The Victoria Titans have grabbed 4th position with two wins on the final day of round robin competition at the Gilley’s Shield being held at Mirrabooka, Western Australia this week.
The Titans, under the watchful eye of Head Coach Mark Rigg and with superstar Delanie Gourley on the mound, entered the final day knowing they needed to beat both W.A and A.C.T to make it through.
The first match against a talented WA outfit began evenly with the scores locked 2-2 after the 2nd innings, with Sarah Tutchener and Marina Walker scoring for the Titans.
In the third innings, WA scored one run and the Titans levelled the game up in the fourth innings with Marina Walker once again getting home from a hit by Kim Quince, the score locked at 3-3.
The Titans hit the lead in the 5th innings when Jess Bahn crossed the plate from a wild throw, and extended the lead in the 6th inning when Tessa Brown hit to left field, allowing Marina Walker to score again. The Titans entered the 7th innings leading by 2 runs and although W.A launched a home run over the centre field fence, the Titans held their nerve to win 5-4. Delanie Gourley was again outstanding leading the Titans to a close victory.
The final game of the round robin rounds between the Titans and A.C.T became a vital one, with Victoria requiring a win to grab 4th spot, while a loss would result in W.A sneaking in to the finals.
Ilsa Anstey pitched superbly in the first 3 innings keeping A.C.T to only two safe hits and one run scored.
The Titans followed Anstey’s solid showing with some smart batting in the 3rd innings, with Kim Quince and Tessa Brown scoring as a result of quality hitting by Brown herself and Jackie DiSiervi.
A.C.T scored one more run in the 4th innings and then the Titans shut them down for the rest of the game.
Sarah Tutchener came home by a sac fly from Kim Quince to centre field, and then Delanie Gourley came into pitch in the 4th innings and kept them to 3 safe hits in 4 innings, leading the Titans to a 3-2 win and a well-deserved finals berth.
The Titans now face South Australia in the first final at 6:30pm AEST.