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Big weekend for softball

The weekend brought double headers on Saturday and Sunday for both the Kaiapoi Kings and Queens in the Premier softball competition. 

The Kings were able to win two of their four games. On Saturday, at home on their new Norman Kirk Park pitches, they went down to Papanui 0-5 in the first match, but they pulled off a tight 1-0 win over the PCU Devils in their second. Hunter Simpson got home on a wild pitch in the seventh innings for the only run of the match.

On Sunday at Mizuno Park, the Kings were thrashed by Albion 10-0, in just four innings, with no one able to get on base. However, they bounced back to defeat Halswell 9-2 in the second match of the day, and fourth of the weekend. The main damage was inflicted by the Kings, on Halswell, in the fifth innings when they scored seven of their nine runs. The results keep the Kings in fourth position in the standings, just ahead of Halswell, and still in the running for the finals series. Halswell do have games in hand, but against the top teams.

Standings: Papanui 69, PCU 58, Albion 44, Kaiapoi 36, Halswell 31.

The Queens could only manage one win from their four games over the weekend. It came in the second match of the weekend, against Papanui, defeating them 7-5. Earlier in the day they had gone down to Halswell 3-6. On Sunday they were beaten by PCU 12-5, and Sydenham Kereru 4-0. They too, stay in the hunt for the finals series, sitting fourth in the women’s standings, having opened up a gap over Papanui in fifth.

Standings: Sydenham Kereru 68, Halswell 67, PCU 36, Kaiapoi 33, Papanui 23.

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