Rachel Kraak shows her style in top-level softball.
Rachel Kraak shows her style in top-level softball. Contributed

Warwick softball stars a big hit this year

WARWICK softballers Rachel Kraak and Joelle Natividad have both starred in softball this season.

Kraak will represent Queensland for a third time in the Australian under-17 softball championships in Canberra in January while Natividad has enjoyed state championship success with Redlands.

This year, Kraak is playing for the Redsox club in the Brisbane summer competition. She is in the A-reserve team and sits on the bench for A-grade in her first club season in the capital city.

She has previously played club softball for Dodgers in Toowoomba. Last month, she competed for the Toowoomba Diamondbacks team which was third in the state under-17 championships at Caboolture. She moved up an age group to play in the fifth-placed Diamondbacks team in the under-19 state championships at Downey Park.

She was short stop and hit one home run for her team in the championships.

This year, she has already represented Queensland in the nationals in Sydney in January and then the Queensland development team at an international tournament in Sydney where she was selected in the all-tournament team at first base.

Kraak is in year 11 at Warwick State High School.

Her brother William also played for two Diamondbacks teams in the state championships.

He was part of the fourth-placed under-17s team which played in Ipswich and the U19 team which finished fifth in the state championships in Rockhampton.

William impressed with his outfield catching for the U19 team and had the best batting average for the Toowoomba team in the U17 championships.

Joelle Natividad is a student at Assumption College and played for the Redlands team which won the U19 state title.

Her fielding positions in this year's competition varied as she was considered a utility player and able to fill any position from catching to infield and outfield.

During the U17 tournament, fielding was the highlight of her game and she turned two double plays as a third baseman to secure a win over Brisbane.

She batted strongly during the tournament to help Redlands achieve a fifth-placed finish.

As the U19 tournament started, her batting improved but an injury kept her out of two games. She hit two doubles in her return game and then in the next game she hit a home run and then a double with her next bat to play her part in the Redlands' victory against Cairns to secure a spot in the grand final.



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