Open State Championships 2024

Published Mon 08 Apr 2024

The Open State Championshps are divided into two divisions, CUP being the 'A' grade and PLATE the 'B' grade competition in both men's and women's, with Victoria's top players showcasing their wares at Casey Softball Association on the weekend of the 6th & 7th of April 2024. 

Nineteen teams brought impressive lineups to the field, with some rain delays on Sunday making things more challenging, the volunteers from the Softball Vic Events committee and Casey Softball Association took it in their stride and worked quickly to accomodate the situation with fixture and diamond changes.  

Four grand finals were played on Sunday afternoon: 

Women's Plate:

Dandenong went undefeated for the entire weekend with a strong hitting lineup and tight defence. The Albury Wodonga women had 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss, beating Casey to earn their place in the grand final which was a tight game until the end, with Dandenong having a strong finish to power ahead to a 9-5 win! 

Women's Cup:

Waverley finished on top of the ladder with 4 wins & 1 loss for the weekend, taking on Northern District (3 wins / 2 losses) in the Grand Final on Sunday afternoon. Their final was an incredible battle with the score being 1 a piece by the 7th innings. Waverley came out on top after Jess Chomley hit a line dlrive to right field, brining Rachel Miller across the plate to score the winning run in the bottom of the 8th. Score 2-1

Men's Plate: 

Sunshine men's team went undefeated for the weekend with a lineup of young talent and experienced players. Their Grand Final opponent Frankston were competitive throughout the weekend with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses but couldn't stop the Sunshine bats or get onto the quick arm of Jye Dennis and took a 17-0 loss. 

Men's Cup

Werribee & Glen Eira Moorabbin (GEMSA) were neck and neck for the entire tournament, each with 3 wins and two losses with their run differential putting Werribee on top of the ladder leading into the Grand Final. GEMSA took an early lead that Werribee weren't able to come back from, with the Grand Final result being 8-0. 

Softball Victoria would like to thanks all associations and their volunteers for their tireless effort in preparing their teams and putting in a solid effort for what is a long but rewarding weekend for all involved. 

Thank you for the Vic Events committee members who put in a lot of work to make our State Championships a huge success. 

Until next time, keep swinging for the fences!