Baseball WA is excited to announce the All-Girls Little League teams for the 2024 Think Again State Championships and Australian Little League Girls Championship.
State Champs will be held at Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club from 28 March to 1 April. The next month, our girls will make history as part of the first-ever Australian Little League Girls Championship from 8-12 May.
The event is targeted at female baseball players aged 12 & under.
"Adding another step in the journey for our female players is an exciting new development for baseball in Australia,” BWA Participation Manager David Hayes said.
“By continuing to grow the number of girls in our tee-ball programs, and then providing them with great experience in their junior baseball years, we are increasingly providing opportunities for our female athletes to grow and develop both as players as people."
Read more about the event on baseball.com.au.
Congratulations to our Little League Girls!
Gosnells, UWA Magpies, Wanneroo, Braves, Swan Districts, and Morley were this weekend's winners in Harcher State League. Wanneroo, Braves, Morley, and Vic Park remain in the Top 4 right now.
Check out GameChanger recaps below and stay tuned to BWA Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
Gosnells Hawks 5, Morley Eagles 4
Gosnells Hawks bested Morley Eagles 5-4 on Sunday at Tom Bateman Sporting Complex Reserve.
Morley got on board in the top of the second inning after Luke Hughes doubled and Aaron Bonomi walked, each scoring one run.
Gosnells flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs on three hits to take a 5-2 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a double by Louis Scaramella that drove in two.
Jack Burt earned the win for Gosnells, allowing one hit and zero runs over two innings, striking out four and walking two.
Lachlan Waite took the loss for Morley, giving up five runs (two earned) in four innings with four hits, three strikeouts, and a walk.
Tim Leitch stepped on the hill first for Gosnells, giving up four hits and four runs (three earned) over four innings, striking out four and walking six.
Scaramella led Gosnells with two hits in three at-bats.
Sam Abbott led Morley with two hits in three at-bats. Matt Dixon, Hughes, and Bonomi each drove in one run for Morley. Dixon had two of the team’s eight walks.
Morley Eagles 22, Gosnells Hawks 2
Ben Crook drove in five runs on two hits to lead Morley Eagles past Gosnells Hawks 22-2 on Sunday. Crook hit a grand slam to right field in the first inning and hit an RBI double in the third.
Morley won thanks in part to 15 runs in the first inning. Matt Dixon hit an RBI single and Riley Hall indued Luke Hughes to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored. Cody Nicholas had a 2-RBI double, Cameron Bahr took a bases-loaded walk, and Aaron Bonomi hit a bases-clearing single. Sam Abbott had a three-run homer before Crook’s grand slam.
Eagles added seven runs on six hits in the top of the third. Dixon had an RBI single as Abbott and Brendan Sing drew walks to score one run each. Brandon Migro singled, scoring two runs, Koskei Partington-Hopes singled, scoring one run, and Crook doubled, scoring another.
Troy Cruz started the game for Morley. He gave up one hit and two runs over three innings, striking out three and walking two.
Gosnells starter Hall gave up six hits and 13 runs over two-thirds of an inning, striking out one and walking five.
Morley accumulated 14 hits in the game. As the number seven hitter, Nicholas showed the depth of Morley’s lineup, leading them with three hits in three at-bats. Dixon, Bonomi, and Abbott each collected multiple hits.
Eagles had a strong eye at the plate, taking 10 walks for the game as Dixon and Crook took advantage of two free passes each. Bonomi stole three bases as the defense didn’t commit a single error in the field. Abbott had the most fielding chances with five.
Taj Varga led Gosnells with one hit in one at-bat. Nick Davey and Varga each drove in one run for Gosnells as the Hawks defense didn’t make any errors. Braedan Stannard made the most plays with four.
Morley play at home on Sunday against UWA Magpies in their next game while Gosnells head to Wanneroo.
UWA Magpies 15, South Perth Souths 7
Jake Willson showed a strong eye at the plate on Sunday, walking four times as UWA Magpies won 15-7 over South Perth Souths.
The winners scored first with a bases-loaded walk by Adam England in the opening frame.
Jaxon Limpus tripled to tie the game at one in the bottom of the third.
