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ACT gets off to a flyer

The ACT softball team got its national title campaign off to a perfect start on Tuesday, enforcing a mercy rule in the opening match against South Australia when it took a 10-0 lead in the fourth inning at the Hawker International Softball Centre.

Having comfortably accounted for SA, ? ACT faced danger side Western Australia in its next game, but showed why the home side is the favourite with a 3-0 win.

"WA are ranked second from last year's nationals and they're always the competition we initially have to fight off, and we see if anybody else is up to the mark," coach Darrin Hebditch said.

ACT took a 3-0 lead against WA in the third inning when Zenon Winters hit a triple to bring in Jesse Taws and Michael Tanner, with Andrew Kirkpatrick following up with a single for Winters.

WA was poised to score two back in the following inning, but Nick Norton made the play of the day, plucking a ball out of the air at short stop for a double play at first and home.

?Queensland came from a run down to beat NSW 2-1 in their opening game, with NSW later beating Victoria 3-2.