Hat-trick of NSW Country titles for Newcastle's women baseballers.

NEWCASTLE claimed their third straight NSW Country title after taking out the women's championships in Newcastle on the weekend.

CHAMPIONS: The Newcastle team who won the women's country championships.

CHAMPIONS: The Newcastle team who won the women's country championships.

The hosts beat traditional rivals Illawarra 6-5 in a thrilling final at Miller Field on Sunday.

Belmont catcher Eryn Shipp led the way in the decider with two hits and a flawless performance behind the plate, before closing out the win on the hill.

The victory was bitter sweet for Shipp, whose family are stalwarts of Illawarra baseball.

Until this season Shipp had played all her baseball in Wollongong but is now part of the Belmont club after being transferred to RAAF Williamtown.

Newcastle won both of their matches on the opening day at Plattsburg Park before going down 9-5 to the ACT on Sunday morning.

Sunday's games were transferred to Belmont's home ground after a fourth team nominated for the championships, which meant there was a need to find a venue with two diamonds.

As a result Sunday's Newcastle Major League game between Belmont and White Sox was played at Wallsend.

Belmont retained home team status and made the most of the advantage, scoring a walk-off 6-5 win over Sox.

Greg Allen secured the win with a two-run double over centre field in the bottom of the ninth.

An impressive throwing performance from Toronto's Thomas Holland at Windsor Park handed Phoenix Charlestown their first loss for the season on Sunday.

Holland gave up no walks and four hits in six innings as the Tigers triumphed 10-1. 

Phoenix remain in top spot but will need to beat Belmont at Miller Field on Sunday to hold on to it.

Boomerangs face Sox at Stevenson Park  in a clash that will most likely decide the wooden spoon. 


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