The Gilley’s Shield race is heating up with the final two final spots still up for grabs at Mirrabooka International Softball Stadium.
In the opening game, the already finals bound SA Starz piled on the pressure to the Queensland Heat by defeating them 3-0.
Victoria McFarland, Madeline Cameron and Pippa Adkins did the damage for the Starz scoring a run each while pitcher Jailyn Ford kept a clean sheet with no runs and seven strikeouts.
The win set up must win showdown against the Victoria Titans for the Heat if they were to lock up a spot in tomorrow’s finals.
Queensland looked in control early putting two runs on the board at the bottom of the 1st through Tamieka Whitefield and Chelsea Forkin.
Those would be the only scoring plays for the Heat as Titans pitcher Monica Perry kept them scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Alys Young, Sarah Tutchener, Amelia Mercuri and a Rebecca Schafer double was enough to keep the Titans alive in the 2019 Gilley’s Shield, winning the game 5-2 and ending Queensland’s campaign.
Hometown team, the WA Flames made sure the locals will have something to cheer for tonight after keeping their tournament alive with a thrilling 4-3 win over the ACT Diamonds.
Leigh Godfrey put the Flames on the board with a run in the 2nd giving them a narrow 1-0 lead, however the Diamonds rallied in the bottom of the 4th as Caitlyn Savage, Clare Warwick and Rebecca McEachern scored to snatch a 3-1 lead.
The 5th was scoreless and the Flames were able to close the gap to one run in the 6th when Leigh Godfrey converted her double at bat to a scoring play.
Two more runs from Leah Parry and Emmilee Blowers gave the Flames the lead 4-3 at the top of the 7th inning, clutch pitching from Kathryn Donovan kept the Diamonds scoreless and wrapped up the game for the WA girls.
A tense match between Victoria and WA is now underway with a win going a long way to locking up a finals spot for either team.
NSW and SA are currently doing battle with the result having no bearing on the finals as the teams sit at 16 and 12 points respectively.
The Diamonds have the tough task of facing NSW in the final game to attempt to make the finals.