Australia A have recorded their first win of the 2019 Asia Pacific Cup defeating New Zealand 7-0 in five innings.
After positive signs from last night’s 5-3 loss to the Travelodge Aussie Spirit, the Australia A side were in control from the start of the game, removing the New Zealand batters quickly in the top of the 1st.
Brooke Spence then hit a double which she was able to convert into a scoring play to put the Aussie’s ahead 1-0 following the 1st.
In the bottom of the 2nd, the Australians took control of the game putting a further four runs on the board through Spence’s second, Tabitha Callander, Belinda White and Stacy McManus.
Madeline Cameron crossed in the 3rd with Jade Wall adding another in the 4th for Australia A’s five run total and first win of the tournament.
Victorian pitcher Ilsa Anstey kept the New Zealand girls scoreless for four innings while Sandra Holden completed the shutout for Australia.
Italy kept their campaign alive with a tough win over New Zealand on day three, pulling away in the 4th and 5th innings to record a 5-2 win.
Pitcher Greta Cecchetti said it was important for their team to bounce back after two tight losses yesterday.
“We had a couple of close games yesterday so it was good to finally come out with a win today,” said Cecchetti who had to battle the elements this morning after on and off rain throughout their game.
“It feels a little like Japan during the World Championship, it’s hot and rainy, the sun hasn’t been out, the weather has been different everyday but it’s nothing unusual for us.”
The Italian team has acclimatized to both the weather and Australian style of softball after a number of the team competed in the Gilley’s Shield National Championship in January earlier this year.
“Nationals was pretty big for me to get in shape for the Asia Pacific Cup and we actually had three days of games before this tournament so it feels like we’ve been playing for many, many days but we’re excited we get to come out again tomorrow and compete.”
China and Chinese Taipei played out a tight encounter with China putting up two runs in the 7th inning to tie the score at 3-3.
They were able to race home in the top of the 8th inning and hold out Chinese Taipei to win 4-3.
Japan are currently playing Italy with the Travelodge Aussie Spirit playing Chinese Taipei.