TPS softballers head to State Finals.

By Southern Riverina News

The Tocumwal Public School girls’ softball team defeated the South Coast champions on their home turf to advance to the state quarter finals of the NSW PSSA girls’ softball knockout last week.

They are now among the last seven teams in the state after defeating the favourited Lake Albert team to become Riverina champions.

The TPS girls' team travelled 11 hours each way to take on Pambula Public School on the NSW South Coast.

Instead of being overawed by the occasion and travel, the TPS girls played their best game defeating the home team 22-14.

TPS were sent in to bat first and brought seven runners home. A shaky fielding innings resulted in Pambula evening up the score.

It was after this that TPS settled and really made their mark. With careful pitch selection the girls either gained four balls and a free walk or swung hard at the strikes to have some cracking hits pierce the infield.

They made 12 home to gain the advantage after the second completed innings of 19-9.

The third innings was a tight fielding affair with only three runs gained by each side.

Coach of TPS, Mrs Beth Hatty, said that it was the pitching of Katya Eddy, especially in the second and third innings that made much of the difference with consistency, accuracy and pace, making it very difficult for Pambula to score.

Great fielding by catcher Tully Jones and short stop Remmi Wardlaw also made the difference.

“I am very proud of the girls’ efforts," Coach Beth Hatty said.

"It was their best batting performance as they were not afraid to have a swing at the strikes resulting in some fantastic hits.

"Their fielding, especially in the second innings was tight with Katya and Tully combining to strike out a number of Pambula batters as well as some great infield catching,” she said.

Principal of TPS, Mr Darren White said this was the fourth win by the Tocumwal team in the statewide knockout competition.

“They are playing extremely well with increased confidence and skill," he said.

"The next game will be very difficult when they play the winner of the Sydney South West versus Sydney West regions.

"What is exciting is that the Sydney side is scheduled to travel to us.

"We have estimated that the TPS girls have travelled over 2000km during the year to compete and to play locally will be great for the school and wider Tocumwal community."

"The trip to Pambula cost the team over $6000 and wouldn't have been able to complete it without the support and generosity of those in the local community.

"We would like to thank Tocumwal Rotary, Tocumwal Lions Club, the Cobram/Barooga Lions Club, Tocumwal IGA, Peter and Helen Heuston, Mangos Mini Diggers and the Tocumwal Public School P&C for their contributions,” he said.