U15 Regional Championship – Final Day Wrap
The Under 15 Girls final for the Regional Championship was contested by the two Metro NSW teams, Orange and Green. The curtain raiser to the Elinor McKenzie Shield was played out on the skinned Diamond 2 and brought in an excitable NSW based crowd who had all made the trip over to Perth. The game started out quite defensive until a run in the bottom of the third to Green opened things up. Orange responded with their next turn at bat, before Bailey Henderson and Alyssa Mighell (2 RBIs each) helped Green take control. Putting on 7 runs in the 4th was too much for their Orange counterparts and the game was over in the 5th. The Metro Green win prevented Orange from their 3rd straight Regional Championship.
Under 19 Women – Day 7
The final day of play and as like the rest of the week blue skies and a cool breeze sweeping through Mirrabooka as three teams entered the venue, still with a shot at claiming the Elinor McKenzie Shield. The first two teams to take the diamond and narrow it to two, were Qld and SA, both playing out a somewhat see-sawing contest.
SA who were put into bat first after Qld elected to field went all guns blazing and put some early shock into the Queenslanders as they piled on five runs in the top of the first. Composure in the box from SA’s Steph Collett brought two home on a single, while Qld were costly with errors and aided SA in adding to the score line. SA did not score again until the 6th inning by which stage Qld had clawed their way back to a 5-4 deficit. Two runs in the top of the 6th and three in the 7th put the game beyond doubt and advanced SA to the grand final, giving them seven wins from their past eight starts.
NSW would have arrived for the Grand Final with supreme confidence (and rightfully so after eleven straight victories), but would have been wary of the inform South Australian line-up that has made some big improvements since losing their first four games. The SA pitching changeup between Hood and Marschall was beginning to take shape, while the team had some belief after overcoming all but one opponent thus far.
Up steps to the plate Gabby Plain (NSW – 50 SOs for the tournament) and SA quickly remember why it everyone has found it so hard to score this week against the NSW team. NSW put on seven runs in the first two innings on the back of some SA errors and solid batting from Brianna Trim. From then on it was only a matter of when, as Gabby picked up 12 SOs for the match and ended the game on mercy in the top of the 5th. It was a fantastic run to the final for SA but in all too familiar circumstance it was back to back titles for NSW as they again take home the Elinor McKenzie Shield.
All-Tournament Team and Individual Award Winners
|Individual Award Winners|
|Best Batter||Maddison Smith (NSW)|
|Best Pitcher||Gabrielle Plain (NSW)|
|Most Valuable Player||Tiffany Zuch (Qld)|
|Player of the Grand Final||Gabrielle Plain (NSW)|
|Pitcher||Gabrielle Plain (NSW)|
|Catcher||Maddison Smith (NSW)|
|1st Base||Tiffany Zuch (Qld)|
|3rd Base||Chloe Holman (NSW)|
|Pivots||Brianna Trim (NSW)|
|Tamieka Whitefield (Qld)|
|Outfielders||Sara Riou (WA)|
|Rhiannon Kemp (Qld)|
|Shannon Keevers (NSW)|
|Designated Player||Gemma Hamilton (Vic)|
|Game 34||Qld 5 dftd by SA 10|
|Game 35||NSW 8 dftd SA 0|
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