The Southern Mariners have booked their ticket to the Philippines after defeating Hills 6-1 in a fantastic final at Albert Park Baseball Complex in Lismore last week.
The Mariners went thru the pool stage of the tournament 4 – 0, which out them as 2nd seeds going into the knockout quarter-final stage.
In the QFs, they faced 7th seed Cronulla, who they beat 9-1.
They then met Adelaide Titans in the semis, who they beat 17-12.
In the final, they faced the strong Hills team from NSW, and what started as a tight pitchers dual, the Mariners eventual proved to strong 6-1.
Sandringham’s Jackson Boyd starred on the mound for the Mariners in the final, throwing a complete game and conceding only one earned run in a standout performance. Sandy’s Jai Lyttleton was strong offensively, driving in three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Southern Mariners Head Coach Jack Larner was ecstatic with his team’s victory. “It was a great team effort, especially from Jackson Boyd.” Larner said. “He was massive for us today, and we couldn’t be prouder of his efforts. We’re really excited to represent Australia in the Philippines later this year, it’s going to be an amazing experience for the guys.
The Sandy boys were key contributors to this performance, providing 7 representatives to the team. They were:
And of course, congratulations to Sandringham Junior Coordinator, Rick Wills, the EO of the team.
You can read about the Grand Final at: ASLC Day 6 Recap
The Mariners will now represent Australia in the Senior League Asia-Pacific Region Tournament. This year the tournament will be held in Clark, Philippines between 11-17 July. This tournament is the Asia-Pacific Region qualifier for the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine, USA (31 July-6 August).
Good luck to all of the boys as they continue their baseball journey!
Some random photos from the tournament are below. There is a gallery of more photos at: SBC Gallery
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