GAWLER & Districts Softball Association may not have had the best weekend, on paper, at the Junior State Championships in
Port Pirie, but the side learnt a lot during its first trip away.
The team was defeated in all five matches over the weekend, but kept all but one match to close losses.
G&DSA coach Kelly Bryan said the team showed a lot of improvement throughout the trip, and has plenty of potential for future ventures.
“This was their first time away as a team – they showed good team work and most games were kept pretty tight,” she said.
“They played well against teams who have been together for years, as most were club teams, and we were a whole association team.”
G&DSA lost the first match 6-9 to Seacombe, in a game that featured a huge catch by Nat Wik at centrefield.
It was another two close matches against rival sides Riverland (9- 11) and Central District Softball Association (4-6), with the latter contest including an amazing catch at third by Lenae Bradbury, a top catch in left-field by Cassidy Barraclough and a brilliant catch at first base by Taiya Venning.
In the other matches, G&DSA lost 1-6 to Glenelg, despite two fantastic catches by Venning at shortstop and a stunning left-field catch by Bradbury.
The only blowout of the weekend was a 0-16 loss to Sturt, but it was not without positives as pitcher Becky Havis took a great catch and catcher Rachael Bryan made a super throw out to second base.
“The girls really enjoyed playing and socialising together – I can’t wait for next season to continue to work on not only the
girls’ individual games, but to continue building this great team,” Bryan said.