Queensland titles see players thrive
SOFTBALL: The Darling Downs team worked its magic on the softball pitch during state titles.
Jess Carnell from Glen Aplin State School and Aleisha Rogers, who attends the Stanthorpe State Primary School, were selected for the Darling Downs team which competed at the schools 10-12-year-old's state titles in Redlands.
The Darling Downs girls gelled together as a team and, by the end of the four-day competition, the players had nicknames for each other.
For "Momma Jess”, it was the second time to be selected for the representative team.
Jess said some of the games they played were very hard, but others a bit easier.
"We won three and drew one against the second top team and lost six,” she said.
"It was pretty good because last year we only won one, drew two and lost seven.”
The Glen Aplin student said she enjoyed competing with teams from all over Queensland.
The Darling Downs team improved during the time of training and competition and even tied with Capricornia, the second best team of the competition.
"The best thing was playing the games against Capricornia and South West,” Jess said.
"Capricornia we tied against, and it felt pretty good because they were the second top team. It was pretty fun.”
Aleisha, who had never played softball competitively before, said it was tiring to play 10 games in a matter of four days, but thought it was fun.
She said she learnt a lot from training with the Darling Downs team that, as the competition drew closer, took place twice a week.
"We improved a lot during our training,” she said.
"I liked playing as a team and if you beat someone you are really happy.”
Despite not being chosen for the Queensland team, Aleisha and Jess can't get enough of softball and said they were keen to join the local softball competition that is set to start in October.
"(Softball) is just a really fun game to play,” Jess said.