Round 3 of the Softball Victoria Women’s Invitational Tournament took place at Knox on Wednesday night and produced some exceptional softball.
Black Storm vs Navy Blues
Game one of the evening saw the Black Storm taking on the Navy Blues. Coming into the round, both teams had shown some good form, with the Navy Blues having gone down to the Purple Haze in a tight game in the first round before knocking over the Teals in Round 2. The Black Storm meanwhile had performed strongly in Round 1, taking down the Teals in a dominant display before being washed out via sprinkler in Round 2.
The game began with both teams starting strongly, with the first inning ending in a 3-2 scoreline in favour of the Black Storm. From there on, Black Storm pitcher Dale Stocker put the clamps on the Navy Blues batting line up. The Navy Blues clearly had the same plan but in the third innings the Black Storm really shifted the momentum of the game, running in four runs and taking a 8-2 lead at the bottom of the third. The Navy Blues continued to fight hard to claw back two runs in the fifth following some solid hitting by Di Siervi, Alys Young and Gabby Mifsud, however the Black Storm continued to accumulate runs resulting in a final score of 10-4.
The Teals vs Purple Haze
Game two was a real game of cat and mouse as the Purple Haze took on the Teals. Whilst the Teals hit the lead early, the Haze stalked them throughout the entire game and pounced late in the game to take the lead, only for the Teals to tie the game up with scores of 9-9 at the end of the seventh following some good team batting and a triple from Grace Peters.
Going into the tie breaker, both teams started the innings with a runner on second base with the Haze’s Bree Kennelly then putting down a sac bunt to move the runner to third base before some good team batting saw the bases loaded with one out.
Georgia O’Donovan then put a line drive into left field to bring two runners home; taking the score to 11-9. Teals pitcher, Ilsa Anstey, then fought back to shut the Purple Haze innings down leaving the Teals requiring at least two runs from their next at bat. Purple Haze pitcher , Carly Bell, took to the pitching circle and despite some good batting from Tamar Hutchinson, Carly maintained her composure to secure the victory for the Purple Haze 11-10.
After three rounds, the ladder sees the Black Storm and Purple Haze tied at the top. Next week the tournament is back at Werribee with the Teals taking on the Black Storm, and the Navy Blues taking on the Purple Haze – we look forward to seeing you there!