Bletchington stars in Western side after taking regional softball crown

HEADING HOME: Eliza White steals home in Bletchington’s big Western Area win yesterday. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0521nmsoft6

HEADING HOME: Eliza White steals home in Bletchington’s big Western Area win yesterday. Photo: NICK McGRATH 0521nmsoft6

BLETCHINGTON Public School’s girls softball team has been crowned Western Area champions after dominating the region’s Primary Schools Sports Association softball carnival on Wednesday at the Jack Brabham diamonds.

Faced with Mudgee Public School in the final, the hosts came from 3-2 down to run away with an 11-3 victory and were subsequently rewarded with five players named in this year’s Western softball team.

Pitcher Claudia Frost and catcher Koininea Youse starred, as did Eliza White, Isabel Howarth and Lily Quick in earning higher representative honours.

Western Area softball convenor Mick Boller said the standard of softball throughout yesterday’s carnival was promising for Western’s upcoming NSW PSSA state championship campaign at St Ives in August.

“It was fantastic. It really was,” Boller enthused.

“The final was close in the beginning but Bletchington had a big innings there where they scored seven runs and that really knocked the wind out of Mudgee.”

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Mudgee makes up the majority of the rest of Western’s 12-strong squad, with Molong Central’s Jada Trapman, Millthorpe’s Ellie Munro and Calare gun Georgia Westcott also making the cut after strong Western campaigns.

Boller said even with a strong team, the state championship always posed Western teams with a tough leap in competition.

“Look, it’s tough. When you’ve got some of the big Sydney associations that fill sides like Sydney North, I don’t like saying it but they’re nearly impossible to beat,” he conceded, also branding Sydney South West and Sydney East as tough opponents.

“We normally have very competitive games against other country regions like Riverina and Far West, It’ll be a great experience for the girls.”

The NSW PSSA state championship will be held over three days from August 26.

WESTERN: Claudia Frost, Koininea Youse, Eliza White, Isabel Howarth, Lily Quick (Bletchington), Georgia Westcott (Calare), Jada Trapman (Molong), Ellie Munro (Millthorpe), Lucy Burke, Ally Henry, Tayla Riley, Lily Smith (Mudgee).

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