Tyrell Priestley jumps high for a ball as Luke Van Der Griendt finds the safety of second base.
Tyrell Priestley jumps high for a ball as Luke Van Der Griendt finds the safety of second base. Mike Knott

Bundy stars shine despite loss

THREE Bundaberg softballers represented their region on the national stage at the recent Arthur Allsopp Shield in Melbourne.

The Frank Coulthard Oval regulars had their skills tested at the top level with the Queensland under-17s last week.

Eels campaigners Tyrell Priestley and Adrian Taylor and Across The Waves representative Colton Brockhurst played a crucial role in the Queensland team's rise to the finals.

The prestigious national competition was held at Melbourne's Altona Victorian Softball and Baseball Centre last week.

Queensland ascended to the finals undefeated but was ruled out of contention with two shock defeats at the hands of NSW 4-1 and ACT 7-6.

Bundaberg Softball Association president Dave Field said the Bundaberg trio had waved the Bundaberg Softball flag proudly with a spirited performance in the competition.

"The reality of the matter is that these young players have shown considerable talent and flair in their respective positions," he said.

Taylor served the team as pitcher with consistently scorching deliveries.

Priestley played at second base and as a lead-off batter and Brockhurst served as left field and third base.

Field said the trio had impressed with strong performances in key positions.

"They performed extremely well in what are quite important positions," he said.

"They showed a considerable amount of class and talent in their respective positions."

It is the second consecutive year that Bundaberg has featured three players on the state representative under-17 team.

"For Bundaberg to feature three players on the state team is quite a remarkable effort," Field said.

"It just goes to show the strength we have in the local Bundaberg softball association and the drive of these individual performers."

The trio was selected for the Queensland representative team at the state championships in Hervey Bay last September.

They were joined in the state squad by Hervey Bay's Joshua Hartwig.



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