Awesome foursome make Capricornia under-19 softball side
FOUR up-and-coming Gladstone softball players are set to mix it with the best in the State this weekend.
Jakobie Massey, 17, Jurak Massey, 15, Brock Finlay, 15, and Michael Ludkin, 14, will join players from Rockhampton and Mackay to represent Capricornia at the Queensland Secondary Schools Under-19 Boys Softball State Championships in Bundaberg.
The local players are looking forward to the three-day competition, which starts on Friday, and believe the Capricornia outfit are placed to do well due to their strong fielding capabilities.
The Capricornia team have had two practices together so far.
Representative softball is nothing new to the dedicated foursome, with all the players having played at Capricornia level or higher previously.
Chanel College student Jakobie, whose preferred position is pitcher, is in good form for the competition having just come off the back of playing in the Softball Australia International Friendship Series two weeks ago in Sydney.
He and his brother Jurak, who is a talented catcher and attends Trinity College, have been playing their beloved sport for about nine years.
Tannum Sands State High School student Brock Finlay has made impressive strides in the sport as a gifted catcher, having only played softball for three years.
Brock and Jurak were both selected for the under-15 Queensland team in 2012, while the youngest from the Gladstone contingent, Michael, has made the team this year as well as previous years.
After 10 years playing the game, Michael's preferred position is as pitcher or second base, and he has high hopes for the future.
Michael hopes to make the Australian team - a sentiment echoed by some of his team-mates.
The Gladstone players' commitment to excelling at the sport is clear with all four currently competing in the Rockhampton Softball Association competition during the winter season, and looking to play in the Gladstone Softball Association competition once again when the season starts in October.
For their various team commitments the boys have softball training about four times a week, but also undertake their own fitness and gym training.