Due to the torrential rain that Sydney has received last night and today Aquatic Reserve has been CLOSED.
We have looked at the option of moving Day 1 of the tournament to Blacktown International Sportspark, but this is also CLOSED, due to the heavy rain.
Therefore Day 1 of the Sydney Women’s Invitational is CANCELLED.
A new schedule can be viewed below for the remaining three days.
The ground crew will assess Aquatic Reserve tomorrow morning where a decision will be made for Friday. Blacktown International Sportspark will ba available (if playable) for Friday and the weekend if Aquatic is deemed unplayable.
To reiterate, DAY 1 – Thursday 26th January, 2012, of the Sydney Women's Invitational has been CANCELLED.
After relocating from Aquatic Reserve to Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP) we thought we would escape the rain but unfortunately the rain has followed us to Blacktown International Sportspark.
DAY 2, Friday 27th January has now been officially CANCELLED.
The tournament will now move to a single elimination format for Saturday (28 Jan) and Sunday (29 Jan).
See the link below for the NEW Single Elimination format.
After two days of rain the sun came out and the rain stayed away to ensure the girls some game time at the home of baseball, Blacktown International Sportspark.
It has been two days of frustration for players, coaches and officials with rain spoiling Day 1 at Aquatic Reserve and Day 2 at Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP).
Early on Day 3 (Saturday 28 Jan) the sun squeezed out from behind the clouds as last year’s finalists Ryde and Baulkham Hills had the privilege of getting the tournament under way.
The single elimination draw meant that teams had no room to falter, the equation was simple win and you stay alive, lose and your chance to win the title disappears.
Ryde and Baulkham Hills both rolled out there number one starter’s. Barclay won the pitching duel for her side, pitching a complete game (5 innings) for the Baulkham Hills side while Crosby (Ryde) was chased out of the game after two innings giving away four hits and allowing seven runs.
A big second innings for the Baulkham Hills was the difference as the Kookaburra’s plated six runs and took the lead from Ryde and never let it go. Baulkham Hills defeated Ryde 8 runs to 5.
Ryde, our 2011 champions exit the competition as Baulkham Hills advance to the semi final tomorrow morning, with one eye on back to back championship games.
With the good weather continuing the second game of the day saw the two travelling teams ACT and the Doncaster Dragons clash for a spot in the semi final against the Baulkham Hills side.
Both teams swung the bat well, collecting five hits each but it was errors that cost the ACT side as they totalled six errors to just the one Doncaster error. This proved to be the difference with the Victorian side taking out the honours 6 – 1.
The Dragons catcher, Georgia Page had a solid outing behind the dish going 2 for 2 in the batting box with an RBI.
Doncaster will battle Baulkham Hills in the first semi final tomorrow morning with the winner advancing to the championship game in the afternoon.
The final four teams finally got themselves on the diamond after a long two days in the grandstand as they played out the last two elimination games in Round 1.
The Big Cat Braves met the Calibre Constructions outfit from Sydney in the afternoon timeslot. The Big Cat Braves jumped out of the blocks quickly scoring three runs in their opening inning to lay a good platform for the game.
Calibre Constructions had no answers to the hitting strength of the Braves as they accumulated 21 runs from 20 hits in four innings, invoking the mercy rule to claim a convincing 21 – 0 victory.
The highlight for the Braves with the bat was the catcher Whittam who went 4 for 5 with 4 RBI’s.
Mills and Lillywhite on the mound for the Big Cats were outstanding shutting out the Calibre Constructions side.
Mills threw two innings with no runs, no hits and five (5) strikeouts while Lillywhite threw two innings with no runs, no hits and two strikeouts.
Two local sides, Sydney Pink Sox and Blacktown Workers rounded out the round one elimination games.
In a tight opening stanza, Blacktown took the lead early and ran home there advantage in the latter stages of the game scoring a bundle of runs late in the game to secure a 15 – 0 victory over the Pink Sox.
So our semi finals are set for Day 4 of the Sydney Women’s Invitational.
Baulkham Hills will play Doncaster in the first semi final while Big Cat Braves will tackle the Blacktown Workers in the second semi final. Both games will start at 9:00am tomorrow morning.
A home run derby will take place at 1:45pm tomorrow afternoon with the Championship Game being contested at 3:30pm between the two semi final winners.
An exciting final day of baseball awaits us tomorrow as the third Sydney Women’s Invitational champion will be crowned.
Day 4 and final day of the Sydney Women’s Invitational at Blacktown International Sportspark was a Victorian day as the two Victorian teams defeated the local Sydney sides to reach the championship game.
Doncaster beat last year’s runners up Baulkham Hills in the first semi final but not after a nail biting finish. Doncaster looked in cruise control as they tallied up six runs in the first three innings and in defence kept the Baulkham Hills side scoreless.
The Baulkham Hills Kookaburra’s finally registered a run in the fourth dig and then in the bottom of the fifth and final inning they left themselves with an arduous task of trying to pull back five runs.
An error, a walk and a single saw the bases load up very quickly for the Baulkham Hills side and they were sniffing a late fight back.
The Kookaburra’s had the crowd on the edge of their seat as they brought the score back to be down by just one run with bases loaded and two out.
Erin Collis on the mound for the Doncaster Dragons stayed tough and drew a ground out to short stop to ensure the Dragons would play in the championship game.
The two big winners in round one came up against each other in the second semi final, Big Cat Braves and Blacktown Workers.
Starting pitcher for the Big Cat Braves, Kate Psota ensured that the Workers would not have a repeat of their fifteen run opening day.
2010 Women’s World Cup All Star, Psota, shut down the Blacktown line up in her five complete innings allowing just two scattered hits as her offense did the work in the batting box scoring fours over five innings to record the victory and a spot in the championship game against fellow Victorian’s Doncaster.
In the consolation games on the final day, ACT recorded its first win with a 11- 4 victory over the Sydney Pink Sox.
Semi final losers Baulkham Hills vented some of their anger from there loss in the semi final as they defeated Calibre Construction 15 – 0 to finish the tournament on a high.
Ryde delivered their own mercy rule victory with a 15 – 0 victory over the Blacktown Workers.
In the championship game Big Cat Braves got off to a fantastic start with four runs in the opening inning and two more in the second while the Dragons could only manage the one run in their opening two frames.
Autumn Mills started on the mound for the Big Cats. Mills pitched a complete game allowing just the single run to cross the plate as she struck four Doncaster batters in her five innings of work.
The Big Cat Braves star studded line up which included, three Japanese National players that won the 2010 Women’s World Cup were just too strong over the two day tournament and finished the championship game with a 10 runs to 1 win over the Doncaster Dragons.
The 2012 Sydney Women’s Invitational Most Valuable Player, Kate Psoda (Big Cat Braves) from Canada was the stand out player in the championship game, she registered three hits from her three at bats with two RBI’s and a walk.
In the annual Sydney Women’s Invitational Home Run Derby Brooke Shiels from the Ryde Hawks side claimed the coveted prize. Brooke walks away with the 2012 Home Run Derby Trophy and a new Easton bat from the tournament sponsor Gary White’s Diamond One.
Narelle Gosstray who was recently appointed by the IBAF to their Women’s Commission presented the 2012 Sydney Women’s Invitational Trophy and the $1500 prize money from major sponsors REMA Industries to Head Coach and recent ABF Hall of Fame Inductee, Simone Wearne from the Big Cat Braves.
Next year in 2013 the Sydney Women’s Invitational will be hosted at Aquatic Reserve, Frenchs Forest from 25 January to 28 January (Australia Day).