Botany Downs claim NZSS Junior Baseball title

The New Zealand Secondary School Junior Baseball Championships were held this week at Lloyd Elsmore Park.

In the final, One Tree Hill College made things interesting early on by scoring first and playing great defence, but Botany Downs Secondary College proved to be too strong as they came back and won 12-2 to claim their second consecutive championship.

Taylor Irwin pitched 3 innings and gave up 1 run on 3 hits to go with 9 strikeouts to earn top pitcher and MVP honours and Ryan Houghton had a triple and 3 RBI in their victory.

Auckland Grammar School claimed 3rd place by defeating Glendowie College 11-1.

Final: Botany Downs 12 One Tree Hill 2
3rd/4th: Auckland Grammar 11 Glendowie 1

Top Batter: Tui Amosa, Botany Downs Secondary College
Top Pitcher: Taylor Irwin, Botany Downs Secondary College
MVP: Taylor Irwin, Botany Downs Secondary College

All-tournament team:
Taylor Irwin, Botany Downs Secondary College
Brent Mouatt, Botany Downs Secondary College
Oliver Collier, Auckland Grammar School
Matt Sinclair, Auckland Grammar School
Daiki Shinomiya, One Tree Hill College
Roy Rogers, One Tree Hill College
Salaman Farhat, Glendowie College (absent)
Hayden Crocker, Glendowie College (absent)