The 2021 Think Again Junior League State Championship featured exciting elimination and semi-final games on Saturday at Empire Ballpark with Central Firebirds, Western Tigers, Southern Hills and Wanneroo winning big.
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Elimination Final 1: Western Tigers 10 - Western Comets 1
Western Comets watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 10-1 loss to Western Tigers on Saturday. The Tigers scored on an error and a single by Max Trivic in the first inning.
The Comets struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing the Tigers, giving up ten runs. They scored two runs on an error in the first inning and three in the fifth. The offensive onslaught by the Tigers was led by RBIs from Boston Foot, Kye Varrone, and Thomas Romeo.
Foot got the start for the Tigers. The pitcher went six and a third innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out 13.
Bailey Green toed the rubber for the Comets. The righty surrendered eight runs on four hits over four and a third innings, striking out five. Lachlan Godfrey threw two and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
Jayden Hinchliffe and Green each collected one hit to lead the Comets. Foot led the Tigers with two hits in three at bats. The Tigers stole 18 bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Kyan Bertolini led the way with six. The team didn't commit a single error in the field with Rowan Edmunds taking 13 chances.
Elimination Final 2: Southern Hills Warriors 7 v Carine Cats 4
Southern Hills Warriors opened up scoring in the first inning on Keelan Murray's sac fly.
Carine tied things up at the bottom of the second. Murray threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for the Cats.
The Warriors pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning. Riley Hall's sac fly scored one run, Murray hit an RBI double on a 3-2 count, Jamie Sidebottom singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run, and Kyle Martins singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.
Carine tallied three runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Nathan Taylor.
Murray was on the pitcher's mound for the Warriors. The pitcher allowed one hit and two runs over five innings, striking out ten.
Jaxon Stewart led things off on the pitcher's mound for Carine. The righthander went four and a third innings, allowing five runs on six hits with three strikeouts. William Eastman and Elliott Giddens entered the game from the bullpen, throwing one and one-third innings and one and one-third innings respectively.
Stewart and Taylor each managed one hit to lead Carine. The Cats tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases, Taylor included.
The Warriors saw the ball well today, racking up eight hits in the game. Martins and Sidebottom all collected multiple hits for as the side stole 13 bases. Three players had more than one stolen base including Martins who had six.
Semi-Final 1: Wanneroo Giants 11 - Western Tigers 8
Saturday's game against Wanneroo Giants was a heartbreaker for Western Tigers, as they lost the lead late in an 11-8 defeat. The game was tied at seven with Wanneroo batting in the top of the fifth when Rhys Hards singled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs.
The Tigers lost despite out-hitting Wanneroo 12 to 11. The Tigers opened up scoring in the first inning. Owen Capes threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate.
Boston Foot grounded out, scoring one run for the Tigers as they tied the game at seven in the bottom of the fourth.
Wanneroo Giants scored one run in the top of the seventh when Michael Stephenson singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The Tigers answered when Max Trivic's sac fly scored a run.
The Tigers tallied three runs in the third inning. The offensive firepower was led by Thomas Romeo and Xavia Aporo with RBIs.
Wanneroo scored five runs in the third thanks to singles from Stephenson and Tom Hewett and a double by Bailey Thompson.
Capes led things off on the pitcher's mound for Wanneroo. The righty allowed eight hits and six runs over two and two-thirds innings, striking out five and walking one.
Logan Truscott led things off on the mound for the Tigers, lasting four and a third innings with eight hits and eight runs allowed. He struck out six. Aporo threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Tigers totaled 12 hits. Kyan Bertolini, Aporo, and Romeo had three hits apiece.
The Giants scattered 11 hits in the game including multiple for Lucas Santich, Stephenson, and Hewet. The Giants were sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Santich had the most chances in the field with eight.
Semi-Final 2: Central Firebirds 16 - Southern Hills 1
Central Firebirds had everything working on Saturday, winning big over Southern Hills Warriors 16-1.
The Firebirds got on the board in the first inning when Kyle Benson grounded out, scoring one run. They also put up six in the third with RBIs from Jake Clark, Jasper Smith, Luke Hodge, Fletcher Thomas, and Simon Monson.
Benson got the start for the Firebirds, surrendering one run on three hits over four innings, striking out six.
Jamie Sidebottom led things off on the pitcher's mound for the Warriors. The righthander went one and one-third innings, allowing six runs on four hits. Kyle Martins threw two and a third innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Firebirds tallied 12 hits in the game. Xavier Short, Clark, and Kaleb Bransby each had two hits while the team didn't make any fielding errors. Smith had the most chances in the field with five.
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