Musketeers display character
A REMARKABLE run came to an end on Saturday, but there was no mourning.
Musketeers mixed under 15 softball team had its first defeat in two seasons, losing 6-5 to Lowood in the final competition round before semi-finals.
The Muskets still won the minor premiership and face Lowood again on Saturday.
Rather than having their confidence dented by the loss, Muskets assistant coach Patrice Pickwick believes a loss, and end of their remarkable winning streak, might be a good thing.
“It was a good tight game, which is what you expect from the top two teams,” said Pickwick, whose husband Don is the other co-coach.
“You want to lose the week before the finals, not in the finals.”
The Musketeers were under strength for the game with Pickwick’s eight-year-old son Bryce filling in.
With scores locked 5-5 Musketeers could have stalled for time to force an overtime innings.
Instead they played the game out and a fielding error handed Lowood the winning runs.
Pickwick admitted the players were slightly shocked by the result.
“There were not a lot of words,” she said.
“Kids need a bit of a reality check.
“They were starting to get a bit blasé. The wins were coming a bit easy.”
With a couple of injured players hopefully due back next week there was no negative talk following the loss.
“They were good actually,” Pickwick said.
“I thought they’d be cranky.
“But they said: ‘That was a full-on game’.”
It is the sort of response that demonstrates why the team has had such success over the past two seasons.
“They’re a good bunch of kids,” Pickwick said.
“We’ve been coaching kids for a long time and you get some who are moody or difficult. But these kids all get along really well.
“Don also coaches rep teams so they have a lot of respect for him.
“They know they can’t get away with stuff.”
Another factor in their success is they don’t rely on individual stars and there are no big heads.
“They all play rep softball,” Pickwick said.
“But they play more as a team.
“Even having Bryce or one of the younger girls playing – they’re treated just the same.”