Pitching a Winner

Norths Softball Club brought in a big gun to help secure back-to-back titles at the Alice Springs Masters Games.

Coach Steve Trindle called on triple Australian World Cup player Vanessa Stokes to be his assistant coach.

Stokes, who is originally from Alice Springs, was rapt to be involved.

“I’ve been helping out my family all week,” Stokes said.

“The team is really a family affair with my mum’s sister’s daughters, cousins and friends.

“It was good having them all together. I came back in August to be with my family.”

Norths finished the round robin as minor premiers on percentage but came back after losing the second semi-final to St Mary’s to avenge that loss.

They won 14-0 in their third game for the day, with about an hour’s break between matches.

Norths scored in the first innings and their strong batting line up kept applying pressure while St Mary’s couldn’t handle the pitching heat. The mercy rule had to be applied after four innings.

The Centralian club has won 28 premierships in the local competition so the players know all about winning the big games.

The team has now won the title five times in 10 games at the Alice Springs Masters Games.

Stokes said it was a total team effort, with Kate Bell and Pamela McAdam leading the batting while Micky Bell pitched brilliantly.

The club matriarch Faye Strachan said half the team was aged in their 50s and there were two players who she had coached as juniors in the 1980s.

Norths dedicated their win to founding members, Mym T and Gramps Windsor.