Men?s softball comp may return

THE return of a Gladstone men's softball competition appears more likely following the success of a scratch match at Memorial Park on Saturday.

Organiser Steve Armitage said two teams were comfortably filled on the day with only a few additional players needed to complete a third outfit and usher in a new competition.

'The men's game went so well, we'll have another one this week,' Armitage said yesterday.

'We made sure each side had a pitcher and a catcher and went from there.

'There was plenty of hitting and everyone had a ball. 'The best part was that there were a lot of people watching. There's probably a whole generation (of spectators) who haven't seen men play softball and haven't seen the way guys throw and pitch.'

Armitage said Gladstone once boasted one of the strongest softball competitions in Australia and, although a return to such strength was a long way off, he was pleased to see a renewal of interest in the sport.

In the women's competition, Souths charged to the top of the ladder with a last innings 7-4 victory over the previously unbeaten Tigers.

With the scores level at 4-4 and time running out, Souths blasted three late runs to seal the victory.

Souths' Kate Ellacott produced one of the key plays of the game, firing a throw into first base to run out a batter and stopping two other runners.

Souths were also strengthened by the acquisition of former Telfords player Christine Porteous who immediately showed good form while Leanne Dudley was impressive for Tigers, producing two outstanding catches in the outfield.

In the other women's clash, Telfords defeated Cobras 16-5. Despite the loss, the score was Cobras' highest of the season as they continue to narrow the gap with the other sides.

Souths lead the competition on eight points followed by Tigers (7), Telfords (5) and Cobras (0).