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State League SF Series Recap
Braves Baseball Club and Wanneroo Giants will square off in the State League 1 Grand Final Series after prevailing in their Semi-Final's last week!
03/19/2018 10:58 PM ET
The Swan Hill Aces will look to go one better and reach the 2018 Little League World Series
The Swan Hill Aces will look to go one better and reach the 2018 Little League World Series (Baseball Australia)

Wembley Baseball Club v Melville Braves

Game One 12/03/18: Wembley 4-10 Braves

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The Braves scored five first-inning runs to claim a 10-4 win over Wembley on Monday night and take a 1-0 series lead.

Perth Heat legend Tim Kennelly led the way for the Braves, going 2-5 with three RBIs, as the Minor Premiers produced a strong offensive showing.

It was a good day for the Kennelly boys - Matt and Josh chipped in with RBIs of their own while Sam went 2-4 as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery.

Graeme Scorer blasted a fourth-inning home run and Taylor Thurber struck out six batters in six innings to earn the win before Jett Wright and Dan Schmidt closed out the contest.

For Wembley, Ben King and Josh McGee both had a pair of knocks while Simon Fisch was tagged with the loss after surrendering nine runs in four innings.

 

Game Two 14/03/18: Braves 4-5 Wembley

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On Wednesday night, Wembley levelled up the series behind eight strong innings from starter Chris King to claim a 5-4 win.

King gave up just two earned runs on seven hits in a pitching duel where Braves starter Matt Kennelly also impressed, giving up four runs in eight innings.

Facing the prospect of elimination, Wembley raced out to an early 3-1 lead before two seventh-inning runs tied up the contest for the Braves.

Some timely late hitting put Wembley back on top, however, with King backing up his solid pitching display to record two RBIs with the bat.

A ninth-inning run caused a few jitters in the Wembley camp before Travis Murphy closed the game out.

Tim Kennelly went 3-5 with three RBIs whilst brother Sam drove in the Braves' other run.

 

Game Three 16/03/18: Wembley 0-9 Braves

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With everything on the line on Friday night, Braves starter Dan Schmidt turned up to the party - pitching eight shutout innings on his way to the win in a 9-0 landslide.

Schmidt struck out nine batters and issued just one walk in a dominant display.

The Braves hit the lead with runs in the first two innings and never looked trouble - a four-run fourth inning all but ending the contest.

Sean Garrett, Graeme Scorer, Sam Kennelly and Josh Kennelly had multi-hit nights for the Braves as the Minor Premiers secured their Grand Final berth.

Todd Murphy was tagged with the loss after giving up five earned runs in 3.2 innings before Sungurin Choi gave up a further four runs in 4.1 innings.

Josh McGee, Kieran Chapman and Reese Thompson all had two hits for Wembley, but the offence was helpless against a lights-out Schmidt.

 

Morley Eagles v Wanneroo Giants

Game One 13/03/18: Morley 1-4 Wanneroo

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In a matchup between two of the league's top pitchers, it was Wanneroo's Nick Kennedy who came out on top over Morley's Reece Green in a 4-1 win for the Giants.

Kennedy, who finished the regular season with an impressive 2.85 ERA fanned seven batters across eight innings, only giving up one unearned run in the win.

The 29-year-old import kept a star-studded Morley lineup to just five hits on an evening where they had three Perth Heat hitters in the lineup. 

In a pitchers' duel, it was the Eagles who struck first - Aaron Bonomi coming around to score on an error by Wanneroo third baseman Jason Ryan.

The Giants, coming off three straight losses to end the regular season hit back with a run of their own in the fourth before three late runs handed them a 1-0 series lead.

Ryan Kift and Nick Irwin had two RBIs apiece for Wanneroo before Tom Bailey picked up the save - striking out two batters in the ninth.

Despite pitching well, Green was tagged with the loss for Morley behind three earned runs in seven innings, while Lachlan Dale was the only Eagle with multiple base hits.

Game Two 15/03/18: Wanneroo 2-8 Morley

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Seven RBIs from Brandon Dale powered Morley to an 8-2 win over Wanneroo on Thursday night to tie up the series.

Dale, who went hitless in Game One, exploded with a bases-clearing double in the first inning followed by a third-inning grand slam to go 3-4 on the night.

The outfielder had nine bases to force a deciding Game Three.

Brother Lachlan recorded the Eagles' only other RBI, while Nick Veale pitched a complete game, striking out 13 batters on his way to the win.

Jay Bullingham was tagged with the loss after giving up eight earned runs in four innings before teenager Lochlan Southee steadied the ship with four scoreless innings.

Wanneroo third baseman Jordan McDonald had three hits whilst David Elzig and Ryan Kift each notched RBIs.

 

Game Three 17/03/18: Morley 6-7 Wanneroo

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Wanneroo clinched their Grand Final spot on Saturday after a dramatic 7-6 walk-off win at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

With Nick Veale pitching, Giants infielder, Dawson Summers reached on a dropped fly ball by Eagles shortstop Jess Williams for Troy Bullingham to score the winning run.

Taking a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, Morley pitcher Travis McDonald gave up a run before handing over to Veale who was tagged with the loss after walking two batters and giving up two unearned runs.

Morley committed six errors, including three from Williams to end their season.

Game One starters Nick Kennedy (6 IP, 4 ER) and Reece Green (4 IP, 3 ER) were back on the mound as managers Aaron Home and Chris House turned to their aces.

It would end up being a bullpen game, however, with Jordan McDonald earning the win for Wanneroo to go with his two RBIs.

Alex Hall's three RBIs looked to have put Morley in control before the ninth-inning drama.

Wanneroo will now face off against the Braves in a best of three-game Grand Final Series starting Wednesday 21 March at Perth Harley-Davidson Ballpark.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate.

21 March 2018: 7pm

23 March 2018: 7pm

24 March 2018: 7pm

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.