Pitch to make softball a hit
DIAMONDS are well known to be a girl’s best friend.
Hopefully, that will now be the case for men – well, softball diamonds that is – in Maryborough some day in the future.
The Maryborough Softball Association is keen to get men’s competition up and running and to start the ball rolling, a gala day was held at the Searle Street diamonds.
Four teams gave it their best shot to try and lift the profile of the game.
Men, some who haven’t played the game for ages and some who were giving a go for the first time, hit the diamonds running wearing the colours of Incas, Sparx and Aztecs from Maryborough while a combined Hervey Bay team came up to add their support to the cause.
It was the Hervey Bay team who won the day, beating Incas.
Hervey Bay led 3-0 at one stage in the finals before Incas fought back to make the score 6-5.
Hervey Bay wrapped up the game by hitting 11 runs in the last two innings to put the result beyond doubt.
Brad Mitchell and Jono Thomas both smashed two home runs each for the champions while Troy James hit one.
Vanya Golusin hit a home run and gloved four catches for Incas.
Sparx defeated Aztecs 10-3 in the play-off for third and fourth place.