The final week of the Australian National Championships have finished with the Queensland under 19 men and women being crowned national champions.
The Queensland under 19 women went through the tournament undefeated with only 9 runs scored against them for the entire tournament. The girls had a tough grand final against a strong NSW team. In the bottom of the fifth inning the team scored three runs to take the lead from NSW for the first time in the game, the girls played well and held on for the win 5-4.
The Queensland under 19 men were looking to retain their national title. The team had a strong week with some close games throughout the tournament. They finished 2nd after the rounds and faced NSW in the major semifinal with a win 12-7. QLD and NSW faced off again in the grand final. NSW led 5-1 going into the final inning, however Queensland did not give up fighting to the end scoring five runs in the bottom of the inning to claim victory.
Congratulations to all of the players and officials on a outstanding tournament and bringing home the Nox Bailey Shield and Elinor Mckenzie Shield.
Softball Queensland would like to congratulate all of our state teams and under 15’s teams on a great nationals campaign. The teams have performed well with all six of our state teams finishing in the top 3. All our teams and officials have played with great sportsmanship and camaraderie. Softball Queensland would like to acknowledge the other states who participated in these tournaments; NSW, SA, ACT, VIC and WA. Without these teams these tournaments to do not go ahead. Congratulations to NSW on their achievement claiming 4 of the national titles.
Thank you to all of the technical officials, umpires and statisticians for their hard work and long hours in tough heat conditions.
2018 U19s Women’s Award Winners
Best Pitcher: Shinai Gibbins (QLD)
Best Batter: Moe Kurihara (QLD)
Player of the Final: Tamieka Whitefield (QLD)
All Tournament Team
Pitcher: Shinai Gibbins
1st Base: Madisun Graham
2nd Base: Tamieka Whitefield
2018 U19s Men’s Award Winners
Player of the Final: Keenan Smith
All Tournament Team
1st Base: Shannon Goffer
Outfielders: Sheldon Waller