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Simunye's bases loaded but players can still steal a place

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Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Simunye, the national men's softball squad, comprises good players who have proved their mettle at international level, but this does not mean other deserving softballers will be overlooked for selection.

This was the view of Simunye coach Tommy "TK" Kgomo after his charges defended their Zone 6 Softball Championships title in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, on Sunday.

This three-nation showpiece doubled up as a World Series qualifier and South Africa's success booked them a passage to Canada where the quadrennial softball fiesta will be held in June next year.

Botswana, who South Africa walloped 15-5 in the final of this southern Africa event, finished second, which was good enough to also secure a ticket to Canada.

Zimbabwe were the tournament's whipping boys and finished last on the table.

Simunye started the tournament on a high note with a 13-8 drubbing of Botswana on Saturday. They went on to give the not-so-formidable Zimbabweans softball lessons with a 17-0 victory, also on Saturday.

The South Africans also claimed another resounding 13-0 win over Zimbabwe on their way to the final.

Thabang Letsoalo was excellent for Simunye and finished as the tournament's top batter.

Teammate Tidima Kekana finished as the top pitcher of the spectacular. Credit also goes to Gareth Scott who also had a storming game for the hosts.

"It is good that we are continuing to do well in our matches and this is good for our morale ahead of the Canada trip," said Kgomo yesterday.

The South African women's team, mentored by Colin Stevens, also successfully defended their title in the tournament.


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