Toowoomba softballers prepare for Queensland titles

SOFTBALL: Two Garden City sides start their Queensland Championship campaigns this weekend.

Toowoomba teams will line up in under-16 girls and boys competitions confident they will be more than competitive.

Girls coach Tracy Edards believes the solid all-round nature of her squad will serve them well.

"We have a number of very good pitchers and a good catcher," she said.

"That type of combination is important in any side, but just as importantly I think we have the fielders to back them up as well.

We've got some good bats as well.

"I think we will be competitive."

From the sideline, Edards said her experience as a player and coach would serve her team well.

"I haven't coached this particular age group for some time," she said

"I have been coaching at a junior level for a long time, though.

"Personally I'll lean on my personal experience and stress the importance of the girls backing themselves and each other."

Jayke Reynolds takes a "young team" to Mackay with high hopes.

"It's a strong competition we're heading into," he said.

"Because of a slight change to the make-up of the competition, we're taking a younger squad to Mackay.

"We have some strong batters and good pitchers and I think we will be competitive."

At the plate, Reynolds said his team would look to put pressure on their opposition.

"One of the things we've focused on is making sure our base runners are aggressive," he said.

"It's great way to keep the other side guessing and to put them under pressure.

"If you can steal a few bases and put that doubt in their mind it helps a lot."

Both championships run from September 21-23. The girls play in Brisbane.



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