Softballing duo step up to plate
Friday, 5th January, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Local softballers Sheldon Hall and Laurie Peters will jet off next week to the ACT as they link up with their South Australian teammates for the national titles.
The tournament takes place at the Hawker International Softball Centre with South Australia taking on New South Wales, the Queensland Patriots, Victoria, WA Western Blaze and hosts - as well as defending champions - the ACT 89ers. SA will play 10 round robin games over six days before the finals.
Hall and Peters will be joined by Peters’ father Don, who will be an assistant coach, and Sheldon’s wife Paegan who will be the team’s manager.
The pair regularly travel to Adelaide to train with the squad, often driving down on a Saturday night after playing cricket for South Broken Hill, training on Sunday morning and then heading back to Broken Hill that afternoon.
Hall, who plays centerfield, began playing softball back in 2014 and took up a coaching role with the SA Under 19’s last year. This is his third trip with the SA men’s side and he said they are improving with each trip.
“We won three games on my first trip, four on my second and last year we beat Queensland twice who ended up playing in the final,” Hall said.
Peters will be one of SA’s pitcher and has been playing softball since juniors. He’s been to many national championships but this is his first for the SA team having previously played for NSW.
Peters has also played overseas in places such as New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
Laurie’s father Don, a Level 5 coach who has been coaching for 25 years, is confident of the team’s chances.
“It’s probably the best team we’ve had for a while,” Don Peters said.
“We’re pretty confident on our defence - the batting is a bit unknown - but the aim is to make the finals.
“If we can makes the final four then anything can happen.”
South Australia’s team contains Australian representative Jarryd Farrell while a host of other national players will be turning out for their respective state sides.
Softball in Broken Hill underwent some tough times in 2017 with the local competition lacking in numbers before it was eventually called off without a proper game being played although there are hopes to revive it later this year.
Those wishing to follow the team’s progress are encouraged to check out the SA Open Men’s page on Facebook.