UWA Magpies returned to the lead in the top of the fifth when Willson drew a walk, scoring one run, Bradley Tate also brought in a run on a walk while Henry Kellen singled, scoring two runs.
UWA Magpies scored five runs on three hits in the top of the ninth inning. Willson drew a walk, scoring one run, Daniel Atkinson induced Tate to hit into a fielder’s choice but one run scored, and Jacob Davila doubled, scoring three runs.
Nick Alexiou stepped on the bump first for UWA Magpies. The righty gave up seven hits and three runs (two earned) over seven innings, striking out nine and walking three. Fujiura Masato appeared in relief.
Caleb Goodwin started on the bump for South Perth. He gave up two hits and five runs (four earned) over four and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking eight.
Kellen and Davila each collected two hits for UWA Magpies with five RBIs apiece. The team took 19 walks throughout the game, including five for England.
South Perth tallied 11 hits in the game, with two apiece for Goodwin, Oliver McMahon, and Limpus. Lyndan Morgan, Jai Hewitt, Atkinson, Goodwin, Brett Walters, McMahon, and Limpus each drove in one run.
South Perth and UWA Magpies play again on Wednesday night.
Wanneroo Giants 7, Victoria Park Belmont 6
Wanneroo built a 4-run lead in the second inning and then held off Victoria Park Belmont’s charge for a 7-6 victory on Sunday. Reds made it a close game, closing the gap by scoring on an error, a walk, and two singles.
Giants didn’t take the lead until later in the game, which was tied at six in the bottom of the sixth when Ethan Cooper singled, scoring one run.
Wanneroo got on board in the bottom of the first after Courtney Jones singled and Vic Park committed an error, each scoring one run.
Cooper’s single and an error helped Wanneroo extend their early lead in the second.
Vic Park flipped the game on its head in the top of the fourth, scoring five runs on five hits to take a 6-5 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by Taiyo Kurosawa on a full count that drove in two.
Wanneroo took a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Nicholas Riley and Cooper.
Jacob Myer earned the win for Wanneroo. He threw three scoreless innings with no hits, just one walk and four strikeouts.
Mizuki Akatsuka took the loss for Vic Park, going three innings with two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking none. Starter Mathew Martin gave up seven hits and five runs (three earned) over five innings, striking out one and walking two.
Wanneroo starter Rob Sorensen gave up two hits and one run over two innings, striking out two and walking none. Frazer Brice collected the save and Callum Schipp also appeared in relief.
Wanneroo tallied 11 hits in the game, including two apiece for Cooper, Jones, Owen Pilcher, and Riley. Jones drove the middle of the lineup, leading Giants with three runs batted in. The infielder went 2-for-4 on the day.
Eddie Satisky went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead Reds in hits. Kurosawa had two RBIs on a 1-for-5 day while the defense turned one double play.
Next up for Wanneroo is a game at Carine Cats on Sunday. Vic Park Belmont will play a doubleheader at Gosnells.
Braves 11, Rockingham Rams 10
Both Braves and Rockingham Rams had their offenses going on Sunday at Hourglass Reserve, but Braves eventually prevailed 11-10. Each side had 11 hits.
Despite falling down by six runs in the sixth inning, Rockingham battled back, closing the gap by scoring on a walk, a groundout, a single, and a double.
Braves got on board in the top of the first after Kevin Clark doubled and Matt Kennelly singled, each scoring a run.
Rockingham responded quickly, scoring on singles from Jesse Sequeira and Ashton Crouch, plus a Braves error and fielder’s choice.
Braves retook the lead in the top of the second after a hit by pitch, error, walk, and fielder’s choice. They added to their early lead in the top of the third inning after Jack Rigden doubled and Clark singled, each scoring a run alongside an error.
Braves scored one run in the top of the sixth on a solo homer to center field by Kennelly.
Rockingham tied it up in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a walk by Darryl Artis, a groundout by Joshua Diggins, a single by Vinnie Tarantola, and a double by David Nichols.
A sacrifice fly by James Smibert gave Braves an 11-10 lead in the top of the ninth.
Kennelly stepped on the mound first for Braves. The right-hander gave up seven hits and four runs (three earned) over six and two-thirds innings, striking out five and walking three. Todd Hatcher appeared in relief.
