United Sisters retain softball title

United Sisters retained their title after a hard fought 8-4 win over Bears in the A grade division grand final of the Port Moresby women’s softball competition played at the Bisini Grounds this afternoon.

Runs scored by Priscilla Mocke and Florence Daple put United Sisters in front at 2-0 after the completion of the first inning.

United Sisters took things up a notch with their batting in the second inning piling on four more runs with a display of power batting from Mocke, Daple and Georgina Mautu.

Bears seemed to have no answers to the mother and daughter combination of Selina Karai on the pitching mound and Tessa Karai at catcher.

It all looked bleak for Bears at the bottom of the third inning when the deficit increased to seven runs.

The top of the fourth inning is when Bears, lifted by their young guns and began to fight back.

Their first run came through a line drive to first base from Matilda Pagal that allowed Dianne Gedion to run home.

Advancing to third base in the next play, Pagal eventually snuck home to narrow down United Sisters’ lead to 7-2.

United Sisters’ last run was scored in the same inning after Daple smacked the ball to the outfield to bring a runner home safely.

This did nothing to dampen Bears’ spirits as they hit back with two runs scored through Carol Apelis and Francine Malum in the fifth inning.

But there would be no more runs scored from both teams in the sixth and seventh inning.

The catch that sealed the win for United Sisters was taken by Zilpa Ene at first base from a Pagal hit.

 In the B grade grand final played earlier today, Yokomo defeated Mariners 6-4.

Troy Taule