The National, Wednesday 16th November 2011
REIGNING champions PNG Power remain undefeated after holding off a late challenge from United Brothers to win 2-1 in the main game of the Port Moresby men’s premier softball competition on Sunday.
After four games, PNG Power lead the competition with eight points, followed by Gazelle who are separated by a point with seven points.
The former glamour team Gazelle are on second spot with seven points while Bears and Mantarays are on six points apiece.
Brown Eagles are on four points while last year’s runners-up United Brothers are on three points.
Dolphins, Stingerz and Defence all share two points each while Stanley Tavul’s Kopex have yet to register a point.
The main game did not reach any great heights as both teams struggled to find their form.
Both teams did not score any runs in the first three innings until at the top of the fourth inning when pitcher Michael Parom attempted a hit to the centre outfield but was caught out, however, David Manoa came home for the first point of the afternoon.
Demas Tovia, Eugene Tovia and Eddie “Sanguma” Simba coming in for Donald Pialkolos could not advance either of these players.
PNG Power scored another run when Pidi Pakor hit a good low shot to Brothers first base custodian Adrian Chan who missed ball to advance Tovia to score the second point to see them home.
Brothers scored their point when Ray Boas hit the fly-ball to the outfield to allow Xavier Knox to cross the home plate.
In the early games on Sunday, Bears beat Defence 6-3 Gazelle defeated Dolphins 5-3, Mantarays strolled over Stingers 12-2 and Brown Eagles glided past Kopex 6-3.
On Saturday, Bears thrashed Kopex 18-2, Defence gunned down Brown Eagles 5-4, Power had too much strength over Stingers 4-0, Brothers drew with Gazelle 7-7 and Mantarays drew with Dolphins 4-4.