The U12 State Championships were hosted by the Penrith City Softball Association grounds and what a weekend it was. The Penrith City Volunteers were outstanding in particular to be able to have the grounds ready after heavy rain on Thursday night was amazing. Well done and thank you.
The Male Final saw Georges River face off with Southern Districts. After the pool rounds Georges River finished on top of the ladder and took to the field first. The Southern Districts bats came out firing with the lead off batter getting on with a hard hit double to the outfield. A single to centrefield and some nimble base running and fielding jitters saw Southern Districts jump out to a 2-0 lead.
With the start of the 2nd innings the Districts batters came out swinging hard, but the River boys buoyed by a great catch in the outfield rallied and shut the innings down. The middle order worked well for River with two singles getting the rally started and then the next 5 batters combined to move the runners around tie up the game at 2 all.
The 3rd innings was where Georges River made the difference with a great catch in the field and then a triple to start the innings followed by some team hitting to bring in more runs.
Southern Districts in a never say die attitude came out swinging hard but where unable to drag back the three run lead before time and the Georges River team got the better of them in a great and fitting Grand Final.
1st Georges River
2nd Southern Districts
4th Central Coast
5th Penrith City
6th Cumberland Nepean
In the female division Manly Warringah and Cumberland Nepean had to win their last game of the rounds to move through to the grand final and both teams were all set for an exciting battle.
The Manly Warringah team started strong with 3 quick outs and then scored 3 runs in the bottom of the innings. Cumberland Nepean were up for the challenge scoring 3 runs to draw level. Manly Warringah hit back with another 2 runs and Cumberland Nepean then hit back with another run for the score to be at 5 – 4. Manly Warringah proved too strong in the latter part of the game scoring 5 more runs to finish the game victors 10 – 4.
1st Manly Warringah
2nd Cumberland Nepean
3rd North Shore
4th Georges River
5th Penrith City
Grand Final Umpires were:
Female – Robyn Bailey (Plate), Hayden Schofield (1st Base) & Brian Delavere (3rd Base)
Male – Matthew Beach (Plate), Rod Bailey (1st Base) & Grant Kelly (3rd Base)
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