Daily Wrap – Day 1, Under 23 National Championships, Redlands

Opening Ceremony - Under 23s

Daily Wrap – Day 1, Under 23 National Championships, Redlands

After a good seven hours of softball, the rain managed to pour down, forcing the late games to be re‑arranged. Lucky for us, the sun is back out here at Redlands and games are all going ahead.

Queensland women were victorious in their games for the day, getting a head start of two wins on the ladder. New South Wales got ahead of Victoria in the first inning with a 3 run lead leaving the Vics needing to chase some runs. However competitive, unfortunately for the Vics they were unable to do enough as NSW won the game 5-1. Victoria managed to pick themselves back up and end up with a 10-0 win against Western Australia thanks to a strong batting team.

NZ Major Sox had a great start to the tournament winning both of their games convincingly against NZ Junior Black Sox and Queensland as they put on 25 runs. After going into tie-breaker for a close game between Western Australia and New South Wales, WA’s Steven Holmes hit a single to centre-right to score Daniel Kessler for the win.

Standout Individual Performances

With a 100% on base average for the game, Nicole Maitland from New South Wales women hit a home run over centrefield bringing in 2 runs against Victoria.

In the New Zealand face off, NZ Major Sox proved outstanding with 10 SO’s between Brad Worsley and Blake Radford. Home runs for both Jacob Zurcher and Conor Peden from NZ Major Sox scored in 2 RBI’s each for their game against Queensland.

U23 Women
Game 1 New South Wales defeated Victoria 5-1
Game 2 Victoria defeated Western Australia 10-0
Game 3 Queensland defeated New South Wales 8-0
Game 4 Queensland defeated Western Australia 6-1


U23 Men
Game 1 NZ Major Sox defeated NZ Junior Black Sox 12-1
Game 2 Western Australia defeated New South Wales 6-5
Game 3 NZ Major Sox defeated Queensland 13-0
Game 4 NZ Junior Black Sox v Western Australia (to resume 6 July 7pm)
Game 5 Queensland v  New South Wales (After Game 4 on 6 July)