The defending champions Counties were the big casualty on day two of the United Airlines Mens National Baseball Championships at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga Friday.
The surprise 2016 winners have missed out on the championship rounds over the weekend after losing 5-4 to an upstart Orewa team.
Counties then lost a tight encounter 1-0 to tournament heavyweights Howick-Pakuranga Hawks, who completed an unbeaten round robin easily accounting for the Hamilton Raiders.
The Hawks, Orewa, North Shore and HP Greyhawks make up the championship top 4 who will battle for supremacy over the next two days.
Scores from day two:
Orewa 5 v 4 Counties
Chch Blue Sox 5 v 4 Porirua Bombers
Orewa 12 v 2 Hamilton Raiders
North Shore 16 v 1 Porirua Bombers
Chch Blue Sox 7 v 9 HP Greyhawks
HP Hawks 12 v 2 Hamilton Raiders
North Shore 3 v 1 HP Greyhawks
HP Hawks 1 v 0 Counties