Flying start by Tasmanian under 17s

THE Tasmanian boys fastpitch softball team started the Australian under 17 championship with an impressive 13-3 win over South Australia on the opening day of the titles being played at Launceston's Churchill Park.

Tasmania started the innings with a great team effort, which continued through the whole game with Tasmanian pitcher Dylan Sheehan working the plate to catcher Luke Thomas.

This pitcher-catcher combination worked well making it hard for the South Australian batters to put bat to ball.

Sheehan finished the game with nine strike-outs.

Tasmania's Andrew Seabrook scored the first home run for the championship when he put the ball over the fence at centre field.

South Australia came back in the fourth innings scoring its only runs, which started with a safe hit from short-stop Bradley Davis.

Aggressive base running and some great safe hits resulted in Tasmania's first win in the under 17 national competition.

This is a good start for the home state and officials are hoping to continue on from the positive start for the rest of the week.

A close game between Queensland and Victoria resulted in a one-run victory to Queensland with scores of 3-2.

Queensland shared the pitching duties between Callum McKay and Brandon Goffer with Jarrod Polzin having a three-base safe hit while Victorian pitcher Aaron Nitschke gave up seven safe hits.

Errors by South Australia in their game against ACT saw the ACT win that game 11-1. ACT had strong batters in Josh McGovern Ryan Mayer and Josh Little.

The Northern Tasmanian Softball Association in conjunction with Softball Australia and Softball Tasmania is hosting the national under 17 boys fastpitch softball titles at Churchill Park which sees six states competing for the Arthur Allsopp Shield. The championship conclude on Saturday.

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