Western Australia walked off Queensland Maroon in a rain-impacted 2022 Australian Women’s Baseball Championship clash in Adelaide on Sunday.
Leah Cornish doubled to start the bottom of the seventh and went on to score the winning run on a dropped third strike as WA prevailed 4-3 in a wild clash on diamond two.
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Western Australia was forced to win it in the bottom of the seventh after Queensland Maroon scored twice in the top of the inning.
Amanda Torrington’s two-run single drew Maroon level with WA three outs from victory, but WA avoided extras when Cornish scored in the bottom of the inning.
It was a pitchers’ duel for most of the night. Yuki Ishikawa went head-to-head with Amanda Torrington for five innings.
Ishikawa tossed five one-run innings, allowing six hits and striking out three. Torrington outlasted her WA counterpart and ended up allowing four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
Earlier, both teams traded first-inning rains ahead of a rain delay.
Maroon struck in the top of the first on a ground ball by Hannah Marshall.
Shiori Hoshino walked and Torrington doubled before Marshall put the ball in play.
Cornish delivered with two outs as WA hit back in the bottom of the inning. Cornish’s two-run single scored Kaila Borgomastro and Ishikawa.
Western Australia extended its lead in the fourth following three-straight singles.
Borgomastro and Ishikawa reached with base hits ahead of Eynon driving in a third run for WA.
WA improved to 2-1 with the win. They will chase a third win against South Australia on Monday, starting at 5:30pm AWST.
The clash against SA will be broadcast at baseball.com.au and on baseball.com.au’s YouTube channel.
Live scoring links for all games, along with results, standings and latest news, can be accessed at the #AWBC2022 event hub.