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2024 Junior League & Senior League State Championships: Day 3 Recap

Baseball Victoria
14 April 2024

Rangers are the 2024 Junior League and Senior League State Champions!

Congrats to Rangers, runners-up Athletics, and all the teams, players, and supporters who made this weekend a success. Thank you to Guild All-Stars and East Belmont Saints for hosting another year of State Championships.

Check out available GameChanger recaps from the final day of Junior League and Senior League play.

Junior League

Athletics 7, Twins 2

Athletics advanced to the final with a 7-2 win over Twins on Sunday morning. Ned Richards was dominant on the mound, striking out 15 with five hits, two walks, and one run over six and one-third innings.

Athletics were first on the board when Richards doubled to score a run in the opening frame. Twins tied it up at one in the top of the second.

Athletics took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Nikau Galligan singled, scoring one run.

Twins starter Andy Zdihan gave up one hit and one run in one inning with a walk and a strikeout.

Darcy Squire pitched in relief for Athletics.

Oliver Von Tunk went 2-for-3 to lead Athletics in hits. Noah Azrein, Matthew Godden, Michael Newman, Jacob Turner, Galligan, Von Tunk, and Richards all picked up an RBI.

The winning defense was solid in the field with no errors on the day. Hamish Willemsen had the most fielding chances with 15.

Brody Stokes led Twins with one run batted in as the shortstop went 2-for-3.

Mets 13, Mariners 6

Theo Hedt drove in four runs on three hits to lead Mets past Mariners 13-6 on Sunday. Hedt hit an RBI single in the first, a 2-RBI single in the third, and an RBI double in the fifth.

Mets were first on the board although Mariners tied it up at one in the top of the second on an Oliver Kimura single. A double by Tyler Wood gave Mets a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second.

Mets added to their lead in the third when Jack Northfield doubled, scoring one run, and Hedt singled, scoring two more.

Mets scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth. An error scored one run before Harper Slattery induced Parks Halasz to hit into a fielder's choice but one run scored. Hedt doubled, scoring one run, and Lucas Joel grounded out, scoring two.

Cale Morris started the game for Mets. The lefty gave up four hits and two runs over six innings, striking out five and walking four. Keith Respondek pitched in relief.

James Quiney opened the game for Mariners. The right-handed pitcher surrendered eight hits and six runs over three innings, striking out four and walking one.

Mets tallied 14 hits in the game. Wood and Morris had multiple hits while Halasz had two of the team's six stolen bases.

Mets turned one double play in the game and didn't make any errors. Joel recorded the most plays with seven.

Quiney went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Mariners in hits. Fletcher Cowan took two of the team's seven walks and stole multiple bases alongside Grayson Corrington and Kade Henry, with 10 total in the game.

Rangers 16, Athletics 2

Chase Potts drove in four runs on three hits to lead Rangers past Athletics 16-2 in the final game. Potts had RBI singles in the first and third and a 2-RBI base hit in the fourth.

Rangers got on the board in the bottom of the first with two singles, including Jackson Burton's RBI base hit.

Noah Azrein singled to help Athletics tie it up at two in the top of the second.

Rangers flipped the game on its head in the bottom of the third, scoring seven runs on six hits to take a 9-2 lead. The biggest blow in the inning was a single by Spencer Tyers that drove in two.

Rangers added seven runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Potts singled, scoring two runs, Cliff Neilson singled, scoring one run, and Tyers drew a walk to bring home another. Connor McKenzie hit a 2-RBI double before Matthew Brache was struck by a pitch with bases loaded.

Burton started the game for Rangers, giving up five hits and two runs (one earned) over four innings, striking out four and walking two.

Athletics starter Darcy Squire struck out five and walked three with six hits and seven runs allowed in two and one-third innings.

Rangers piled up 12 hits and nine walks in the game. Burton, Neilson, and Jonathan Park each collected multiple hits and Burton stole two bases.

The winning side didn't make any errors in the field as McKenzie had the most chances with eight.

Azrein led Athletics with two runs batted in from the number nine spot. The third baseman went 1-for-1 on the day while Oliver Baillargeon, Nikau Galligan, Oliver Von Tunk, and Ned Richards also picked up hits.

Senior League

Athletics 5, Mariners 2

Athletics made it to the grand final after beating Mariners 5-2. Mariners got on board with an error in the bottom of the fourth before Athletics took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth on singles by Cassius Matthews and Ethan Kent.

Sawyer Fisher led things off on the hill for Athletics. The right-handed pitcher gave up four hits and two runs (one earned) over six innings with three walks and zero strikeouts.

Jarrod Thomas started on the bump for Mariners. He gave up six hits and five unearned runs over five and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking three.

Kent tossed one inning of shutout ball for Athletics in relief. The righty didn't give up any hits, just two walks.

Kent went 1-for-4 at the plate to lead Athletics with one run batted in as Patrick Watson went 2-for-3 for the most hits on the team. The defense turned one double play.

Jesus Camacho, Thomas, Takuma Yamane, and Euan Clarkin each collected one hit for Mariners. Cai Batey-Smith led the team with one run batted in.

Twins 9, Mets 6

Twins took down Mets 9-6 after a big fist inning, scoring three runs on Marcus Murphy's double. The eventual winners added to their early lead in the bottom of the second when an error scored two runs and Iter Le Fevre doubled, scoring one.

Liam Coster started on the hill for Twins. The righty gave up three hits and four runs (three earned) over five innings, striking out three and walking four. Patrick Matthews pitched in relief.

Oscar Shimakura started the game for Mets. He surrendered five hits and six runs (three earned) over one and two-thirds innings, striking out four and walking one.

Matthews and Le Fevre were a force together in the lineup, each collecting two hits for Twins while hitting back-to-back. Murphy went 1-for-3 at the plate as the center fielder led the team with three runs batted in. Ryley Shanks and Matthews had multiple stolen bases with 10 total for the team.

Patrick Johnson led Mets with two runs batted in as the outfielder went 1-for-2 on the day. Johnson, Miles Paulley, Allistaire Lang, Alexandros Papadopoulous, and Ash Kaberry all had one hit.

Rangers 6, Athletics 0

Rangers remain undefeated with a strong start by Sam Walk in the grand final. He threw six scoreless innings with four hits, zero walks, and four strikeouts before handing over to Ethan Johnston for a quick inning of relief with one hit and three strikeouts.

Rangers got on board in the bottom of the first with a walk, an error, and a groundout, followed by singles for Oliver Hill and Nicholas Kane. Aonghus Walsh hit an RBI single in the third, too.

Three walks saw Rangers score their final two runs in the fifth. Overall, they had six hits compared to five for Athletics.

Zachary Locklier threw four innings for Athletics, giving up six hits and four runs (only one earned) with four walks and three strikeouts. Patrick Watson and Cassius Matthews pitched in relief.

Rangers took eight walks in the game while their pitchers avoided bases on balls. Hill had two hits and Daniel Williams, Johnston, Kane, and Walsh had one each.

Athletics offense was led by Lachlan Brennan with a big double, plus singles for Declan Tayler, Bailey Stewart, Declan Marshall, and Watson.

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