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The Western Meteors claimed the 2020 Think Again Senior League State Championship on Thursday at the Baseball Park - congratulations to the team on an undefeated run this week!
Semi-finals in the Little, Intermediate and Junior League competitions at Crimea Park have set the stage for three exciting grand finals on Friday.
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Semi-Final 1: 1st Pool A – Central Firebirds 11 v 2nd Pool B – Northern Metros 8
Central Firebirds are moving on to the grand final after edging five-time Little League championships Northern Metros by three runs in their semi-final.
Jasper Smith started the game for the Firebirds but exited after a line-drive came straight back into his arm. Simon Monson stepped up, handling the brunt of the work for the Firebirds with 81 pitches thrown while Aiden Brannan threw 21 pitches.
Sienna Angeloff and Chase Shortland took on most of the pitching responsibilities for the Metros, throwing 75 and 62 pitches, respectively.
The Firebirds' early lead was shaken up by a hard-fighting Metros side that came back with six runs in the sixth to tie the game at eight apiece. The matchup went into extra innings, when the Firebirds protected the three runs they scored in the top of the frame to contend for the championship.
Central Firebirds will take on Eastern Phantoms in the grand final. The day will finish with a game that will decide third and fourth spots between Northern Metros and Southern Titans.
Semi-Final 2: 1st Pool B – Eastern Phantoms 11 v 2nd Pool A - Southern Titans 0
Eastern Phantoms have the chance to go back-to-back, booking a spot in the Little League Grand Final after a comprehensive victory against Southern Titans in the second semi-final.
The Phantoms got to the semi-final after a 3-1 record through the regular round on the back of strong offence, which continued with the 11-run shutout win.
Dylan Palethorpe was the lone pitcher for the Phantoms, throwing 47 pitches to get the job done. Matthew Rowsell threw 77 pitches for the Titans as he tried to keep the margin as tight as possible.
Eastern Phantoms will play off against Central Firebirds in the deciding game while Southern Titans will play for third spot against Northern Metros.
PG1: 3rd Pool A – Coastal Bay Sharks 13 v 3rd Pool B - Southern Hills Warriors 7
The Sharks were thrilled to get a big win on the board as they were busy with the bats. Monty Smith, Koby Trousselot, Byron Meier, Scott Gilchrist and Luke Garton pitched for Coastal Bay, while Carlton Branch, William Baker and Shante Anderson took to the mound for Southern Hills.
These two are scheduled for another game on Friday afternoon as the baseball fun continues.
Semi-Final 1: Western Stars 17 v Western Meteors 6
A big semi-final victory to Western Stars against Western Meteors sees them enter the Intermediate League Grand Final.
The Stars had five different pitchers on the mound with Boston Friedlieb throwing 50 pitches. Kristian Haeusler, Owen Capes, Jack Brooks and Rhys Hards pitched in too. The Meteors tried their best with Fletcher Thomas on the mound for 71 pitches as Xander Huisman and Bennett Aslander were given the ball as well.
The Stars’ attention will turn to the championship game against Western Suns while a third-place playoff looms for the Meteors, taking on Western Comets.
Semi-Final 2: Western Suns 9 v Western Comets 8
It was the closest of margins that split these two teams, as the Western Suns came away with a single-run victory to beat last year’s Intermediate League title-winners. The Suns were thrilled to book their spot into the Intermediate League Grand Final.
The eight-inning game went down to the wire, the pitchers feeling it in extra innings as the Comets’ Thomas Cooke and Deakon Pribicevich threw 96 and 63 pitches, respectively. For the Suns, Benjamin Nesbit threw 86 pitches from the mound, with back-up provided by Rowan Edmunds and Riley Oliphant.
The Comets came out with strong batting to take an early lead, and Cooke's solid start was backed up by a few key strikeouts from Pribicevich to stop the Suns from scoring the winning run on third. While the Suns narrowly snuck past to seal the deal, it was a great game on both sides.
The Suns will come up against Western Stars in the battle for the title tomorrow morning while it’s not over for the Comets as they’ll play for third against Western Meteors.
Semi-Final 1: Northern Metros 5 v Western Meteors 3
Last year’s Junior League champions will return to the grand final on their way to back-to-back titles with a closely-fought matchup with Western Meteors.
Dawson George threw almost 90 pitches to get his team into a commanding position, with help from Xavier Fatai and Jack Angeloff. Pitchers Cameron Ballantine and Riley Hall put in good work for the Meteors.
Northern Metros will try to reclaim the Junior League title when they meet Western Comets tomorrow morning whereas for the Meteors, they’ll come face-to-face with Western Suns in a battle for positions.
Semi-Final 2: Western Comets 5 v Western Suns 3
Western Comets will try and claim a maiden Junior League title tomorrow after swiftly taking care of Western Suns in a close matchup.
The Comets used four pitchers, Daniel Papiccio throwing 62 pitches with Campbell Froude, Cruze Brendon and Nicholas Davis in relief. Jackson Stivey and Luke Warner shared pitching duties for the Suns.
The Comets have a tough task in the grand final, hoping to make amends for a regular-game loss against Northern Metros while the Suns will look for a third-place finish in their matchup with Western Meteors.
Grand Final: Western Meteors 13 v Western Suns 6
The Meteors kept their undefeated run going with a big grand final win, denying the Suns their third championship in a row.
The Meteors last won the tournament in 2017. Congratulations to the Meteors and well done to the Suns on their fantastic efforts and second place finish.