Rockingham starter Brock Molloy surrendered six hits and nine runs (one earned) over two and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking three.
Braves accumulated 11 hits in the game as Clark led the way going 3-for-5. Kennelly and Clark were tough to handle back-to-back in the lineup, each driving in three runs.
Braves had patience at the plate, tallying eight walks with two apiece for Daniel Choi and Rigden. Beches had four of the team’s five stolen bases.
Neretlis, Tarantola, and Lachlan Cahill each collected two hits for Rockingham. Nichols provided pop in the middle of the lineup, leading Rams with three RBIs. Tomas Swinson took two of the team’s six walks as they turned one double play on defense.
Rockingham takes on Swan Districts this Friday while Braves will play a doubleheader at Perth on Sunday.
Swan Districts Swans 7, Perth 1
Cameron Liss was dominant on the mound, striking out 11 in Swan Districts’ 7-1 victory over Perth on Sunday at Inglewood Oval. Liss gave up one hit over seven scoreless innings with four walks.
Swan Districts won thanks in part to four runs in the seventh inning. Brody Clarkson hit a solo home run to left field, Riley Ozanne drew a walk, scoring a run, and Jordano Vivona induced Michael De Gasperis to hit into a fielder’s choice but one run scored. Anthony Daniele also singled to score a run.
Swan Districts got on board in the fourth inning after Clarkson doubled, scoring one run.
Perth started Jake White allowed six hits and three runs over six innings, striking out eight and walking three.
Dillian Clarkson appeared in relief for Swan Districts Swans.
Boston Foot went 3-for-5 as Swans collected 11 hits overall. Clarkson and Foot drove in two runs each while Daniele and Cameron Phelts had multiple hits, too. Swans practiced patience at the plate with eight walks total. Conor Parry, Ozanne, and Phelts led the team with two free passes each.
Peter Reyes, Austin Moyle, Ronald (Ronnie) Sweeny, and Kyan Bertolini each collected one hit for Perth. Reyes led Perth with one run batted in as the infielder went 1-for-2 on the day.
Perth turned one double play and didn’t make any errors. Benjamin Nesbit had the most chances in the field with 11.
Swan Districts take on Rockingham this Friday and Perth has a Sunday doubleheader vs. Braves.
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Baseball WA is excited to announce host venues for the 2024 Think Again State Championships, with Little League competitions at Wanneroo Giants Baseball Club from 28 March to 1 April, followed by Junior and Senior League at Rockingham Rams Baseball Club from 9 to 13 April.
“We look forward to another awesome year of Think Again State Championships as our baseball community comes together in support of our awesome junior athletes,” BWA Participation Manager David Hayes said. “Thank you to Wanneroo and Rockingham for stepping up to host these tournaments and offer an exciting experience for baseballers across Little, Intermediate, Junior, and Senior League.”
Wanneroo Giants’ home base of Kingsway Regional Sporting Complex will host the Little League State Championships, incorporating Division 1, Division 2, Intermediate League, Machine Pitch, and U10 tee-ball. The action gets underway on 28 March, culminating in finals on 1 April.
Junior League and Senior League will get underway on 9 April at Hourglass Reserve, home of Rockingham Rams, with winners crowned on 13 April to secure spots at nationals.
Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to State Champs.
Braves, Wanneroo, Victoria Park Belmont, Perth, and Carine took care of business over the weekend in Harcher State League. Wanneroo, Braves, Morley, and Vic Park make up the Top 4 right now.
Check out GameChanger recaps below and stay tuned to BWA Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
Braves 22, Gosnells Hawks 7
James Smibert hit two home runs and drove in six as Braves defeated Gosnells 22-7 on Saturday at Tom Bateman Sporting Complex. Smibert homered in the seventh and eighth innings.
A home run to right field by Josh Kennelly put Braves on the board in the top of the first.
Braves scored five runs on two hits in the top of the second inning. Smibert and Kennelly had 2-RBI base hits and Cody Parkinson grounded out, scoring one run.
Gosnells scored three runs in the bottom of the second on a home run to right field by Riley Hall.
