A tourney of upsets

softballJubilation was the order of the day at the just ended Selibe-Phikwe Softball Extravaganza after the underdogs, Comets women, made it to the finals against the mighty Bears.

Despite losing 8-1 at the finals, comets went home P15, 000 richer and dangling silver medals.

Comets’ success to the finals was attributed to the young and energetic players the team fielded against Bears.

The game became hot after change over time, with Bears coming out with guns blazing. The Bears went home with a P20 000 cheque and gold medals.

“This was a tough encounter for my girls, but reaching the finals is a great achievement.

We came into the tournament aiming for a bronze, but we told ourselves silver or gold would be a bonus,” said the overjoyed Comets coach Molatedi Manyepedza.

He was quick to admit they lost to Bears due to “simple basic softball mistakes” which his girls committed in the game with the team which has massive experience.

“Their catching skill was not up to scratch at all. It’s not that they lacked experience we played against Bears a month back, so the girls had a feel of what Bears is made of.

But the major problem is that it was our first time to play as a complete unit,” said Manyapedza.

He warned other softball teams that have never played them to watch out. “Comets are no longer the underdogs of yesteryear,” boasted the coach popularly known as Slender.

“My girls are young, quick to comply with instructions and they turn up for practice. Mind you I have two national pitchers in my squad. I am building a better team for the future,” said Slender.

Bears Team Manager Masego Kwape commended Comets’ sterling efforts in the entire three day tournament.

“They played well to reach the finals. We saw a lot of upsets and there was real competition.

Big teams that used to dominate were knocked out. Teams from the North played extremely well and deserve to be in the top four,” she applauded.

Meanwhile on the men’s side Scramblers outplayed BDF 6-0, making it two wins in a row in the annual tournament.

The Francistown based outfit pitcher Godfrey ‘Super’ Garogwe staged an exhibition as he sent out army batters three strikes with amazing precision.

“I respect the Scramblers contact man; he is a hard working pitcher,” said BDF coach Major Tapologo James Maromedi after the match.

Scrambler pocketed P25, 000 and gold medals, while the army side received P20, 000 and silver medals for their troubles.