The top teams made their move and staked their title claims on Day 2 of the 2018 Softball Victoria Masters Championships on Sunday.
Contenders across the seven grades of competition at Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale sought to shore up their positions at the pointy end of the ladder on Sunday, with the aim to be amongst medal contention come Monday afternoon’s finals.
In the A/B Grade Women, Lilydale Ejays remain undefeated from their five games and look to be clear favourites heading into the final day of competition. They won each of their two games against the Braves and Ulverstone Redbacks on Sunday to sit on top with 20 points, ahead of Northwood Falcons, defending champions Vicsens Jnr and Amigos who are all on 12 points each.
The undefeated Cheetahs are still holding top spot in the C Grade Women with 16 points, with Birralee and the Tasmanian Recycled Relics hot on their heels with 12 points each. The Tassie Spirit sit six points adrift in fourth spot, but are favoured to secure the final play-off spot in the section.
In the remaining Women’s competitions, Red Devils sit on top of the D Grade Women with 18 points, but are being closely followed by GEMSA Corkers Black on 16 points. The race for the medals is on in the E Grade Women’s competition with only four points separating the first-placed Eastern Raiders Black and third-placed MVP Falcons, while newcomers Bulldogs have jumped to the top of the F Grade Women table after beating an experienced Craigieburn Eagles outfit 19 to 16 in a high-scoring affair.
On the Men’s side of the draw, Metrans remain the only undefeated team in the A/B Men’s Grade with 24 points and an amazing 71 runs for. The Giants and Melbourne Warriors 35s remain in the hunt for the A Grade medals play-offs with only two points splitting the two teams, while Laverton Bears are still a big chance to sneak into B Grade gold medal contention after defeating the Giants on Sunday.
In the C Grade Men, the Pirates sit on top of the ladder with 16 points, while Sons of Sunbury and the Bandits trail on 12 points each. Geelong Cougars and Casey 2 Cans will battle it out for the remaining play-off spot with both teams on eight points.
Play on Day 3 of the 2018 Victorian Masters Championships will begin at 8:30am at Presidents Park in Wyndham Vale, with the final qualifying round match-ups for all grades taking place on Monday morning, before the play-off medal games are held in the afternoon.
For the full results and ladders from Day 2 of the Masters Championships, head to Softball Victoria’s dedicated Masters page (http://vic.softball.org.au/masters/), or keep track of the weekend’s updates on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.