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National Youth Championships Day 3 Recap

National Youth Championships Day 3 Recap

Author: Baseball Australia Media/Sunday, 8 January 2017/Categories: News, Events, NYC

U16 – Victoria Blue 9-5 South Australia

A massive sixth inning from Victoria Blue proved the difference, as they defeated South Australia 9-5 in the opening game of the day on Diamond 1. SA started the game strongly scoring a run in the first inning, before Victoria tacked on a run in both the third and fourth inning to claim a 2-1 lead. Blake Farr and Tyson McKee had two RBI each for SA, while Will Kortekaas and Rion Sato claimed the other hits. Ben Fierenzi lead off strongly for Victoria White, nailing three hits from his three at-bats. Jarryd Wood, Mohi Kahui and Dante Caruso did the bulk of the damage with bat in hand, all picking up two RBI each. Despite walking a few SA hitters, Vic Blue started Liam Evans kept his cool, only conceding one earned run from 5.2 innings of work.

U16 – Queensland 12-2 Victoria White

Victoria White took an early two run lead against Queensland, but the Bandits bounced back big time to record a 12-2 victory. Hits were shared for Queensland, with Marcus Feagaiga, Trent King and Mac Butler all driving in two runs. Brock Wollin had a strong outing on the mound, striking out four and not giving up an earned run in 4.2 innings of work. 

U16 – New South Wales Country 16-10 Australian Capital Territory

In one of the strangest game at the National Youth Championships to date, New South Wales Country pegged back a 10-1 deficit against the ACT to come back and record a 16-10 victory. NSW Country tacked on eight runs in the bottom of the fourth, to come back after the ACT scored all 10 of their runs in the first four innings. Bailey Van Leeuwen had one of the best games of the National Youth Championships so far, with three hits and three RBI, as well as striking out four throwing two innings of perfect relief. Sam McLean and Kalin Marum both had three RBI each for NSW Country, while for the ACT Grant Craft, Stuart Tharle and Riley Watson all had an RBI each.

U16 – Western Australia 4-1 New South Wales

A strong pitching performance and some timely hitting from Western Australia sealed a 4-1 victory in the final game on Diamond 3 for the day. Caiden Nicoletto was one of WA’s best with bat in hand, claiming two hits and an RBI. The WA pitching duo of Scott Cornish and Zach Holland threw strongly with some quality defence behind them, giving up only two hits for the ballgame. Jake Burns and Ky Jackson were the only NSW players to collect hits, with Aidan Torpey the lone man to cross the plate for NSW.

U18 – South Australia 3-2 Victoria White

Victoria held a two run lead with three innings to play in the opening game on Diamond 2, however South Australia came home with a bang, scoring three late runs to claim a tight 3-2 victory. Damon Arnold threw strongly in warm conditions, striking out five and only giving up two earned runs in his six innings of work. His opposite number, Vic White starter Adam Pahos only gave up one earned run in his five innings on the mound. Brock Wells and Alex Barling picked up a pair of hits each for Victoria.

U18 – South Australia 8-3 Victoria Blue

Two big innings from the South Australians saw them topple Victoria Blue 8-3, and in turn, claim their second scalp of the day. Victoria Blue scored an early run, but five runs in the second inning from South Australia opened the game up.  Curtis Mead was unstoppable with bat in hand, claiming four RBI from his two hits. Vic Blue’s Mitch Wilcox struck out four in his 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, while for SA; Tom Norley threw 2.2 innings of shutout relief despite giving up four hits. Pinch-hitter Harry Knuckey extended SA’s advantage in the sixth, driving in a pair of runs to seal the win.

U18 – Queensland 8-5 Victoria White

Queensland exploded out of the blocks and held on to win 8-5 despite a late comeback from Victoria White. Queensland put up six runs in the second inning, with James Franco having a perfect day of the plate, with four hits from his four at bats. Tyson Zamora’s sole hit drove a pair of Queensland runs in as the Bandits lead by eight after four innings. Victoria White mounted a late comeback lead by Lachlan Medew, who’s 2-RBI triple kept Victoria White in the ballgame. Richard Kiel’s two innings of relief kept Queensland’s bats at bay, with the Victoria White reliever striking out three.

U18 – Western Australia 13-0 Australian Capital Territory

Western Australia flexed their muscle in their U18 game against the ACT, claiming a 13-0 victory on Diamond 3. Every player in the WA starting lineup claimed a hit, with Josh Greenham claiming three RBI from a double and a triple. David John and Brock Molloy combined to shut-out the team from the nation’s capital, with John picking up three strikeouts from his five innings. Nick Hosie, Tim Dutton and Ricky Deeble all picked up two hits each for the ACT, while Luke Clapson and Tom Symonds combined for three scoreless innings. 

U18 – New South Wales 3-1 Australian Capital Territory

Despite the best efforts of Brodie Cooper-Vassalakis, New South Wales snatched a late victory 3-1. Cooper-Vassalakis was immense on the mound for the ACT, striking out a tournament high nine NSW hitters. Mitch Skinner was incredible in relief for NSW, striking out six and not giving up a hit in his four innings. It took til the final inning of the ballgame for NSW to get on top, with Jack Dormor scoring the go-ahead run, following by an insurance run from Matt Martinson. 

U18 – Western Australia 8-1 Queensland

Queensland struck early in their contest against Western Australia, but in the end couldn’t hold on, as WA claimed an 8-1 victory on Diamond 2. James Franco and Luke Turner both claimed hits in the middle of the lineup, while Conor Laverty scored Queensland’s only run in the first. Frazer Brice threw 2.1 innings of perfect relief for WA, striking out two Queensland hitters, while with bat in hand, Tama Wright-Pihama claimed two RBI from his two hits. Alex Hall and Jake Taylor also finished with two RBI each for WA.

U18 – New South Wales Country 8-7 Victoria Blue

Runs were scored early and often between New South Wales Country and Victoria Blue, but it was NSW Country who snuck home 8-7. Both teams scored two runs in the first inning, while neither starting pitched could find any rhythm. Luke Cartwright had a perfect day at the plate for Victoria Blue, with three hits and two RBI from his three at bats. In the leadoff role for NSW Country, Nic Anderson Vine was a key contributor, crossing the plate three times to go along with a hit and an RBI. Jake Amos and Rhys Neuhold were the only NSW Country players to claim multiple hits, while for Victoria Blue, Jarryd Dale picked up two hits and two RBI of his own. Ayden Norman threw well late for Vic Blue, but it wasn’t enough as NSW Country held on to drop Vic Blue to 0-3 at the tournament so far.

U18 – New South Wales Country 9-2 New South Wales

In the marquee matchup of day three, New South Wales Country got the better of their state counterparts with a 9-2 victory under lights at Blacktown International Sportspark. Jake Amos continued to impress at the tournament, as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI. NSW Country’s pitching staff dominated tonight, with Alex Osborne, Samuele Xotta, Josh Peruch only giving up two hits and striking out eight combined. Alex Brook claimed the only RBI of the ballgame for NSW, with Mitch Driver claiming the other hit. Patrick Glover finished with a pair of RBI, while Nic Anderson-Vine picked up two hits for NSW.

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