Local girls do us proud

TALENTED girls from Coffs Harbour were chosen to represent the North Coast at the Combined High Schools state softball championships, which were held over three days in Canberra recently.

Rookies Amy Costelloe and Callie Winsor, along with veteran softball players Hannah Morris and Rachel Vanderberg, said that the tournament was three days of great softball.

Of course, being a tournament, the heavens opened and two games were scratched from the rubber.

North Coast proved that it was competitive and won three of its seven games.

Nine games of softball were scheduled over three days and competition was tough, with teams from Sydney as well as all areas of country New South Wales.

Rookies Winsor and Costelloe showed why they were there, with great base-running skills and excellent fielding.

Winsor played the prestige position of short stop, as well as taking on the role of catcher. Both are positions that require great skill.

Costelloe, playing second base, showed off her excellent fielding skills and was a key figure in getting many of the opposition players out.

For Morris and Vandenberg, this was their last year to be selected and they proved why they were there.

Vandenberg also played second base, where she played excellent softball, making the plays and getting the outs.

Morris produced some great fielding in the outfield and at third base.

She had the honour of being named the best batter for the tournament – not a bad trophy to win – with Winsor coming in a close second.

Well done to the girls for being selected and for some great competition.

Most of the games played were so close that a result wasn’t fixed until the last inning.

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