Shaun eyes Qld berth
HERVEY Bay softballers Shaun Mitchell and Josh Hartwig will go in to bat for Bundaberg at the under-19 men's state championship in Toowoomba today.
Three Maryborough players - Ashleigh James, Kim Ison (Mackay/Noosa/Maryborough) and Brooke White (Bundaberg) - will also take to the diamonds for the women's championship.
Mitchell, 17, represented Hervey Bay in last year's tournament, but due to a lack of players will join forces with the Bundy boys.
The Urangan State High School student said the transition had been smooth.
"I've played club with them before and with Wide Bay so I feel at home with them," he said.
The tall first baseman led Queensland to victory in the 2010-2011 under-17 national titles, but was overlooked for the state side last year.
He hoped playing with pre-tournament favourites Bundaberg would help his chances.
"We've now got a couple of younger boys that have made the under-17 Queensland team (including Hartwig) and got about eight all up who have made a state team so I think we've got a good chance," he said.