Team does coach proud
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.