Another day, another three one-run thrillers in the Dunedin
premier men's competition.
As the local softballers basked in uninterrupted sunshine for
the first time this season, scorers and supporters were kept
on their toes with a series of tight finishes.
Ellis Park beat Dodgers 11-10, Dodgers beat Saints 14-13, and
Cardinals beat Saints 4-3. Only Ellis Park's win over
Cardinals (16-11) broke the run, and even that game was a
close affair most of the way.
Rising star Will Meiklejohn was the stand-out in the Ellis
Park-Dodgers clash with a spectacular three-run, walk-off
home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Cam Watts had given Dodgers a rollicking start with a
three-run homer at the top of the first inning.
Sean Martin and Krizevac Tuitea had run-scoring doubles as
Saints rallied to a 4-3 lead, before Watts slapped his second
dinger out of the park.
Ryan Williams responded with a homer for Ellis Park, Watts
continued his hot form with a run-scoring double to rebuild
Dodgers' lead, Williams doubled in another run, and Tyrone
Davies tripled in a run as the score fluctuated.
Dodgers took a handy 10-8 lead into the bottom of the
Pete and Adam Mathieson both walked, before Meiklejohn's epic
Watts was back in sublime - if not ridiculous - form in
Dodgers' win over Saints, smacking four doubles (with five
runs batted in) and a solo homer.
Dodgers led 5-2 in the middle of the third innings, but
Saints quickly levelled the scores, then piled on five runs
in the fourth.
Watts and his team-mates responded with seven runs over the
final two innings, and Saints' single run in the bottom of
the seventh was not enough.
A two-run Lyall Scott homer provided the early highlight of
the Cardinals-Saints clash, which was locked at 3-3 for three
innings. Steve Willis scored on a Corey Parker single to seal
it for Cardinals.
The 27-run Ellis Park-Cardinals match featured a two-run
homer for Steve Hill (Cardinals), and Williams' second homer
of the day for Ellis Park.
Cardinals held a 10-9 lead going into the final inning but
Ellis Park pounded out seven runs, including two off a