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Champions! Who won at the SA Charter Championships?
04/17/2018 2:10 AM ET
The Titans arguably pulled off the biggest upset as they defeated Australian Senior League defending Champions, the Armada.
The Titans arguably pulled off the biggest upset as they defeated Australian Senior League defending Champions, the Armada. (Baseball SA)

Rain could not stop three teams from taking out their respective divisions in the SA State Championships as defending champions were defeated and talented teams booked their spots at Australian Championships.

Little League - The Seahawks made a statement as they claimed the SA Little League title and booked their return to the Australian Little League Championship with a perfect 2-0 record. Meanwhile, the Rays and Marlins played on Monday night in a thrilling game with everything on the line - the winner would advance to Lismore alongside the Seahawks.

Game 1: Seahawks v Marlins

A big win kicked off a big day of Little League action as the Seahawks won 17-7. The likes of Nick Paparella, Mitchell Obst and Drew Davies finished with two hits. Zach Altamura was one of the busiest base runners, scoring three times.

Meanwhile, Kyle Gibbs had two hits and a walk for the Marlins, scoring every time he was on base.

Game 2: Rays v Seahawks

Ten strikeouts to Jack Bushell helped the Seahawks take out the SA Little League Championship with a 3-0 win over the Rays, with teammate Drew Davies mashing a three-run homer in the first innings.

That hot start finished in a no-hitter as Nick Paparella backed up Bushell in relief. With the bat, Paparella had three hits.

Best for the Rays was Ben Ganley with four strikeouts in relief.

Game 3: Marlins v Rays

The Rays finished their weekend on a high note with a 12-2 win over the Marlins, scoring six times in the fifth inning to run away with the ballgame.

Jacob Matusczak pitched a quality start for the Rays, who capitalised on walks and big hitting from Ethan Kelsey and Brodie Chapman, both collecting two hits.

A brief comeback from the Marlins in the fourth gave them some hope, when doubles to Flynn McKee and Lucas Aiden set up their mini-charge.

Game 4: Marlins v Rays

The Marlins struck first and took a quick 3-0 lead before the Rays clawed back to even the score by the third inning. But the Marlins bats came back to life and they soon had a four-run advantage in the fourth.

Enter the 'come back Rays' who showed resiliency all night. The tournament's lone grand slam tied the game in the fourth, setting the stage for a dramatic conclusion.

In the end the Rays pulled off a 9-8 walk-off win in-front of a boisterous crowd to book their place alongside the Seahawks at Lismore in June.

Junior League - Game 1: Pirates v Waves

The Pirates claimed an 8-6 win on the back of a four-run first inning.

That burst set the Pirates up for success as starting pitcher Jordan Hodges recorded five strikeouts in three innings before reliever Boyd Worden matched his tally.

Hodges had three hits while Noah Rogers had three also.

For the Waves, reliever Saxon Gibbs put in the bulk of the work with four strikeouts in three innings and their even spread of offense saw Zac Becker notch two hits, their only player to grab more than one.

Game 2: Pirates v Waves

An 11-run second inning saw the Pirates sweep the Waves and take the SA Junior League State Championship as Jude Barker struck out eight hitters while Lucas Burnell went 3-for-3.

The 13-0 win looked easy for the Pirates as every starter picked up a hit.

The Waves struggled in response, although reliever Liam Westdijk struck out four in two innings and finished with one of his side's two hits.

Both teams will represent SA on home soil at the Australian Junior League Championships in late May.

Senior League - Game 1: Armada v Titans

Against the defending Australian Senior League Champions, the Titans pulled off a 12-9 upset to make a big statement against a new look Armada side without any returning players from 2017.

After Zac Stroud struck out two in 2.1 innings, reliever Connor McLeod dominated with nine strikeouts over 4.2 innings, with just two earned runs coming off his pitching. The Titans' offense was led by Carter Powell and Tom Walsh with three hits.

Flynn Luders struck out seven for the Armada while Sam Stewart's hot bat collected three hits. Unfortunately the Armada never had the momentum flowing their way for long.

Game 2: Armada v Titans

A four-run start had the Titans racing out of the blocks and they never looked back in a 13-8 win. Liam Bull had two hits and two RBIs but most of their runs came off of smart at-bats which saw the Titans draw 15 walks.

Starter Jasper Dunnill had five strikeouts and reliever Bull backed him up with four.

The highlight for the Armada was a two-run homer to Jack Higginbotham, who ultimately was a single short of the cycle. He also finished with five strikeouts in the closing stages of the game.

South Australia regains its second berth at the Australian Senior League Championships, allowing the Armada to return to defend their national title alongside the Titans in May.

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