Upbeat side: Merv Downing is hoping to secure a victory or two as a good confidence booster in the lead-up to next weekend’s Mackay Invitational.
Upbeat side: Merv Downing is hoping to secure a victory or two as a good confidence booster in the lead-up to next weekend’s Mackay Invitational. Chrissy Harris

Hawk eyes on win

GLADSTONE’S fast-pitch softball representatives, the Harbour City Hawks, are hoping to turn their season around before they travel to the Mackay Invitational money tournament next weekend.

Playing their fortnightly double-header in Rockhampton tomorrow, the team will be eager to notch up some wins as they have only one from four this season.

Despite the dreary results, team spokesman Merv Downing is optimistic because of the tight nature of the games.

And that one win was against 2009 premiers Frenchville.

“No one’s scored more than three against us, so it’s just a matter of getting the batting in order,” Downing said.

However, batting isn’t an issue for all team members.

Downing said Jeff Jones was already in fine form.

Jones secured a run during a crucial moment of their recent win against Frenchville and Downing is expecting some quality results from the batter during the Mackay tournament.

Up against five opponents for the $1000 in prizemoney, the Hawks have recruited some more pitching power in the lead-up to the Mackay event.

“It’s a very high-quality competition,” he said. “We certainly have the batters and now with the (new) pitchers we’re certainly in contention.”

Downing said this weekend’s rounds in Rockhampton would give the team some last-minute preparation against quality pitchers, but the invitational event would set them up for the rest of the Rocky season.

“(The Mackay Invitational is) the equivalent of half-a-season’s experience,” he said.



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