Daily Wrap, Day 1 – January 2, Blacktown

Daily Wrap, Day 1 – January 2, Blacktown

Open Women – Day 1

The nation’s best female softballers spent their new year’s settling in and getting ready for the biggest week in the softball calendar, and they did not disappoint with the first 6 hotly contested games of the Gilley’s shield getting underway on Monday afternoon at the Blacktown International Sportspark’s Softball Centre.

Last year’s grand finalists got off to good starts, with the Qld Heat and the NSW Firestars each going two from two. ACT Diamonds and the WA Flames were the other winners on Day 1.

Standout Individual Performances

Qld’s pitchers showed they would yet again be a force on the diamond with Aussie Spirit representatives Justine Smethurst (5 IP, 1 H) and Sandra Holden (7 IP, 2 H) conceding no runs across their two games.

Veteran NSW hitter Stacey Porter wasted no time in getting her eye in with 2 RBI’s from her 2 at bats in the Firestar’s first game and narrow victory over a gallant SA Starz. Porter added another 3 Hits and an RBI in the evening game with NSW winning 2-0 against ACT.

Results

Game 1 Vic Titans 0 dftd by Qld Heat 7
Game 2 SA Starz 0 dftd by Qld Heat 1
Game 3 WA Flames 0 dftd by ACT Diamonds 6
Game 4 NSW Firestars 3 dftd SA Starz 2
Game 5 WA Flames 4 dftd Vic Titans 3
Game 6 NSW Firestars 2 dftd ACT Diamonds 0

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Under 17 Girls – Day 1

Softball’s future stars at the Under 17 level also took the diamond on Monday afternoon as they play alongside the Open Women in Blacktown for the week long tournament.

WA did not start their campaign as they would have hoped suffering two losses and conceding 18 runs for the day, that being said, that was not without scoring 9 of their own, 8 in a narrow yet high scoring loss to Victoria (10). ACT went through similar pain going down to SA (6 – 2) and Qld (15 – 3).

Sitting in second spot with two solid wins and a great start to the tournament are SA’s junior girls and ending day one atop the table are event hosts NSW who posted two comfortable wins late in the day.

Standout Individual Performances

SA’s Georgia Hood pitched 6 innings across two games for the day, conceding no runs and claiming 10 SO’s to be instrumental in the teams great start to the tournament.

NSW remained strong in the batter’s box for their two games, led by Shayla Whatman who had 4 hits from her 6 AB’s to bring 4 runners across the plate.

Results

Game 1 WA 1 dftd by SA 8
Game 2 WA 8 dftd by Vic 10
Game 3 ACT 2 dftd by SA 6
Game 4 ACT 3 dftd by Qld 15
Game 5 NSW 9 dftd Vic 0
Game 6 NSW 9 dftd Qld 2

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