The action has started to heat up following day two of the Open Men’s National Softball Championship at Hawker International Softball Centre.
Along with the hot action on the diamond, the weather has also ramped up forcing a change to the tournament schedule, the new fixtures are available at softball.org.au.
In this morning’s opener, South Australia flew out to an early lead over Victoria when Bryce Heal, Scott Humphreys and Isaac Caloiero-Smith all scored putting them up 3-0.
A scoreless 3rd inning played out before the Victorians got on the board in the bottom of the 4th through Ryan Sinclair.
Both teams added another run in the 5th with Victoria closing South Australia’s lead to just one run after scoring in the 6th.
South Australia entered the top of the 7th inning with a 4-3 lead, Sheldon Hall extending the lead to 5-3 after he scored off a Blake Jackson double.
With two runs to make up in order to force an 8th inning, Victoria faced a tough task, however, after Todd Kriehn and George Psimaris crossed home making the score 5-5.
Ricky Wheeler stepped up to bat with Sinclair on third and Ryan Shannahan on second base, Wheeler closed out the game in style belting a homer to give the Vics their second win of the tournament 8-5.
In match two of the day; New South Wales blew the West Australian boys off the park, taking only three innings to post 18 runs to zero.
The Blues’ batsmen had a field day against WA Liam O’Learly scoring three runs, with two each to Hayden Mathews, James Todhunter, Callum Beashel and Aidan Kajan.
Josh Bond, Shaun Lanaghan, Luke Ollerenshaw, James Darby, Nathan Dickinson, Lachlan Hay and Blake Bell all adding to the big display of batting, the only homer of the match coming off Ollerenshaw and Mathews’ bats, both in the third inning and both with loaded bases.
In fact, the only New South Welshman not to record a run was pitcher Harri Peters who was efficient in his three innings at the mound, striking out three of the WA batters.
Their second match of the day was a much closer affair, this time a hard-fought 5-4 win coming over Queensland.
New South Wales looked to be in control with a 5-1 lead through five innings, a fightback from the Maroons played out in the top of the 6th and they clawed back two runs.
After restricting the Blues to no runs in the bottom of the 6th, Queensland could only manage one run in the 7th to go down narrowly in the match.
The ACT 89’ers carried on with their winning ways defeating Western Australia despite their fast start, Scott Patterson hitting an inside the park home run for the first scoring play of the match.
The home team showed their class in the bottom of the 2nd pouring on four runs to take control of the match, eventually winning 8-4.
In their second match of the day, the 89’ers looked to have Queensland under control, star pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick keeping the visitors scoreless for the first two innings.
Three quick runs from Queensland in the top of the 3rd had the ACT on the back-foot who could only manage one in the bottom of the inning.
However they were able to add three runs in the bottom of the 4th, Even Byrne converting his double and a Matthew Wickham home run getting himself and Bolton Nussbaum on the board.
The ACT finished day two with a 4-3 win after Queensland couldn’t get back on the board for the remainder of the match.
Following day two, the ladder is as follows:
- ACT 8
2. NSW 4
3. VIC 4
4. QLD 2
5. WA 2
6. SA 0
Due to high heat, the Championship’s original schedule has been revised, day three schedule:
10:00am NSW v SA
12:30pm NSW v VIC
12:30pm WA v SA
6:00pm QLD v WA
6:00pm ACT v VIC
8:00pm QLD v ACT