It was a double whammy when the Waimea College Sonix team took out the combined senior men’s and women’s grade of the Nelson Softball competition on Saturday.
Having gone through the season with only two losses they faced the Stoke Eagles Women’s team in the first semifinal, one team who had beaten them previously. The Eagles fielded a strong team with the return from injury of key players Megan Thompson and Natalie Ewing. However, the Sonix started out strongly in their first turn at bat when Tyler Power slugged a right field home run to score two and Brody Lindbom followed that with another solo homer in the second.
The Eagles then pulled one back in the bottom of the second when pitcher/coach Daryl Stratford put an automatic over the fence but they could add no more. The next three innings continued uneventfully until the Sonix scored again in the top of the sixth and held up the Eagles in their last two at bats to end the game 4-1 and progress to the final.
The Royals Maverix also advanced to the final with an 18-8 win over the Nelson United Warriors. The Maverix jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the second innings, aided by a home run from Martin Gay with two on base and brought on a pitching change to ease up for the final.
The Maverix were confident of a win over their Sonix clubmates, even with a one win, two loss record against them, and looked to dominate when their leadoff batter got to third base but were shot down when he was picked off in a subsequent play. The Sonix let rip in their turns at bat, scoring five in each of the first and second innings and three in the third, including home runs to Gavin Peattie and Brad Fisher, Brad’s with two on base.
The Maverix’s big hitting lineup had no answer for the pitching power of Lincoln McBride and although they managed to score one in the third innings it was not enough to avoid the 13-1 mercy rule defeat. Their only highlights were shortstop Kerehama Milroy’s classy double play and another awesome effort to hustle from his position to take a catch in shallow right field.