BY MOYAHABO MABEBA

The bragging rights at Moletlane Texas are justifiable and could be heard reverberating talent all over the South African softball landscape.

And within the corridors of power of the maroon and white brigade, they are doing some chest-beating, declaring themselves as the “team for the future”.

This is because Texas is the only team in South Africa to have three players who will represent the country at the upcoming World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U/23 World Cup billed for Parana, Argentina from April 15 to 23.

MOLETLANE TEXAS HATCHES TALENT FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SOFTBALL

The three musketeers are ace pitcher Kagiso “Seun” Aphane, catcher Ronaldo “Ma-Ducks” Kekana and utility player Lucas Ledwaba.

Moletlane Texas hatches talent for South Africa softball and Limpopo Softball
Team Manager Tumelo Kekana

The trio has been vital cogs around which the Texas machine rotates, providing the catalyst for comprehensive match-winning exploits.

Aphane and Kekana’s pitcher-catcher combination in the team’s campaign in the Limpopo Softball Association (LSA) Super League has been applauded as the stuff of sporting brilliance.

Thanks to comprehensive teamwork with Aphane leading from the mound. Kekana calling in the catcher’s box and Ledwaba marshalling the troops. The Zebediela train steamrolled its way, winning the LSA league and the Top-8 Tournament with clinical efficiency.

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The precautious youngsters from the citrus hub send out such a positive message about the future of both provincial and national ballgames.

Aphane, Kekana and Ledwaba are the embodiment of a phenomenon that, from a national perspective, should make this forthcoming World Cup so exciting.

The impression they made in the provincial league. Also at the recent Softball South African National Provincial Championships in Durban is the stuff of a softball fairytale.

Youthful confidence and ebullience have always been a common denominator in the Texas playing philosophy. They are also now the standard bearers of a young brigade who changed the playing methodology in Limpopo.

Catcher Ronald Kekana
Catcher Ronald Kekana

They are led by visionaries who understand the dynamics of the game and whose mandate is to build the greatest-ever legacy of a community softball club.

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Texas’ success story could be the envy of a Hollywood scriptwriter. Who could pen an exciting sporting story featuring some of the best actors.

In their midst, there is LSA chairwoman, Mokgadi Moswatsi who is the team manager of the SA senior women’s team set to fly to Valencia, Spain. They will participate in the 2023 WBSC Women’s World Cup from 18-22 July.

Then there is Itumeleng Kekana, the team manager for the U\23 team heading to Argentina with the three teammates. Texas’ success story can be attributed to the international experience of the international playing and coaching of veterans, Mpho Maja, MamphiriSethosa, Nakedi Mohlake and ThapeloSeshoka.

Sethosa has attributed the club’s success to consistency in development structures.
“At Texas, we believe in youth development and we’ve been doing this for many years.

Fortunately, some of us have graduated to become provincial and national coaches. This has helped the club a great deal in creating formidable squads for generations after generations. This will ensure that the legacy of our team is sustained,” explained Sethosa.

When the U/23 team will be in Argentina, the pitching coach will be Tidima Kekana. This is also another Texas legend who is arguably the most travelled South African softball phenomenon.

Suffice it to say that Texas is not just a village team but also a softball academy. An institution of higher ballgame learning and a hatchery of international talent.

MABEBA is LSA Head of Marketing and Publicity and PRO of Capricorn Sports Confederation.