Courtney Gettins delivers second NZ win

By Shane Hurndell


Hawke's Bay's New Zealand under-16 softball pitcher Courtney Gettins won her second national title for the season at the weekend.

The Iona College 15-year-old and her sister, White Sox catcher Melanie Gettins, played for Auckland Ramblers who won the national women's interclub title in Nelson on Saturday. Gettins pitched Ramblers to a 5-2 win against Waitakere Bears in the final of the four-day tournament.

Hawke's Bay's White Sox pitcher Michal Tangaroa played for the Bears who beat Ramblers 1-0 in Friday's double life semifinal and was named top pitcher at the 15-team tournament. Ramblers won all seven of their section games before the playoffs.

Earlier this summer Gettins pitched Hawke's Bay to title honours at the national under-17 girls tournament in Christchurch where she was named MVP and top pitcher. She could have had a third title had rain not ended Hawke's Bay's quest at the national under-19 girls tournament in Auckland back in January prior to their semifinal.

Three of Hawke's Bay's Makea brothers, three-time world champion Thomas, fellow Black Sox player Campbell and William played for Poneke Kilbirnie who lost 6-4 to Auckland United in Saturday's final of the national men's interclub tournament in Auckland.

Hawke's Bay representatives Fast Pitch finished 11th in the 21-team event.

While the Gettins sisters were in action in Nelson, their mother, former White Sox infielder Charmaine Gettins, was playing short stop for the Hawke's Bay Evergreens who finished fifth at their Palmerston North-hosted nationals. Yesterday Hawke's Bay walloped Manawatu 11-2 in the playoff for fifth after losing 5-4 to Hutt Valley in a match they had to win to secure a semifinal berth.

On Saturday Hawke's Bay beat Rotorua 15-1 and Marlborough 13-1. While the Bay team had no passengers, Gettins, second base player Sharon Chapman, centre outfielder Deanna Paul and catcher Kae Schlierike were all prominent with the bat. Kay Lorimer pitched all four games for the Bay and batted in all four.

Flaxmere and Marist were the winners of the respective Hawke's Bay senior B men's and women's post-Christmas competitions which ended on Saturday.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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