Softball: One win will do for men

By SHANE HURNDELL


Hawke's Bay's senior men's softball side must win one of their remaining two round robin games today to secure a top four play-off berth at the National Fastpitch Championship in Lower Hutt.

"One win will do but we'll go for two," Hawke's Bay assistant coach Corey Tamati said after the Bay's second day of play ended at Fraser Park yesterday.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Hawke's Bay are scheduled to play Japan Universities and Counties-Manukau/Waikato today.

One win will see them maintain their fourth spot which was gained after a 4-3 win against North Harbour in their first outing yesterday.

Tamati said the match was a topsy turvy one in which the Bay's Black Sox pitcher Regan Manley performed well.

Right outfielder and lead off batter Cameron Willis and short stop and No9 batter Curtis Huata both impressed with the bat.

In their second outing, Hawke's Bay lost 7-6 to Canterbury after two tie-breaker innings. Tamati said it was a match the Bay should have won.

"We had loaded bases with one down in one of the regulation innings and didn't score. At the same time, the fact we took the defending champions and last year's runners-up Wellington to two tie breaker innings shows how competitive we are at the elite level ... we had our chances to win both of those games," Tamati said referring to the previous day's 3-2 loss to Wellington and a tie-break loss to Canterbury after coming back to tie the game 5-5.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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