Player Profile – Rachel Lack
|Debut:||2014 World Championship|
|Association Team:||North Shore District|
|State Team:||NSW Firestars|
|Date of Birth:||15 August 1994|
Rachel showed her softball talent from a young age, winning Best Batter and MVP awards at underage national championships.
Playing primarily as a catcher at junior level, Rachel’s strong performances led to her selection in the Australian team for the 2013 Junior World Championship.
Making her debut at the Gilley’s Shield (Open Women’s National Championship) in 2014 for NSW, Rachel showed she was capable of making the step up to the senior level, winning the Rookie of the Year award at that championship. On top of being considered the best rookie at the event, her excellent performance saw her selected into the Australian Open team for that year’s World Championship.
Displaying strong batting skills and defensive versatility as a catcher, 3rd base and outfielder, Rachel’s talents were recognised by the University of Hawai’i. They offered her a scholarship and Rachel studied and played softball there in 2015 and 2016.
In recent years, Rachel has honed her game to become primarily an outfielder. She has also shown her ability to perform in big moments, with clutch hits in the 2019 and 2020 Gilley’s Shield grand finals earning her best on ground honours in those games. She has been a part of six Gilley’s Shield title winning teams with the NSW Firestars.
Part of the Travelodge Aussie Spirit team that won the Asia/Oceania Olympic Qualifier in China in 2019, Rachel will be pushing for selection into the Australian team for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
|Article – August 2016: Rachel brings a world of experience to the Spirit|
|2016:||XV Women’s Softball World Championship, Surrey, Canada|
|2014:||XIV Women’s Softball World Championship, Haarlem, Netherlands (bronze medal)|
|2013:||X Jnr Women’s Softball World Championship, Brampton, Canada (bronze medal)|
|2019, 2020:||Player of the Grand Final, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2019:||Most Valuable Player, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2014:||Rookie of the Year, Open Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2013:||Most Valuable Player, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2012:||Best Batter, U19 Women’s National Softball Championship|
|2011:||Best Batter, U17 Girls’ National Softball Championship|