Team does coach proud

Western Times - - SPORT -

OVER­COM­ING tragedy and short num­bers Charleville’s soft­ball mas­ters team mem­bers did well in their sixth mas­ters com­pe­ti­tion at Lo­gan a fort­night ago.

Ul­ti­mately Charleville placed a re­spectable fifth in di­vi­sion 10, de­spite the pass­ing of coach Trevor Eckel who died in June.

Charleville was down a num­ber of key play­ers, in­clud­ing pitcher Lyn Capewell with a foot in­jury.

The week­end’s com­pe­ti­tion started badly, with two losses to Fo­cus Thun­der (10-0) and Bay­side Bears (12-6).

Satur­day was more suc­cess­ful. The team got off to a good start win­ning against Tatt 2 Dragons (18-4) with the sup­port of a good au­di­ence. The sec­ond game against Lock­yer re­sulted in an 11-8 for Charleville.

The team was ex­hausted for the third game of the day – im­me­di­ately af­ter the pre­vi­ous win – lead­ing to a de­feat by Cham­pagne Ladies 24-3.

Early Sun­day morn­ing Charleville re­cov­ered for a win against Roma 14-4.

Charleville was at that point sit­ting equal third with two other teams, with a 50% win rate. The team placed fifth.

All team mem­bers played ex­cep­tion­ally well. Spe­cial men­tion goes to Deb­bie Csat­los and Jil­lian Bus­sell who pitched and caught for the ma­jor­ity of the games.

Carmel Alexan­der stretched her body to the limit, catch­ing and block­ing balls on first base. She won the Trevor Eckel Me­mo­rial Tro­phy as play­ers’ player.

Gail Rus­sel won the hon­our of be­ing named as part of the All Stars team.

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