Ipswich softballer Josh Routledge.
Ipswich softballer Josh Routledge. Rob Williams

The 'secret' fun fact about Ipswich softball stars

THERE is a little-known fact in Ipswich Softball which drastically improves your chances of being named in a Queensland representative squad.

Six Ipswich Softball Association players were named across under-17, under-19 and under-23 state squads - and all have a first name beginning with J.

Joshua Routledge and Jakiah Hill were the first off the bat, earning u17 state call-ups after the championships in Mackay a month ago.

Jessica Rhode became the first female Ipswich player in a long while to make an u17 Queensland squad after a strong showing in Caboolture.

Routledge backed his u17s form up at the u19 carnival at Noosa on October 5-7 to book a second ticket to the Queensland selection camp.

And at the weekend, Ipswich Open Men's players Josh Routledge, Jarrod Russell and Jourdyn Hollands were named in the u23 Queensland squad after helping their side to an unbeaten championship win in Rockhampton.

ISA secretary Christine Denkel chuckled about the "funny, quirky” aspect of all six state squad members sharing the same first letter.

But Denkel refused to play the game.

"Definitely not, please don't do that,” she said when asked if people should start naming their kids 'J' names to boost chances of softball success.

"It's no secret at all. It's just one of those things. Those names must have been very popular in the years they were born, that's all.”

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