Victoria has secured its first win of the 2018 Under 15 Girls Regional Softball Championship campaign on Day 3 in Mirrabooka, WA.
After some promising performances in the first two days of competition, Day 3 saw the Under 15 Victorian Girls come up against the Queensland Flames and NSW Metro Orange searching for their first win of the tournament.
In the Monday afternoon match against NSW Metro Orange, the Victorians could never get in to gear and lost to a far stronger outfit. Not to be deterred, the Victorians re-grouped quickly and were determined to turn it all around against the Flames during the evening.
Ariana Hollis started on the mound against the Flames with Taimania Graham behind the plate. Keeping it tight in the first innings, the Flames scored one run early on but the Victorian girls were loud and ready to compete, with a cool breeze under the lights creating the perfect environment.
Graham led off with a safe hit to centre in the Victorians first inning, followed by a Skye Forbes bunt that shifted Graham to third. Graham stole home on a wild throw to score our first run.
Forbes took a huge lead to home forcing the throw and sliding into home to score, whilst Angelina Kichakov hit safely to centre. Kasey Smith followed this with a double over right field; scoring Kichakov. The Victorian girls were on fire scoring three runs in their first at bat.
It was a quick second innings with all three Queensland outs at the plate to give the Victorians the ascendancy and another bat immediately.
Great hits by Hollis and Norden to centre field in the third enabled more runs to be scored, giving Victoria a comfortable 7-2 lead.
Queensland then had safe hits to left and right putting two runs on base early in the third. The first out was by Norden at second to Kichakov at first base, followed by a fly to Brodie Hendy caught on the run, and into Forbes at third for the double on the runner. This got Victoria back into the dugout and staring at a huge win.
Karri Pritchard completed a fine performance on the mound by closing out the match, as Victoria secured the win 7-4 in an impressive team display.
After five tough games to start and falling just short against Queensland Fire and WA Gold on Sunday, Victoria have found their feet in this tournament and are extremely proud to be representing their state.
The Vics will now turn their attention to their Day 4 games today against the ACT and NSW Country Gold at 11:00am and 3:00pm respectively.
For the Victorian Under 15 Girls full list of results, click here.
Image above: Victorian Under 15 Girls team members with Aussie Spirit star Stacey Porter.