Maryborough softball - womens game. Ellie Scriven (Cherokees) gets to second base first to run out the Amazons batter.
Maryborough softball - womens game. Ellie Scriven (Cherokees) gets to second base first to run out the Amazons batter. Alistair Brightman

Build it, and the men will come

MARYBOROUGH Softball's unofficial opening day was a glimpse at what could be an enormous season.

Games were played as "come and try", social affairs, with players encouraged to bring friends to try the Olympic sport.

While numbers have grown in several grades, all eyes was on the men's game.

 

It has been years since Maryborough Softball ran a men's competition, but on Saturday two full teams competed as Aztecs and Incas in front of a surprisingly huge crowd.

"We haven't had a crowd like that for some time," Aztecs' Bev Thatcher said.

 

GAME DAY: Aztecs Morgan Scriven sprints for home base and (right) Shelby Tobin catches for Aztecs Amazons. .
GAME DAY: Aztecs Morgan Scriven sprints for home base and (right) Shelby Tobin catches for Aztecs Amazons. . Alistair Brightman

All three Maryborough clubs - Aztecs, Incas and Sparx - provided players, though neither club has enough for a full team yet.

It is the association's dream that all three clubs can field men's teams this season. Thatcher suggested dads of junior players or partners of senior women's players could be enticed to swing a bat this summer.

 

Maryborough softball - Aztecs v Incas. Shawn O'Gorman batting for Incas.
Maryborough softball - Aztecs v Incas. Shawn O'Gorman batting for Incas. Alistair Brightman

But for a first day at the Searle St diamond, Thatcher said it was a great success.

"It was amazing," Thatcher said. "Everyone was just so positive. We've had a lot of players contact us to say they're interested in playing, so we're hoping to see them come out in the next few weeks.

"We're hoping that it will be like Field of Dreams - if you build it, they will come."

Maryborough Softball will host its official opening day this Saturday.



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