Young softball players hone skills in regional matches
FIVE softball players from Gladstone represented Capricornia at the Queensland School Sport softball under-19 girls championships in Rockhampton.
The championships ran from last Friday to Sunday, with the rain-affected pitch leading to the cancellation of Thursday's play.
The young legion of local players were Chloe Hathaway, 13, Faith Scheid, 14, Teanne Noonan, 14, Jamie- Lee Gehrmann, 15, and Georgina Adnum, 16.
It was a milestone for Jamie-Lee and Teanne because it was the first time either had represented Capricornia. Although Teanne made the squad last year she was unable to compete.
Due to some cancelled games on Thursday, there was no grand final. Instead, the placings were determined by points won over the three days.
Capricornia placed ninth out of 10 teams.
Chloe, who has only been playing softball for three years, was thrilled to be picked for the team at such as young age.
"My pitching has gotten a lot better," she said. "It's adrenaline-pumping. It's a really good sport. I like how the game is played,"
Faith, who along with Teanne was in the under-15 regional representative team last year, said being selected in rep teams helped them improve as players.
"You get a higher level of game," she said.
All the girls play in their normal age groups in Gladstone Softball Association's competition and have all played in the B-grade or A-grade women's teams at one point.
They also all enjoy the social aspect of the sport.
Teanne succinctly summed up why she has continued to play the sport for about eight years: "It's fun."
- Capricornia placed ninth at the 2013 Queensland School Sport softball under-19 girls championships.
- Wins: Capricornia d Northern (6-2); Capricornia d Darling Downs (8-5).
- Draw: Met West drew with Capricornia (3-all).
- Losses: Met North d Capricornia (10-2); Met East d Capricornia (7-0); Sunshine Coast d Capricornia (13-1); Wide Bay d Capricornia (10-0); South Coast d Capricornia (7-2); Peninsula d Capricornia (5-2).