Gordon Wilmshurst hit an automatic home run in Giants Red’s 15-1 victory. PHOTO/FILE

SOFTBALL

CHRIS COGDALE
chris.cogdale@age.co.nz

Defaults continue to plague Giants softball in the Intercity Premier Three Championship.

For the third time this season, Giants Blue have won a game by default. It is also the second time that Dodgers Black have failed to travel over the Remutaka Hill Road for their scheduled game at South Park.

Along with games being cancelled because of weather, Giants president Chris Feary said in the 14 weeks of the softball season, Giants Blue have played only six games.

Feary said the club is continuing to work with Hutt Valley Softball to try and find a solution, although it is disappointing and frustrating that the Dodgers Black team are allowed to play in the top five section after having defaulted games.

“All you can do really is go through the right channels, put the case forward, but it’s more about getting the guys on the field,” said Feary.

“In that grade they’ve got a bye, so I don’t understand why Dodgers, if they couldn’t field a team this weekend, could not have contacted Intercity and asked for the bye.”

It will be another two weeks before many of the Giants Blue players have any softball action, with next Saturday’s round deferred because of several Wellington Anniversary Weekend tournaments.

On the diamond, Giants Red got off to a flying start in Section B of the Premier Three Championship.

The experienced Giants outfit were too good for Totara Park Gold at South Park, running away with a 15-1 victory in five innings.

Feary, who had the pitching duties for the match, said it was another really good batting performance by the boys.

“They are out there, like they do every week, and just hit, hit, and hit, and it just makes the job on the mound so much easier.”

Gordon Wilmshurst hit an automatic home, while promising youngster Riley Hanson produced some important hits with runners on base and Terry Waitere batted well.

The Giants women started the second half of the Hutt Valley Major B Championship, with a resounding 11-1 defeat of WASC at Fraser Park, Lower Hutt.

The highlight was a home run to Marata Peters in an outstanding all-round team effort.



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