Softball BY SIMON KESLEP United Brothers are title holders of the Port Moresby men’s softball after defeating Yokomo 10-7 on Sunday at the Bisini diamonds. For the women’s division, Stingers held off a determined Saints side to register a 6-3 win. Both associations pitched off pre-season for three weekends and teams managed to turn up and freshen up with their good innings of play given the long off-season break. The men’s finals between United Brothers and Yokomo went down the wire to a full seven innings before central umpire Moses Tolingling signaled game over. Yokomo took the early lead at the completion of first inning 4-1 with good batting order resulting in runs scored by Zale brothers, Micah and Taki, Kelly Upaupa and Roland Meli. Brothers managed to close in on fielding with hurler Michael Parom taking charge on the pitching mound and collective fielding effort from fellow team mates. Several fielding errors by Yokomo turned into scoring opportunities for Brothers as they added five more runs in their favor. The third inning was a scoreless turnaround for both teams before substitutions came into play with Clifford Kouse and David Upaupa stepping in for Yokomo and Tony Williams for Brothers to take lead in the remaining innings of play. Young stars in both teams also stood out on the batting mound especially Yokomo’s Jack Tarasomo and United Brothers Elthony Daple. The change resulted in two homers for Yokomo by Clifford Kouse and Kelly Upaupa but they were contained in fielding by Brothers who managed to pull off the three-run margin win. United Brothers 10 (Gerald Pokanau, 2 Gimi Ora, Elthony Daple, Mikes Parom, 2 Joe Kudada, Glen Niggins, Venon Wam, Mike Avosa) defeated Yokomo 7 (David Upaupa, Micah Zale, Taki Zale, 2 Kelly Upaupa, Clifford Kouse, Roland Meli). Other results for men; Yokomo 4 d Brown Eagles 0, United Brothers 12 d Bears 9, in the womens division Stingers 9 d Mariners 1, Saints 9 d Gazelle 3, Gazelle 12 d Mariners 1.