Central Otago pitcher Simone Keane was named the Most
Valuable Player at the New Zealand under-15 softball
championship that ended in Dunedin yesterday.
Keane played a key role for the Central Otago girls team that
finished third in the competition.
Canterbury won the final when it beat Southland 14-4 at Ellis
Brittany Terrey (Canterbury) was named the top pitcher at the
championships and was named one of the pitchers in the
tournament team with Keane.
Four Central Otago players were named in the tournament team
- Keane, Shannon Mckissock, Caitlin Turfus and Ngahura
Takotohiwi. Central Otago's Deborah O'Neill was named the
Nelson beat Marlborough 6-4 to win the boys' final.
It was the first time in many years that Canterbury did not
make the final. It finished third and Central Otago was
The boys' MVP was awarded to Canterbury's Jackson Watt who
was also named the top catcher.
The top pitcher was Rawiri Bird (Marlborough) and the top
batter was Jayden Johnston (Southland).
Two players from Central Otago - Jarred Tohill (infield) and
Cole Wilson (outfield) - were named in the tournament team.
Otago players in the tournament team were Logan Herbert
(infield) and James Mathieson (outfield).
Stu Power (Nelson) was named coach of the team and brothers
Riley and Tyler Power were also named.