United player Chien-An swings and misses during the final against the Stoke Eagles. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Stoke Eagles fly high in softball league


The Stoke Eagles will have extra reason to celebrate heading into the Christmas break, with the club taking out both division one softball finals on Saturday.

The Eagles emphatically won both finals in crushing fashion.

The men met the United Titans for the Travis Gibbs Memorial Trophy and made easy work of their opposition with a resounding 13-0 victory.

A sloppy United pitch to get the final underway signaled a bad omen for the Titans.

The Eagles would go on to dominate with bat and ball throughout the match, outclassing the Titans across the board.

Titans coach Chris Vercoe says heat was certainly a factor in the final.

“It was a warm day, we started off well, but the boys got a bit tired.”

Chris says the better team won on the day.

“They just had slightly better team, my boys gave it all, but I think our communication was just a bit off.”

He says that hitting open spots in the field with the bat would be something to work on over Christmas. Chris is confident his side can avenge the loss in the post-Christmas season.

“We’ll give it a crack.”

In the women’s final, Stoke’s Purple Eagles hammered the United Hawks 14-1 to claim the Narelle Te Purei Memorial Trophy.