Daily Wrap, Day 3 – January 4, Blacktown

Daily Wrap, Day 3 – January 4, Blacktown

Open Women – Day 3

At the end of Day 3 the standings suggest there is a divide in competition with the Firestars and the Qld Heat seemingly taking a stranglehold. On the ground and out on the diamond, the standard of games tell a different story with the competition between teams as strong as it has been in years.

That being said, with only one loss, and 6 runs conceded between both teams many will now be looking to the next time the two powerhouses (NSW and Qld) clash – on Friday night on the eve of the finals.

WA Flames and the SA Starz both picked up much needed wins to keep their hopes alive in what looks like a tight battle for 3rd and 4th spot as ACT dropped a further two games on Day 3 – going scoreless against NSW and Qld.

The Titans who also lost 2 games (vs SA & Qld) will look to Day 4 to get back in contention for finals and give themselves a chance at bringing the Shield back to Victoria.

Standout Individual Performances

The first game of the day between WA and NSW saw consistent hitter Simone Freeman (NSW) bring four of her Firestar teammate’s home. The three tactical singles from her 3 AB’s completed a solid team performance, NSW winning 9 – 0.

SA Starz long term international import Monica Perry (USA) stepped up to the plate for 8 innings against Victoria in the battle of the southern states. The game was neck and neck until the top of the 8th where the Starz got the better of Italian Greta Cecchetti, getting 4 across the plate. Perry had 7 SO’s for the game.

Results

Game 13 WA Flames 0 dftd by NSW Firestars 9
Game 14 Vic Titans 1 dftd by SA Starz 5
Game 15 ACT Diamonds 0 dftd by Qld Heat 7
Game 16 WA Flames 4 dftd SA Starz 1
Game 17 ACT Diamonds 0 dftd by NSW FIrestars 7
Game 18 Qld Heat 8 dftd Vic Titans 1

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Under 17 Girls – Day 3

Whilst the Under 17 Girls are enjoying their time off the diamond and getting into the spirit of National Championships week, there is also plenty happening on the diamond as things heat up moving into Day 4.

SA have now comfortably sit in second place behind NSW as they took care of Vic and WA in their two games (5-1 & 8-3 respectively). Their first game of Day 4 will see them come up against ladder leader NSW in what looms as a grand final preview.

Vic and ACT played out a high scoring affair in the twilight game with 16 runs scored over the 7 innings. Vic put the game beyond doubt in the 6th and 7th scoring in each to win the game 10-6 and edge past ACT on the ladder to sit in 4th place.

WA are still yet to win a game so far.

Standout Individual Performances

Qld’s Jacquelyn O’Connor had a stellar pitching performance against the girls from out west, standing the plate for all 7 innings. WA could not find any answers with Jacquelyn claiming 5 SO’s and no earned runs.

In Victoria’s 10-6 win over ACT the team was solid from the box with 12 Hits from 36 AB’s. Georgia Reynolds (Vic) was the standout with a double and two singles netting 2 RBI’s for the team from her 4 AB’s.

Results

Game 13 ACT 1 dftd by NSW 9
Game 14 Qld 5 dftd WA 0
Game 15 SA 5 dftd Vic 1
Game 16 ACT 6 dftd by Vic 10
Game 17 Qld 1 dftd by NSW 4
Game 18 SA 8 dftd WA 3

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