The hometown ACT 89’ers have maintained their undefeated record through three days of the Men’s National Softball Championship.
A blowout opened proceedings today with New South Wales chalking up an 11-0 victory over South Australia, doing the damage in just four innings.
The Blues were off to a flying start in the first inning, five runs, including a James Darby homer over centre field, setting the tone early for a dominant display.
Liam O’Leary and Hayden Mathews added home runs in New South Wales’ runaway victory.
New South Wales picked up another win for the day, accounting for Victoria 6-1, the Blues getting away from the southern state in the 3rd and 4th inning putting together five runs.
Mitchell Brownlow put two runs on the board with Lachlan Hay, James Darby, Callum Beashel and Hayden Mathews adding to the total.
Harri Peters was again on song for New South Wales, allowing just one hit and one run amongst his 10 strikeouts.
In match three, Western Australia were able to record a win over South Australia courtesy of a six run inning during the bottom of the 6th.
A home run in the 2nd inning from Sean Duxbury got Adam O’Byrne on the board with Kurt Barbarich taking advantage of a Scott Patterson triple to run home for WA.
Patterson crossed himself in the 6th as Barbarich and O’Byrne made their second run for the day while Jay Rakich also scored.
Mark Harris out an exclamation mark on the inning when he hit an inside the park home run to ice the match for Western Australia.
In the evening matches, WA were able to carry on their winning ways and record a 10-7 win over Queensland.
Harris starred this time with bat and ball, putting together six strikeouts along with three runs as the boys from out West closed out a successful day in the nation’s capital.
The ACT 89’ers powerhouse continues to roll on with another win, this time a hard fought matchup against Victoria.
The Vic’s made their intentions clear from the 1st inning, a Ricky Wheeler homer putting himself and Ryan Sinclair on the board. ACT had the answer in the 3rd inning however with all four of their runs for the match.
Josh McGovern scored on an error while a Mathew Wickham homer to centre field was fortuitous in getting Matthew Harrow and Nick Norton home.
The rest of the match was scoreless giving ACT the win 4-2.
In the final match of day three, ACT and Queensland played out a thriller. After putting together five runs over the first five innings to Queensland’s zero, the 89’ers looked well in control to remain undefeated.
However four runs in the bottom of the 6th from the visitors ensured the 7th inning would be a thriller.
Marshall Kronk quickly dispatched the ACT batters with two strikeouts to keep the margin to one run. Andrew Kirkpatrick’s class came through for the home team and off his pitching Queensland were unable to score, the match finishing 5-4 in the 89’ers favour.
Following day three, the ladder is as follows:
- ACT 12
2. NSW 8
3. WA 6
4. VIC 4
5. QLD 2
6. SA 0
Due to high heat, the Championship’s original schedule has been revised, day four schedule:
10:00am NSW v QLD
12:00pm NSW v VIC
6:00pm ACT v WA
6:00pm SA v VIC
8:00pm SA v WA