BDF IX men’s softball team and Bears ladies team were crowned champions of the 11th annual Selebi-Phikwe Softball Extravaganza that was held during the President’s holidays n. The two teams pocketed P40 000 each for their marvellous performance at Botswana’s most lucrative softball tournament.
BDF IX defeated Police IX by 5 runs to 0 during a highly competitive final while Bears humbled Panthers by 2 runs to 1. The army officers’ pitcher, Kagiso Mogale, was on top of his game as he eliminated opponents with ease.
Police IX failed to register even a single run when the first inning came to an end while BDF IX registered three quick runs. BDF IX was the favourites to win the final after their fierce competitors, defending champions Jwaneng-based Wells were eliminated in the semi –finals.
Lt Colonel, James Moremedi, BDF IX coach, attributed his troops’ success to hard work.
“After our game against Real Giants, my players started to focus on the ultimate prize. Initially we were low in attack but we corrected our mistakes and everything went according to our plan,” the elated Moremedi said.
Moremedi showered his pitcher, Mogale with praises for his outstanding performance, reiterating that in softball the best defence is to have a solid pitcher for the team to win games.
He added, “We instructed Mogale to throw the balls at his maximum speed and ensured that other players support him at bet to ensure that our opponents are unable to register runs.” Moremedi observed that for them to maintain their dominance, they will have to recruit new players in preparation for next year’s tournament.
Police IX coach, Tebogo Makgatshane, said they lost the game due to lack of experience, adding that for them to have reached the final was a great achievement because they fielded youthful inexperienced players. “I will have to work on the mental strength of my players so that they can overcome pressure from experienced players,” he added.
Tournament Director, Oeme Morupisi said this year’s edition was a success.
Morupisi declared that they had to reduce prize monies as they experienced a bit of financial limitations. “We had to reduce our budget to P500 000 for this year’s tournament but all in all everything went according to plan. We are still negotiating with some big companies for them to sponsor next year’s tournament,” Morupisi pointed out. The tournament was sponsored by Komatsu, Rassie travel and tours, SPEDU while Selebi-Phikwe Town council provided grounds and other utilities.