Yokomo win 2016 softball club championships

Yokomo cruised through to a 9-1 win over Defence in the men's grand final this afternoon of the PNG Power National Softball Club Fast Pitch tournament.

It was a powerful display of batting firepower from the Yokomo men that won them back to back club titles in front a crowd of over 500 at Rebiamul Oval.

It started at the top of the second inning when a safe hit from Mark Tomangana allowed Paul Bogan home to score the first run.

Taki Zale and David Upaupa then got themselves safely on base and were brought home by the next batter in young Dane Chan who powered the ball past first base to score Zale and Upaupa and eventually come home himself in the same play.

The Defence pitcher and catcher combination of Mosley Obed and Kepas Mormor could not find the formula needed to dissolve the Yokomo batting attack and so the runs kept coming.

Another two runs were scored for Yokomo in the next inning through Collin Mangot and Zale to push the lead out to 6-0.

Defence finally managed their first run in the same inning when lefthander Michael Avosa slapped a ball that fell safely in the left outfield for Jonos Paon to score.

But Yokomo's pitcher, Clifford Kouse ensured no more runs were conceded hurling the ball down fast and with variation to trouble the Defence batters.

Kouse finished the final with five strikeouts to his name and also won the top pitcher award of the championships.

Yokomo continued to score more runs and the game was  put beyond doubt at the top of the fifth inning.

Going in as a pinch batter for his brother, Kelly Upaupa smashed a homer to bring himself and Briton Zale home.

Going in to bat at the bottom of the fifth, it proved too much for Defence as they were left two down in a matter of minutes.

Their hopes now rested on the next batter up in Mormor to lead the comeback.

But Mormor's hit to Bogan at third base spelt the end as Bogan chucked to first base to get Mormor out and win the grand final.

The game was called off in the fifth inning after the mercy rule was applied.

Yokomo became K7, 000 richer from their win in prize money while Defence snatched up K5, 000 as runners up.

In the third and fourth playoff, Bears thumped 09ERS 16-7 to win themselves K2,500.

09ERS picked up K1, 500 finishing fourth.

Troy Taule