It's fever pitch as QLD defeats the arch enemy in thriller against NSW
SOFTBALL: There's yet another member of a championship-winning team in our midst.
This time it's in the form of Chyanne Downing who led her Queensland team to become the 17 years and under School Sport Australia champions after a 3-2 win over New South Wales in Cairns.
Queensland finished second in its pool and thrashed Western Australia to qualify for the final.
What made the win more impressive was that NSW entered the final undefeated with a 105 runs for and five runs against statistic.
Add also that nine NSW players had made the 15-strong All Star team, which was announced after the final.
"It was a very tight game and we held them off in the sixth innings," Chyanne said.
She pitched in a tag-team duo with Australian under-19 pitcher Jacque O'Connor.
Chyanne pitched in the third to fifth innings and said it was the moment to step up before Jacque was able to close it out.
"It was nerve-wrecking, but exciting at the same time," she said.
"The adrenaline helped me pitch well and it was definitely the highlight so far for me."
NSW had the better of Queensland in the two preliminary matches - 2-1 and 7-0 wins and the ACT also got the better of the Queenslanders with a 1-0 win.
But you learn more from your losses than you do from wins.
Queensland adjusted and lived up to that adage and performed when it mattered most.
"Chyanne pitched without giving a run," her proud dad Merv Downing said.
"She came out and did what she expected to do...she's a good player."
Chyanne's next mission is in the Friendship Series from June 9-13 in Redlands.
She will play for the Southside Stingers team and she said she is looking forward to this challenge.