NSW knock off ladder leaders to book GF spot, WA live to fight on

Credit: Keegan Carroll

NSW knock off ladder leaders to book GF spot, WA live to fight on

New South Wales have pulled off an upset over tournament favourites the ACT 89’ers to book a spot in the 2019 Men’s National Softball Championship.

The win means Softball NSW get the opportunity to pull off the Gilley’s Shield, John Reid Shield double after the Firestars were victorious in Perth last week.

New South Wales and the 89’ers were scheduled to complete their Thursday night game, which was suspended due to lightning, but after it was deemed to have no bearing on the final standings, the pair faced off in Friday evening’s major semi.

Both teams showed why they deserved the top two spots in the tournament as a tight first five innings played out at Hawker.

Neither team could register a run with Harri Peters performing incredibly on the mound pitching a no hitter amongst his seven strikeouts for NSW.

Adam Folkard was tough for ACT, he notched up eight strikeouts in his innings, however the Blues were able to break the deadlock in the top of the 6th inning.

Callum Beashel hit a triple and ran home later in the inning to give NSW a 1-0 lead heading into the 7th and final inning.

After ACT couldn’t manage a run in the bottom of the 6th, NSW again stepped up with Lachlan Hay opening with a triple and racing home off a Mitchell Brownlow homer. A second homer from Hayden Mathews put the icing on the cake for the grand final bound NSW boys, winning 4-0.

Victoria and Western Australia played out a thrilling game in the do or die encounter, advantage going to the Vics early.

After WA posted one run at the top of the 1st, Victoria replied with three through Ryan Shannahan, Jason Kriehn and Sam Kassianou but that’s where the runs dried up.

Victoria couldn’t record another run through the next six innings while WA put up three more to take a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning.

Again, neither team could score and WA advances to face ACT in the preliminary final.

ACT will face WA at 11:30am AEDT tomorrow with the winner to take on NSW at 4:00pm AEDT.

Both games will be live streamed on the Softball ACT Youtube page.

VIC v WA Box Score

NSW v ACT Box Score

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