Thunderbolts in hunt for softball crown

Normal, Sports

The National – Friday, February 18, 2011

 THUNDERBOLTS are hoping to add misery on Karanas to keep their finals hopes alive when they lock horns in the Star Mountains softball semi-finals tomorrow.

The winners of the match will meet competition leaders Eagle Rangers next weekend for a chance to make the grand final.

Thunderbolts have the edge on paper having beaten Karanas in the first round and fought out a draw in the second round but it does not guarantee them an easy run to the grand final.

Thunderbolts boast of Port Moresby recruit Siani ‘Situ’ Turlom who will be out to prove his chargers that his move to the mining town was not an ordinary one but to boost his new team’s campaign for a premiership title.

The third base custodian will have the support of evergreen Daniel Kaputin on second base, Meli Pennington on first and Kapinias Duba, to form a solid infield department.

Pitcher Michael Warium should be able to combine with seasoned catcher Cossie Amandus to be able to restrict Karanas’ batting onslaught.

However, a no-nonsense side, Karanas, will have the batting prowess of Ferdinand Nongkas, Selvin Kasakua, Chendrick Katakumb and Chamilou Choulai, who are expected to come up strongly against Thunderbolts.

Thunderbolts outfield department will be manned by Renol Giwa, Arthur Kobar and Totil Duba to stop the Karanas’ batters.

Adrian Haua, Nigel Tavul, Steven Gai and Amen Titus, who are coming of the bench, are expected to shine of the day.