The National – Tuesday, February 8, 2011
By HENRY MORABANG
COMPETITION leaders, PNG Power, have maintained their position on the points table with a 1-0 win over a much-improved Defence outfit in the Port Moresby A grade softball competition at Bisini Diamonds on Sunday.
Despite the win, coach Isikel Tovia said he was not impressed with the performance of his players.
The new-look Defence under Douglas Paak stretched PNG Power to the limit in both batting and fielding.
Port Moresby Men’s Softball Association president Ralph Tarasomo said he was pleased with the performance of Defence and Stingerz against the more established clubs in the competition.
Dolphins, who were ahead of Brothers last week, surrendered to Brothers after losing to Gazelle 4-2.
The side, coached by Britton Zale, let the match slip after poor judgement in an overthrow cost them the game.
Veteran pitcher Patrick Pilak showed the crowd that he still has the energy when he helped Gazelle to make the finals.
Brothers moved into second spot after thrashing Kopex 15-1 in the breakfast games.
Slugger Jacob Niggints is sending signals to the selectors that he is ready for representative duties after sending the ball over the boundary three times.
Last week, Niggints also had an outstanding game smashing two home runs to help his Brothers register a win.
In the main game, Gime brothers, Saga and Ora of Mantarays, put on one of their best combinations to record a massive 9-0 victory over Bears.
They were backed by the Kuwohs in Thomas, Junior William and Miller to record vital runs to help their team to a convincing victory.
The points ladder: PNG Power 22, Brothers 21, Dolphins 20, Mantarays 18, Bears 12, Brown Eagles 11 Gazelle nine, Stingers eight, Defence five and Kopex two.