The manager of New Zealand's first professional baseball team is trying to lure one of the country's best softball players back to the other side.
Steve Mintz is in the country ahead of trials for the Auckland Tuatara in three main centres this weekend and says they want Pita Rona there.
“I reached out to him and he showed some interest,” Mintz told 1 NEWS.
“We’re hoping he comes out and we’ll see what he’s got.”
Rona was tipped for big things in baseball after signing a contract with the Baltimore Orioles but he was released after two years in 2014.
The 24-year-old recently arrived back in New Zealand after touring Europe with the World Champion Black Sox where he helped the side win the Intercontinental Cup in Prague.