Three more Braves runs crossed the plate in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 14-6. Jack Rigden singled, scoring one run, and Smibert homered to center field, scoring two more.
Braves scored eight runs on nine hits in the top of the eighth inning. Rigden doubled, scoring two runs, Lenny Golding tripled, scoring one run, and Smibert homered to center field, scoring two. Geoff Kerr hit an RBI single and Nicholas Davis brought home two on a double.
Todd Hatcher earned the win for Braves. The starting pitcher surrendered seven hits and five runs over five innings, striking out nine and walking four.
Hall took the loss for Gosnells. He went three and one-third innings, giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits, striking out two and walking three. Smibert threw one inning of no-run ball for Braves in relief, giving up no hits or walks with a strikeout.
Braves collected 22 hits in the game, with four apiece for Kerr, Kennelly, and Smibert. Kevin Clark, Rigden, and Davis also had multiple hits.
Davis took two of the team’s seven walks while Kerr had two of four stolen bases.
Gosnells tallied nine hits, with Jarrod McKay and Hall recording two each. Hall had 3 RBIs from the number seven spot in the lineup, going 2-for-5 on the day. Louis Scaramella took three of the team’s six walks while the defense turned one double play.
Next up for Braves is a game at Rockingham on Sunday while Gosnells has a doubleheader vs. Morley.
Carine Cats 7, UWA Magpies 6
It came down to the wire on Sunday at Carine Regional Open Space, with Cats walking it off for a 7-6 victory over UWA Magpies. The game was tied at six in the bottom of the tenth when Carlos Salas singled, scoring one run.
Conor Lourey collected four hits in five at-bats in the win. He singled in the fifth, doubled in the sixth, and singled twice more across the eighth and ninth innings.
UWA Magpies got on the board in the top of the third inning after Jake Willson stole home and Bass Cooper walked, each scoring one run.
Carine tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth thanks to two singles, with Lourey’s RBI base hit making it 4-4.
In the top of the tenth, UWA Magpies broke up the tie when Cooper hit a sacrifice fly, scoring one run. Then a wild pitch followed to extend the lead to 6-4.
Carine captured a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the tenth when an error scored two runs, and Salas singled, bringing home the winning run.
Lourey pitched five innings in relief for Carine, giving up two hits and zero runs while striking out six and walking none.
Jordan Power stepped on the mound first for Carine, giving up one hit and two runs over two and one-third innings, striking out five and walking three.
Nick Alexiou led things off on the mound for UWA Magpies, allowing seven hits and two runs over six innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk.
Carine tallied 13 hits in the game. Josh Davies and Salas each collected multiple hits while the Cats had five stolen bases.
Willson, Joris Van Ballegooy, Michael Albertini, Eita Samukawa, and Jacob Davila each collected one hit for UWA Magpies. Van Ballegooy and Cooper were a one-two punch in the lineup, as each drove in two runs for UWA Magpies.
Carine will travel to South Perth for their next game on Friday while UWA Magpies head to South Perth on Sunday.
Perth 3, Rockingham Rams 0
Perth defeated Rockingham Rams 3-0 on Sunday at Hourglass Reserve as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Matteo Pizziconi, Jake White, and Brian (Tanner) Jessen-Dalton each pitched for Perth. White induced a fly out from Jesse Sequeira to get the last out.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Perth pitchers struck out 12, while Rockingham sat down 10.
Perth got on board in the top of the fifth after Rockingham committed an error and Jalen McGee singled, each scoring one run.
Jessen-Dalton stepped on the bump first for Perth, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
Vinnie Tarantola started for Rockingham. He allowed six hits and three runs (one earned) over nine innings, striking out 10 and walking two.
Pizziconi tossed two and two-thirds innings of shutout ball for Perth in relief. He gave up three hits, striking out two and walking one.
Jordano Vivona and McGee each collected two hits for Perth. McGee went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs.
Perth didn’t make any errors as Edgar Mundarain had the most chances in the field with 12.
Joshua Diggins, David Nichols, Jesse Neretlis, and Darryl Artis each collected one hit for Rockingham as the defense turned one double play in the game.
Perth will travel to Vic Park Belmont for their next game on Friday while Rockingham hosts Braves at home on Sunday.
