A LOT ON HIS PLATE: Josh Ferguson enjoys being catcher for the under-15s Jets against the Blue Sox at the Gladstone Softball Diamonds.
A LOT ON HIS PLATE: Josh Ferguson enjoys being catcher for the under-15s Jets against the Blue Sox at the Gladstone Softball Diamonds. Luka Kauzlaric

Josh catches on to softball training specially for position

FIELDS are lush after a feed of fertiliser and a good patch of rain around Gladstone.

This saw softballers heading back to the outfield after a break to see if base runners could create a line of dead grass between third base and home.

Josh Ferguson is one of those players, keen to find himself tagging home plate for a run.

Half the time though, he is the last line of defence for his team, as catcher and ultimately the one with the job of stopping a run.

"It is probably two years I have been catcher, I knew I had fast reflexes and started training for it," Josh said.

"I started playing five years ago, because my best friend was playing."

Still in the sport with his mate, and all of his new friends on his Jets team, Josh is a level-headed youngster who knows no one person can win the match for his team, he is always encouraging, whether from behind home plate or in the dugout.

"It is fun because you play games against your friends, and you can't hog the ball," he said.

"I play footy too, for four years."

Even after winning a premiership with Valleys Diehards, the 11-year-old chose softball if he was to have to choose only one in the future.

Being a Broncos fan, he did admit if the opportunity came up he would not say no to replace one of his heroes.

"Probably softball over footy, it would be awesome to play for Australia," he said.



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