Australian softballer Jade Wall in action for the Spirit. Wall played her junior softball for Hervey Bay club Cheetahs.
Australian softballer Jade Wall in action for the Spirit. Wall played her junior softball for Hervey Bay club Cheetahs. Sam Donkin Photography

Spirit is one game back at world softball titles

SOFTBALL: Aussie Spirit are one game behind Pool B leaders Japan ahead of Wednesday night's top-of-the-table clash at the XVI Women's Softball World Championships.

The Spirit enter the clash with a 5-1 record, a 1-0 loss in game two against China the only blemish in a dominant start to the Chiba, Japan, tournament.

Former Hervey Bay junior Jade Wall, who played for Cheetahs in her formative years, has had a solid start to her campaign.

She has four hits from 13 at-bats, an average of 0.308 (above the tournament average of 0.261), and her slugging percentage (SLG, 0.538), on base percentage (OBP, 0.471) and on-base plus slugging (OPS, 1.009) are all well above the tournament averages to date (0.411, 0.311, 0.741).

The play-offs will start on Friday with the world championship final on Sunday.