Good eye . . . Marlborough catcher Shiloh Cunningham reaches to catch a wayward ball as Otago batter Kaitlyn Hastie lets it fly past during the game on Friday. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Otago Softball Association hosted the national under-17 girls championships and, based on feedback from teams, knocked it out of the park.

Last week’s four-day tournament featured 10 teams from North Harbour to Southland.

Auckland won the final 5-4 against Wellington on Sunday.

“You actually could not ask for a better final,” tournament co-ordinator Stacey Wardell said. “Everybody was just so on the edge of their seat. It really could have gone any way.”

The game was tied at the end of regular play and went into overtime twice before Auckland got a runner across home plate to win.

“[The tournament] went off without any kind of hitch whatsoever and to have that finish it off was just the cherry on the top.

“It was just so, so cool.”

The game was livestreamed on the OSA Facebook page and was viewed more than 2000 times.

“It was just incredible.

“Everybody was just so excited.”

Wardell said it was great to see the local community and other teams supporting each other.

OSA had received positive feedback from all the teams – the only negative being that there was rain on day one which caused five games to be rescheduled.

“If that’s the only negative experience that any team had I am quite OK with that.”

Association chairwoman Sandy Wallace said the event “went off above our expectations”.

“[For] a small association like ourselves to hold a national event was pretty good and then on top of that to be able to announce at the management meeting prior to the tournament that a New Zealand under-17 team is going to be attending the Canada Cup in July and the team would be selected from the tournament just added to the excitement around the park.”

“All in all, a great event.”