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Top form .. Zingari Sloppy Swingers, the winners of the Slow Pitch competition are (back, from left) Elizabeth Malama, Shaun Nolan, Rikki Minchington, Jayden Butcher, Ronnie Clement and Treen Whiu and front row, from left) Atawhaia Whiu, Dorothy Wilson, Jalen Johnston. Absent were Kara Wilson, Zion Reihana, Erin Taylor, Johnny Fleming, Tamati Cullen, Te Rangihau Whiu, Koto Bakani, Daniel Scully and Deb Tracey. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

There were no handshakes, but plenty of cheers after the final game of Slow Pitch for the season at Sir Basil Arthur Park last Tuesday night.

Six teams competed in the competition and Zingari Sloppy Swingers emerged the winners by one point.

Chris McConnochie, who has been the main force behind the game, said it had been really popular, with many people new to the sport playing.

“The softball association has enjoyed hosting the slow pitch competition.

“We are expecting more teams next season with a bigger and better competition.”

Unfortunately, no further softball games have been able to be played due to Covid-19 and the softball season has ended two weeks early.

As semifinals and finals could not be held, competition points have determined the winners as follows:

Under 9 Tee Ball Bluestone Strikers

Under 11 Little League Point Pumas

Junior Softball Blue Jays

Secondary Schools Temuka Junior Hawks

Seniors – Zingari Dirty Pirates

The Under 13 Boys & Girls Rep teams will no longer be travelling to Dunedin to compete in the Rookie Sox tournament on April 4-5 and the Aoraki Women’s Tournament to be held in Timaru later in April has also been cancelled this season. – Keri Murphy, Secretary¬†South Canterbury Softball