THE first round of Softball Gladstone's season has been labelled a huge success, with numbers growing from last season.

Association president Shane Finlay was very impressed with the turnout, and the quality of softball played for the first hit-out of the year.

"We finished up with about 65 diamond-ballers and tee-ballers," he said.

The biggest plus for the association was the fact it locked in every grade it wanted to, including both A and B grade men's and ladies.

After an interruption for the men's senior state championships next week, the whole competition will by well and truly under way.

"We got everything we wanted, we filled all grades," Finlay said.

IN ACTION: Crocs’ Chloe Hathaway during the Crocs versus Gladstone Association Softball match at the Gladstone Softball Diamonds.
IN ACTION: Crocs’ Chloe Hathaway during the Crocs versus Gladstone Association Softball match at the Gladstone Softball Diamonds. Luka Kauzlaric

Following a number of state championships over the last month for the association, the competition was a welcome return for all players, especially those who had already had a taste of softball and just wanted to get into regular play,

One of those was Chloe Hathaway, who pitched well to open the season for her Crocs team.

"It is great playing with the team and getting to pitch," she said. "It has only been three or four weeks for me.

"I didn't have as much of an off-season as everyone else. There are a couple of new people who are going very well."

Helped along by players like Chloe, the new players have the potential to develop into representative players.

As for the pitcher, she is already in that mould, but would like some more time.

"I am still a bit rusty," she laughed.



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