Following in the footsteps of the Victoria Titans, all three of Victoria’s underage teams in action at 2018 National Championship events recorded positive performances on Wednesday.
After losing their first six games, the Under 17 Boys found their groove on Day 5 of competition in Blacktown and won their first two games of the day to make it three wins on the trot. The morning game saw the Vics defeat ACT 7-3 and reverse Sunday’s result between the two sides, before the Vics got the better of Western Australia for the second game in succession, winning 6-3.
The Vics weren’t able to keep the momentum rolling in their final game for the day against New South Wales, going down 7-2 in a hard-fought encounter, but with their confidence skyrocketing and some momentum underneath them, the Vics will look towards pushing for a playoffs spot on Thursday.
It was a similar story for the Under 17 Girls, who also seem to be finding form at the pointy end of the competition. The Vics won their first two games of the day against Western Australia (8-4) and South Australia (8-5), before pushing the undefeated New South Wales all the way in a 4-1 loss in the afternoon.
The Vics will be looking to continue their strong form when they take on the ACT on Thursday morning before the playoff games in the afternoon.
The Under 15 Girls are another team making waves in the back half of the competition as they took their victory tally to three with two wins on Day 5. Not to be daunted by the prospect of coming up against a SA Blue team on the brink of the top four, the Vics were brilliant in all facets to secure a thrilling 6-5 win.
Safe hits across the board for Graham, Kichakov, Pritchard allowed Victoria to score two runs in the first to get the game underway, before tight fielding within the infield restricted SA Blue early on.
SA Blue responded strongly to take the lead at 5-3, before a late flurry from the Vics in their last chance at the plate saw them secure a nail-biting win.
Buoyed by the close win, the Vics proved far two strong in their second game for the night against WA White, with tremendous batting and outstanding pitching the feature of the 12-4 victory.
The Under 15 Girls take New South Country Gold on Thursday morning, and will be hoping to reverse Tuesday’s close result between the teams.
To see a full list of results from all of the 2018 National Championship events, click here.