Softball: Saints batters blast 30 runs

Dodgers pitcher Tom Snow rips in a pitch during his side's match against Saints, at Ellis Park on Saturday. Saints won comfortably 13-3. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dodgers pitcher Tom Snow rips in a pitch during his side's match against Saints, at Ellis Park on Saturday. Saints won comfortably 13-3. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Saints obviously have a higher power on their side.

They consolidated their position at the top of competition table with two massive wins in the weekend.

Saints (67 points) did over Dodgers 13-3 and eviscerated Ellis Park 17-4, to improved their record to 14 wins from 17 games.

Saints banked bonus points in both games and increased their lead over the second-place Cardinals (52 points) to 15 points.

Cardinals won both their matches, beating Ellis Park 5-3 and Dodgers 11-2.

Michael Crowley opened the scoring for Saints against Dodgers with a home run in the top of the first. Saints added two more in the second and third innings but the big move came in the fourth innings, when five runs were scored.

Jeff Orchard scored for Dodgers but his side could not avoid an early finish when Saints scored three more at the top of the fifth.

Saints trailed 3-2 after the first innings in its match with Ellis Park but captured the momentum with six runs in the second innings and closed the game out with six runs in the third, then three more in the fourth.

In the game of the day, Ellis Park went close to upsetting Cardinals.

Krizevac Tuitea swatted a home run to give Ellis Park a 2-1 lead. Riki Washington scored for Cardinals on a wild pitch to level the scores at the bottom of the third. Both sides scored in the fifth but the telling play came at the bottom of the sixth.

Glenn Forrester hit a single and then stole second. Grant Phillips layed up a sacrificial bunt to advance Forrester to third and he then scored on a wild pitch. Hayden Carey also scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3.

Kerry Herbert and Mark Christian were both tagged out at home as Ellis Park searched for the win in the top of the seventh.

Cardinals' big win against Dodgers was actually quite tight until Washington hit a triple with the bases loaded at the top of the fifth. A four-run sixth innings saw Cardinals seal the match.