Taylah thriving on big stage

JOHN ALEXANDER
Last updated 11:11 25/01/2013
Taylah MacDonald

Top talent: Marlborough softballer Taylah MacDonald represented both Hawke’s Bay and Hutt Valley at national tournaments earlier this month

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There may be no women's senior softball competition in Marlborough this season but that hasn't deterred one of this province's rising stars from excelling on the national stage.

Blenheim teenager Taylah MacDonald has shone for both Hawke's Bay and Hutt Valley at the respective national under-17 and under-19 tournaments over the past few weeks.

With her former Wairau club team in recess, she switched to Wellington club Saints, commuting each week at her family's expense to play.

Hawke's Bay picked her up for the under-17 tournament in Auckland and MacDonald helped them win the title with some outstanding batting and fielding.

She backed that up with another fine effort for Hutt Valley at the under-19 tournament in Hastings where she made the tournament team, again impressing with both bat and ball.

Late last year, while playing for Hutt Valley at the national Fastpitch event, the 16-year-old Marlborough Girls' College student and several team-mates had their gear bags stolen, leaving her to rely on borrowed gear. However, although extremely annoyed about it, she hasn't let it affect her enjoyment for the enforced move she's made to play outside of Marlborough.

Her season continues on Saturday for the Saints Club in Wellington. MacDonald has no regrets about playing outside of Marlborough.

"It is a much better standard to what I was playing here last year. The competition in Wellington and at the national tournaments was really hard. It gave me confidence when I started pretty good, you know you can do it."

Playing two national tournaments virtually back to back was tiring, MacDonald said, but she loved every minute of it and can't wait to get back into action for Saints tomorrow.

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- The Marlborough Express

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