Southern All Stars win inaugural Sydney Women’s Invitational Tournament.
The Southern All Star have won the inaugural Sydney Women’s Invitational Tournament at Blacktown Olympic Park, Sydney 10 – 5 against the Central Coast Marlins.
Day 5 saw the final 4 games of the competition played, with all eight (8) teams looking for a victory on the final day.
Proceedings began with the 7 v 8 game between Baulkham Hills and Newcastle. Baulkham Hills jumped out to an early lead with 14 runs in the 1st inning to take the driver’s seat and take 7th place in the process.
Two other local Sydney teams contested the 5 v 6 playoff, the Greenway Giants against the Cronulla Sharks. Both team put out a great performance with nothing separating the sides until the final inning of the game where the Greenway side produced the winning to take the victory 5 runs to 4.
The Baseball for All side from USA and Canada had their final outing in the Sydney Women’s Invitational on Day 5 against the Knights in the 3 v 4 playoff. The Baseball for All side has played some fantastic baseball over the tournament but was not able to make inroads into the Marlins defence in this particular game.
The Knights were too strong for the young Baseball for All side taking the game 12 runs to 2 and finished the tournament in third place. The youthful Baseball for All side competed well in all their games and deserved a 4th place finish in the tournament.
So the last two teams standing were the undefeated Marlins who worked hard throughout the tournament and were well deserving of a finals berth. A team mixed with experience and youth who matched up against the experience side of the Southern All Stars from Victoria who had a host of Australian players within the side.
The Southern All Star played a solid brand of baseball scoring runs in every inning of the game except the last. The standout for the Southern All Stars was Amy McCann who hit a solo home run from her 3 hits in the game. Taylor McKay also produced 3 hits from her 4 at bats.
The Marlins weren’t able to quite get into their groove, but rallied in the 4th and 5th innings produced two (2) runs in back to back innings to bring the deficit back to five. The Marlins weren’t able to get any closer in the final innings while the All Stars added an extra run in the 6th to put the icing on the cake.
The Southern All Stars took the game 10 – 5 and with that win became the inaugural Sydney Women’s Invitational champions.
A great tournament has come to the end, with all the women involved having a great time with new friends made while others reacquainted with old friends.
To check out all the results, play by plays and photos of the tournament head to website, www.starsports.baseball.com.au