The Victorian Titans won their second game on Day 4 of their 2018 National Championships campaign, while the Victorian Under 17 Boys state team experienced their first taste of success for the week.
In the Titans’ first game of the day on Tuesday against the SA Starz in Mirrabooka, the Starz got on the board first with four runs in the third innings. The Titans fought back with three runs of their own in the third innings with Bree Trim, Kim Quince and Tessa Brown crossing the plate.
In the fourth innings, the Titans scored another two runs from a double by Tessa Brown and Marina Walker and Bree Trim came home.
The Titans were brilliant defensively and held SA for no more runs for the game. The Titans scored another two runs in the fifth innings, with Bree Dawson and Marina Walker coming home through an error and wild throw by SA.
USA import Delanie Gourley pitched brilliantly for the whole game with her throwing 87 pitches for the seven innings and only having 16 balls to lead the Titans to a 7-4 victory.
In the second game of the day, the Titans kept the ladder-leading New South Wales Firestars scoreless for three innings. Jess Tolmie pitched well and it wasn’t until the fourth innings that New South Wales began to break the shackles on their way to a 7-0 win.
Victoria’s other squad competing in the west, the Under 15 Girls, continued to impress on Day 4 despite going down in their two games against ACT and NSW Country Gold.
ACT put the pressure on early in the morning with two runs early, followed by three unfortunate outs in the batting innings had the Vics back in the field.
Hailey Norden was excellent with two great outs at second base and a K2 from Hollis gave the Vics a second chance with the bat.
Safe hits from Karri Pritchard and Ariana Hollis got the Victorian girls roaring from the dugout, with Pritchard getting the team on the scoreboard from a wild pitch.
3 K2’s for Hollis to Graham at the plate was also a highlight for the Vics, but ACT’s rock solid defence proved too strong in their 8-1 victory.
In the afternoon game against NSW Country Gold, a close contest was expected.
Karri Pritchard and Sky Forbes were on base early, with Ariana Hollis scoring both with a great double. In warm conditions, the Victorians showed many promising signs including a lot of loaded bases, but couldn’t quite convert on the scoreboard.
Two outstanding diving catches by Sky Forbes at third ensured Victoria ended the game on a high, despite going down 7-4. Nonetheless, the efforts and level of improvement from the Under 15 Girls have not gone unnoticed by the officials and supporters as the team continues to gel as a unit as the week wears on.
In their only fixture for the day at Blacktown, the Under 17 Boys finally got just reward for their efforts and recorded their first win for their 2018 Nationals campaign. After going down to Western Australia 13-6 on Sunday, the Vics turned it all around on Tuesday to defeat the boys from the West 5-4 in a thriller.
They made it two from two on Wednesday morning by defeating ACT 7-3, with their next game against Western Australia again at 2:00pm.
The Under 17 Girls failed to take to the diamond at all due to rain on Tuesday in Blacktown, but made up for lost time early Wednesday morning by defeating Western Australia 8-4.
The Under 17 Girls have two more games today against South Australia (2:00pm) and New South Wales (4:30pm).