Check out what has happened on day four at the Open Women, U17 Boys & Girls and U15 Boys and Girls National Championships.
Open Women – Game 1: Victoria 1 – ACT 2
In a tight game the Titans went down to the ACT by one run.
ACT scored both their runs in the third innings and the Titans responded by scoring their solitary run in the fourth innings.
In what was ultimately a pitchers game for both teams, hits were hard to come by.
The safe hit tally for the ACT team was six while Jess Bahn was the only Titan able to register a safe hit with one in the first innings and then again in the fourth innings.
Open Women – Game 2: Victoria 1 – South Australia 4
The Titans scored the first run of the game in the second innings after Marina Walker hit a triple and Kim Quince lay down a bunt to score her.
Both SA and the Titans registered six safe hits each and the Titans were error-less in the field, however this was not enough to secure a victory.
Walker was a stand out in the batting box with three hits for her three times at bat.
For a comprehensive wrap of day four of the Gilley’s Shield click HERE.
U17 Girls – Game 1: Victoria 4 – Queensland 5
It was a slow start for both teams with no runs scored by either side until the fifth Innings.
Queensland had a strong lead but Victoria fought back well with some great batting and base running.
However they could not bring it home in the seventh and went down by one.
U17 Girls – Game 2: Victoria 4 – South Australia 12
Both Victoria and SA scored in the first innings, scoring one run a piece.
The second innings saw Victoria score another four runs due to SA errors in the field with to strong batting and base running.
In the third SA scored another 3 runs and Victoria changed pitcher. SA scored another six runs in this innings due to poor fielding and strong hits from.
Victoria couldn’t bring it back in the seventh innings, and SA scored an additional two runs.
U17 Boys – Game 1: Victoria 2 – Queensland 10
It was a solid start today by a young Victorian team getting early runs on the board.
Queensland clawed its way slowly back into the game and the Vics held them to 3-2 through 4 innings.
Queensland were able to run away with the game in the last two innings.
The highlight of the day was a rundown play between third and home with the out eventually made by Hayden Richardson while we also saw a great in the park home run from Liam Bonner with speedy running between the bases.
U17 Boys – Game 2: Victoria 12 – South Australia 5
Impressive work in the field saw the Victorian boys hold SA to only five runs in this afternoons game.
The Vic’s brought their “Hot Bats” to the ground to rack up 12 runs of their own.
The game had an extended period of delay, during which there was a dispute about an illegally entered player by the SA coach, which resulted in the coach and player being ejected from the game.
Great to get their second win on the board.
For a comprehensive wrap of the day four of the U17’s click HERE.
Under 15 Girls – Game 1: Victoria 5 – WA Gold 3
The Victorian girls came out on the diamond ready to play, scoring runs early and defending them with a strong six innings of pitching and fielding.
It was an awesome win for Victoria beating WA Gold who were sitting second on the ladder.
Both pitchers pitched three innings each – Angelina Kichokov started on the plate with only 1 run scored which was an error, her stats 9 batter 0 hits, 2 strikeout and 0 BB.
Kiara Rhind- Luke came on the plate and her pitching stats were 13 batters for 8 strikeout and 3 hits.
Batting was a lot stronger for Victoria with hits for Ina Carillo (double), scoring two RBI. Angelina Kichokov and Kasey Smith with two big hits (one double and a triple)
Under 15 Girls – Game 2: Victoria 3 – SA Red 8
The Victorian girls came out of the gates hot, putting down some early runs against a challenging SA Red side.
Hannah Scott led off the batters for the Victorians, hitting a triple before getting in two more hits later in the game. While Kasey Smith was also dynamic with the bat.
Karri Pritchard started on the plate, throwing three fantastic innings to lay down 43 strikes off 60 pitches. While Kiara Rhind-Luke also putting together some great pitching off the back of a strong performance earlier today.
Despite clear improvement over the course of the tournament, the Victorians struggled to hold momentum throughout the game, with SA Red managing to creep ahead on the scoreboard to claim the win.
For a comprehensive wrap of the day four of the U15’s click HERE.