• Saints softballers secure first final berth

Saints softballers secure first final berth

Saints last night became the first team to secure a berth in tomorrow's Hawke's Bay premier men's softball competition's post-Christmas final.

The pre-Christmas competition winners beat Mets 6-2 at Akina Park, Hastings. Mets will take on Fast Pitch at 10am tomorrow and the winner of this clash will meet Saints in the 4pm final.

Saints player-coach Luke Woon attributed last night's success to "a good team win in which everyone hit the ball."

Once again his pitcher-catcher combination of Adam Woon and Sam Coldicutt was prominent. Woon collected 12 strikeouts while conceding two hits and three walks.

Mets pitcher Jordan Waterhouse collected 10 strikeouts while leaking seven hits and four walks.

Saints fired early with four safe hits contributing to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. They led 5-0 after their fifth tun at bat.

Horowai Puketapu scored Mets first run in the bottom of the fifth when he scampered home on a wild pitch. Waterhouse scored in similar fashion in the bottom of the sixth.

Saints superior batting depth was again evident. However Mets can be proud of their double play in the fourth inning which saw Waterhouse flick the ball to third baseman Kyle Krone to take Brodie Boyce out before Krone threw to first baseman Jovaan Hanley to take Mace Price out.

"I was proud of the way we kept the foot on the throat. You can't let a good team like Mets come back," coach Woon said.

"I'm expecting Mets to meet us again in the final but anything can happen in a game of softball," he added.

His team was at full strength last night and will be again tomorrow. With the likes of his brother Adam, a Black Sox training squad member and former Junior Black Sox utility Jacob Zurcher (pictured above) expected to shine with the bat Saints should win by at least two runs regardless of who they meet in the final.