Macarthur boys under-16s softball side wins state championships

DELIGHTED: The Macarthur under-16s boys softball side and support crew celebrate after winning the state championships. Picture: Softball NSW
DELIGHTED: The Macarthur under-16s boys softball side and support crew celebrate after winning the state championships. Picture: Softball NSW

A superb strike by captain Riley Sutcliffe guided his Macarthur under-16s softball team to state title glory on Sunday.

Sutcliffe's grand slam home run, which gained his side four runs, proved the difference as Macarthur sealed a 6-5 win over Orange in the final at Blacktown International Sportspark.

Macarthur coach Scott Rindfleish said the score was locked at 2-all when Sutcliffe stepped up to the plate in the Softball NSW State Championship final.

"We had all bases loaded and Riley's hit was outstanding," he said.

"We ended up winning 6-5 and it was probably one of the tightest games I can remember in that age bracket.

"It was tight and it showed the dominance of both teams' pitchers. We showed disciplined batting as well."

Macarthur booked its place in the final after going through the preliminary rounds undefeated on Saturday and Sunday.

The locals sealed convincing wins over Southern Districts (15-5), Cumberland (18-3), Orange (14-3), Penrith (11-1), Sutherland (16-1) and Newcastle (18-0).

The Macarthur boys faced a resilient challenge in the final, but were crowned 2019 champions.

Rindfleish said the win was just reward for the players' hard work in the lead-up to the championship.

"It all came together on the weekend," he said.

"It was really pleasing to see the younger guys step up and play their role in the team."

The team consisted of captain Sutcliffe, Flynn Day, Timothy Gleeson, Riley Harrington, Cameron Hodsdon, Lachlan Hort, Nicholas Hunter, Liam Kelly, Jack Kumnick, Dante Machiavello, Carter Shears, Oliver Stewart and Evan Wulff.

Rindfleish was supported by assistant coaches Alexander Cooper, Rachel Feeney and James Todhunter, manager Kath Schofield and statisticians Jennifer Todhunter and Matthew Wulff.

Rindfleish said there was great camaraderie between his team's players.

"These boys have played together for a number of years now and have a good bond," he said.

The Macarthur Softball Association's attention will now turn to three important representative tournaments next month.

The Softball NSW Under-18s Women's State Championship will be held on June 1 and 2.

The over-35s state championship will take place from June 8-10 while the under-18s men's state titles will be held on June 22 and 23.