Arthur Allsopp Shield 2016 – Day 1 wrap up

Arthur Allsopp Shield 2016 – Day 1 wrap up

The 26th edition of the Arthur Allsopp Shield got underway on Sunday 3 January with all five states taking to the diamond to complete the first four games of the tournament.

The day belonged to the ACT who comprehensively won both of their opening games, however an outstanding performance and rare grand slam for Western Australia’s Jett Wright ensured the hosts got back to winning ways by upsetting tournament favourites, New South Wales.

 

GAME 1: Queensland 11 defeated Victoria 10

The day started with Queensland taking on Victoria in an action packed 1tournament opener! The game looked all but over in the bottom of the 6th as Queensland took a 3 run lead. However, a spirited Victorian side dug deep to come from behind and tie the game in the 7th.

With the contest tied at 7 all after 7 the game went in to a tiebreak. With the momentum on their side Victoria managed 3 runs, setting Queensland a difficult task to win the game. After an entertaining 8th inning display, Queenslandwas the eventual winner 11-10!

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Impressive offensive performances from right fielder Layton Reid (5 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 2 RBI) and pitcher Michael Ludkin (5 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 RBI) ensured Queensland got over the line. Centre fielder Samuel Reale (4 AB, 2 R, 2 H) was the standout performer for a competitive Victorian outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAME 2: ACT 12 defeated WA 03

The second game of the day saw tournament hosts Western Australia take on the ACT. It was a disappointing performance by the hosts as they didn’t manage to get in to the game with a strong ACT side taking full advantage of this, scoring 6 runs in the 4th for an early finish.

It was the outstanding defensive performance from ACT pitcher Bolton Nussbaum (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 SO) and impressive batting of third baseman Kyle Doherty (3 AB, 3 R, 2 H) that lead a dominant ACT team to victory.

 

GAME 3: ACT 10 defeated Victoria 2

The third game of the day featured ACT and Victoria for their second game of the day. It was a tight contest to begin with as only one run separated the sides heading in to the 5th innings of the game. However, this soon changed with the ACT capitalising on a number of errors from the Victorian side. ACT knocked in 7 for the innings for another early finish.

It was another dominant performance by a highflying ACT team with performances evenly spread across the line up. Shortstop Christian Palombi (3 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 1 RBI) and pitcher Jerone Tan (4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 6 SO) strongly contributing to their states second straight win in an impressive start to the tournament.

 

GAME 4: WA 8 defeated NSW 1

The fourth and final game of the day was the highly anticipated rematch between reigning champions New South Wales and previous runners up, Western Australia. The twilight game attracted a large crowd to the Mirrabooka Softball Complex with the hosts bouncing back from a disappointing tournament opener.4

Unlike the previous game WA were up for the challenge and got off to a solid start, leading NSW by 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. From here the hosts didn’t look back and finished off an impressive performance to come out victors 8 to 1 after the fifth.

It was Western Australia’s Jett Wright who delivered an outstanding performance to lead the hosts to victory. Wright pitched all 5 innings for 2 hits, 1 run and 6 strikeouts and delivered with the bat by knocking home an amazing grand slam in what was the highlight of the game. Wright went 3 for 3 at the plate driving in seven runs and scoring twice.

Play is now underway for day 2 at Mirrabooka – see all the live play by plays via the Softball Australia website!