GOLDEN GUYS: Nick Noonan, Kirsty Lester and Nick Gehrmann played vital roles for Queensland in the School Sports Australia Softball Championships.
GOLDEN GUYS: Nick Noonan, Kirsty Lester and Nick Gehrmann played vital roles for Queensland in the School Sports Australia Softball Championships. Nick Kossatch GLA181116SOFTBALLG

Queensland champions

SOFTBALL: Gladstone's Kirsty Lester, Nick Noonan and Nick Gehrmann were part of Queensland teams which won the School Sport Australia Softball Championships in Melbourne.

Kirsty represented QLD in the 12-years and under team as a first base and pitcher.

Her team went through undefeated and guaranteed top spot with comprehensive 10-3 and 9-2 wins against New South Wales and Victoria.

The two Nick's had massive campaigns in Queensland's 10-12 years side which had only lost one game against NSW earlier in the week.

And it was sweet revenge against the same opponent in a game in which QLD had to win to guarantee a gold medal.

The youngest member of the team, Nick Gehrmann, had to endure in what was the turning point of the "grand final” because both teams were one and two on the ladder.

He joined his Gladstone mate to score a run each after NSW led 8-5.

Fellow Queenslanders Matt Reedy and Nathan Cooper hit two more runs to hit the lead for the final time.

Nick Noonan also had to pitch at the bottom of the fourth in NSW's innings.

"I was pretty nervous, but I was up to the test and the scores at that stage was 8-5 with NSW ahead.

There were no further runs when Nick Noonan pitched and it proved critical.

He got his confidence up at the recent state championships and that followed through in Melbourne.

"I think it was the best game I played and I thought that I also pitched well at the state championships,” Nick said.

When it was QLD's turn to bat, Nick added that the coach also played a role in the well-orchestrated win.

"Our coach did a signal to the batters that told them to hit the ball or not,” Nick explained.



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