SAPSASA Mid-North Softball team recently played in Adelaide in the State Softball Carnival and came third, in the higher division two.
They played eight games, winning five and drawing one, against teams who had players who played regularly in a softball competition.
Mid-North's first competitors were the Airport team, with a fast windmill pitcher which the girls struggled to see, let alone hit.
Luckily, the pitcher was quite erratic and the Mid-North girls were able to walk to first on multiple occasions.
We ended up drawing with them - 14 runs each, with the Airport team going on to be undefeated for the remainder of the week.
Olive was our only batter to hit this fast pitcher and Abbie took a great running catch at third base.
The following day we defeated Mid South-East 14 runs to nine, scoring the maximum seven runs each time and having no outs both innings. Mia pitched consistently and Madie caught effectively to seal the win.
The second game saw us being defeated by Southern Fleurieu, the week's silver medallist.
On Wednesday, the team had a slump in our first batting slot, scoring only two runs to Riverland's seven runs and we were eventually defeated 14 runs to nine.
The next game was a close match and Kalee pitched really well, forcing South-West to hit small infield hits which our infielders quickly sent to first to make the outs.
Lucy caught very consistently and started to find her eye, batting well to get home three times, as did Emmi.
In the third game against Tea Tree Gully, another close game. Bridie was hitting well and stealing bases to add to the score and with Kalee pitching to Lucy successfully; we won 19 runs to 14.
Claudia took a great catch, then played to second and scored a double play which set us up for the win in the second innings. On Thursday we hit confidently, stealing bases to score seven runs each innings to defeat Upper South-East 21 runs to five.
Pitcher Kalee took the catch of the week, catching a rocket at waist level while Zoe made an excellent tag at second.
The final game saw us down in the final innings, needing to get Onkaparinga North all out in less than five minutes.
Imogen's accurate pitching and Claudia's consistent catching forced the batters to swing and we scored two strike-outs in two minutes, then a quick hit to Imogen, who threw to first and the game was over, with us winning 11 runs to 10.
We ended up in third place and came within one innings play of second place and a progression to Division one.
Thanks to parents who supported the girls, especially Tamara who coached on first base during the week and umpired.