Day 3 saw ACT suffer their first loss for the week, and WA, Vic, Qld and NSW each picking up wins. But the day belonged to event hosts, South Australia, as they claimed their first two victories at an Open Men’s National Championship since the 2004 John Reid Shield in a round robin game against Tasmania.
SA got off to a fantastic start against the Vics in their first of two historic wins with James Harris putting one over the fence at centre-right field to bring in 2 runs in the 1st inning to set the tone for the afternoon. When it got to the bottom of the 3rd, SA were 4 runs clear and looking unbeatable, but Vic weren’t going to give up easily. The Vics snatched a couple of runs back in the 4th and looked like coming home strongly, but some fantastic pitching from Jarryd Farrell closed out the game.
The late game brought Qld up against a rejuvenated SA side with plenty more to prove. Jarryd Farrell, bearing the majority of the pitching work for the SA team, was outstanding pitching 7 innings and conceding only 1 run. Some solid team batting saw 3 runs added in the 4th for SA as they defended their 2-run lead right to the end for an emphatic victory in front of the home crowd. What a day for men’s softball in SA!
Other strong individual performances
- Hayden Matthews (NSW) had 3 hits from his 4 at bats to bring in 4 runs for his side in their crushing 12-5 victory over the ACT 89ers who decided to go without their number 1 pitcher, Andrew Kirkpatrick.
- Joel Goodall (Vic) again went 7 innings with no runs conceded (14 SOs) against Qld in a 5-0 win.
- Glenn Rigg (Vic) chimed in with 3 RBIs for an excellent batter’s game.
|Game 14||ACT 7 dftd WA 0|
|Game 15||NSW 4 dftd by WA 5|
|Game 16||Qld 0 dftd by Vic 5|
|Game 17||NSW 12 dftd ACT 5|
|Game 18||SA 5 dftd Vic 4|
|Game 19||Qld 6 dftd WA 4|
|Game 20||Qld 1 dftd by SA 3|
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