Grand plans for both Telfords and Souths Blue
SOFTBALL: It will be all bats blazing and balls fizzing tonight at the Gladstone Softball Association main diamond tonight.
Telfords and Souths Blue will go head-to-head for grand final honours from 6.30pm.
Telfords' veteran Christine Heisner expects a tough game and similar to the semi-final last weekend.
"It's going to be a close game and last week we won 7-5 and I think our experience was the difference," she said.
"We just batted better and have got some strong batters."
Heisner said short-stop Jill Schulke has been in form and Natasha Chequer-Edwards is one of the better pitchers in the competition.
"Faith Scheid is back from university and has played enough games to qualify for finals," Heisner said.
Both clubs have been the clear top-two ladder leaders throughout the season and Telfords hope to justify their minor premiership with a grand final win.
But Souths Blue know all about grand final success and catcher Kellie Pengelly said the key is with the bat.
"What we need to do is to put bat on ball and to keep batting," she said.
Her daughter Chyanne Downing holds the key to the outcome with the ball as well as a couple who could make the difference in the field.
"We have got a couple of visiting exchange school students from Japan and they are both talented fielders," Pengelly said.
She has played softball most of her life and returned to the game after a hiatus once Chyanne started playing when she was seven years of age.