NSW hold solo Gilley’s Shield lead

NSW hold solo Gilley’s Shield lead

The Firestars have shown no signs of slowing down and sit on top of the 2019 Gilley’s Shield ladder after the Victoria Titans defeated the Queensland Heat.

New South Wales faced South Australia in the opening match of day at Mirrabooka International Softball Stadium and were off to a brilliant start.

Up first at bat, Firestar Rachel Lack belted a home run over left field to immediately get on the board.

The girls in blue added two more runs courtesy of Tahli Moore and Lack’s second at the top of the third inning. Taylah Tsitsikronis’ home run got Stacey Porter on the board and also saw Lack cross home plate for the third time.

Lack capped off a great match with a fourth run at the top of the 7th inning giving NSW seven scoring plays.

Kaia Parnaby notched five strikeouts in her five innings on the mound with Ellen Roberts dismissing three batters in her two innings, both kept the Starz scoreless and the Firestars came home with a 7-0 win.

In the second game of day two, the Titans opened their account with a strong victory over the Heat in what was a stop-start affair thanks to a couple of heat delays.

The Victorians were able to keep Queensland scoreless in their first four innings, Ilsa Antsey keeping them in check with three strikeouts throughout the opening stanza.

Brianna Trim, Jessica Bahn, Rebecca Schaeffer, Marina Walker and Sarah Tutchener all kept the scoreboard ticking over with a run each.

Queensland had a sniff when Jessica Torpey got home in the 5th inning but the Vics kept their five-run lead when Bree Dawson ran home off a Kimberly Quince double.

Janice Blackman also recorded a run in the 6th inning for Queensland but the damage had been done early and the Titans took the two points on offer winning 6-2.

WA Flames are currently taking on the undefeated NSW Firestars while ACT Diamonds take on the SA Starz.

Live scores and schedule

NSW V SA Box Score

VIC V QLD Box Score