Diamonds hive of activity as season gets under way – SOFTBALL

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by STAFF REPORTER

SOFTBALL season is under way in South Canterbury.

It started last Friday at Sir Basil Arthur Park as T-ball began and the diamonds were a hive of activity as children and parents enjoyed the family atmosphere.

This year, Zingari Softball Club has increased its membership from two senior teams and a slow-pitch team and has entered a team in each junior grade.

Pleasant Point Geraldine has also split into two clubs and will continue to increase the number of teams participating.

In the senior competition, Steelers had a comfortable win over Temuka Black Hawks.

Both teams started well and the score was even at 3-3 in the second innings, before a home run to Chris McConnochie inspired the next three Steelers players to put bat to ball and score a further two runs.

John Honniwell hit a home run at the bottom of the third inning to take the score to 8-3.

A further four runs in the next inning sealed the game, 12-3 to the Steelers.

Black Hawks had their chances throughout the game but, with 11 players left on base, were unable to capitalise.

Top batters for the Steelers with three safe hits from four turns at bat were McConnochie and Kenny Waller.

For Black Hawks, Kiarn Prentice also had three hits from four at bat.

The softball competition continues with slow pitch on Tuesday nights and under-18 softball on Wednesdays.

The association welcomes any teams that would like to join the competition and there are spaces available in all grades.