Day two of the Arthur Allsopp Shield continued on Monday at the Mirrabooka Softball Complex. Spectators witnessed a number of entertaining matches take place as each state looked to consolidate themselves in the tournament.
After a hard fought win over Victoria on day one it was Queensland who continued to impress with another two victories against the ACT and NSW to place them in a very strong position at the top of the table heading into day 3 of competition. Meanwhile, WA and the ACT will be looking to challenge Queensland with both sides sitting two points behind league leaders at the completion of the days play.
Game 1: Queensland 9 defeated ACT 5
The first game of the day featured tournament leaders ACT taking on Queensland in an action packed contest that saw both teams begin the match competitively. Heading in to the third innings the game was scoreless, however this soon changed with a dominant Queensland outfit scoring 6 runs to 1 in the bottom of the 3rd.
After starting the tournament convincingly it was the ACT who were in danger of suffering their first defeat of the week until an impressive 5th innings saw them reduce the deficit to 3 with two innings to play. Despite a spirited effort it was Queensland who were the eventual winners 9-5.
For Queensland it was Michael Ludkin who had another solid performance at the plate going 2 for 5 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored, meanwhile Bolton Nussbaum performed well for the ACT going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and 1 run.
Game 2: New South Wales 11 defeated Victoria 1
The second game of the day featured NSW taking on Victoria with both teams looking to register their first win of the tournament. After a disappointing loss to WA on day one it was NSW who appeared determined to get back to winning ways.
Unfortunately for Victoria they didn’t have an answer to this and were unable to challenge. After four consistent innings NSW were able to wrap up the game 11-1 in the 4th for an early finish.
The dominant performance by NSW was lead by pitcher Shaun Lanaghan who impressed both offensively and defensively. Lanaghan pitched all 4 innings for 2 hits, 1 run and 6 strikeouts and delivered with the bat by going 2 from 3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Game 3: Queensland 12 defeated New South Wales 5
Game three saw Queensland come up against NSW, with both teams coming off wins earlier in the day it promised to be an entertaining match. It was a tight contest to begin with as only one run separated the sides heading in to the 6th innings of the game. However, this soon changed with Queensland again showing why they are one of the strongest teams at the championships with a dominant 7-1 run, 6th innings.
With such short time to recover NSW were unable to respond, going down 12 to 5. This meant Queensland continued their successful start to the tournament by going three games unbeaten and moving clear at the top of the table.
For a third successive game Queensland’s Michael Ludkin impressed from the plate going 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs and 1 run, whilst his teammate Sheldon Waller also performed with bat in hand (5 AB, 2 R, 3 H). Second baseman Josh Bond (4 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 2 RBI) was the standout performer for NSW.
Game 4: Western Australia 11 defeated Victoria 5
The final game of day saw WA taking on a struggling Victorian side who were looking to register their first win of the championships. It was evident early on that WA were the more confident team and this was reflected on the scoreboard as the hosts took an 8-2 lead after the 2nd innings.
Victoria were able to put in a respectable performance for the remainder of the game and showed positive signs heading in to their second round matches later this week. However, it was WA who came out victorious with an exciting 11-5 win.
It was a great team effort from WA with Kinglsey Dawson (4 AB, 3 R, 3H), Harry May (1 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 1 RBI), Dawson Summers (4 AB, 2 R, 1 H, 2 RBI) and Jett Wright (4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 4 RBI) all handy with the bat.
Play is now underway for day 3 at Mirrabooka – see all the live play by plays via the Softball Australia Website!