Young Zac Thatcher is proving to be a hit with his home runs for Aztecs Arrows in the Maryborough Softball Association senior women’s competition this season.
Young Zac Thatcher is proving to be a hit with his home runs for Aztecs Arrows in the Maryborough Softball Association senior women’s competition this season. Richard Harvey

Zac has smashing time with women

ZAC Thatcher is a hit with the women.

Well, to those he plays softball alongside he is.

The 15-year-old Maryborough State High School student has been in smashing form for Aztecs Arrows in the Maryborough Softball Association senior women’s competition this season.

He’s hit five home runs, including one in the round eight showdown with the high-flying Incas Cobalt on Saturday.

Despite Thatcher’s big hit, and another home run from team-mate Shaun Mitchell, it wasn’t enough to prevent Incas Cobalt, the competition leaders from winning the game 13-7.

Nic Johannesen and Shannon Russell gloved catches for the second-placed Aztecs Arrows while Barb Hard took one for Incas Cobalt.

But how is it that Thatcher, who has played the game in Maryborough since he was four, plays in the women’s competition?

Boy’s aged 15 and under are allowed to as there is no other competition for them to play in Maryborough.

Once they turn 16 they have to play a men’s competition, something Maryborough officials have plans to get up and running in the future.

Thatcher, a pitcher and big-hitting batter, said he had no problems whatsoever about playing in the women’s competition.

“I just love playing softball – it’s the only game I play,” Thatcher, whose team-mates include his grandmother and an aunty, said.

“Besides, the women play hard.”

But what does he think about having relatives in his line-up?

“I have to try and play good all the time otherwise they get up me,” he laughed.

In the other game of the round, bottom-of-the-ladder Aztecs Apaches won a 17-run thriller against Incas Silver.

Catches from Alana Aspinall (two) and Sarah Kirk (two) paved the way for Aztecs Apaches to win the game 9-8.

Kim Daley, Leeanne Murtagh and Kellie Chappell all took catches for Incas Silver.



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