The 2021 Think Again Junior League State Championship continued on Thursday 8 April at Empire Ballpark.
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Wanneroo Giants 11 - Western Comets 1
Wanneroo Giants stole the lead late and defeated Western Comets 11-1 on Thursday. The game was tied at one with the Giants batting in the bottom of the fourth when an error scored one run.
The Comets got their offense started in the first when Jayden Hinchliffe grounded out, scoring one run. The Giants tied things up at one in the bottom when Rhys Hards drove in one on a single.
The Giants pulled away for good with two runs in the fourth inning as Jack Brooks singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
The Giants tallied five runs in the sixth inning. Kristian Haeusler, Bailey Thompson, and Nikora Bryan all contributed with RBIs.
Owen Capes was on the mound for the Giants. The pitcher went two and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three and walking zero.
Xanda Huisman started the game for the Comets. The righty went four and a third innings, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out four. Loclan Farrell (Pribicevich) threw two-thirds of an inning out of the bullpen.
Thompson, Haeusler, Hards, Brooks, Chloe Atkinson, Tom Hewett, and Lucas Santich each managed one hit for Wanneroo.
The Comets collected seven hits. Farrell (Pribicevich), Arden Bridson, and Huisman each racked up multiple hits.
Western Comets 11 - Carine Cats 8
The base paths were crowded today for both offenses in a high-scoring game where Western Comets came out on top against Carine Cats, 11-8.
The Comets fired up the offense in the first inning when Jayden Hinchliffe's sac fly scored one run.
Carine tied things up at two when an error scored one run.
The Comets pulled away for good with three runs in the third inning. Jaxon Daly doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run and Xanda Huisman singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.
The Comets scored five runs in the sixth inning. The offensive firepower was led by Bailey Green, Loclan Farrell (Pribicevich), and Huisman, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Arden Bridson was on the hill for the Comets. The pitcher allowed one hit and three runs over two and a third innings, striking out two.
Daniel Doheny started the game for Carine. The pitcher lasted two and a third innings, allowing one hit and three runs while striking out two. Simon Staltari and Kylan Granland entered the game as relief, throwing two and two-thirds innings and two innings respectively.
Granland, Nathan Taylor, Lucas Nelson, Staltari, and Aaron Keating all had one hit to lead the Cats. Granland had four of the team's 16 stolen bases.
The Comets tallied ten hits including multiple to Green, Hinchliffe, and Jamie Dupagne.
Western Tigers 29 - Southern Hills Warriors 13
Southern Hills Warriors stayed in it until the end, but Western Tigers pulled away late in a 29-13 victory on Thursday. The game was tied at 11 with Western Tigers batting in the top of the fourth when Boston Foot drew a walk, scoring one run.
The Warriors collected eight hits and the Tigers had six in the high-scoring affair. The Warriors took an early lead in the first inning with an RBI single from Kyle Martins.
The Warriors scored five runs in the second inning, led by Martins, Rhegan Prosser, Bailey Evans, Liam Charles, and Roman Cook, who each had RBIs in the inning.
The Tigers scored 15 runs in the fifth inning. Foot, Logan Truscott, Kye Varrone, Lucas Firth, Brock Dennis, and Rowan Edmunds each drove in runs during the inning.
Foot led things off on the hill for the Tigers while Martins threw for the Warriors. The righty surrendered two runs on two hits over one inning, striking out one. Evans, Jamie Sidebottom, Nicholas Bingham, and Cook each entered the game in relief, throwing one and one-third innings, one inning, one inning, and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
The Warriors racked up eight hits on the day. Keelan Murray went 3-for-4 and Martins had managed multiple hits too. The Warriors stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Ethan Horn led the way with two.
Xavia Aporo went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Tigers in hits. Kyan Bertolini led the team with four stolen bases. They ran wild on the base paths with ten stolen bases and were sure-handed in the field with no errors. Foot had the most chances in the field with six.
Central Firebirds 16 - Southern Hills Warriors 1
Southern Hills Warriors had a tough time generating runs on Thursday, dropping their game with Central Firebirds 16-1.
The Firebirds got things started in the first inning when Keelan Murray's wild pitch allowed one run to score.
The Warriors knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning. Riley Hall lined out, scoring one run.
The Firebirds pulled away for good with two runs in the second inning. Caleb Johnston singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run and Jake Clark drew a walk, scoring one run. They also scored six runs in the fifth inning with RBIs from Jasper Smith, Daniel Johnston, Jesse Hawke, Hugo Otobe, and Xavier Short.
Otobe led the Firebirds to victory on the hill. The righty allowed one hit and zero runs over one and one-third innings, walking one. Johnston threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Murray took the loss for the Warriors, allowing one hit and three runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out two.
Clark started the game for the Firebirds. The righthander allowed five hits and one run over two and two-thirds innings, striking out one and walking one.
Ethan Horn went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Warriors in hits.
The Firebirds tallied ten hits on the day. Johnston, Luke Hodge, and Clark all collected multiple hits while the team didn't make any fielding errors either. Hodge had the most chances in the field with seven.
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