinny Harris from Southnet faced 30 batters on the mound over the seven innings, taking 10 strikeouts and giving up three walks and six hits.
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