Steelers smash their way to first win

Steelers smash their way to first win

The Aussie Steelers are on the board in the 2019 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship following a commanding 10-0 win over Singapore this morning.

Two-way veteran Andrew Kirkpatrick homered and tripled in his only two at-bats of the game to lead Australia in today’s 5-inning victory over Singapore, 10-0. The game ended with a walk-off three-run homer by Jett Wright.

Kirkpatrick produced three runs with two swings. In the first inning he homered to center field, and then in the second tripled to center field. Both times he plated Nick Shailes.

Last year’s U-19 Men’s Softball World Champion pitcher Layton Reid took the ball to start the game for Australia and allowed only one hit and one walk in three innings pitched, with seven strikeouts. Harrison Peters allowed one hit and fanned two in the fourth inning.

The only two hits of the game for Singapore came off the bat of YuChou Han in the second inning and Schuyler Seah in the fourth.

Steelers Team Manager Mike Titheradge said while the shutout is the perfect start, what was more important was the contributions made from established and new stars in the team.

“The oldest player on the team and our captain Andrew Kirkpatrick got things rolling with a two-run home run in the 1st innings,” said Titheradge.

“Then the youngest player on the team (Jett Wright) finished the game with a three-run home rum to invoke the mercy rule.

“Everything in between the old and the new worked with precision and power to start the campaign with a solid 10-0 victory.”

Tomorrow Australia will face USA at 3:30am AEST.

Boxscore available here.

Livestream every game through the WBSC YouTube page.