Pair in state squad and more men wanted
SOFTBALL: Gladstone duo Brock Finlay and Michael Ludkin played key roles in Rockhampton's fourth place at the Men's Open Championships at Redlands on the weekend.
Both players were selected in the under-23 Queensland men's training squad for the Australian Championships to be held at Redlands in January.
Despite the inclement weather, games went on as scheduled on Saturday before the heavens opened relentlessly on Sunday.
Rocky played three games on day one on Friday, with a win against Caboolture 7-3 and losses to Logan City and Toowoomba.
Finlay and Ludkin's team then beat Wynnum 6-5 and Redcliffe 4-3, punctuated with a loss to Redlands Green, to finish with three wins and three losses.
"Great achievement from you both,” said a Softball Gladstone spokesperson.
Finlay produced two base hits against Redcliffe and hit two singles in Rockhampton's other win against Wynnum.
Ludkin's pitching was a feature and he closed out the game against Wynnum.
Meanwhile, Gladstone Softball are encouraging more men to play.
Men's competition co-ordinator Joe Ludkin said anyone from 15 to late 50s can play a modified version of the game.
"It's FastPitch and it's to cater for people looking to start playing softball or for older players looking to return,” he said. FastPitch adapts to the capabilities of the players.
"The pitcher will pitch according to the batter's capability,” Ludkin said.
He wants it to be a permanent fixture on Thursday nights.
A trial session will be held this Thursday evening. "The aim is to get enough numbers for two teams for the season proper to start on October 26,” Ludkin said.
The season runs until Christmas and re-commences in the new year. Ludkin can be contacted on 0437733635.