Vic Park Belmont 2, Morley Eagles 1
Both teams were strong on the hill on Sunday as Victoria Park Belmont outlasted Morley 2-1. Mathew Martin started the game for Vic Park and recorded 18 outs.
Reds got on board in the bottom of the second inning after Joshua Greenham doubled and Joshua Cosgrove singled, each scoring a run.
Martin earned the win for Vic Park. He gave up six hits and one run over six innings, striking out six and walking one. Mizuki Akatsuka collected the save.
Troy Cruz took the loss for Morley. He went six innings, surrendering two runs (zero earned) on six hits, striking out six and walking none.
Greenham went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Vic Park Belmont. Cosgrove batted in the other run while the defense did a solid job, turning one double play while keeping Morley under control.
Kieran Chapman and Mitch Power each collected two hits for Morley.
Reds play at home on Friday against Perth and Morley has a Sunday doubleheader at Gosnells.
Wanneroo Giants 6, Swan Districts Swans 1
Wanneroo Giants were victorious against Swan Districts Swans 6-1 on Sunday at Charlie Hodder Baseball Field.
Wanneroo got on board in the top of the third inning after Nicholas Riley hit into a fielder’s choice, Jacob Santich grounded out, and a wild pitch, each scoring one run.
Anthony Daniele hit a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth for Swan Districts.
Jacob Myer opened the game for Wanneroo, giving up two hits and one run over four innings with a pair of strikeouts and no walks.
Cameron Liss led things off on the hill for Swan Districts. The righty allowed five hits and six runs (four earned) over six and one-third innings, striking out eight and walking seven.
Jay Bullingham threw three innings of scoreless ball for Wanneroo in relief. He allowed three hits, striking out four and walking none.
Courtney Jones led Wanneroo Giants with two hits in two at-bats. Riley, Ben King, Santich, and Dawson Summers each drove in one run.
Giants practiced patience at the plate, tallying up eight walks for the game. Ethan Cooper, Jones, and Rob Sorensen led the team with two walks each. Cooper and Jones also stole multiple bases as Wanneroo had seven SBs total.
Jones had the most chances in the field with 13 in an error-free game for Wanneroo.
Daniele led Swan Districts with two hits in three at-bats.
Wanneroo Giants 7, Swan Districts Swans 5
Wanneroo Giants built a six-run lead in the fourth inning and then held off Swan Districts’ charge for a 7-5 victory. Swans closed the gap by scoring on two singles and two groundouts.
Nicholas Riley collected three hits in three at-bats in the victory. He homered to left field in the first inning, doubled in the fourth, and singled in the seventh.
After Wanneroo’s early lead, Anthony Daniele hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the second, Wanneroo broke up the tie as Ethan Cooper grounded out, scoring one run. A double play followed to extend the lead to 3-1.
Wanneroo added four more runs on four hits in the top of the fourth. Courtney Jones singled, scoring one run before Ben King hit a three-run homer to left field.
Frazer Brice stepped on the mound first for Wanneroo. The righty gave up seven hits and two runs over five innings, striking out four and walking one. Rob Sorensen appeared in relief.
Dillian Clarkson began the game for Swan Districts. He gave up nine hits and seven runs over four innings, striking out one and walking six.
Wanneroo tallied 11 hits in the game. King drove the middle of the lineup, leading Giants with three runs batted in on a 1-for-3 day. Daniel Stephenson collected two hits in four at-bats while Cooper led with three of the team’s 11 walks.
Swans tallied nine hits in the game, including two apiece for Cameron Phelts and Riley Ozanne. Daniele drove the middle of the lineup, leading Swans with two runs batted in as the cleanup hitter went 1-for-3. Swans turned three double plays, too.
Wanneroo hosts Vic Park on Sunday and Swan Districts heads to Perth.
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Baseball WA looks forward to another big year for the West Coast Rays with plans for the 2024 Down Under Winter Classic well underway.
We are seeking expressions of interest from those wanting to become a team General Manager (GM) with one GM being appointed for each age division.
Primary responsibilities for the role include:
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Nominations close 31 January 2024 and may be submitted HERE.
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