Softballers make tournament team


Representatives . . . Otago softballers (from left) Arana Kelly, Charli Elliott, Josh Forrester and Phoenix Wardell were named in tournament teams at the Mainland softball tournament earlier this month.

The Otago girls team finished third in its competition, while the boys were fourth equal with Southland.

The Otago under-15 boys team will make history in Pukekohe next month, when it becomes the region’s first under-15 team to compete in a national tournament.

Team coach Glenn Forrester said competition against North Island teams would be tough, so the players had been practising batting with a pitching machine to get them used to a faster speed.

A South Island team will be picked at the tournament, which would be a good goal for some of the players, Forrester said.