BREAKING: Kirsty Lester, Nick Gehrmann are national champs

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SOFTBALL: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester and Nickolas Gehrmann are  part of national championship-winning teams at the Under-16 National Softball Championship at Waverley in Victoria.

SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Kirsty Lester pitches again
SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Kirsty Lester pitches again Gladstone Softball Facebook

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Even though Lester did not play in the decider, she still play a massive role for the team.

She was on the bench on bat retrieval team member and Chelsea Zunker did pitching duties in the final.

"My highlight from these tournaments was taking the win against the ACT girls as pitcher for Queensland."
She knew Queensland were on a mission from the start.

After losing its opening two matches, Queensland's female team took all before it and dominated from the get-go against the Blues.

"Determination, great teamwork and spirit got Queensland girls the win."

Gehrmann's side smashed hosts Victoria 9-2 after a 2-2 gridlock early in the game.

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All results are on the Softball Australia website.

EARLIER: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester and Nickolas Gehrmann are  part of national championship-winning teams at the Under-16 National Softball Championship at Waverley in Victoria.

Lester's Queensland team have swept aside arch rivals New South Wales 8-0 to claim its first Esther Deason Shield since 2014 and ninth title overall.

Gehrmann's side smashed hosts Victoria 9-2 to win the Arthur Allsopp Shield.

 

After losing its opening two matches, Queensland's female team took all before it and dominated from the get-go against the Blues.

The male Queensland side dominated from the outset in the preliminary matches.

Gehmann and his team broke away after a 2-2 gridlock early in the game.

EARLIER: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester is part of a national championship-winning team.

The pitcher's Queensland team has swept aside arch rivals New South Wales 8-0 to claim its first Esther Deason Shield since 2014 and ninth title overall.

After losing its opening two matches, Queensland took all before it and never looked back.

Lester was not available for comment because she had to attend a camp.

Lester's Gladstone male counterpart Nick Gehrmann and the under-16 boys' Queensland side are currently in a gripping final against Victoria.

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EARLIER: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester and  Nickolas Gehrmann's Queensland sides are through to the  Under-16 National Softball Championship  grand finals on Friday at Waverley in Victoria.

The female Maroons will meet New South Wales at 8.30am while Gehrmann and his Queensland side will play either New South Wales or Victoria at 11am.

These two states play against each on Thursday at 7pm for the final grand final spot.

Lester's Maroons reversed its round one loss to South Australia to beat the Croweaters on Friday 7-0.

NSW beat the hosts 4-0 in the other semi-final.

Lester's side also finished atop of the ladder with eight wins and two losses which was the same as South Australia.

Queensland's defeats were against South Australia in the first game last Saturday 8-6 and to Victoria 6-2 on the same day.

The Queenslanders had New South Wales' number twice with 5-3 and 11-3 wins.

The boys' Queensland team finished the minor rounds with nine wins and just one loss which was to New South Wales 9-8 back in game seven last Sunday.

EARLIER: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester  and her Queensland side are through to the Under-16 National Softball Championship  grand final against New South Wales on Friday at 8.30am at Waverley in Victoria.

The Maroons reversed its round one loss to South Australia to beat the Croweaters 7-0 on Thursday.

NSW beat the hosts 4-0 in the other semi-final.

Lester's side also finished atop of the ladder with eight wins and two losses which was the same as SA.

Queensland's defeats were against SA in the first game last Saturday 8-6 and to Victoria 6-2 on the same day.

The Queenslanders had NSW's number twice with 5-3 and 11-3 wins.

Gladstone's other player, Nickolas Gehrmann's Queensland team meet NSW at 2.30pm (1.30pm Qld time) on Thursday.

The boys' Queensland team finished the minor rounds with nine wins and just one loss which was to NSW 9-8 back in game seven last Sunday.

EARLIER: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester and Nickolas Gehrmann's Queensland teams won their games against New South Wales and the ACT and Western Australia respectively on Wednesday.

Gehrmann's Queensland side sit on top of the ladder after 9-2 and 12-2 victories against NSW and ACT respectively while Lester's team enjoyed an 11-3 win against NSW and then backed it up with 7-4 triumph against WA on Wednesday night and finished top as well.

SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Nickolas Gehrmann on the left
SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Nickolas Gehrmann on the left Gladstone Softball Facebook

So what now?

Gehrmann and his team meet NSW for a grand final berth at 2.30pm on Thursday while Lester's Queensland side take on South Australia in a grand final qualifier at noon on Thursday.

The deciders are on Friday at 9.30am for the under-16 girls and the under-16 boys' final is at noon.

SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Kirsty Lester puts all in her pitch
SOFTBALL CHAMPS: Kirsty Lester puts all in her pitch Gladstone Softball Facebook

 

EARLIER:  Gladstone's Kirsty Lester and her Queensland under-16 side registered its fifth win at the 51st Under-16 Girls' National Championship at Waverley in Victoria on Monday.

Queensland edged out the Vics 3-2 on Monday night and beat the ACT 4-2 on Tuesday.

Later on Tuesday, SA were far too good to win 9-1.

Queensland sit third behind New South Wales.

Gladstone's Nickolas Gehrmann is in the under-16 Queensland boys' side also competing at Waverley.

Queensland beat the hosts 6-5 in a gripping game on Monday and smashed South Australia 15-0 on Tuesday.

Queensland meets New South Wales on Wednesday afternoon.

The Queensland boys' side sit in second place to New South Wales.

EARLIER: It has been a weekend of mixed results for Gladstone players Kirsty Lester and Nickolas Gehrmann at the 51st Under-16 Girls' National Softball Championship and the 30th Under-16 Boys' National Softball Championship respectively in Waverley, Victoria.

Kirsty Lester in action for Telfords
Kirsty Lester in action for Telfords

Lester and her team broke through to win number one against the ACT (6-2).

Queensland lost the first two games on the first day on Saturday to South Australia, 8-6 and to the hosts 6-2.

Queensland beat New South Wales 5-3 on Sunday and beat Western Australia yesterday in a high-scoring game 22-15 and were to play the Vics last night.

Queensland play the ACT at noon on Tuesday followed by a 2.30pm clash against South Australia.

Gehrmann and his Queensland side in have romped to massive wins against South Australia (15-0) in game one, 14-0 against Victoria in the second game before a 9-8 loss to New South Wales on Sunday.

Queensland then rebounded to thrash Western Australia 11-1 on Sunday and kept the ACT scoreless in a 15-0 rout.

Queensland were to meet Victoria on Monday night and are take on WA and SA on Tuesday. 



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