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#AJLC2018 RECAP: Waves and Pirates fall in Quarters, will play each other in Thursday's consolation game
05/30/2018 6:04 AM ET
 

The Pirates and Waves both met the pre-tournament favourites on Quarter Final Wednesday at the Junior League Championships, presented by Bendigo Bank.

Unfortunately for both Adelaide teams they were beaten and now will play in the consolation bracket for fifth place.

Fortunately for South Aussie baseball fanatics, the Waves and Pirates will clash in a junior league Adelaide derby on Thursday at 2:30PM. It should be a fantastic game

Regardless of the results we should be very proud of both our teams.

You can read the recaps below. 

Hills 16, Pirates 0

The Adelaide Pirates lost 16-0 to pre-tournament favourites and defending champion Hills in the first Quarter Final of the Australian Junior League Championships.

Hills have been dominating all tournament. They have now outscored their opponents 67-8 in four games played this tournament.

Starter Boyd Warden said the hype around Hills is real. 

"They can hit the ball really hard, I can tell you that," said Warden. "But we were happy we could keep up with their pitches and keep up defensively at times."

Adelaide and Warden kept it close in the first three innings, only conceding three runs. Then Hills started to light up. A big performance from Clayton Campbell, a rising star in Australian Baseball, saw him go 3-4 with a home run, single, double and five RBI.

Head coach Andrew Sperling had to tip his cap to a team like Hills.

"They're a very good baseball team and sometimes you run into that. They were honestly a pleasure to play against," he says.

Depsite the loss Warden is optimistic about the rest of the tournament. 

"We are just going to go out and try to win as much. We can't go lower than eighth so let's do better than last year," he said. 

"We are going to play as hard we can and see how we can do." 

Swan Hills 11, Waves 1

The most potent offense in the competition, Swan Hills, were always going to be a challenge for the Waves.

They played their hearts out and made some spectacular plays but in the end Swan Hills were just a little too much offensively.

The Waves kept it blank through the first inning and came up with some good defense in the second and held the Aces to just one run through two. Saxon Gibbs was firing on the mound.

However, some big two out hitting from the middle of the Aces line-up pushed the Aces. Maddux Stivey, who has five home runs in the tournament, had another great game with four RBIs.

The Waves highlight came when the Hills were up 4-1 with runners on first and third with no outs. There was a double steal attempt which Liam Westdijk at shortstop cut off perfectly, threw to home to get the lead off runner then Oscar Weber zipped it to third where Tyson Schunke tagged out the runner from first. 

Those little plays kept them in it. However, another five run fourth put the Aces into run rule territory and that's how the game ended. 

The Aces will now move on to play the Hills in a heavy weight match up at 2:45PM. 

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