Top pitcher meets legend


Marshall Kronk, of Birkdale, came face to face with former Redlands Softball Association member and Australian softball legend Terry Downes when he received the individual award for Best Pitcher after the 2015 Australian Open Men's Softball Championships on March 7 at Redlands Softball Association.

Having won the same award exactly 20 years earlier, it was a special moment when Downes who played 109 games for his country between 1995 and 2009 presented Kronk with the award.

During his career, Downes competed at four world championships in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2009 before retiring from international competition as a player.

Downes also contributed to softball in Australia as a specialist coach for the Australian Women's softball team, the Aussie Spirit, that competed at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Downes is a member of the Softball Queensland Hall of Fame and the Softball Australia Hall of Fame.

Kronk, 20, is a long-time Redlands Softball Association representative, and has been playing softball since his parents introduced him to the sport at just four years of age.

Having been selected as a member of the 2014 Australian Open Men's Softball Squad, Kronk is currently waiting to find out if he has been selected for the 2015 squad, which will train towards the ISF XIV Men's World Championships, to be held in Canada in June and July.

In the 2015 Australian Open Men's Softball Championships, held at Redlands Softball Association from March 3 - 7 Kronk and his Queensland Patriots team competed against five other teams from the ACT, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia to claim third place.

In addition to the individual accolade for Best Pitcher, Kronk was also the sole Queenslander to be named in the 2015 All Tournament Team.