The Queensland Heat have finished the opening day of the 2019 Gilley’s Shield at the top of the ladder alongside the NSW Firestars.
Playing WA in the final match of the day, the Heat exploded in the 4th inning recording eight runs to reach an unassailable lead and win the match 9-1.
Leah Parry got the WA side on the bird early in the 1st inning before Dorinda Stone squared things up for the Hear in the 3rd inning, but it was the 4th inning that proved the difference.
Stone recorded her second run of the match followed by Tamieka Whitefield, a Chelsea Forkin homer saw Jess Torpey cross home plate followed by Erin Thras’ second home run of the tournament which also got Jade Wall and Janice Blackman on the board.
Some tight fielding from the Queenslanders kept their opposition scoreless for the remainder of the match.
Earlier, the WA Flames, host team of the Gilley’s Shield this week, got home in a tight affair against the ACT Diamonds in their opening game.
It was a scoreless affair through seven innings before the 8th where the Flames were able to get home 2-1.
A pitching clinic from WA’s Jordan Taylor kept the Diamonds scoreless through the first seven innings; Taylor recorded 12 strikeouts and just two hits for the entire game.
McKenzie Giles-Martin was first to cross home plate for WA at the bottom of the 8th after starting on second for the tie-break, Leah Parry also crossing to give the host state the win.
Following the opening day the ladder is as follows:
- NSW 4
2. QLD 4
3. WA 2
4. SA 2
5. ACT 0
6. VIC 0
Day 2 Gilley’s Shield schedule:
10:30am:SA v NSW
1:00pm: VIC v QLD
3:30pm: WA v NSW
3:30pm: ACT v SA
6:30pm: ACT v QLD
6:30pm: WA v VIC
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