Hampstead win finals

Hampstead Heat's Mark Cousins, pictured, was best batter of the senior mixed final scoring two runs from three bats.

Mid Canterbury Softball finals fever hit Argyle Park last weekend in front of enthusiastic crowds.

In the senior mixed competition reigning champions Hampstead Heat had a impressive second innings run which saw them hold the lead against Demons Rebels and eventually secure the title 6-2.

It was their third consecutive title.

Hampstead Heat players and supporters enjoy winning their third finals victory.

Hampstead’s Mark Cousins was best batter of the game getting two runs from three bats; and pitchers Ben Waipouri (Hampstead) got five strike outs, but racked up one run against him and three walks, and Dan Flanagan (Demons) got nine strike outs, but had three runs against him and three walks.

At the start of the first innings Demons got their speedster Tate Dryland on base and around the bases to score. The youngster was the only one to score from either team in the first innings putting the Demons ahead 1-0.

However in the second innings Brent Christie got the ball rolling for Hampstead by getting home.

He was quickly followed by Natalie Corbett, Kyle Paul, Russell Laxton and Mark Cousins which put Hampstead in the lead 5-1.

In the third innings Liam Stoliker put one on the board for the Demons to close the gap 5-2.

But the fourth innings saw Hampstead’s Mark Cousins the only one to score and his team take the win 6-2.

Other results from finals day: Under 17s Fairfield beat Hampstead Allstars 8-2, and in the Under 13s Armadillo Panthers beat Fairfield 15-3.