Softball: Central pitcher named MVP

Simone Keane
Simone Keane
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 Park.

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 manager.

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 fourth.

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.