Gladstone 16-year-old Josh Ferguson is preparing to play in several softball championships.
Gladstone 16-year-old Josh Ferguson is preparing to play in several softball championships. Matt Taylor GLA270918SOFT

JOSH'S SOFTBALL DREAM HITTING HOME RUNS

SOFTBALL: Rising star Josh Ferguson is catching his way to a successful softball career one championship at a time.

Ferguson will have little time to recover from his last championship before heading off to another.

He recently pulled on the catcher's mitt and played for Mackay in a mixed Gladstone/Mackay team and narrowly lost the under-17s state championships.

"We came second in the Presidents Cup and we lost to Mt Isa 6-9. It was a tight game and pretty good to play," Ferguson said.

"I had a good championship hitting two home runs and mostly safe hits."

The talented 16-year-old softballer won't be letting the grass grow under his feet with another championship just a week away.

A mixed Ipswich/Gladstone team will compete at the under-19 championships held at Noosa, October 5-7.

It will be a step up for Ferguson who not only plays as catcher but on first base as well.

"I'll go pretty good and well prepared to have a go at the championship," he said.

"There has been a lot of hard work put in with Gladstone Academy Softball coach Natasha Chequer-Edwards who has been a great help training me."

Ferguson will not have long to put his feet up with another higher grade of championship looming.

"I will be playing in the Mackay men's team in the Open Men's Championship a couple of weeks after Noosa," he said.

"Playing against the senior men will be harder and the quality of play will make it more challenging.

"I love to do the travel and seeing different playing venues. Some of the people you meet are just like an extended family."

Ferguson has state representative duties in early 2019.

"I will be playing for Queensland in Adelaide, South Australia, during January next year," he said.

Starting off swinging a bat, throwing and catching a ball at age seven, Ferguson has been playing for almost 10 years and just finished off in the Rockhampton softball competition.

"I played for Stallions in the Rockhampton competition and we came third in A-grade and B-grade," he said.



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