Softballer stoked to be selected

Invercargill softballer Lucy McIntyre has been selected for the New Zealand girls' development squad.

McIntyre, a 17-year-old attending Southland Girls' High School, received the good news at the National Fastpitch Championships in Christchurch at the weekend.

She was one of seven Southlanders at the championships.

"I'm stoked," McIntyre said.

The development team will compete against Australian states at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney in July.

McIntyre plays for Dodgers Eagles in the Invercargill premier league and has learned a lot from her coach, Pam Craig.

"She's been a huge help," said McIntyre, who is an infielder.

Craig admired McIntyre's work ethic and commitment to training.

"She's got the ability to play anywhere in the field very well," she said.

"Her pitching is coming along really well and she's a strong hitter.

Softball New Zealand statistician Elaine Karsten, of Invercargill, said McIntyre's selection into the development team was a great opportunity.

"She's been noticed by the selectors."

McIntyre's mother, Marie, added her daughter had worked hard to succeed in softball.

"It's very exciting."

Meanwhile, the Southland Boys' High School's softball team is on the fundraising trail after winning the Southland secondary schools title in Invercargill on Sunday.

Boys' High are eager to attend the South Island secondary schools' softball champs in Blenheim next month. Coach Rachel Cade said $10,000 was needed.

The Southland Times