SA softballers set to step up for Asia Pacific Cup

The preparations for a busy year in softball with the Tokyo Olympics the big carrot, is keeping South Australia's top softballers focused on a big year.

SA Softballers

THERE will be little time for the SA Sports Institute's top softballers to reflect on SA's heartbreaking loss to New South Wales this month in the final of the Australian Softball Championships in Perth.

Five SASI players Maddie Cameron, Jordan Lambert, Chelsea Robinson, Steph Trzcinski and Belinda White all made the national squad for the coming Australia Pacific Cup and Summer Slam against Japan, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Italy and New Zealand, between January 30 and February 5, at the Blacktown International  Sportspark.

The players are part of a 32-player squad which will be selected into either the Aussie Spirit team or Australia Ateam. From there it is expected a squad of 23 players will be chosen to carry on the journey and training to the Tokyo Olympics which the Aussies qualified for last September. Georgia Hood, also from SA, has been chosen in the squad.

Earlier this month the six players were a part of the SA Starz team which lost the senior championship in dramtatic style.

Chasing their first Gilley Shield since 1956, the SA Starz had to endure a two-hour power outage across the state in Perth when scores were tied at 1-1 in the seventh inning. Sturt and SASI player Cameron was on third base with just one out when the power was lost.

But when power was restored SA lost its momentum and was pipped 2-1 by the experienced NSW in the ninth (extra) inning.

Olympian, SA and Sturt stalwart Belinda White said the loss to NSW hurt but she stopped short of blaming the break in play for their defeat.

“The power outage affected both teams and we had a chance to win it before that happened,’’ White said.

“I will take some time to get over this one. It’s been so long since SA has won and I’ve been playing for 15 years in these games and it feels that this is the closest I will get (to winning). I feel for the state.’’

But White said there wasn't too much time to dwell on that loss with her and some of her SA teammates preparing for a busy time ahead.

"Being in the national squad is great and shows you are in the mix but there is still a process to go through,” White said.

“It will be full on from here, a short rest, training camps and then the matches.

“It’s always exciting being an Olympic year.’’

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