The National- Monday, January 17, 2011
By EKONIA PENI
AS expected PNG Power continued their winning form yesterday thrashing Brown Eagles 9-1 in the main match of Port Moresby men’s softball.
But the winning margin has to be credited partly to the Eagle’s inconsistency with the bat in a match which they (Eagles) surrendered with a casual attitude.
Both teams started the match with a scoreless first inning before Power cut loose in the second inning to pile on six runs and put the match beyond reach.
Power’s men loaded the bases on two occasions bringing all runners home, starting with Isikel Tovia Jr, followed by Eugine ToVue and Daniel Tovia who scored from a safe hit to midfield by Eddie Simba.
In the next passage of play, Demas Tovia hit a home run to bring in Steven Polum and Simba who were still on bases for the six runs.
In the third inning PNG Power continued their solid batting that saw them score another three points, two of which came through individual home runs hit by Isikel Jr and Dimik Wosley, and later ToVue scored from a sacrifice by Steven Polum.
Eagle’s only point was scored by David Maira from a safe hit to midfield by Troy Taule, who was left on base after a three down count against Eagle’s at the top of the third inning.
In the other matches Gazelle defeated Kopex in a close tussle 5-4 while fourth-placed Mantarays were upset 4-2 by cellar-dwellers Stingerz.
Top team United Brothers thrashed Defence 9-1 and Dolphins came from behind in their last turn to bat at the bottom of the fifth inning to upset Bears 7-5 in an exciting finish.
After yesterday’s matches, United Brothers still lead the competition on 17 points, followed by Dolphins (16), PNG Power (16), Mantarays (13), Bears (10), Brown Eagles (10), Defence (5), Gazelle(5), Stingerz (4) and Kopex (2).