Taylah's got all bases covered

TAYLAH Tsitsikronis might have been described as an active sort of a child.

Her parents thought so.

"I was a hyper kid," the 19-year-old said of her pre-adolescent self, and her parents' decision to channel that energy into softball.

"I was a natural and found out I was good at it."

On the page this may read as egotism, but from the mouth it's just a matter-of-fact description.

The facts support the description, because her career went into hyperdrive as soon as she stepped up to the plate.

She went to Adelaide for the Australian titles with the NSW PSSA team at 11, to Melbourne the next year and year by year, it's been a progression of representative teams, from Penrith and on upwards.

Yes, she's covered all the bases and has hit the big one: Australian selection.

Tsitsikronis has just returned from Canada, where Australia won a bronze medal at the world junior championships.

All this has made her a natural as a very young Senior Sport Star of the Month.

And all accepted matter-of-factly.

"It was a good performance, we did really well," she said.

"We did one better this time, coming fourth."

Yes, the young old-stager has been there before, or rather to South Africa, where Australia finished fourth at the junior championships two years ago. Tsitsikronis attributed the medal to teamwork born of much play together.

"Eleven of us are from NSW," she said.

"Definitely, there's no other sport," she said of her passion for softball.

Her immediate aim is to make the Australian senior team; that would be the big score.

Beyond that . . . well, softball hasn't the profile it had before the sport's exclusion from the Olympics.

"I'm hoping it will come back in 2020, fingers crossed," she said.

The Senior Sport Star is sponsored by Panthers with the club providing funding of $800 to the monthly winner.

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