Four standouts in Wide Bay state softball win
DESPITE not playing softball regularly, four Gympie girls have helped Wide Bay win the state title in Noosa.
Gympie players Ursula Whitfield, Zo-Emma Brooke, Hanna Wilson and Jamie Mills were crucial members in an undefeated Wide Bay side at the 12 years girls' state titles.
Tony Mills, the father of co-captain Jamie Mills, said the girls did the region proud and continued the tradition of strong local junior sport.
"What's so special is fact none of the girls play softball as a regular sport," Mills said.
"They pitted their skills against the best the rest of the state had to offer and came out on top."
Mills said it was Zo-Emma and Hanna's first experience playing this level of softball.
"Both girls played key roles in many of Wide Bay wins, with the bat and in the field."
Hanna played on first base and Zo-Emma in the outfield.
Unfortunately in a training accident two weeks ago Ursula fractured her ankle while practising sliding into base and was not able to make it to the diamond during the championships.
Mills said she was extremely unlucky.
"As the strongest player of the Gympie four, she would have been right in the eyes of selectors for a Queensland call-up," he said.
Mills's daughter Jamie was the most experienced of the foursome having been in the Wide Bay team since she was in Year 5.
She played second base.
"Jamie was often in the thick of the action especially in the final which the girls won 9-1," Mills said.
"She took two catches and threw for four run outs including a double play to finish off their opponents, Sunshine Coast."
Gympie teacher Stella Macklin was a last-minute call-up to manage the team.
Mills said after many previous years with the Wide Bay girls her experience was invaluable.
"She helped all the girls keep focus and work for each other and for the whole team."
He said the fact only two Wide Bay girls were selected in the Queensland side proved what a team effort the win was.
The Gympie girls' next focus turns to cricket with Zo-Emma, Hanna and Jamie aiming to make another Wide Bay team hungry for another state championship medal.