FAST PACE: Lincoln Walk winds up a pitch during Toowoomba Softball Association action - Walk will be on the mound for Toowoomba's under-18 team at the state championships this weekend.
FAST PACE: Lincoln Walk winds up a pitch during Toowoomba Softball Association action - Walk will be on the mound for Toowoomba's under-18 team at the state championships this weekend. Nev Madsen

Toowoomba gears up for softball state titles

SOFTBALL: Toowoomba starts their quest for a Queensland Under-18 boys title tomorrow.

With national level pitcher Lincoln Walk on the mound - the home team will be among the favourites - but it is their work at the plate that will determine their fate, according to coach Chris Edards.

"You can't win without a great pitcher,” Edards said.

"We have Lincoln (Walk) starting for us, which gives us a fantastic shot, but how we bat will be the biggest factor.

"We have to bat well if we want to win this.

"You need to get runners on base to put pressure on the opposition.

"From there, it's a matter of being aggressive. If we have runners on then we're looking to steal (bases).”

As well as facing the state's best teams, Toowoomba will also compete against a New Zealand representative squad.

"Redlands will be a tough team to beat - they have three Australian players in their team,” Edards said.

"And the Junior Black Socks are going to be very good.

"I think we'll be competitive, though. I think we're capable of finishing in the top two.

"That's our goal. We have a number of Queensland players in our team and plenty of experience at this level.

"Most of the team have been playing together at this level since under-14s which works in our favour.”

The state titles will run from October 4-6 - the top team after the round-robin matches advances to the grand final match - the second and third placed then play-off for a place in the decider.



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