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Softball BY SIMON KESLEP Port Moresby womens softball season round two pitched off on a good note for Bears as they displayed a team effort 10-7 win over Saints in the A grade main game on Saturday at Bisini diamond one. Bears led by the daughter and mother combination of Rose and Carol Apelis on the pitching and catching mound with assistance coming from Helen Bunbun, Lisa Polum, Joyce Inguba, Dianne Gideon, Francine Malum, Nadia Kua and outfielders, to oust Saints. “We have a good combination, we just need to know our opposing team batters and work along that line. I think Rosie (daughter) is doing well so far. “When she rather feels to take the other direction from my calls she does that but I think we did well,” said Bears player and coach Carol Apelis. Young Rose and her mother (Carol) hail from a mix parentage of East New Britain (Duke of York) and West New Britain (Kove) with Rose following her grandmother’s footsteps on the pitching mound. “I think we move to Bears club in 2016 but we started off with Wolves Club and credit would go to our head coach John Joseph on his coaching of my daughter and me,” said Apelis. Prior to Bears running the show on the batting mound at the completion of bottom fifth inning; it was an all Saints affair dominating in the opening innings of play. Well placed hits by Bears top batters in the likes of Gedion, Kua, Polum, Malum and Inguba resulted in the come from behind team effort win. “I think it is how Bears play basically because it was a good effort the ladies put into the game. The ladies performed to their best team effort and I am very proud of the girls. I think Saints did well because they placed good hits and we had to cover in fielding,” said Apelis. Saints coach Dimi Wosley said Bears scored runs (Bears) at last turn on bat through their (Saints) errors. “I can’t say much but we just blame ourselves meaning we just basically gave the win away. We need to try polish up on maintain the lead but otherwise we gave the win away. “For couple of our players they have been consisting in batting wise but we still need improvement in the whole batting line up. It all goes back to training and polishing up as well,” said Wosley. Saints who were the grand final runners up last season are keen to secure a finals spot with Wosley banking on the number of wins they secured so far. The unofficial placing for Saints in the A grade points ladder sees them on fifth with seven points. Runs scored, Bears 10 (Nadia Kua 2, Joyce Inguba, Dianne Gideon 2, Francine Malum, Helen Bunbun, Lisa Polum and Carol Apelis 2) defeating Saints 7 (Kurai Tovia, Cheryl Moka, Stephanie Manning, Margaret Parom, Addie Tamti, Sherrie Moka and Alice Ono. Meanwhile the top of the ladder match between reigning champions and Anti Pest Sponsored United sisters and Gazelle resulted in close score line finish. Sisters survived the slugfest contest with a 3-1 win.