The Titans softball team is set to make a long-awaited appearance in the Southland Softball Association premier one competition final tomorrow.
It will be the club’s first final since the team was reintroduced about four years ago.
After beating the Demons Softball Club, of Invercargill, 6-4 in seven innings in the semifinal, the Titans are set to take on the Panthers Wildcats.
Titans player Brodie Andrews said the Titans team tracked well throughout the season but was hitting its straps at the right time.
“The semifinal, it was a pretty close game but I think our batting has always been a highlight.
“It was all around a really great effort from us,” Andrews said.
Last season, the Titans team bowed out in the semifinal.
He expected another close match when it faced the Panthers.
“It’ll be a tough game, it’s been a bit tit-for-tat with those guys this season. They’ve won one game and we’ve won one.”
Titans needed to put bat to ball and take risks, he said.
“We’ll need to look to shut down the moving players on the bases which they are pretty good at.”
It was a team effort to get to the final but the combination of pitcher Peter Howes and catcher Shaye Gentle had been vital throughout the season.
“Just their experience and performance has been important,” Andrews said.
Team morale was key in the Titans’ performances this season, he said.
“I think it’s just we’ve been having a really good time together, we’ve been very competitive but we also laugh.
“We just get along really well,” Andrews said.
He encouraged the community to make the trip to Invercargill to support the Titans in the final.
The Titans will play the Panthers Wildcats on diamond one, in Tay St, Invercargill at 2pm.