Ipswich Grammar School students Sam Fellows (left) and Carlin Anderson catch up with Australian cricketer Shane Watson (right) who visited Ipswich on Monday to help flood victims.
Ipswich Grammar School students Sam Fellows (left) and Carlin Anderson catch up with Australian cricketer Shane Watson (right) who visited Ipswich on Monday to help flood victims. David Nielsen

Anderson big hit for state outfits

THERE is no doubting Carlin Anderson's value to his teammates, be it in cricket or softball.

The 15-year-old Ipswich Grammar School boarder was named most valuable player of the national under 17 softball championships in Adelaide, which ended last Saturday.

Queensland took the title with a 1-0 win over NSW in the final on Monday.

Anderson was the runner home in the final, following a tournament in which Queensland was undefeated and NSW gave them their only serious competition.

The third baseman fielded 1000 for the tournament, meaning he didn't make an error, and had a batting average of 679, meaning he got a hit 67.9 percent of the time he went to bat.

That included five home runs.

“I batted pretty good,” the modest sporting all-rounder said.

He hails from Gympie but has spent much of his holidays in Ipswich with good mate Sam Fellows.

The pair makes an amazing sporting duo.

Fellows represented Australia under 15s in cricket and Queensland under 15s in football last year.

Anderson will represent Queensland at the national under 15 cricket championships in South Australia in February-March.

Following the state titles, his IGS teammates raved about how he was the best all-round cricketer of the tournament, with his powerful batting and off-spin bowling.

He was also picked in the Ipswich Diggers under 16 rugby league squad but has not been able to attend training due to his softball commitments.

Queensland needed all of Anderson's competitive spirit when they were doing it tough in the national softball final.

In their first round-robin game against NSW, they came from behind to win 6-5 in the final innings.

The next time Queensland flogged NSW 10-0 and beat them 11-0 in the semi-final. But before the final, things started going awry for the Queenslanders.

“We had a really bad warm-up,” Anderson said.

“We were all over the place.

“Guys were getting their fingers strapped and having rub-downs and we didn't warm up together.”

But when Anderson got his chance in the third innings, he made it count, coming home on the back of a hit by teammate Ryan Merriman and Queensland's defence sealed the title.

Anderson is now awaiting news in the mail to find out if he will be named in the under 17 Australian team. Given his impressive form at the national championships, there seems little doubt.

The Queensland under 19 softball team, featuring Ipswich players Grant Muller, Steven Holmes and Tyson Johnson, is contesting the national championship in Victoria, with finals on Saturday.



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