9 Mar 2013

Sport: Samoa softball coach proud of World Champs run

6:38 am on 9 March 2013

Samoa softball coach Chris Kohlhase admits to pondering what could have been but says their performance at the World Championships is one to be proud of.

The Tanifa were beaten 4-2 by Japan in the first playoff round on Friday and finish the tournament in a share of seventh place.

Kohlhase says luck deserted them as they chased the game against Japan, with players striking the ball wall but failing to find the gaps.

But he says the week also threw up plenty of positives.

"Ideally we want to keep this team together. The World Series is on a two-year rotation now and the next one's in Saskatoon and we've had plenty of invitations from other countries to go and play more games but it just comes down to money but the bulk of this team will stay together. The last World Series we came sixth so it's a very very good result. There's some very good teams around the world and, for a nation of two hundred and fifty thousand people, we certainly punch above our weight."

Chris Kohlhase.