Those were the two words the Open Women, playing for the Gilley’s Shield, and U17 Girls have been waiting days to hear at Blacktown. The rain had finally stopped but the grounds needed some work to be playable. Two diamonds were ready to go in the evening and play resumed.
The Gilley’s Shield play started at 9:00pm with Qld making quick work of Victoria with a commanding 14-0 win to improve their record to 3-0 with Brenda De Blaes going 2 for 3 at the plate including a game high 4 runs including a 3-run home run. Jocelyn McCallum was unhitable striking out 12 batters and only walking one in the win for the Heat.
Defending champions, NSW, started their tournament against SA. SA behind the 2-hit pitching of last year’s top pitcher, Monica Perry, outlasted NSW 2-1 in 6 innings. SA tied the game in the top of the 7th with a 2-out single by Chelsea Robinson and then scored the winner in the 8th inning.
NSW evened their record at 1-1 with a 7-3 victory over ACT in a game that started at 11:00pm. Stacey McManus led the Firestars comeback with a 3-run inside the park home run in the top of the 6th inning. Simone Freeman noctched the victory pitching 5 innings and giving up 2 runs. Dorinda Stone led the ACT offence going 2-3 at the plate.
WA scored 3 runs in the first, then coasted to a 4-0 win over Victoria. Aussie Spirit pitcher, Amber Johnson, pitched a complete game 1-hitter for the win.
The U17 Girls’ National Softball Championship saw WA score 4 runs in the 2nd inning to take a commanding lead in their game against ACT. ACT fought back with 3 runs in the 5th inning and the game deciding 2 runs in the 6th inning for the victory.
Qld stretched their record to 3-0 with a massive 13-2 victory over ACT in only 4 innings. Rhiannon Kemp led the way for Qld with 2 triples in the 1st inning as Qld scored 10 runs. Kemp added a 3-run inside the park homerun to conclude the scoring. Tess Henman was 3-3 at the plate for ACT and also had a triple.
NSW won their second game of the Championship with a 4-0 win over WA. NSW has not allowed a run in either of their games.
Action today starts at 12:00noon at Blacktown International Sportspark.