The 2020 Think Again Little League State Championships continued on Tuesday with 11 games across Crimea Park and the Baseball Park. The Senior League competition was able to get underway after heavy rain put a damper on Monday's games.
Central Firebirds and Eastern Phantoms remain undefeated in Little League, while Western Comets and Northern Metro are 2-0 in Junior League. Western Suns lead Intermediate League while Western Meteors are ahead in Senior League.
The State Champions for Little, Intermediate, Junior and Senior League will be crowned at the end of this week. Check out all the action from day two and follow Baseball WA on Facebook and Instagram for photos, videos and more.
Eastern Phantoms 16 v Coastal Bay Sharks 0
The reigning champs are a force to be reckoned with an even bigger win than yesterday’s 10-run margin, recording a 16-run shutout win against Coastal Bay Sharks in the first game of day two.
Brady Manning and Arata Samukawa shared the dutiday wo.es on the mound and kept the defense tight to not allow any scores against them. The Sharks looked to three pitchers to help steady things with Scott Gilchrist and Byron Meier spending the most time in the middle. Jasper Roberts contributed as well.
Eastern Phantoms begin day three looking to improve their 2-0 record against Northern Metros before rounding out the regular games against Coastal Bay.
Southern Titans 4 v Southern Hills Warriors 16
After a shutout loss yesterday, the Warriors stepped it up to record a comfortable 12-run win.
Southern Hills' Carlton Branch and Aden Lynn pitched 23 and 25 pitches respectively for the game, with Zach Thompson getting a bit of work in as well. The Warriors offence ramped things up on the back of their pitching efforts as Noah Forrest threw 69 pitches as he tried to get the scoreline under control for the Titans’ sake. He was backed up by Coby Bridson, Callum Sarland and Matthew Rowsell.
Southern Titans are 0-2 but have a double-header on Wednesday as they take on Central Firebirds and Southern Hills.
Northern Metros 11 v Coastal Bay Sharks 0
The Metros managed another victory during their campaign, the Sharks unable to get a true offence going as they were restricted to a scoreless game once more.
Oliver Newham and Sienna Angeloff pitched for Northern Metros throughout the game and held the Sharks accountable at the plate while Noah Robinson and Koby Trousselot tried to steady the opposition offence.
Coastal Bay Sharks will hope to get the bats swinging in their final game of the regular round when they meet Eastern Phantoms, whereas at the other end of the standings, Northern Metros will hope it’s an unbeaten run when they play the Phantoms also.
Central Firebirds 13 v Southern Hill Warriors 0
After an impressive 16-4 game two victory, the Warriors were brought down to earth again against the Firebirds in a scoreline similar to their matchup on day one.
Cody Joss threw 54 pitches, gaining help from Shante Anderson and Jesse Rando in the Warriors' efforts to minimise their opponents score while for the Firebirds, Jasper Smith took on most of the responsibility on the mound. Josh Coyne and Joel Vlasic made their tournament pitching debuts.
The 3-0 Firebirds will hope to make it a perfect regular campaign when they face Southern Titans while for Southern Hills, they’ll look for their first win to end on a high against the Titans.
Western Suns 15 v Western Comets 5
10-run margins have been the recipe for success for Western Suns were victorious, taking them to a 2-0 record at the end of day two.
Brayden Davis and Dennis Brock made sure the Comets didn’t get too close with the bats, as Kyan Bertolini contributed also. Bailey Green threw 95 pitches as the Comets tried to answer the Suns’ offence. Lochlan Farrell and Thomas Cooke made their tournament pitching debuts for the Comet.
The Suns will hope to make it a perfect run when they face the Meteors
while the Comets will hope to get on the winner’s list after going head-to-head with Western Stars.
Western Meteors 2 v Western Stars 16
After a huge 22-6 win on day one, the Meteors were kept quiet by a hard-hitting Stars side.
Oliver McDonald took on most of the responsibility in the middle, throwing 57 pitches with assistance from Hudson Morawiec, Jesse Hawke and Ethan Horn. For the Stars, Kristian Haeusler and Rhys Hards pitched their way to the win with backup from Lucas Santich and Boston Friedlieb.
Both sides head into the final round-robin game with 1-1 records. For the Meteors, they’ll take on Western Suns while the Stars will compete against Western Comets on Wednesday.
Northern Metros 10 v Western Suns 7
Defending Junior League champions Northern Metros took care of Western Suns but it proved a close game with a three-run margin the deciding factor between the two teams.
Northern Metros used four pitchers with Brayden Connor on the mound for over 60 pitches, well backed up by Dawson George, Rhys Kelly and Lachlan Cooper. For the Suns, they trialled six pitchers on the mound, Riley Ozanne seeing the most time in the middle, throwing 49 pitches.
The Metros will continue to offer up a strong offence when they try for their third win of the campaign against Western Comets, while the Suns will look for win number one against fellow winless side Western Meteors.
Western Comets 8 v Western Meteors 2
Western Comets are now 2-0 after this 8-2 win over Western Meteors.
Jacob Hills, Keelan Murray and Denver Needle each pitched over 30 pitches for the Meteors but it was a combined effort for Comets pitchers Cruze Brendon, Campbell Froude and Geoffrey Kerr that saw the Comets finish in a strong position.
Day three gets underway with the 1-1 Comets facing Northern Metros while the Meteors will search for their first win, hoping it comes against Western Suns, a side also without a win.
Western Suns 13 v Western Comets 4
After Monday’s games were rained out, the Suns and Comets got things started in the Senior League competition on Tuesday afternoon. The Suns opened their campaign for a third straight championship on a strong note with a double-digit run tally.
Jordan Brokas, Lewdon Te Mara and William Truscott pitched the Suns to victory, while the Comets put Jarrod Cooke, Evan Forrest and Mitchell Forrest on the mound.
Wednesday’s revised schedule has the Suns and Comets playing once again at 4:00 PM, with the Suns facing off against the Meteors at 7:00 PM too.
Western Meteors 8 v Western Comets 3
The Meteors held off the Comets for a solid win off the back of strong pitching performances from Callum Broughton, Caleb Goodwin and Patrick Temby.
Aiden Branch, Zander Goodwin and Flynn McGahan took turns on the mound for the Comets, giving up just a few too many runs to a hungry Meteors side who are chasing their first championship since 2017.
The Comets will look for their first win on Wednesday with another game against the Meteors and their second matchup with the Suns.
Western Meteors 17 v Western Suns 7
The Suns had a dominant first game against the Comets but they ran out of steam on Tuesday night, falling by 10 runs to a determined Meteors side.
The 2-0 Meteors open Wednesday against the Comets before another nighttime matchup with the 1-1 Suns. Morawiec