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ACT lose National Women's Baseball Championships opener to WA

The ACT women had a tough start to their National Women's Baseball Championships campaign with a mercy-rule, 13-3 loss to Western Australia at Narrabundah Ballpark on Sunday.

They're hoping to improve on last year's fourth place, where they lost the bronze-medal game to Queensland, but got off to a slow start.

WA needed just five innings to get the win, thanks largely to an 11-run frame in the bottom of the second inning with errors proving costly.

ACT outfielder Kristol Pyke had a good outing with the bat, with two runs batted in. 

The ACT weren't the only team to suffer a big loss in their opening game, with NSW flogging Victoria 17-0. 

WA also beat Queensland 12-9. The nationals continue until Sunday's finals.