Under 14 boys make softball final

A PRESIDENTS cup final appearance was the highlight of a great weekend for the Gladstone under 14 boys Queensland Softball Championships in Hervey Bay.

After a disappointing pool competition where they finished 11th out of 12 teams, Gladstone staged a classic run winning three straight games to qualify for the decider.

Unfortunately the local boys could not continue the run going down to Redcliffe in the final.

The Presidents Cup was staged for the bottom six teams at the championships to have a shot at some silverware.

Gladstone played some fantastic matches over the carnival and were rapt with great wins over Mackay (16-4), Redcliffe (12-11) and Maryborough (11-8).

The Redcliffe win was one that will be remembered in the ages, with Gladstone coming back from 10 runs down to win by one in a magnificent team effort.

Outstanding performers over the three-day carnival included Matthew Trotter who starred with the bat, starting pitcher Paul Condren and Dyllan Chapman.

Trotter hit at an exceptional average of .750 which equates to three hits for every four at bats. He was Gladstone's most dangerous hitter.

Condren was in great form from the mound, pitching well in tough circumstances and was able to average .500 with the bat.

Chapman hit at .533 and provided plenty of pop in the batting lineup.

Other players who deserve a mention were Cody Curran, Martin Stuart, Trevor Youngberg, Blair Potts, Blake Gibbs, Bob Appo, Jack Stuart, Matthew Rowe and Matthew Starr.

Considering eight of the 12 players in the squad had just one season of experience, the result exceeded all expectations.

Another highlight was Gladstone being named the Most Improved Team at the end of the championships.

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