NSW claimed the John Reid Shield for the second time in three years, with a 2-1 victory over ACT at the Open Men’s National Softball Championship.
In front of a vocal crowd at Hawker International Softball Complex in ACT, the NSW team were led by an outstanding pitching performance from Harri Peters, with 13 strikeouts, and a phenomenal diving catch by Callum Beashel in the bottom of the sixth inning, which proved to be a game saver.
NSW showed from early in the game that they were going to be hard to beat, scoring in the top of the second inning with a triple to Liam O’Leary followed by a single to James Brownlow to give them a 1-0 lead.
Hayden Mathews doubled the lead in the top of the fourth inning, with a solo home run to make it a 2-0 ball game.
ACT however were never going to go down without a fight. They staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, Josh McGovern getting on base with a walk before a hit to right field by Josh White was errored, allowing McGovern to score and make it a 2-1 scoreline.
ACT looked likely to add to their score in the bottom of the sixth, with Matt Wickham and Jamie Sheehan on base with one out. A shallow fly to left field made it two out, before Bolton Nussbaum hit a hard line drive to right field, where Beashel made a fully outstretched diving catch to prevent at least two runs from scoring.
NSW were able to shut out ACT in the bottom of the seventh, to record a 2-1 victory.
Earlier in the day, NSW advanced to the grand final with a hard fought 4-3 win over Queensland. Scores were tied going into the 7th inning, with NSW adding a run in the top of the 7th and Queensland unable to add to their tally in the bottom half of the inning.
Most Valuable Player: Nick Norton (ACT)
Best Pitcher: Marshall Kronk (Qld)
Best Batter: Nick Norton (ACT)
Player of the Grand Final: Callum Beashel (NSW)
Rosemary Adey Medal – Rookie of the Year: Callum Beashel (NSW)
All Tournament Team:
Pitcher: Marshall Kronk (Qld)
Catcher: Nick Norton (ACT)
1st Base: Ryan Merriman (Qld)
2nd Base: Peter Wards (NSW)
3rd Base: George Psimaris (Vic)
Shortstop: Brendon O’Byrne (WA)
Outfield: Scott Patterson (WA)
Outfield: Hayden Mathews (NSW)
Outfield: Callum Beashel (NSW)
Designated Player: Clayton Mackenzie (SA)
Click here for all results from the John Reid Shield.
U15 Boys’ Regional Softball Championship
NSW Country Gold claimed the U15 Boys’ Regional Softball Championship with a 7-0 victory over NSW Metro Orange.
Earlier in the day, NSW Country Gold reached the grand final with a 4-0 win over WA, whilst NSW Metro Orange defeated NSW Metro Green 7-5.
1. NSW Country Gold
2. NSW Metro Orange
4. NSW Metro Green
5. Qld Thunder
6. Qld Storm
Click here for all U15 Boys’ Regional Softball Championship results.