Arthur Allsopp Shield 2016 – Day 4 wrap up

Arthur Allsopp Shield 2016 – Day 4 wrap up

The 2016 Arthur Allsopp Shield continued on Wednesday as the tournament entered its fourth day of competition. With the tournament reaching the business end of the week, the day produced a few nail biting matches that left spectators at the Mirrabooka Softball Complex on the edge of their seat!

It was a day that witnessed Queensland challenged by a competitive ACT outfit who almost handed the Queenslanders their first defeat of the tournament, however an impressive win saw them stretch their lead at the top of the ladder for a fourth consecutive day. Meanwhile, two outstanding performances from NSW moved them in to a strong position heading in to the final games of the round robin.

 

Game 1: NSW 13 defeated WA 0

U17 Boys10  It was hosts WA and reigning champions NSW who were first to take to the diamond on the fourth day of competition. Earlier in the week WA started their campaign with a brilliant 8-1 win over a NSW that delivered for the large crowd that packed in to the Mirrabooka Softball Complex. Since their last meeting both teams have had mixed results, giving both sides a lot of work to do heading in to the final few days of comptetion.

After two dissapointing results on day three of the tournament WA were looking to bounce back with their third victory of the week. However, after going down to the hosts on the opening day of the tournament it was NSW who came on to the diamond looking like the more determined team and this was soon evident on the scoreboard as the 2015 champions ran away with the game. The hosts had no reply to a determined NSW side and were soon out of the contest after conceding 13 runs in the first 3 innings of the game. With yet another strong performance it was NSW who were victorious 13-0 after just 4 innings, sending a strong message to the rest of the competition.

In a game that featured a number of notable performances it was New South Wales’ Logan Campbell (1 AB, 3 R, 1 H, 3 RBI) and Chris Plain (2 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 3 RBI) who produced strong games at the plate. After impressing all week it was Shaun Lanaghan (NSW) who continued his brilliant tournament, pitching all 4 innings for 3 hits, 0 runs and 6 strikeouts.

 

Game 2: ACT 10 defeated Victoria 9

Next up it was Victoria up against ACT on diamond 1. On a hot and humid afternoon at the complex it was a must win game for Victoria who found themselves at the bottom of the ladder without a win. A strong finish to the U17 Boys11tournament would give Victoria a chance of qualifying to the finals of the competition. Meanwhile, a win for ACT would see them move closer to securing a second chance in the competition by finishing in the top two.

In an important game for both sides it was evident early on that a win would not come easily for either side with a high standard of softball on display. With a nail biting win over hosts WA the night before ACT took a lot of confidence in to this clash and took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 3rd innings. The next two innings belonged to Victoria who were able to level the game up with 4 unanswered runs heading in to the penultimate innings of the game. As the game went back and forth it was the ACT who dominated the 6th innings to extend their lead to 4 runs, which soon became 5. A determined Victoria side were fighting hard to register their first win of the tournament and this was evident after getting past the plate to register another 4 runs but were unable to complete the comeback, falling 10-9 after a thoroughly entertaining contest!

In a brilliant team effort by ACT it was Nathan Foley who was the standout performer for the victors. At the plate Foley went 3 for 3 with 1 run and was supported well by his teammates with runs spread across the board. In arguably their best performance of the week Victorians Lachlan Spinelli (4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 RBI) and Samuel Reale (4 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 2 RBI) produced some of their best softball to almost lead their side to victory.

 

Game 3: Queensland 3 defeated ACT 2

U17 Boys12The night session of day four began with Queensland taking on ACT in a match that promised to produce an entertaining spectacle. Both teams were coming in to this match with great confidence after registering impressive wins in their previous matches. After a close 9-5 contest which Queensland were able to win earlier in the week ACT were looking to challenge hard to hand the highflying Queenslanders their first loss of the competition.

With so much to play for both sides came out on to the diamond wanting to turn their momentum in to runs. This was done by Queensland who were able to take a 2-0 lead after the first innings of the game. It looked as if this match could turn in to another large win for the league leaders, however this soon changed when the ACT were able to tie the game at the top of the 2nd. Queensland soon took back the lead to enter the 3rd innings 3-2. The remainder of the game saw both sides defend impressively with neither side able to get past the plate to alter the scoreboard. In a close contest it was Queensland who registered their 6th win of the tournament with a 3-2 victory.

In a low scoring contest it was the notable performances of both pitchers that made it difficult for the opposition batsmen to influence the result of the match. For Queensland it was Shannon Goffer who pitched all 7 innings for 5 hits, 2 runs and 5 strikeouts, with his opposite number Andy Meyer-Coyte pitching 6 innings for 3 hits, 3 runs and 6 strikeouts!

 

Game 4: NSW 13 defeated Victoria 1

It was NSW and Victoria who closed out the fourth day of the tournament by playing out the sixteenth game of the 2016 Arthur Allsopp Shield. It was a difficult task for Victoria to overcome a NSW side who had won their lastU17 Boys13 two games of the competition but an impressive display earlier in the day against ACT meant that Victoria came in to this game in high spirits. With ACT registering one win and one loss during the day NSW were looking to capatilise on this by winning this contest and moving in to second position.

The contest was a tight one for the majority of the match although NSW were able to take advantage of several errors from the Victorians, taking a 3-0 lead after four innings. Things didn’t get much better for Victoria as NSW were able to register another 10 runs in the next two innings to end any hope of an upset victory. A consolation run late in the game wasn’t enough as NSW won 13-1 after 6 innings for an early finish.

It was another dominant display by a confident NSW team who are starting to find similar form that lead them to the 2015 title. With performances evenly spread across the line up it was the offensive efforts of catcher Logan Campbell who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs, as well as first baseman Chris Plain who managed to go 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs who notably contributed to their sides victory. NSW pitcher Brady Moore pitched all 6 innings for 3 hits, 1 run and 4 strikeouts in another outstanding defensive showing from the boys in blue!

 

Play is now underway for day 5 at the Mirrabooka Softball Complex – see all the live play by plays via the Softball Australia Website!