May 26 saw the finals of the 2019 Winter and Development Leagues played at Blacktown International Sportspark.
The remaining 6 teams took to the diamonds to battle it out for the title of 2019 Winter League Champions. The first to drop out were Hornsby Wolves and Cumberland Force followed by Wanderers and Hit Squad leaving North Shore to head into their 8th game and final game of the double elimination against Phoenix.
Both teams found it hard to get hits off the pitchers Grace Wrixon (North Shore) and Mia Gilmore (Phoenix) and it wasn’t until the top of the 7th innings when North Shore managed to score a run by putting some pressure on the Phoenix line up causing errors.
Final Placings – Winter League
1st North Shore
3rd Hit Squad
=5th Hornsby Wolves and Cumberland Force
=7th Cubs, Manly Eagles
=9th Hills, Sweet Heat, Sharks, Blue Jays
MVPs for each team were: Blue Jays – Pania Nicholson
Cubs – Paula Zabellero
Cumberland Force – Alyssa Conley
Hills – Molly Wilde
Hit Squad – Elise Ovens
Hornsby – Libby Fitzhenry
Manly Eagles – Isabella Lorenzo
North Shore – Nicole Connacher
Phoenix – Mia Gilmore
Sharks – Ashleigh Wright
Sweet Heat – Claudia Frost
Wanderers – Bec Casaclang
The Girl’s Development League had the top 6 teams all still in with a chance of taking the title but it was Shore Hurricanes and Phantoms who fought their way into the Grand Final. The Shore Hurricanes were ruthless in the box and piled on 4 runs in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and then another 4 in the 3rd to finish the game by the 10 run rule without having to step into the batter’s box in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Final Placings – Girl’s Development League
1st Shore Hurricanes
3rd Sweet Heat
4th United Flames
= 5th Manly Eaglets & Cumberland Force
8th Southern Districts
The Boy’s Development League Final was between Red Sox and Blue Jays and it didn’t disappoint with a total of 14 runs scored in the game. Some strong batting from Red Sox saw them take the lead early and never looked back winning 11 runs to 3.
Final Placings – Boy’s Development League
1st Red Sox
2nd Blue Jays
3rd United Force
4th Southern Districts
Thank you to all the teams who participated in this years’ very successful Leagues Season.
Thank you to the Team Co-ordinators who completed all tasks required and made administrating the competition very easy.
Thank you to Leanne Gearside & Vicki Lansley for co-ordinating the umpires and the many umpires umpired each week.
Thank you to Cumberland Nepean, Macarthur and Penrith City who hosted a day of the Leagues in 2019.