PNG Power National Softball Club Fast Pitch tournament

Valley Mantas prove their worth in Mt Hagen

The 15-man squad made the journey from Wewak to the Western Highlands Province arriving on Thursday morning.

 Led by player/coach, Alex Kilus, Mantas got straight down to business winning their first two games on Thursday against Rovers and Pirates.

 "We came here to play and show the rest of the country that we can play softball," said Kilus.

Wewak which is one of the smallest softball associations in the country has four men's and four  women's teams that play in the competition back at home.

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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.

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Winning the toss, the Rovers elected to field first sending the Pirates from Mt. Hagen into bat. With bases fully loaded, points were there for the taking and they got their first run after a hit by pitch ball allowed Chris Soten to run home from the third base.

Loose balls delivered by Rovers pitcher, Adneil Kouse cost his side two more points with runners going home.

Two more runners sprinted home after Robert Basse smashed one to the outfield. All of the Pirates five runs in the first inning were scored when they were two down.

Rovers by for women's grand final

The Madang girls were up by five points after their first turn at bat, thanks to some power batting from Eunice Fong and Angelica Takaili.

This forced the Pirates coach to make a change bringing on Vince Tirupia to take over the pitching duties from Lina William.

 Pirates hit back in the same inning with William making up in a big way hitting the first home run for the team, bringing the score to 5-1 after the completion of the first inning.

PNG Softball says thanks to Mt. Hagen

In his speech at the official opening of the PNG Power National Softball Club Fast Pitch tournament, President of the PNG Softball Federation, Ralph Tarasomo said teams from Western Highlands had always made the journey to take part in the national or club championships.

"They always give their heart and soul when they take part.

"We are happy to bring softball back to Hagen after some 15 years," said Tarasomo.

The Club Championships will end on Sunday with the finals.


Rovers still undefeated

The girls from Madang proved too strong handing defending club champions Bears an 8-0 beating this afternoon (Friday).

Rovers also beat Titans 13-4 and were also victorious over the other Madang team- Yamilong winning 5-3.

In the other women's results, Titans forfeited Pirates from Mt and then went on to defeat Yamilong 8-2.