Despite a rain interrupted Day 1 of competition, plenty of great softball was on show at Blacktown International Sportspark on Sunday at the NSR U17 Girl’s and Open Women’s National Championships.
Three games were played in the Gilley’s Shield with Queensland Heat kicking off the Championship with a dominating 5-0 win over WA Flames. Brenda De Blaes led the way with the bat, driving in two runs for the Queensland team. Justine Smethurst produced a great opening performance for the Heat pitching then shutout. The Heat ended the day with two wins after defeating SA Starz in a rain interrupted game, 4 -1.
In the only other Open Women’s game, Victoria Titans surprised the strong ACT Diamonds with a come from behind 2-1 victory. ACT Diamonds led early after a Clare Jones (nee Currie) tripled scored ACT’s only run. Victoria hit back in the 6th inning with triples by Jess Bahn and Tayla Supple scoring two runs for the win.
In the NSR U17 Girls’ National Championship, Queensland and South Australia produced the game of the day with an 8 innings marathon. Both teams were outstanding, with Queensland sealing the win with a walk off single to Rhiannon Kemp 3-2. Queensland finished the day with a victory over Victoria 9-4, despite the spirited Victorians getting off to a great start with a triple by Gemma Hamilton. In the final game of the day, SA defeated ACT in another great game 5-4.
Revised schedule (as at 4 January, 9:41am)