DETERMINED: Young tee-baller Nate Beach enjoys himself at Memorial Park.
DETERMINED: Young tee-baller Nate Beach enjoys himself at Memorial Park. Mike Richards

Broken arm doesn't stop young tee-baller

TWO weeks into the Softball Gladstone season, junior numbers are impressing the coaches of the teams, especially the play of one of the tee-ballers.

Nate Beach broke his arm two and a half weeks ago, but he was never going to let it stop him taking the field.

The eight-year-old has an interesting story behind his unfortunate incident, which on the day kept his mum from getting to softball training.

"I was on the fence climbing and my foot got stuck," Nate said. "Then a dog bit my shoe and I fell off and hurt my arm."

A right handed player, Nate can bat one handed, but is unable to use a glove in the field.

One of his favourite parts of the match is fielding, so not having a glove to pick up the ball is the most irritating part of his broken arm.

"It was the Thursday before school went back that I did it," Nate said.

"It doesn't hurt much, but it sucks that I can't use my glove."

The one positive of the situation for Nate is that he is able to be out in the field and throw with his dominant right hand.

He was a part of one of the huge numbers of tee-ballers enjoying themselves on Saturday morning, who will soon be in their teams with coloured shirts and caps.



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