Hornsby go down to Manly 4-2 in state championships grand final

Second place: Hornsby District Softball Association finished runner's up in the 2017 open women's NSW softball state championships.
Second place: Hornsby District Softball Association finished runner's up in the 2017 open women's NSW softball state championships.

Hornsby District Softball Association have come runners up in the NSW open women’s softball championships held over the long weekend.

Ten teams battled it out over three days with Manly Warringah winning back-to-back state championships after defeating Hornsby 4-2. 

Hornsby District Softball Association president and player Paige Hyslop said she expected the team to be in the top four but pleasantly surprised by how well they did.

“We have strength in our battery,” she said. “We had four pitchers compared to everyone else and that really allowed us to keep going.

“Twelve games in three days was a huge ask so it was a huge effort from the girls.”

Following the grand final, Hornsby’s Kandra Lamb was awarded the pitching award for the tournament while teammate Georgia Casey was awarded with the batting award. 

“Georgia had a grand slam, so a home run over the fence with bases loaded on diamond one,” Hyslop said. “She had a great tournament. The pair pitched and batted out of their skin all weekend.”

Manly had a strong start to the grand final, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Hornsby put a run on the board in the third-innings with Alyssa Hutchings hitting a triple scoring Emily Whitaker. The team then scored again in the sixth inning as a combination of Georgia Casey’s double and Emily Simpson’s single. 

Hornsby District Softball Association returns to club competition after a break for school holidays on Saturday, October 14. 

The 2017 season also saw the first use of a new back net at the club’s home ground at Hayes Park, Galston.

“In total it cost us $35,200 but it’s so worth it,” Hyslop said. “We got $13,000 from Hornsby Council, $7200 from a sport and rec grant and the club put in $15,000.”

Softball NSW open women’s state championship – final rankings

  1. Manly Warringah (State Champions)
  2. Hornsby
  3. Cumberland Nepean
  4. Penrith City
  5. North Shore
  6. Newcastle
  7. Macarthur
  8. Campbelltown
  9. Georges River
  10. Central Coast