Softball up and comer set to join his fourth state team
FOR a regional city, Gladstone has a big reputation in Queensland's softball fraternity.
The years of strong play from our small city look set to continue, with up and coming star Michael Ludkin off to play for Queensland for the fourth year running.
Michael began playing softball at the young age of five and progressed to his first Queensland team in 2010, at just 11.
Ludkin's representative honours had just only started though, with Queensland gigs coming each year from then, now landing him in the under 15s side.
The side will travel to the Australian under 15 Regional Championship in Lismore, NSW, next week.
The pitcher will be kept busy for much of the year's remainder, with commitments in Rockhampton for the under 17s and senior A Grade competitions only furthered by this trip and two further trips for schoolboys and state championships.
The Queensland team has always performed well with Ludkin in it, bringing home two golds and a silver from his time in the team.
"We lost against New South Wales one time we played them, but they are like six-foot," Ludkin said.
"I am proud of myself, I went to Adelaide, Melbourne and Rockhampton and now Lismore."
Ludkin's long term goal in softball is to be like his idol, Australian pitcher Adam Folkard, who pitches 130 km/h.
"He is the fastest pitcher in the world, I have pitched about 90 km/h."