Thunder and Raiders Secure Places at Fastball 45 National League Finals
The Wellington Thunder and the Hutt Valley Kotuku Raiders have secured the remaining spots of the FASTBALL 45 National League finals through convincing wins at the Central Regional Qualifier today.
The Raiders were in rampant form beating the Wellington Shakers 10-4, after narrowly beating the Wellington Storm in their semifinal on Friday night.
Although the Raiders only outhit the Shakers 5-4 it was the constant pressure and aggressive base running that took themout to an unassailable 10-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Pallas Potter, Lara Andrews and Caitlyn Lewin did the damage accumulating 7 of the teams RBI’s between them.
The Shakers had no answer to Raiders pitcher Shivaun Landeros who was backed by solid defence throughout the 3 innings of play. The men’s final was a closer affair with The Wellington Thunder and Hutt Valley Pakura Crushers in a tight battle which saw the teams locked at 1-1 after two innings.
The Thunder cracked down in the third with 7 runs largely through the batting efforts of Dylan Jackson, Damon Creasy and Reilly Makea.
Thunder and Black Sox pitcher Josh Pettett was in a dominant mood as he completely shut down the Crushers throwing a no hitter and taking 6 strikeouts.
The Thunder and Raiders will represent the Central Region when they take on the Southern and Northern regions at ELE Stadium in Albany next weekend.
The FASTBALL 45 National League Finals schedule can be viewed here