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Former Longhorns Luna, Ogle lead New Zealand team to championship

Posted March 18th, 2015

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Former Longhorn Blaire Luna started on the mound for the Florida Pride as they took on the Chicago Bandits at the National Pro Fastpitch three-game series at Dell Diamond on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Luna and former Longhorn Mandy Ogle have been playing in New Zealand this winter.  (Jamie Harms/For American-Statesman)
Former Longhorn Blaire Luna started on the mound for the Florida Pride as they took on the Chicago Bandits at the National Pro Fastpitch three-game series at Dell Diamond on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Luna and former Longhorn Mandy Ogle have been playing in New Zealand this winter. (Jamie Harms/For American-Statesman)

Former Texas softball players Blaire Luna and Mandy Ogle led Auckland Marist, a club team associated with Softball New Zealand, to the National Interclub women’s championship on Sunday.

Luna, who played professionally for the National Pro Fastpitch’s USSSA Pride in Orlando, Fla. the last two seasons, had 12 strikeouts in the championship to lead Marist to a 1-0 victory over Western Maggies. She was named the tournament’s top pitcher. The Bowie High School alumna also pitched Marist to the Auckland club title and Auckland to the National Fastpitch Championship title during her time in New Zealand.

Ogle, who plays pays for NPF’s Pennsylvania Rebellion, had a two-base hit in the final and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

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The former Longhorns were the talk of the tournament in New Zealand.

“To our two American visitors, you have certainly brought some very poor batting averages to our competition,” Western Maggies’ Katy Hetherington told a New Zealand publication.

Luna will play professionally in Italy this summer while Ogle will be in her second year with the Rebellion.

Both players helped the Longhorns to an appearance in the 2013 Women’s College World Series.

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