The second week of the 2021 Little League State Championships got underway at Werribee Baseball Club on Friday. The Senior, Junior, and Intermediate League competitions continue tomorrow before semi-finals and grand finals on Sunday.
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Eastern Athletics 14 v Twins 3
The Athletics scored three runs when Evan Maury tripled in the first.
James Squire was on the mound for the winning side. The fireballer went two innings, allowing zero runs on one hit, striking out one and walking zero.
Lachlan Amon started the game for Twins. The pitcher allowed five hits and seven runs over one inning, striking out one. Hunter Arnel, Ashton Coote, and Mace Poole each contributed in relief for Twins.
Eastern Athletics racked up ten hits. Maury and Matthew Johnston all managed multiple hits for Eastern Athletics. Johnston and Maury all had two hits to lead Eastern Athletics. Eastern Athletics didn't commit a single error in the field. Finley Ronalds-Greatbatch had the most chances in the field with four. Tyler Evans led Eastern Athletics with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases.
Southern Mariners 16 v Twins 6
Southern Mariners secured the victory thanks to ten runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to singles by Charlie Pierson, Lachlan Smith, Ryan Willams, and Lachlan Stevens, a walk by Pierson, and a sac fly by Mitchell Denny.
Southern Mariners pulled away for good with ten runs in the third inning. In the third Pierson singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, Smith singled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs, Willams singled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs, Denny's sac fly scored one run for Southern Mariners, Pierson drew a walk, scoring one run, and Stevens singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Logan O'Brien led things off on the mound for Twins. O'Brien went two and a third innings, allowing five runs on two hits and striking out one. Cohen Breckenridge, Atticus Hurford, and Jack Hotere-Moana each contributed in relief for Twins.
Eastern Athletics 6 v Southern Mariners 13
Eastern Athletics watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 13-6 loss to Southern Mariners on Friday. Southern Mariners scored on a error in the first inning, a walk by Genevieve Beacom in the first inning, and a single by Lachlan Stevens in the second inning.
Southern Mariners opened up scoring in the first inning. An error scored one run for Southern Mariners.
Bailey Wilson started the game for Eastern Athletics. Wilson surrendered three runs on zero hits over two-thirds of an inning, striking out two. Evan Maury, Ned Hargreaves, Matthew Johnston, and Shintaro Katon each entered the game as relief, throwing two innings, two innings, one and two-thirds innings, and two-thirds of an inning respectively.
Southern Mariners racked up ten hits in the game. Lachlan Smith, Stevens, and Ellis all managed multiple hits for Southern Mariners. Charlie Pierson led Southern Mariners with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.
Eastern Athletics 17 v Geelong Baycats 2
A nine-run first inning led Eastern Athletics to a 17-2 victory on Friday. Eastern Athletics batters contributing to the big inning included Jack Noble, Aimon Dowling, Charles Chislett, Daniel Crichton, Benjamin Tan, and Campbell Dawes, who all drove in runs.
Cooper Laurie led things off on the mound for Geelong Baycats. The bulldog allowed five runs on one hit. Reuben Brewer, Tyson Sherry, Hunter Mann, and Prabh Waris Sodhi each entered the game as relief, throwing two innings, one inning, one-third of an inning, and one-third of an inning respectively.
Geelong Baycats 0 v Twins 12
Twins got things started in the first inning when an error scored one run for Twins.
Harvey Elderfield was on the pitcher's mound for Geelong Baycats. The bulldog lasted one and one-third innings, allowing zero hits and three runs while striking out one. Tanner Stack, Hudson Carr, and Cade White each contributed in relief for Geelong Baycats.
Jake Fesili, Schumann, Hardy, Hamish Stone, Andrew Land, Patariki Pouaka-Grego, Rumbelow, and Locklier all had one hit to lead Twins. Twins didn't commit a single error in the field. Pouaka-Grego had the most chances in the field with six.
Southern Mariners 8 v Twins 14
Bald, Dunkley, Jarrod Thomas, Soi Ogawa, Robert Hodgetts, Samuel Walsh, Joshua Villanti, and Ta'ne Graham each collected one hit to lead Southern Mariners. Southern Mariners stole six bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Walsh led the way with three.
Twins had eight hits in the game. Pouaka-Grego, Land, and Liersch all managed multiple hits for Twins. Pouaka-Grego led Twins with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases.
Eastern Athletics 14 v Southern Mariners 1
In the bottom of the first inning, Southern Mariners tied things up at one when Miller Leech singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Eastern Athletics scored seven runs in the third inning. Eastern Athletics's big inning was driven by a single by Zak Stafilis, a groundout by Frances Scott Mackereth, an error on a ball put in play by Ezra Ferguson, and a double by Johnston.
Eastern Athletics collected nine hits. Stafilis, Samuel Walk, and Johnston all collected multiple hits for Eastern Athletics. Eastern Athletics tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Stafilis led the way with two.
Eastern Athletics 16 v Twins 14
A walk-off double led Eastern Athletics past Twins 16-14 on Friday. The game was tied at 14 with Eastern Athletics batting in the bottom of the seventh when Buster Vos doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs.
After Twins scored two runs in the top of the third, Eastern Athletics answered with two of their own. Twins scored when Walter Le Fevre singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run and William Cashen singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Eastern Athletics then answered when Samuel Walk doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run and Ethan Hilhorst singled on a 2-1 count, scoring one run.
Le Fevre was on the hill for Twins. The bulldog lasted two and a third innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out two and walking one. Cashen, Fletcher Wilson, and Zachary Locklier each contributed in relief for Twins.
Eastern Athletics racked up 15 hits. Walk, Vos, Hilhorst, and Li each racked up multiple hits for Eastern Athletics. Walk led Eastern Athletics with three hits in four at bats. Eastern Athletics tore up the base paths, as six players stole at least two bases. Johnston led the way with four.
Twins racked up 13 hits in the game. Di Blasi, Le Fevre, Austin Caulfield, and Cashen all had multiple hits for Twins. Di Blasi went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Twins in hits. Twins stole 12 bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Di Blasi led the way with four.
Southern Mariners 18 v Twins 17
Southern Mariners took the lead late in the game in an 18-17 victory over the Twins on Friday. The game was tied at 18 with the Twins batting in the top of the seventh when Patrick Matthews singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
A seven-run lead in the fifth inning was just enough for Southern Mariners to hold off the Twins for the victory. The Twins tallied 15 runs in the failed comeback with RBIs from Austin Caulfield, Liam Coster, James Dinham, Matthews, and William Cashen.
The Twins opened up scoring in the second inning when an error scored one run.
In the top of the sixth inning, Twins tied things up at 17 when Cashen doubled on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.
Southern Mariners tallied ten runs in the fifth inning. The rally was led by walks by Lucas Tucker, Kendra Rutgers, Miller Leech, Theo Rutgers, and Bardia Nikakhtar and singles by Harper Slattery and Tucker.
Jai Di Blasi was on the mound for Twins. The bulldog allowed four hits and two runs over two innings, striking out one. Darcy Phemister and Matthews entered the game as relief, throwing two and two-thirds innings and one and one-third innings respectively.
Southern Mariners racked up 13 hits on the day. Rutgers and Richardson each racked up multiple hits for Southern Mariners. Richardson and Rutgers each managed three hits to lead Southern Mariners. Southern Mariners tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Billie McCulloch led the way with two.
Twins scattered 28 hits in the game. Caulfield, Matthews, Cashen, Di Blasi, William Bird, Ryley Shanks, Coster, and Dinham all collected multiple hits for Twins. Di Blasi led Twins with two stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with ten stolen bases.
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