No minor effort from Incas club
THOSE who play softball for Incas have proved to be a big hit so far this season.
The club has won all four minor premierships on offer in the junior and senior ranks of the Maryborough Softball Association.
Incas Imps won the T-ball crown, Incas Gold finished on top of the ladder in the under 12 division, Incas All Stars lived up to their name in the under 14 age group while Incas Cobalt won the race to the title in the senior women’s competition.
But winning a minor premiership doesn’t guarantee grand final success.
You have to get there first and tomorrow the slate will be wiped clean.
It’s semi-final time on the Searle Street diamonds and anything can happen in the finals – it’s all-or-nothing now.
The senior showdown will be an-all Incas clash when Cobalt takes on Silver.
Both warmed up for the right to go straight through to the grand final with wins in the final round of the regular season.
Incas Silver secured second place on the ladder after beating Aztecs Arrows 6-5.
Leeanne Murtagh (two) and Trish Mathiesen took catches for Incas Silver while Zachary Thatcher (two) and Dean Bull did likewise for Aztecs Arrows.
Thatcher and Shaun Mitchell also hit home runs.
Adam Theuerkauf was also in big-hitting form, smashing a home run to help Incas Cobalt crush Aztecs Apaches 14-2.
Sarah James and Bianca Daley gloved catches for Incas while Brooke White took one for Aztecs.
Aztecs Arrows and Aztecs Apaches will meet in the other semi-final, a game where everything is on the line.
The winner will play the loser of the all-Inacs showdown while it will be the end of the season for the loser.
Wendy Mathiesen from Incas Silver said an exciting finish to the season is on the cards.
“It’s going to go down to the wire for sure,” she said.
“Winning a minor premiership counts for nothing come the finals.
“Whoever plays the best on the day, and that can be the team that finishes last, can win at this stage of the season.”
T-ball: Aztecs Angels 22 (Caleb Simpson 1HR, Nathan McKeough 1C) d Sparx Spiders 15 (Tyler Duggan 1HR), Incas Comets 24 (Bailey Steinberg 2HR) d Incas Imps 15.
Under 12: Sparx Scorpions 13 (Dylan Hose 1C, Jake Edwards 1HR, Chelsea Klein 1C) d Aztecs Atoms 10, Incas Gold 8 (Seth Muller 1C/1HR) drew with Incas Suns 8 (Wayne Sandow 1C, Zane Clancy-Maving 1C).
Under 14: Sparx Stingers 12 (Gretchen Noffke 1HR) d Aztecs Archers 3 (Cayce Arthur 1C), Incas Wildcats 13 d Incas All Stars 5 (Justin Patzwald 1C)