SAFE HANDS: Josh Ferguson takes part in a training drill for the Queensland U17 Boys.
SAFE HANDS: Josh Ferguson takes part in a training drill for the Queensland U17 Boys. Contributed

Soaring Sydney heat can't melt Queensland boys

SOFTBALL: Sydney's scorching heat at the weekend failed to put a dent in Josh Ferguson and the Queensland Under-17 Boys' National Softball Championships campaign.

The searing temperatures didn't affect the Gladstone junior or his teammates, with the Queensland boys undefeated and top of their group after five games at the Blacktown International Sportspark.

With the mercury hitting the mid-40s in some parts of Sydney, Terri-Anne Ferguson was relieved she wasn't out on the field.

"The heat was terrible. They changed the timetable because of the weather so the boys had their first game at 5.30pm and when we drove to the fields the outside temperature was still 45 degrees,” she said.

"It was so hot and the wind that did blow felt like hitting a brick wall.

"They played again at 8pm and it was just starting to cool down. Visually (the heat) didn't look like it was affecting them at all.

"As spectators I think we were sweating more than they were, they just seem to take it in their stride.”

Josh Ferguson in action for the Queensland U17 Boys at the National Softball Championships in Blacktown.
Josh Ferguson in action for the Queensland U17 Boys at the National Softball Championships in Blacktown. Contributed

Ferguson said the boys have produced an all-round performance to date, scoring 46 runs and only conceding five.

"Queensland have got some really good pitchers and catchers, and they seem to be playing really well as a team,” she said.

"They're definitely dominating in all areas and their batting seems to be coming out strong.”

Josh is battling it out with fellow catcher, Mackay's Riley James, for a place in the starting line-up once the business end of the tournament begins on Thursday night.

There are 16 players in the Queensland squad, making rotation necessary.

"They're playing each team three times so in the first set of rounds Josh came on halfway through the games,” Ferguson said.

"(Yesterday) they started a new set of rounds so he's starting for the next set of games.

"He's played in outfield and on Sunday he played catcher and first base.

"They're trying out a lot of different combinations and test everything out until they get to the finals.”



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