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Ladies Softball team World Champs preps underway

Ladies Softball team World Champs preps underway
February 19
12:33 2018

Tlotlo Kebinakgabo

The ladies national softball team played friendlies with Japan and South Africa over the weekend in Gaborone in their quest to intensify preparations for the Women’s Softball Championships. The championships are scheduled for Chiba, Japan from the 2nd to the 12th of August.

Botswana commenced their weekend friendlies by losing 6-4 to South Africa in an encounter which was played at the National Diamond last week Friday. They later on suffered their second loss of the day at the hands of Chukyo University softball team from Japan. They lost 11-0.

The friendly games continued the following day with the local team getting their second beating from Chukyo University, this time around losing 6-1 before defeating South Africa 4-2 in their last encounter. The Chukyo University teams are in Botswana courtesy of the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) volunteer programme to help improve and develop local softball.

“We are slowly getting there and I believe the Japanese team’s visit is really going to benefit us. They are to help us in areas like fielding and batting techniques,” said the team manager Same Molete quizzed on her impressions following the team’s performance during the friendly games. “We are a bit slow as compared to the Japanese but we will try to improve. Our defense still needs to be improved especially the short stopper and third base fielders.”

Molete said they were not after wins during the games but were rather aiming to gauge their team, “not meaning that we were taking them lightly. We were trying to see how players coordinate with each other and react to the intensity of the game. As a result of these games we have been able to trim our team from 25 to 20 players. We still need to make the final cut to 17 by May.”

According to Molete the team will have training camps in March and April. “The final team will travel to South Africa in May for friendly games and we expect them to return the favour in June. There is no time to relax as we are only left with four months before the World Championships kick start,” she noted.

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