Redlanders softballers named in state squad

A number of young softballers from the Redlands will potentially line up in Queensland Maroon next year after being named in the under 23 state women’s squad.

The consistent play and performances on the field of Rebecca McEachern (Birkdale), Jayme Reddacliff (Ormiston), Tegan Trindle (Cleveland) and Tamieka Whitefield (Alexandra Hills) have earned each of them selection for Queensland’s under 23 Women’s Softball Squad for 2018.

McEachern, Reddacliff, Trindle and Whitefield are also currently in the Open Women’s squad, the Queensland Heat.

Whitefield was also recently named in the under 19 Queensland Women’s squad.

The locals were named as members of the squad after putting on stand-out performances during selection opportunities at the recent Open State Softball Championships.

McEachern who has been in state teams since the age of 14, and played in the under 19 World Series in Oklahoma in 2015 told the Redland City Bulletin she has her sights set on making the under 23 team now she has been named in the wider squad.

“We don’t start training until April so I’m working towards making that team,” she said.

“I’ve just got to keep training hard until the team is announced.”

Trindle said she was eagerly awaiting the chance to pull on the state colours once again.

“I made the team last year so I’m excited to come back and do it all again,” she said.

The Queensland under 23 squads will now train towards the Australian under 23 National Championships, which will be held in the Redlands in July next year.