The U16 State team faced off against arch rival Waverley in the U16 State League Grand Final on Sunday, and based upon their close game during the regular season, it looked to be on paper a tight struggle.
Jai Lyttleton started on the mound for the Royals, while State representative, lefty Blake Townsend started for the Wildcats.
And after the first dig, it looked that the indeed it would be a tight game as both sides went 3 and out behind good pitching and solid fielding.
Waverley put 2 runs on the board in the 2nd, with a walk, double and throwing error allowing runners across the plate.
The Royals looked to strike back in the third with a double to Josh, and a bunt single to Luke, putting Sandy in scoring position with runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. However, with Josh caught coming come, and 2 strike outs, the Wildcats snuffed out the threat.
With the chance to put scoreboard pressure on Waverley gone, the Wildcats got on top after that with 4 runs in the 3rd, 5 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th. The Royals racked up 9 errors in the field, only 6 of the runs scored by Waverley were earned.
The Royals did not give up however, and offensively, they racked up 10 hits, including 3 each to Josh and Luke, and singles to Jai, Will, Aiden and Kyle, and pushed over a run in the 4th, and 2 in the 5th, but the damage had been done. In the end, the Royals out hit Waverley, 10 hits to 9.
1 2 3 4 5 Runs Hits Errors
Waverley 0 2 4 5 5 16 9 0
Royals 0 0 0 1 2 3 10 9
Thanks to Rick and Trevor getting the team so far this season, with most players coming back into this age group next year, it was a great grounding for those kids, and Waverley showed the level that they need to aspire to in the coming season.
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