Dunstan High School has scored a home run in winning the South Island secondary schools division 2 softball tournament.

To get there the school’s boys’ team played a thrilling semifinal against Shirley Boys’ High School at Molyneux Park, Alexandra, on March 26.

Coach Shaun Robinson said the team went into a tie breaker which it won, with Cyress Hutchinson sliding into home to secure the team’s spot in the final against Otago Boys’ High School.

“We had lost to Otago Boys’ previously by six, so we knew we were in for a tough final.

“It was 5-5 for four innings and then at the top of the fifth innings we started to pull away.”

She said Reuben O’Neill got two automatic home runs, Ben Johnson got one automatic home run and Chugga O’Neill got a home run.


On the ball . . . Ryley Park (16) prepares to swing for Dunstan High School against Shirley Boys’ High School during a semifinal at the South Island secondary schools division 2 softball tournament. PHOTO: REBECCA ANNAN/SOFTBALL NZ


“The support from the crowd was wonderful and definitely created an astounding atmosphere.

“Jake Denniston caught some amazing hits in the outfield and the team’s tight fielding meant Otago Boys’ couldn’t get any more home with the final score being 9-5.”

The boys’ competition featured nine teams while the girls’ competition had five teams.

“The Dunstan High School girls’ team pushed hard for a respectable third place,” Robinson said.

“We are unsure where the next tournament will be held but we are planning for next season and super excited to take the boys away for another great tournament.”

Robinson was the coach alongside Scott Cameron and Simon Lloyd, who helped for the week.