After five games of the Junior Women’s Softball World Championship, the Australians have established themselves among the world’s best teams.
With a 4-1 win-loss record, the Junior Spirit are second in the Section B standings, behind only powerhouse Japan and two wins ahead of Brazil and Peru.
While several Junior Spirit players feature prominently in leading statistical categories, pitcher Gabrielle Plain gets a special mention on the World Baseball Softball Confederation website for being the strikeout leader, with 23 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.
Tarni Stepto also has impressive numbers, despite being the only Junior Spirit pitcher to be tagged with a loss. Stepto has a 0.00 earned run average and 21 strikeouts in 11 innings, numbers made even more remarkable given that she pitched against the highest-quality opposition, Japan.
Among hitters with at least 10 at-bats, Tamieka Whitefield leads the Junior Spirit with six hits and a .429 batting average. Tia Waters, (.417) and Shannon Keevers (,385) are also prominent.
Game Five: Australia 12, Bahamas 1
With only one game on their schedule today, the Aussie Spirit had a chance to catch their breath after a frenetic few days that included yesterday’s nail-biting loss to Japan.
Against the Bahamas, the Junior Spirit jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, ending the game in five innings.
Tamieka Whitefield, Tia Waters, Georgia Hood and Sara Riou led the offence with two hits each. Maddison Schofield drove in three runs without recording a base hit as the Junior Spirit combined for 12 hits, including three doubles, and five walks.
Starting pitcher Kandra Lamb dominated for four innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out 10.
The Junior Spirit have a chance to consolidate their position in the standings when they take on Israel tomorrow morning, Australian time.