Stoke Eagles pitcher Josh Kellly looks for a strike during the Labour Weekend Softball Tournament at Saxton Ballpark. Photo: Evan Barnes Shuttersport.

Stoke earn local bragging rights on diamond

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The Stoke Eagles have got the better of the two Nelson teams at the annual Labour Weekend Softball tournament at the Saxton Fields Softball Diamond last weekend.

Stoke and the United Titans are up against seven other teams, the most in the tournament’s history.

Stoke got bragging rights over the titans with a narrow 9-8 win on Saturday, and they also beat Halswell Hornets 10-5.

The Titans were still searching for a win as Nelson Weekly went to print.

Defending champions Poneke Kilbirnie were the only unbeaten team after two days of competition and looked like they would be tough to beat in the final.

Stoke Eagles coach Stu Power says his team has been competitive against every team, which was the goal.

“We’ve pushed teams hard but some errors in the field have hurt us at times.”

He praised the offensive production of Gavin Peattie, as well as pitchers Josh Kelly and Riley Power for the heavy workload they’ve handled throughout the three days.

“Gavin has been great with scoring runs and in the field, while our young pitchers have done a great job.”