Nathan's a hit but his uncle wins
NATHAN Caulley wasn’t about to take a backwards step and neither was his uncle Chris Edards.
Being related counted for nothing as far as these two were concerned – there was a game to be won during the Softball Queensland Open Men’s Championships in Toowoomba.
Caulley was wearing the green of the combined Hervey Bay/Bundaberg team while Edards was wearing the blue of Toowoomba.
Both got up close and personal to each other on the diamonds while they batting or being on a base with a glove in their hand.
There may be a 20-year age difference between the pair but Caulley, who was playing in the championships for the first time, didn’t let that bother him.
“I got in his ear and sledged him a fair bit,” the 16-year-old Aldridge State High School student laughed.
“He had nothing – he had no comeback.”
But it was Edards, who played all his softball in Maryborough before moving to Toowoomba, who had the last laugh though.
Toowoomba won the game by three runs and went on to finish fourth overall out of the 18 teams in action on the diamonds.
Caulley and his team-mates finished 11th.
While he was disappointed his uncle, the assistant coach of the Queensland under 16 boys team heading to the nationals in Sydney next month, had got the better of him during their family showdown, Caulley, who was still only 15 during the championships, soon made up for it.
He smashed a huge home run against South Brisbane.
“It went out of the park so I was pretty happy about that,” Caulley, who, because there is no men’s competition in Maryborough, plays for Pirates in Hervey Bay and Western Suburbs in Bundaberg, said.
“It felt real good to do it at this level.”
Hervey Bay’s Damien Maahs, the assistant coach of the combined Hervey Bay/Bundaberg team, said young Caulley had handled himself well during the championships.
“He performed very well for someone so young and someone who was making their debut,” Maahs, whose son Nick, together with another Hervey Bay player, Jono Thomas, will play for Queensland in the Australian under 19 Softball Championships in Perth next month, said.