NSW end 22-year drought to win the 33rd John Reid Shield

NSW end 22-year drought to win the 33rd John Reid Shield

NSW has won their second John Reid Shield in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win over five-time defending champions, ACT, in Adelaide.

Harri Peters pitched a five hitter for the win but the grand final MVP went to catcher, Ryan Tranter, who connected on the game winning home run.  NSW led early and then held on against ACT who had the best record in the tournament, 8-2. NSW took the long way to the final as ACT beat them Friday night, 3-2.  NSW got their bats going in the preliminary final with a 9-0 win over Victoria.  The bats kept going as they took the lead in the 2nd inning on a single from Mitchell Brownlow to open the scoring.  With a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 4th inning, Tranter hit his home run, which proved the winning margin.

 

Open Men’s National Softball Championship Award Winners and All-Stars

Rookie of the Year Batting Average .353, On Base Average .529, Fielding Average 0.975 Chris Wescombe (WA)
Best Pitcher 38 innings pitched, 65 Strike Outs, ERA of 0.553 Joel Goodall (Vic)
Best Batter Batting Average .529, Slugging Average .941, On Base Average .652, 2 Home Runs Marshall Kronk (Qld)
Tournament MVP Fielding Average 0.972, Batting Average 0.458, 10 RBI, 6 Home Runs Lewis Weldon (Vic)
Player of the Grand Final Ryan Tranter (NSW)

 

All Tournament Team

Pitcher Joel Goodall (Vic)
Catcher Lewis Weldon (Vic)
1st Base
Ryan Merriman (Qld)
2nd Base
Evan Byrne (ACT)
3rd Base
Jay Rakich (WA)
Shortstop James Todhunter (NSW)
Outfielders Hayden Mathews (NSW)
  Zenon Winters (ACT)
  Liam O’Leary (NSW)
Designated Player Marshall Kronk (Qld)