THE Narranga Public School boys and girls teams recently dominated the North Coast softball knockout competition and last week travelled to Sydney for the State play-offs at the Blacktown Olympic Stadium.
Unfortunately both Narranga teams lost their semi-final matches to metro Sydney teams which have previously held the title of State Champions in 2010.
The girls’ team played Manly West and from the onset it was obvious that a number of the opposition were well grounded with the knowledge and the skills to play softball at the highest level.
Narranga girls gave it their all but were defeated 16-1 by a team which had excellent pitching and fielding skills and were very strong with the bat.
Despite this, the Narranga girls have certainly come a long way this year to reach the final four teams in the State and playing their semi-final match on the No.1 Olympic Diamond in Sydney is an experience which all the girls will long remember.
The play-off for third place did not eventuate due to circumstances beyond our control, so unofficially the team can claim third place in this year’s knockout.
In the boys’ semi-final clash Narranga lost 9-1 against Burraneer Bay, a team which included the State pitcher.
Even though the scoreline didn’t reflect it, the match was a close affair until the bottom of the third inning when Burraneer Bay scored five runs courtesy of some very strong hits which managed to elude our fielders.
It was the true class of the opposition’s pitcher, however, which proved the difference in the teams as the Narranga boys had difficulty getting bat on ball with his fast pitch beyond their training experience. Being a left-hander and consistently hitting the outside edge of the plate with low, fast pitches.
The speed and accuracy was simply too good for the boys to handle on the day.
Despite this, in the playoff for third place, Narranga showed what they are truly capable of by defeating Narrandera 27-2.
With slower pitching, the Narranga batters hit a number of large hits to enable the team to completely dominate this match and to also finish as third placegetters in this year’s State knockout.
All players in the Narranga teams have completed a remarkable year of softball and have truly represented their school with distinction and pride.