Trio tag in to maroon selections
THERE is no shortage of softball pedigree in Tearnee Morrice's family - her older sister has made Queensland teams in the past and her mother, Consuela, plays first grade for Eels.
But the young talent is doing her best to make her own mark on the sport.
She has returned from the Under 12 Queensland Championships with another feather in her cap, selected once more in the Queensland school softball team to compete in the nationals next month.
Her selection in the side was not a huge surprise, having made the team in 2008, but she will look to assert herself at the next level this time around.
“She's a great little player, very versatile, but will probably be a specialist outfielder and batter for the side,” Di Phillips, her Wide Bay and Queensland coach, said.
“She's a natural sportsperson, but could definitely go places in softball if she puts her mind to it.”
Mackynlie Priestley and Isabella Spring were selected in the Queensland Invitational team, a call-up that neither expected.
“They were pretty shocked when their names were called out, but they both deserved their spots,” Phillips said.
Spring, who plays softball for United, was picked as a utility, while Priestley, an Eels player, is a pitcher.
“Selectors were looking for pitchers with speed and the ability to hit the five spots and move the ball, while the batters needed consistency and a good bunt,” Phillips said.
The three girls were integral in Wide Bay's great tournament - the team finished third overall and only lost twice in 11 games.
“We lost to South Coast and Metropolitan East, who finished first and second, so we were pretty happy with how we performed,” Phillips said.
“We've been lucky over the last 10 years or so to always have a few Queensland representatives, so it's good to see it continuing.”