Sharks maul weakened Koalas

THE Sharks showed why they are the team to beat in the under-15 Tweed District Softball competition after beating an under-strength Koalas team 14-1 at Piggabeen Sports Complex on Saturday.

A strong batting display was the highlight for the Sharks, with Ryan Cherry, Callum Murray and Liam Aiken all hitting home runs.

Sharks coach Lorraine Cherry was impressed with the performances of players from both teams in a game that produced some outstanding plays.

“Callum played really well for us, particularly with the bat, and Mikayla Cook pitched really well for the Koalas, making a fantastic double-play at the end,” Cherry said.

“If they had their full team they would have had a lot more infield play but everybody did their best and had fun today, which is the most important thing.”

Missing five of their most experienced players was always going to be tough on the Koalas, but coach Paul Cook was happy with the effort and enthusiasm showed by his players.

“We fielded a much younger team today and the players did the best they could,” Cook said.

“We took some good catches right at the end and everybody had a red hot go, so it was nice to finish on a good note.”

Cook is confident that with a full-strength team the Koalas will continue to improve and become a contender.

“We had five of our most experienced players missing today, so when we get them back in we'll have a bit of a different dynamic and we'll be a bit more competitive with the Sharks, who are the team to beat,” he said.

“Last time we played them they only beat us 7-6, so having those players back will make a big difference.

“It's a long season and we know it's the big one at the end that counts.”

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